Vandenbrink cards provincial second

Keith Vandenbrink of Hillview finished tied for second in the seniors division of the PGA of B.C. Assistants’ Championship in Chilliwack.

Keith Vandenbrink of Hillview finished tied for second in the seniors division of the PGA of B.C. Assistants’ Championship Wednesday at the Chilliwack Golf Club.

Seymour Golf and Country Club’s Roy Abbenbroek rode a hot putter and 14 pars to win the championship (73-71) by one stroke over his old friend Vandenbrink and Cory Draper of the Capilano Golf and Country Club (formerly of Predator Ridge).

Abbenbroek finished with a two-round total 144 and cashed a winners’ cheque for $1,750.  Abbenbroek said it’s been a long time since he last won a championship, even though he has a storied winning history in Alberta.

“I’ve won Assistants championships and amateur championships in Alberta, but that was about 15 or 20 years ago,” said Abbenbroek. “To win here is pretty sweet and I’m so happy to win my first title in B.C.”

Vandenbrink closed with 74 (38-36) after an opening-round 71 (38-33). Draper followed up his Tuesday 73 with a one-over 72 which saw his putter desert him on the back nine.

“Bridesmaid again,” chuckled Vandenbrink, who was also runner-up last year and has a few seconds in other tournaments this season. “I actually chipped in for a birdie on 14 (Wednesday) and I think a tie for first, but then I doubled 15.”

Vandenbrink, who earned $1,025,  is playing in the Two Eagles tournament in Kelowna this weekend and the Callaway Interior Tour stop Monday at Sagebrush in Merritt.

Meanwhile, at the B.C. AA high school championships, the Okanagan Valley champion Seaton Sonics struggled to eighth place at the Arbutus Ridge Golf Club last weekend in Cobble Hill.

Rainy and windy condition on both days of competition made the course play a lot longer than its 6,100 yards, providing a big challenge to the junior golfers.

Matt McEachran-Law led the Seaton squad with identical 79s, while Russell Day (86-81), Mac Gourdine (80-93), Mackenzie Barrie (86-84) and Anthony Peterson (94-94) rounded out the Sonics’ scoring.

McEachran-Law was 10th overall in individual play.

The Kalamalka Lakers – Matt Kreutz (86-82), Austin Bosquet (84-86), Alex Kreutz and Jared Larsen – finished 10th.

The Kwalicum Kondors of Qualicum Beach won the team competition, just ahead of Shawnigan Lake. Burnaby’s St. Thomas Moore Knights’ Alain Tolusso fired a 70-72 to win the overall individual competition.