Okanagan Golf Club win by 1-stroke at Tower Ranch

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Rick Crowson and Clay Stothers of The Okanagan Golf Club win by 1-stroke at Tower Ranch Golf and Country Club

KELOWNA, B.C. (PGA of BC) – The Okanagan Golf Club team of Head Professional Rick Crowson and Assistant Professional Clay Stothers shot a two-day total of 18-under 126 to claim the 2015 G&G Golf and Callaway PGA of BC Pro-Assistant Championship on Tuesday. The tournament was played at Tower Ranch Golf & Country Club in Kelowna, B.C.

The tournament was played over the course of two rounds, Best Ball being the format for Round #1, followed by Scramble format for Round #2. The winning pair shot two bogey free rounds, including a string of six birdies in a row on the front-9 on Tuesday.

“We didn’t take it too competitively,” said Stothers, the 2014 PGA of BC Teacher of the Year, in a post-round interview. “Rick played well when I played bad, and I played well when Rick played bad so it was a perfect team scenario.”

“We went out there with no expectations,” Crowson, the new Head Professional at Okanagan, continued. “We had both been playing well coming into the tournament so we thought hey, we’re local guys. Let’s give it a try.  I think the guys we got to play with over the past two days helped a lot too. The Black Mountain team [consisting of Russ Latimer and Tyrel Griffith] were really great guys to play with, so the whole atmosphere was very calm and we never really had any nerves.”

Defending champions, Russ Latimer and Tyrel Griffith of Black Mountain Golf Club, finished in shared third alongside Rob Anderson and Jamie Stevens of Kelowna Golf & Country Club and Golden Golf Club’s Graeme Kreiner and Brent Firminger. Claiming the second place spot and a cheque for $1,500 was Victoria Golf Club’s Lindsay Bernakevitch and Connor Taiji, who finished just one stroke behind the champion team after a sizzling 12-under par 60 in round 2. For their first place finish, The Okanagan team cashed the $2,250 grand prize.

The one day event featured 38 teams from facilities across British Columbia, each consisting of a Head Professional and an Assistant Professional.


1 The Okanagan GC (Crowson/Stothers) 63 63 126 -18 $2,250

2 Victoria GC (Bernakevitch/Taiji) 67 60 127 -17 $1,500

T3 Black Mountain GC (Latimer/Griffith) 63 65 128 -16 $1,067

T3 Kelowna G&CC (Anderson/Stevens) 66 62 128 -16 $1,067

T3 Golden GC (Kreiner/Firminger) 67 61 128 -16 $1,067

T6 Point Grey G&CC (Buder/Hay) 66 63 129 -15 $750

T6 Capilano G&CC (Thirtle/Zibrik) 64 65 129 -15 $750

T8 World Beat Family GC (Letvinchuk/Hritzuk) 67 64 131 -13 $429

T8 Fernie G&CC (Dies/Van Horne) 69 62 131 -13 $429

T8 Talking Rock GC (Blair/Kohlen) 67 64 131 -13 $429

T8 Highland Pacific GC (Cruise/Riley) 65 66 131 -13 $429

T8 Canoe Creek GC (Loewen/Bell) 65 66 131 -13 $429

T8 Richmond CC (Strong/Ogden) 67 64 131 -13 $429

T8 Olympic View GC (Maxwell/Matheson) 66 65 131 -13 $429

T15 Two Eagles GC (Claggett/Danish) 70 62 132 -12 $310

T15 Glacier Greens GC (Kelly/Wise) 66 66 132 -12 $310

T17 Spallumcheen G&CC (Johnson/Schreve) 67 67 134 -10 $290

T17 Cranbrook GC (Whittingham/Medford) 69 65 134 -10 $290

T19 Sunset Ranch G&CC (Vermee/Palahniuk) 71 64 135 -9 $55

T19 The Harvest GC (Scott/Poupart) 68 67 135 -9 $55

T19 The Fairmont Chateau Whistler GC (O’Rourke/Rourke) 72 63 135 -9 $55

T19 Tobiano/Eagle Point (McGeady/Henson) 70 65 135 -9 $55

T19 Vancouver GC (Smith/Heenan) 70 65 135 -9 $55

*Results list only teams that finished in the prizes

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