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August 1st, 2014 – Victoria, British Columbia (VIGolf.ca) – The ninth event of 2014 Vancouver Island Professional season and our second major of the year, the Gorge Vale Open was played Saturday and Sunday, July 26th and 27th at Gorge Vale Golf Club. The 23 professionals in the field played a very challenging golf course in hard and fast condition, on a beautiful sun filled weekend.
Kevin Maxwell of Olympic View GC played two rounds of Par to further his first lead of the Order of Merit and secure his second major of the year and third win of the year. The Gorge played fairly hard this weekend, with only Maxwell, Matt, and Ty, able to shoot par on Sunday. That gave Maxwell a one shot lead over Ross Mantell of Qualicum Beach Memorial GC who had shot a two under par 70 during the first round.
“It was a tough event. The course was set up great. It was a tough grind the whole time but it felt good to hang in right to the end,” said Maxwell who has a stronghold on the VIPT Order of Merit this year.
Finishing in third was Matt Matheson of Olympic View GC who managed rounds of 74 and 72. Lindsay Bernakevitch of Victoria GC finished in fourth place after firing a 3 under par 69 in the first round but faltering with a 6 over 78 in the final round. From Gorge Vale GC, Edd Boudreau finished in fifth place with a two round total of 147. Bryan Scott of Olympic View got it back in the second round with a 1 over par 73 and finishing with a two round total of 149. Rob Cruise of Highland Pacific GC and Ben Griffin of Uplands GC tied for seventh place firing matching rounds of 77 and 73 to finish at 150. Shaun Lundy of Highland Pacific GC finished in ninth place alone shooting a two round total of 151. Tyler Thorau of Olympic View GC improved his second round performance by 9 strokes and finished in tenth alone at 153. Rounding out the payouts were Rich Ingle of Arbutus Ridge G&CC, Lance McCullough of Cordova Bay GC, and Mac McLeod of Royal Colwood GC, who tied for eleventh finishing at 154.
Offical Pro results from the 2014 Gorge Vale Open: