Lindsay Bernakevitch & Erik Swinburnson of Victoria Golf Club win 2015 Tournament of Champions at Bear Mountain Golf Resort
Victoria Golf Club’s Lindsay Bernakevitch (left) and Erik Swinburnson win the 2015 PGA of BC Tournament of Champions presented by SYNlawn
RICHMOND, B.C. (PGA of BC) – The Victoria Golf Club team of Head Professional Lindsay Bernakevitch and Club Champion Erik Swinburnson shot a total of 5-under 65 to win the 2015 PGA of BC Tournament of Champions presented by SYNlawn on Monday. The tournament was played on the Mountain course at The Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort in Victoria, B.C.
The winning pair made just one bogey during their round, making birdie on their final hole for the championship win. “The pins were tough and the greens were firm, but we didn’t have a lot of stress during the round. We never even came close to making a team bogey except for one,” said Bernakevitch.
“It’s always fun to play on a team where you feel like you have some support out there,” Bernakevitch said of his partner Swinburnson. “Erik made a lot of very timely putts with a couple birdies late in the round. We were pretty relaxed all day, but you definitely feed off of each other.”
Bernakevitch has been a golf professional since 2004, working at Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club in Vancouver for ten years before joining Victoria Golf Club in January 2014. For his amateur win on Sunday, Swinburnson walked home with a set of Srixon Z 545 irons.
Defending champions, Jason Giesbrecht and Kevin Carrigan of Royal Colwood Golf Club in Victoria, B.C., finished in shared second alongside Greg Pool and Geoff Butt of Marine Drive Golf Club in Vancouver. The teams finished just one stroke behind the winning pair from Victoria Golf Club at 4-under 66.
The one day event featured 38 teams from clubs across British Columbia, each consisting of the club’s Head Professional and Club Champion.
Final results from the 2015 PGA of BC Tournament of Champions presented by SYNlawn:
1. Lindsay Bernakevitch and Erik Swinburnson (Victoria Golf Club) – 65 $1,000
T2. Jason Giesbrecht and Kevin Carrigan (Royal Colwood Golf Club) – 66 $675
T2. Greg Pool and Geoff Butt (Marine Drive Golf Club) – 66 $675
4. Rick Crowson and Ryan Brunn (The Okanagan Golf Club) – 67 $500
T5. Mark Thirtle and Stu Bell (Capilano Golf and Country Club) – 68 $375
T5. Victor Vianzon and Donald Miyazaki (Quilchena Golf and Country Club) – 68 $375
T7. Rob Cruise and Keaton Gudz (Highland Pacific Golf) – 69 $250
T7. Jeff Hallborg and Mike Joaquin (Hi-Knoll Golf Centre) – 69 $250
T7. Brian McDonald and Thierry Martine (Fairview Mountain Golf Club) – 69 $250
T7. Bill Kelly and Terran Berger (Glacier Greens Golf Club) – 69 $250
T7. Lance McCullough and Paul Hansen (The Ridge Course at Cordova Bay) – 69 $250
T12. Mark Strong and Dave Gazely (Richmond Country Club) – 70 $180
T12. Gord Melissa and Brayden Eriksen (Pheasant Glen Golf Resort) – 70 $180
T12. Cory Butler and Lance Lundy (Big Sky Golf Club) – 70 $180
T15. Alan Kristmanson and Craig Wheeler (Whistler Golf Club) – 71 $140
T15. Randy Smith and Jarad Boddy (The Vancouver Golf Club) – 71 $140
T15. Jesse Moussa and Nick Usher (Comox Golf Club) – 71 $140
T15. Andrew Smart and Steve MacDonald (Nicklaus North Golf Course) – 71 $140
T15. Kevin Maxwell and Mike Belleau (Olympic View Golf Club #1) – 71 $140
*Results list only teams that finished in the prizes