Morning Star Staff
The Spallumcheen Golf & Country Club team, captained by Myles Johnson, shared second spot in the Jack McLaughlin Memorial PGA of BC Pro-Junior Championship Monday at Gallagher’s Canyon.
Johnson, playing with juniors Braeden Cooper, Dexter Weiten and Parker Wadsworth, carded a under-17 total 127 in the two-ball event presented by PING Golf Canada.
Host pro Peter Hopley’s foursome won the tournament at -23. Chris Matte, Andrew Gorges, and Peter’s son Matt Hopley were the supporting juniors.
The Tower Ranch Golf & Country Club tied with Spallumcheen.
Johnson fired 67, while Weiten carded 80, Cooper 81 and Wadsworth 82. The boys collected PING Moonlight golf bags and a PING I25 Fairway wood worth more than $300.
“The guys ham and egged it really good,” said Johnson. “It was a best two of four net format. Dexter made three or four really clutch putts when we really needed them, Parker made some unbelievable up and downs leading to a chant of PAAAARRRRR-ker and Braeden finished the last five holes in 1-under gross to help bring it home.”
Added Johnson: “The PGA of BC staff and Gallagher’s guys put on an awesome show. From practice facility setup, to ice cream sandwiches and fun photo shoots, it was an awesome time.”
Matt Hopley, a 10 handicap, fired his best ever round of 79 to support his father’s four-under 68.
“We played well together,” said an excited Matt Hopley “It was like every time two of us had a bad hole, the other two were making eagle.”
Each of the winning juniors earned a PING I25 Driver, just part of the lavish prize table presented by PING.
The field included 22 teams from across B.C. Teams are encouraged to dress alike – a suggestion which has led to some wild outfits in tournament history.
Bradlee Jones of Vernon Golf & CC, along with juniors Taylor Scott, Brandon Chai and Nick Cherkowski, tied for 13th, at -11 (133).
This year’s best-dressed team award went to Seymour Golf & CC’s Colin Lavers, along with juniors Sean Buckles, Brendan Lee, and Carson Prokopuik. The team emulated British Open winner Rory McIlroy’s Sunday outfit – a pink and grey Nike ensemble.
The award for team that traveled the furthest goes to Alberni Golf Club, where professional Brian Rands along with juniors Jeremy Robson, Nick Robson, and Carson Rhodes traveled eight hours and 560 kilometres.
The tournament honours the memory of Jack McLaughlin, a pioneer and leader of junior golf in the province, who was a Canadian club professional whose career began in 1953 at Scarboro Golf & Country Club. In 1974, Jack relocated to Vancouver’s Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club where he served until he died, at age 58, in 1991. This was the 33rd year it has been contested.