Golf Digest: Summerland Pro wins assistants tourney; book signing coming to Kelowna

Lots happening on the local links in our weekly look at the Kelowna and area golf scene

Summerland assistant pro Greg Machtalerclaimed the 2013 PGA of BC Assistants' Championship held at the Chilliwack Golf Club this week.

Summerland Golf and Country Club pro Greg Machtaler turned a one-stroke opening day deficit into a two-stroke win at the 2013 PGA of BC Assistants’ Championship held at the Chilliwack Golf Club.

Machtaler followed up his opening day 69 with a blistering 65, punctuated by a chip-in birdie at the 15th which gave him an insurmountable lead over first-round leader Gordy Scutt of the Olympic View Golf Club.

“That definitely gave me a comfortable cushion,” said Machtaler, who added that he wasn’t even thinking of holing the 12-yard pitch shot from behind the 15th green.

“Making it was the last thing on my mind,” said Machtaler. “I was pretty happy when it went in.”

Machtaler dedicated the victory to his high school friend Chris Walker, who passed away May 23 from stomach cancer.

“I’d like to think a part of this is due to him,” said an emotional Machtaler.

Machtaler cashed a nice cheque for $3,000 and had the added bonus of playing with friends Scutt and Lindsay Bernakevitch in the final grouping of the day.

There were several other assistant pros who played in the event.

Ethan Danish of Two Eagles Golf Course finished tied for 16th after an excellent 68 in his second round, which followed an opening round 79.

Connor Stephen of Gallagher’s Canyon had rounds of 76 and 74 to finish tied for 29th

In the PGA of BC Seniors’ Championship Lawrence Pierce of Two Eagles shot 77-72 to sit in a tie for seventh with fellow Two Eagles golfer Dean Claggett, who shot 71-78. Pierce’s 149 total was also good enough for second in the super senior division.

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Alastair Walker of Gallagher’s Canyon was the top finishing Kelowna golfer at the Spallumcheen Senior Men’s Open Golf Tournament last weekend.

Walker shot 74 in the top flight (0 to 8 handicap) to finish two shots off the pace in the one-round open tournament on May 30. Barry Simmonds of Kelowna Golf and Country Club shot a 79 to finish third in the second flight (9 to 12 cap). Dan Hunden of Shannon Lake had an 80 to finish first in the third flight (13 to 15 cap) while Lorry Chmelyk of Kelowna GC was second and Rod Belinski of Black Mountain was fourth.

In the low net category, Harvey Grummett of Two Eagles was fourth in his flight with a net 73.

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Another week in the books at the Okanagan Golf Club’s Molson Tour, recreational golf league.

After four weeks of play, here are the top five players who have accumulated points.

1.Tim Jex

2. Lance Menzies

3. Mike Heimlicher

T4. Dan Joinson

T4. Jen Mortenson

Closest to the pin winners on the Quail course this past Monday were Murray Thesen, Doug Adams, Enzo DeLaurentiis and Trong van Tran.

Among the two long drives was a big blast from long Jeff Budda.

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Congratulations to Black Mountain Golf Club members Janice Botterill and Allan Gieb who both had a hole-in-one this past Monday. Botterill nailed her ace on the 17th while Gieb nailed his on the 7th.

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Golfers can hear from author Wayne T. Morden June 12 at the Kelowna library as the author reads passages from his book called Golf Shorts and Plus Fours: Musings from a Golfing Traditionalist.

The  book is called a comic look at the game of golf in all its glory and idiosyncrasies. Arranged like an eighteen-hole golf course—including trivia refreshments and three additional playoff holes—this collection of short stories offers life lessons and relies heavily on golf’s fundamental tenets to remind golfers why they are so obsessed with this pastime.

The reading is June 12 at 7 p.m. at the Kelowna branch of the Okanagan Regional Library.

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