JUNE 13, 2022
HARRISON MILLS, BC (PGA of British Columbia) – 108 total players faced a variety of weather conditions as the first round of 2022 PGA of BC Assistants' & Seniors' Championships presented by Arbor Memorial concluded on Monday at Sandpiper Golf Course in Harrison Mills, BC.
Despite the elements that included a 45-minute rain delay, three players posted outstanding rounds of 4-under par rounds of 68 to share the first-round lead in the Assistants’ Championship.
Jake Scarrow (Gorge Vale Golf Club), Nate Ollis (Cordova Bay Golf Course), and Zach Olson (Chilliwack Golf Club) all share the clubhouse lead heading into tomorrow’s final round. Round one’s leaderboard contains some familiar names and a local flare.
Scarrow, the reigning PGA of BC Champion is no stranger to Sandpiper Golf Course as the nearby Mission-native played a large portion of his golf as an amateur. Meanwhile Olson, works at nearby Chilliwack Golf Club and has seen this track a number of times as a star on the golf team while attending University of the Fraser Valley.
Matt Cella (Elite Golf Club) finds himself one-shot back after posting a 3-under par round of 69, while Luke Bogdan (Cheam Mountain Golf Course) and first-year Apprentice Professional Steven Lecuyer (Seymour Creek Golf Centre) round out the top five after both posted rounds of 2-under par 70. Seventeen players opened with scores of par or better, including defending champion Conner Kozak (The Okanagan Golf Club) who sits tied for seventh place after a round of 71.
72 total Assistants are chasing a piece of the $17,285 total purse, including the $3,000 first place cheque. The final group of Scarrow, Ollis, and Olson are scheduled to tee off at 12:40pm for Tuesday’s final round.
Meanwhile, the chase for the Ben Colk trophy as the Seniors' Championship sees another Gorge Vale Golf Club name atop the leaderboard. Eddward Boudreau opened the championship with a 3-under par 69, which featured a closing stretch of 4-under par on his final four holes. The 2006 PGA of BC Champion eagled the Par 5 15th and then closed with consecutive birdies at 17th and 18th to take the first round lead.
Boudreau holds a one-shot advantage over Pacific Golf Academy (Richmond)’s Daryl Stubbs and 2017 Seniors’ champion Doug Morgan (Richmond Country Club) after both players posted rounds of one-under par 71.
Both Stubbs and Morgan had similar stories in round one, after both opened the championship 3-over par through their first six before taking full advantage of the unexpected rain delay. Following the resumption of play, both played the remainder of the golf course at 4-under par to finish in red figures. Boudreau, Stubbs and Morgan form the final pairing and are scheduled to tee off at 12:00pm Tuesday afternoon.
The Seniors’ Championship is open to all PGA of BC members aged 50 and older and features a total purse of $8,500. 36 players teed off Monday vying for the coveted Ben Colk trophy and the $1,800 first place prize.
CLICK HERE to view complete scoring and Round 2 tee times of both championships. Spectators are welcome to watch tomorrow’s action at no cost.
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