Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship Pro Am Day 1: A Photo Essay

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Billy Mayfair (right) high fives one of his teammates after they earned a birdie on the par 5 first hole Wednesday. Mayfair's group would win Wednesday's Pro Am with a net score of 50 (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)

September 21, 2016, Victoria, BC (ISN) – It was the kind of day that duffers across the world can appreciate, as a number of amateurs had the opportunity to tee it up with the pros during day one of the Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship Pro Am on a beautiful sunny Wednesday in Victoria.

The "Walrus" Craig Stadler tees off on the first hole of the Mountain Course during Wedensday's Pro Am. Stadler's group would finish tied for 10th with a net score of 58 (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
The “Walrus” Craig Stadler tees off on the first hole of the Mountain Course during Wedensday’s Pro Am. Stadler’s group would finish tied for 10th with a net score of 58 (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

Not that it matters too much – today, and tomorrow’s day two of the event, are all about having some fun on the course and for the pros to get in a practice round before Friday’s main tournament – but today’s winning team was led by Billy Mayfair, whose team netted a score of 50, counting handicaps, to take home the $500 first prize purse.

A colourful amateur uses the double club technique to line up his put during Wednesday's Pro Am at the Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
A colourful amateur uses the double club technique to line up his put during Wednesday’s Pro Am at the Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

ISN’s Christian J. Stewart followed a number of players around the course Wednesday and presents a selection of images below for your enjoyment.

Mark Calcavecchia surveys the fairway prior to teeing off on the third hole of the Mountain Course during Wednesday's Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship Pro Am (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Mark Calcavecchia surveys the fairway prior to teeing off on the third hole of the Mountain Course during Wednesday’s Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship Pro Am (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Tom Byrum follows his drive after teeing off on the second hole of the Mountain Course Wednesday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Tom Byrum follows his drive after teeing off on the second hole of the Mountain Course Wednesday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
A group of golfers and officials in Tom Byrum's group (far right), await their chance to go for the green on the picturesque fairway of Hole 1 on the Mountain Course during Wednesday's Pro Am (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
A group of golfers and officials in Tom Byrum’s group (far right), await their chance to go for the green on the picturesque fairway of Hole 1 on the Mountain Course during Wednesday’s Pro Am (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Amateur Shayne Fedosenko looks for his ball after blasting out of a bunker at the side of the 18th green Wednesday during the Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship Pro Am (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Amateur Shayne Fedosenko looks for his ball after blasting out of a bunker at the side of the 18th green Wednesday during the Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship Pro Am (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Nine-time PGA Tour winner Jay Haas tees off on the third hole of the Mountain Course during Wednesday's Pacific Links Championship Pro Am (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Nine-time PGA Tour winner Jay Haas tees off on the third hole of the Mountain Course during Wednesday’s Pacific Links Championship Pro Am (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Amateur KJ Darius of Victoria watches his chip shot on the first hole of the Mountain Course during the Pacific Links Championship ProAm Wednesday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Amateur KJ Darius of Victoria watches his chip shot on the first hole of the Mountain Course during the Pacific Links Championship ProAm Wednesday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Victoria native Jim Rutledge eyes his lie as he approaches the second green during Wednesday's Pacific Links Bear Mountian Championship Pro Am. Rutledge and his team would finish tied for 10th with a net score of 58 (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Victoria native Jim Rutledge eyes his lie as he approaches the second green during Wednesday’s Pacific Links Bear Mountian Championship Pro Am. Rutledge and his team would finish tied for 10th with a net score of 58 (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
This amateur won the award for the best pants during Wednesday's Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship Pro Am (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
This amateur won the award for the best pants during Wednesday’s Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship Pro Am (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Californian Brian Henninger tees off on the second hole of the Mountain Course during Wednesday's Pacific Links Championship Pro Am (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Californian Brian Henninger tees off on the second hole of the Mountain Course during Wednesday’s Pacific Links Championship Pro Am (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Target spotted. A group of golfers prepare to go for the flag on the first hole of the Mountain Course during the Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship Pro Am Wednesday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Target spotted. A group of golfers prepare to go for the flag on the first hole of the Mountain Course during the Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship Pro Am Wednesday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Golfer Scott Hoch grimaces as he tees off from the first hole of the Mountain Course during Wednesday's Pro Am (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Golfer Grant Waite grimaces as he tees off from the first hole of the Mountain Course during Wednesday’s Pro Am (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
After landing his second shot on the par five first hole just 10 feet from the pin, Paraguay's Carlos Franco gives the photographer a double thumbs up in celebration during Wednesday's Pro Am (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
After landing his second shot on the par five first hole just 10 feet from the pin, Paraguay’s Carlos Franco gives the photographer a double thumbs up in celebration during Wednesday’s Pro Am (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Two fans enjoy an elevated view of the 18th green of the Mountain Course during Wednesday's Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship Pro Am (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Two fans enjoy an elevated view of the 18th green of the Mountain Course during Wednesday’s Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship Pro Am (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Jeff Hart watches his tee shot on the second hole of the Mountain Course during Wednesday's Pro Am at the Pacific Links Championship (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Jeff Hart watches his tee shot on the second hole of the Mountain Course during Wednesday’s Pro Am at the Pacific Links Championship (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Billy Mayfair follows his chipshot on hole one of the Mountain Course during Wednesday's Pro Am (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Billy Mayfair follows his chipshot on hole one of the Mountain Course during Wednesday’s Pro Am (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
With the ball long gone and a divot flying, Scott Verplank watches his approach shot to the first green Wednesday during the Pro Am (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
With the ball long gone and a divot flying, Scott Verplank watches his approach shot to the first green Wednesday during the Pro Am (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Tom Byrum keeps a close eye on his chip shot on to the first green during Wednesday's Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship Pro Am (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Tom Byrum keeps a close eye on his chip shot on to the first green during Wednesday’s Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship Pro Am (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
13-Time PGA Tour winner Craig Stadler (left) and his caddie check out yardage information on the first tee of the Mountain Course during Wdnesday's Pro Am (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
13-Time PGA Tour winner Craig Stadler (left) and his caddie check out yardage information on the first tee of the Mountain Course during Wdnesday’s Pro Am (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The ProAm continues Thursday with a number of big names leading the way, including Bernhard Langer, Tom Kite, Mark O’Meara, Vijay Singh, Ian Woosnam, Colin Montgomerie and Miguel Jimenez all testing out the Mountian Course with some very fortunate amateurs.

Thursday’s Pro Am begins at Noon.

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