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CHARLIE LAKE, B.C. – The BOLD Promotions Charity Pro-Am was a great success with a four-time champion and more than $26,000 raised for charity.
Kevin Stinson was just too good again this year, winning the tournament with a two-round score of 4 under par. Stinson shot a 3-under 69 on Wednesday and a 1-under 71 to take the hardware.
The tournament at Lakepoint Golf & Country Club last week was the final Major event on the Vancouver Golf Tour‘s season schedule, but the tournament has been going long before the creation of the VGT, says club pro Cory Betz.
“The reason [Lakepoint] got involved with the Vancouver Golf Tour was so that they could get some more pros up here because I think they were struggling to get enough pros to come out,” explained Betz. “By making it a Tour event, they bring a lot of the guys up. If we had 18 guys in the field, 12 would be Vancouver Golf Tour pros, and 6 would be local pros.”
Betz says the event is almost like a three-headed monster.
“Some people view it as a Vancouver Golf Tour event, some view it as a charity fundraiser, and some view it as the Lakepoint Pro-Am. The main thrust of the program is to raise funds for the local community.”
The charity event puts three amateur golfers in a group with a professional, and they compete as a foursome in a Stableford Points Format. The proceeds of the event get invested back into the community.
“Obviously, pros had to play their own ball and post their score, but for the team side, it was all four balls counted in Stableford points. So the pro is playing individually and as part of the team. It makes everybody engaged and on the same team.”
With both professionals and amateurs competing on the same course, Betz says they didn’t firm up the greens to tournament levels.
“We didn’t firm it up, but the pin placements were a little tricky. That was the only defense. We’ve had some intermittent rains so the course last week wasn’t burnt out at all. It was really receptive.”
The team competition winners were Wonowon Water Services.
The recipient of more than $26,000 raised from this year’s Pro-Am is the Women’s Resource Society.
With a solid two months of good golfing weather, Betz says there’s plenty of time to get out and enjoy the course.
“August and September are still full-on golf season here.”
For more information, visit the Lakepoint Golf and Country Club website.
To book a tee-time, call the Pro Shop at 250-785-5566 Ext 1.
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