PGA of BC winners

Kamloops Golf & Country Club head pro Ian Henson, left, and executive pro Alec Hubert hold the trophy after winning the PGA of BC Pro-Assistant Championship on Tuesday at Copper Point Golf Club in Invermere.

Kamloops Golf & Country Club’s Alec Hubert and Ian Henson hung on to win the 2019 PGA of BC Pro-Assistant Championship on Tuesday at Invermere's Copper Point Golf Club, capturing the event in their competition debut as a team.

The first-round leaders after a 7-under-par 64 in best-ball play Monday, Hubert and Henson fended off a number of challengers with a scramble-format 63 to reach 15-under for the tournament and earn a one-stroke victory over the Kelowna Golf & Country Club team of Rob Anderson and Jamie Stevens.

The winners will split the $2,500 top prize out of a purse of nearly $13,000.

The Pro-Assistant Championship is an annual favourite among PGA of BC members in which a Club Professional (Head, Executive or Head Teaching Professional) teams up with a colleague from their facility to compete against their peers over 36 holes. Thirty teams representing 28 PGA of BC facilities competed in this year’s tournament. 

Runners-up Anderson and Stevens have formed a strong partnership before, so it was no surprise to see them in contention.

However, their 11-under 60 on Tuesday left them just short of their first title as a team.

“We were very happy with the way we played. It was probably the best scramble round we’ve ever had,” said Anderson, a Pro-Assistant winner in 2010. "We usually do better in best-ball, but kind of let a few go yesterday. This was good fun. There was one or two more we could have had today, but we’re not disappointed.”

Also finishing T3 were defending champions James Presnail and Mark Kitts (Shadow Ridge Golf Club), 2017 winners Brian McDonald and Rob Tadey (Fairview Mountain Golf Club), 2014 champs Russ Latimer and Tyrel Griffith (Black Mountain Golf Club), and Dean Claggett and Ethan Danish (Two Eagles Golf Course & Academy).

The tournament also saw a hole-in-one for the second day in a row, as Steve Haggard from The Springs at Radium aced the par-3 2nd hole.