From left: Ryan Stoltz, Ethan MacLean, professional Brian Wise and Nolan Phoenix of Glacier Greens won the 2019 Jack McLaughlin Memorial PGA of BC Pro-Junior Championship. Photo courtesy of PGA of BC

Glacier Greens team wins pro-junior tourney

A team representing Glacier Greens won a pro-junior golf tournament Monday in Victoria.

Glacier Greens pro Brian Wise and junior golfers Nolan Phoenix, Ryan Stoltz and Ethan MacLean finished with a 16-under-par total, beating 25 other teams at the Jack McLaughlin Memorial PGA of BC Pro-Junior Championship at the Highland Pacific Golf Course.

Phoenix, Stoltz and MacLean all attend Highland Secondary in Comox. They and Wise were two strokes better than the defending champs from the Nanaimo Golf Club.

“Everybody did their job. I was the GM, that was my job. Put the team together,” said Wise, who has previously played the tournament. “They were having fun. They didn’t expect to win. And I didn’t expect them to win. We were more having fun than actually playing to win the tournament.”

The championship is a longstanding PGA of BC tradition where a club pro teams with three juniors from their course to compete over 18 holes of two-net, best-ball play. The format allows for girls and boys of all ages and abilities to contribute to their team’s success. Monday’s tournament featured players as young as six up to 18 years. Some were experienced, and others were competing in their first golf tournament.

The event honours the late Jack McLaughlin, a past association president and a Canadian Golf Hall of Fame inductee known for his extensive work to promote junior golf during his career.

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