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Seymour Golf & Country Club Win Pro-Junior Championship
Callaway Golf Jack McLaughlin Memorial PGA of BC Pro-Junior Champions: Seymour Golf & Country Club
(L-R) Finn Lawlor, Liam Ripper, Thomas Huckell, Colin Lavers, and Barry Wallis (Callaway Golf Canada)
A complete team effort from the squad from Seymour Golf & Country Club was needed to capture this year's Callaway Golf Jack McLaughlin Memorial PGA of BC Pro-Junior Championship held on Monday at Meadow Gardens Golf Club at Pitt Meadows.
Colin Lavers, Class A Professional with Seymour G&CC guided his team of Juniors to a 16-under par result to edge out the runner up team headed by Professional Dean Kuntz from Vancouver Golf Club by two strokes. Lavers was extremely pleased with how the team helped each other, including candid discussions on club selection, reading the greens, and staying positive.
"Whether it was our youngest member, ten-year old Finn (Lawlor), giving us a great start with two natural pars, a huge chip-in for par on six from 20 yards from Thomas (Huckell), or Liam (Ripper) shooting a career round that included five birdies, we all had a lot of fun and we are obviously ecstatic to capture the title".
"Finn was so pumped about winning," Lavers added laughing, "the new Callaway driver he won didn't leave his hands the entire drive home...he probably took it to bed."
The format of the Championship has the Junior amateur's play off of 80% of their handicap and the two best net scores are taken per hole (the Professional's gross score can also count as one of the two scores).
The PGA of BC Professionals also were playing for their share of a $3000 purse, winning a share for every birdie or eagle they made throughout the day. Three professionals shared top earnings, with host professional Scott Rodgers (Meadow Gardens Golf Club) and Patrick Martin (Fairview Mountain Golf Club) making five birdies, and Redwoods Golf Course Doug Morgan making three birdies and an eagle on the par-4 tenth.
Steve Liddicoat and his team from Bowen Island Golf
Club won the coveted "Best Dressed" prize.
The eighty players who participated in the event were treated to a Sunday Night BBQ with plenty of outdoor activities and games, a dozen Callaway HEX Black Tour golf balls as their first tee gift, team competitions including "Closest to the Pin", "Best Dressed", and "Furthest Traveled", as well as all the Junior players received a fabulous prize from Callaway Golf, ranging from sunglasses to brand new drivers.
The PGA of BC would like to thank Callaway Golf Canada for their continued tremendous support of the event, as well as Meadow Gardens Golf Club Head Professional Scott Rodgers and the entire Meadow Gardens team for their generous support in hosting the Championship.
Phil Kitsch and the team from Pitt Meadows Golf Club bid adieu and thanks to a terrific Championship.
Jeff Lindemulder from Morgan Creek Golf Course had his team leaping for joy after sinking a putt.