Host pro Jeff Wills uses a five-iron to reach the par-5 10th green in two during the first Fall Classic at The Rise pro-am tournament.

Wills Rises to the occasion

Home-course knowledge boosted Jeff Wills and company to victory in the inaugural Fall Classic Pro-Am Golf Tournament Saturday at The Rise.

Morning Star Staff

Home-course knowledge boosted Jeff Wills and company to victory in the inaugural Fall Classic Pro-Am Golf Tournament Saturday at The Rise.

Wills was backed by amateurs Bob Zurevinski, Gary Brassart and Keith Kolins. They pocketed 80 points with the amateurs taking home Ping G25 drivers from tournament co-sponsor Strictly Golf.

There was a field of 15 teams, including one from Whitehorse, in the Stableford format where points are given for birdies, pars or better.

Myles Johnson of Spallumcheen guided his team of Don Howe, Frank Genaille and Ron Harper to runner-up at 73 points. They picked up Adams Tight Lies fairway woods.

Third place, at 71 points, went to Hillview pro Keith Vandenbrink and amateurs Jim Atmore, Jon Atmore and Gary Hinkle. They added Nike fairway woods to their bags.

Michael Chmilar of Sun Rivers in Kamloops and amateurs Christian Lacasse, Dommi Fidanza and Francis Ramunno finished fourth with 65 points.

Bob Duncan of Vernon’s Strictly Golf, Tony Dyke, Larry Walthers and Grant Oben were fifth at 65.

Taylor Hull of Mayfair Lakes in Richmond won the pro portion with 24 points, earning $800. Johnson was second with 22 points, good for $600. Dale Machesney of Salmon Arm took third with 19 points. Wills and Vandenbrink each amassed 18 points for $375 apiece.

Meanwhile, the Vernon Golf & Country Club will host the newly-named B.C. Master-40/Senior Women’s Championships, June 17-19.

Susan White of B.C. Golf announced the 2014 provincial sites Thursday.

A format change will be recognized in the Women’s Amateur and Mid-Amateur Championship. Starting next year, the Women’s Master-40 division (Ages 40 and older) will no longer be a competition within the Women’s Amateur Championship, but will be contested at the newly named Master-40/Senior Women’s Championship.

“We performed a thorough analysis of both the Women’s Amateur and Senior Women’s Championship compositions from years past and decided that this change will help elevate overall participation in the Master-40 division using a yardage that fits the competitive demand without jeopardizing the competitive strength of both fields,” said White.

Highlighting the 2014 season will be the 112th B.C. Amateur, hosted by the Seymour Golf and Country Club in North Vancouver, the B.C. Women’s Amateur and Mid-Amateur, hosted by the Kamloops Golf and Country Club, and the Men’s Mid-Amateur, hosted by the Big Sky Golf Club in Pemberton.

The B.C. Senior Men’s tournament goes July 22-24, at Christina Lake.


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