Taking top spot at the 23rd annual Glacier Greens Pro-Am was the Uplands team of (left to right) Matt Campbell

Taking top spot at the 23rd annual Glacier Greens Pro-Am was the Uplands team of (left to right) Matt Campbell

Glacier Greens’ pro-am tourney boosts junior golf

Threatening skies did not deter the 25 pros and 90 amateurs July 12 as they teed it up at Glacier Greens Golf Club for the 23rd annual Pro Am in support of junior golf.

After the last putt dropped and the scores tallied at the five-person team event (with the two best net score on each hole counting), Uplands’ pro Adam Novosad and his amateur team of Matt Campbell, Sean Russell, Sean Cowland and Joel Wilson were the winners with a score of -29.

Next at -25 was Highland Pacific’s Axel Riley and his team of Shawn McBride, Thomas Trask, Callum Ashby and Blake Thompson. Also at -25 was Victoria Golf Club’s Conner Taiji with his pick-up team of local amateurs Wayne Mabee, Nick Mykitiuk, Al Pasanen and Rudge Wilson.

Glacier Greens’ own Bill Kelly and his team of Larry Lott, Shelly Davis, Doug McArthur and Chris Pouliot were tied at -24 with Comox Golf Club’s Jesse Moussa and his team of Rick Curiston, Vic Crisp, Dane Petersen and Marty Petersen.

Glacier Greens’ Brian Wise and his team of Glacier Greens ladies club members Fran Hutchison, Glenda Kinney, Rosslyn O’Rourke and Gussy Prichard were next at -23.

On the pro side, two were tied at two-under par 69 and after a hard-fought, three-hole playoff between Storey Creek’s Steve MacPherson and Glacier Greens’ Bill Kelly, MacPherson was declared the winner.

Tied for third at 71 was Mark Bicknell of the Victoria Golf Club and Jesse Moussa of the Comox Golf Club. Fifth place with 72 was Conner Taij also from the Victoria Golf Club.

Four pros were tied at 73: Brian Wise, Glacier Greens, Paul Dashkewytch, Glacier Greens, Corey Betz, Eaglecrest and Gord Scutt,  Olympic View.

Close to the pin prizes were awarded to the following amateurs: Sandy Tufnail #4, Bruce Robson #7, Glacier Greens club president Suzanne Thistle on #12, Irene Knowland #15 and Vic Crisp # 7. A second KP on #15 for pros only went to Mark Forest from Qualicum Beach.

“Thanks to Bill Girard and Canadian Western Bank who sponsored a $5,000 hole-in-one on the par three #17,” said tourney spokesperson Len Doyle. “Unfortunately that illusive ace was not to be found.

“Other valued sponsors we would like to thank are Red 21 Gaming Tap & Grill, Keith Gibson from Gee and Associates Investors Group and North Island College.”

Following play, all participants were treated to a fine rib dinner prepared by our own clubhouse staff. Special thanks to our head professional Bill Kelly and his Pro Shop team for a job well done.