Pro tourneys teeing off at Vernon

Vernon Golf & Country Club will host a tripleheader of PGA of B.C. tournaments Monday and Tuesday.

Vernon Golf & Country Club will host a tripleheader of PGA of B.C. tournaments Monday and Tuesday (tee times start at 7 a.m.)

The Seniors (over 50) event will feature a purse of $7,500 and a field of at least 20 players. Confirmed entrants include Keith Vandenbrink of Hillview and Brian O’Keefe, a VSS Panther grad and Vernon junior now at Shuswap Lake Estates.

Former PGA Tour players Norm Jarvis (Surrey) and Murray Poje, of Tsawwassen, and Doug Herron, GM at the Salmon Arm Golf & Country Club, are also playing. The event is sponsored by Kwikfit4u

There will be at least 25 players in the B.C. Assistants tournament, sponsored by Flightscope and Cobra Puma Golf. Justin Baillargeon of the host course, Myles Johnson of Spallumcheen, former Vernon pro Robert Little, ex-Predator Ridge pro Cory Draper of Capilano and Brigham Young grad James Harper of Nanaimo are entered.

The PGA of B.C. Women’s tournament has a small field, incuding Tara Roden of Kelowna and Vancouver’s Sheila Cowan-Hood.

n Head pro Mark Anderson of the Mission Golf & Country Club and his club’s champion, Stu Dunaway, combined to shoot a 7-under par 65 and win the PGA Association of B.C. Tournament Champions Monday at The Harvest in Kelowna.

Anderson and Dunaway edged out Royal Colwood’s (Victoria) team of pro Jason Giesbrecht and amateur Chris Westlake by one stroke.  Anderson earned the top pro prize of $1,200, while Dunaway won a set of TaylorMade R11 irons.

Finishing two off the lead in third place (67) were Rob Anderson and Jason Monteleone of Kelowna Golf & Country Club, while Canoe Creek’s Jesse Crowe and Cody Bell tied for fourth with Dean Claggett and Curtis Pannell of Two Eagles at 68.

Crowe and Bell collected $650 and split a $200 skin earned by Crowe.

Crowe and Bell also hit the jackpot in the Spalding Cup last weekend in Salmon Arm, finishing second in the championship flight, at 137, one stroke back of Salmon Arm’s Jeremy Osborne and Chris Harrington.

n Youthful Ethan Danish of Two Eagles in West Kelowna two-putted for par on the first playoff hole to win the $1,700 pro purse in the Royal York Charty Pro-Am last Friday.

Keith Vandenbrink of Hillview three-putted the playoff hole for a bogey. He pocketed $1,200.

Myles Johnson of Spallumcheen tied for third with Peter Hopley of Gallagher’s Canyon, earning $900 for shooting 73. Crowe finished in a three-way tie for fifth at 74, good for $375.


The team of Rick McLaughlin, Gary Champagne, Fred Delure and Dan Lee topped the amateur field, taking home Callaway irons.