Nathan Leonhardt won last year’s Petron Communications Charity Pro-Am, and he came back this year looking for more of the same. He shot a 69 on Tuesday and a 70 on Wednesday to win the event for a second consecutive time by two strokes over Luke Bogdan.
He admitted going into last year’s event unaware of what to expect, so this time around was easier as there were no surprises on the course.
“I’m finally starting to figure the course out,” Leonhardt said. “I think last year going in blind I kind of got away with things I didn’t know. This year I learned a little more. I knew where to leave myself below the hole so it makes a difference.”
While there wasn’t anything to catch him off guard on the course itself, overall this year was more challenging due in large part to the windy conditions over the two day event.
His experience in playing various courses while in college subjected Leonhardt to some windy days on the links which he feels helped him stay in the lead.
“I went to college down in the States,” he said. “I’ve played a lot of golf in Florida and Texas. I really learned how to hit all sorts of shots. It’s very windy in both places. I’ve known how to do that for many years now but usually when we’re playing country club golf back in Vancouver you can hit the ball high and have it stop but you’ve got to be able to hit all the shots if you want to play professional golf.”
Lakepoint general manager Troy Knight said the pros from the Vancouver Golf Tour enjoyed the course this year which is a nice complement in that the players have visited a number of courses across the world.
“It went really well. They really like coming up here; we have a beautiful golf course. They play golf all over the world and they complement us every year about the layout and the shape of the course.”
After a less than ideal turnout for last year’s tournament, Knight and event organizers put their heads together to figure out a way to get the event back to what it is. After partnering with the Vancouver Golf Tour, the event was a positive step in the right direction.
“We were a little bit low in numbers last year so we were looking for a way to rejuvenate it. We definitely saw an increase of almost half as we had last year so that’s a good start. Hopefully we’ve gained some momentum and we will continue to grow.”
Knight added that he hopes the relationship between the course and the Vancouver Golf Tour is able to continue going forward.