Aug 26,2014(ISN) – Despite near darkness, Gordy Scutt of Olympic View Golf Club made a 12-foot birdie
putt on the first playoff hole to win the 2014 Titleist / FootJoy PGA of BC
Championship presented by AXIS Insurance Managers.
Scutt closed with a final round 69 (-3) at Vancouver’s Point Grey Golf & Country Club to reach a two day total of -4, the
same score as Victoria Golf Club’s Lindsay Bernakevitch, who fired Tuesday’s low
round of 67 (-5) to finish on the same mark.
Both players capitalized on the firm, fast conditions at Point Grey, reaching the
par 5 18th hole in two shots. Scutt ran his eagle effort past the hole, but had
the advantage of putting first to put pressure on Bernakevitch’s birdie effort which
failed to find the cup as daylight disapeared.
“My putter saved me early.” Scutt said “But I hit the ball well all day. It was
a solid round of golf for me.”
Scutt began the day at -1, three back of overnight leader Kevin Maxwell, Olympic
View’s Head Golf Professional. Maxwell struggled Tuesday, carding his first birdie
on the eighteenth hole and finishing in a tie for 5th after a 75 (+3).Scutt would
make up ground quickly, playing the first eight holes in -3 to tie for the lead.
Bernakevitch reached his -4 total thanks to a hot start – a birdie at the first
was quickly followed by a eagle at the third courtesy of a holed bunker shot. Two
more birdies on the front nine saw him turn in 31 – a mark he would finish on after
an even par 36 on the back nine.
Pre-tournament favourite Bryn Parry of Seymour Creek Golf Centre held the lead for
most of the day, playing a steady round of 71 – one under par. The par 3 seventeenth
would be his undoing though, after a poor tee shot left him in a greenside bunker
unable to save par. Forced to lay up on the par 5 eighteenth, Parry could only manage
a par and would post a total of -3. Fellow Seymour Creek professional and reigning
PGA of BC Assistant’s Champion Oliver Tubb also had a chance to join the playoff
– his eagle effort at the eighteenth finished agonizing inches short, and he would
also settle for a -3 total and a T3 finish.
Bob Rawlings and Will Norton from title sponsors Titleist / FootJoy were on hand
to present Scutt with the William Thompson Trophy in the dark at Point Grey. Scutt
trusts Titleist and Footjoy products throughout his golf bag – a decision that paid
off with his first PGA of BC Championship title.
Point Grey Golf & Country Club showed it’s calibre as a strong test of shotmaking
during the event. Players were complimentary about the pristine course conditions,
and enjoyed the character of the design. The traditional tree-lined layout has hosted
Men’s and Women’s Canadian Opens, and recently played host to the PGA Tour Canada’s
PC Financial Open – a tournament where 2012 PGA of BC Champion Brad Clapp contended
late on Sunday and would eventually finish tied for second place in his PGA Tour