(ISN) – KELOWNA, B.C. (July 8, 2014) – The scores were hot as the weather at Black Mountain
Golf Club this week, as host professionals Russ Latimer and Tyrel Griffith shot
impressive rounds of 61-63 to take top spot at the G&G Golf Company / Callaway PGA
of BC Pro-Assistants’ Championship.
The duo began the week in dreamlike fashion, registering back-to-back eagles on
the first two holes of the tournament, and finishing Day One with a commanding
lead over teams from Olympic View GC, Point Grey G&CC, Capilano G&CC and Fairview
Tuesday’s scramble format led to aggressive shotmaking throughout the course, most
notably on Black Mountain’s signature par-4 fifth hole, where players weren’t shy
to pull the big stick and fire away at the island green. But even an unbelievable
round of 57 from Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club’s Padraic O’Rourke and Jordan
Rourke wasn’t enough to catch the red-hot Black Mountain duo, who closed the tournament
with back-to-back birdies to secure a two-stroke victory with an 18-under total.
“There were some difficult pin locations, we knew it was going to be tough,” noted
Latimer, Black Mountain’s Head Professional. “We weren’t hitting it great to start
the day, but we knew their were lots of birdies out there, so if we stayed the course,
things would work out.”
Latimer also heaped praise on his young playing partner, Tyrel Griffith — a highly
regarded curler who played in this year’s Tim Hortons Brier final with Team Morris,
and who only recently obtained his PGA of BC professional status.
“He’s a champion,” Latimer said. “He knows how to compete, knows how to win.”
The Black Mountain team cash a winning cheque for $2,250 and supplemented it with
$660 in Skins thanks to their blazing start on Monday.
Second place was shared by O’Rourke and Rourke and Gorge Vale Golf Club’s Jim Cook
and Edd Boudreau, with each team earning a cheque for $1,400.