*Image credit: Jeff Dinn/Metchosin Golf and Country Club
August 21st, 2014 – Metchosin, British Columbia (VIGolf.ca) – This year’s Metchosin Open attracted a solid field of some of the best golfers on Vancouver Island and around the world as an Australian amateur by the name of Dale Brandt-Richards won the overall title with scores of 66,67 (Par 69). Brandt-Richards is touring the North American amateur circuit right now, and was recently a medalist at the PNGA Amateur earlier this summer at the Palouse Ridge Golf Course at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington. Casey Parsons, who is the club champion at Metchosin was runner up with scores of 70, 65. Third place went to Bill Quin (68,69), while 4th place honors were awarded to Kevin Carrigan (71,67).
“The event went fantastic! Many people were able to play the course for the first time, and I think what surprised people the most was the undulation and difficulty of the greens. The quality of golf played over the two days was phenomenal,” said Metchosin Golf and Country Club’s Head Professional Jeff Dinn.
On the professional side of things, Highland Pacific’s Rob Cruise (71,64) beat Olympic View’s Kevin Maxwell (69,66) in a playoff, while 3rd place went to Olympic View’s Gordy Scutt (70,66). Olympic Views Matt Matheson (70,69) finished in fourth, and Gorge Vales’ Edd Boudreau (70,70) rounded out the top five.
“I played well Saturday shooting two over par but felt I left a lot on the course by not knowing the layout and playing defensively. Sunday I came out hot and was four under through nine. I scrambled well on the back 9 to keep up with Kevin knowing we were close. Kevin made a great birdie on 18 to force a playoff and we went back to the first hole to determine the winner. I was confident going to one as I had birdied it all four times around and just to keep that good feeling going and I birdied again in the playoff, ” said Highland Pacific’s Head Professional Rob Cruise.
Cruise’s 64 during the final is impressive, but what makes even more special is that Cruise had never played the Metchosin Golf and Country Club before the weekend.
“The 64 shot by Rob Cruise on Sunday was only 2 strokes of Jim Rutledges course record. I was very impressed by the turnout and the positive feedback. I can’t thank everyone enough for playing,” mentioned Dinn.