Griffin wins Salt Spring Open
By MARCIE HOGAN
Last Monday, 20 professional golfers from Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland came to Salt Spring Island to compete in a one-day tournament.
Included in the field was the top B.C. PGA professional, Bryn Parry of Point Grey Golf and Country Club. From Uplands Golf Club, Ben Griffin took top prize with a bogey-free round of 67, five under par. Second place went to Axle Riley from Ardmore, who shot 69. Third place was a three-way tie between Perry, Brad Morris from Salt Spring, and Darren Day from Royal Colwood, all with scores of 71.
To begin, the crowd of spectators gathered on the eighth tee box to watch the pros put on a long-drive show. The hole was uphill and straight into the wind, with soft fairways from the previous two days of rain. Travis Busche of Pheasant Glen Golf Club won with a bombed drive of 294 yards straight down the middle.
After the entertaining warm-up, excited spectators followed their chosen players to their respective holes for the noon shotgun start.
David MacPherson caddied for Parry, who was playing with Isaac Weintraub of Gorge Vale and Salt Spring’s Morris.
“What struck me was how consistent these players are off the tee and, of course, how far they hit the ball,” said MacPherson. “But my takeaway from the day was that it all comes down to putting, because most of them were on the green in regulation.
Morris, the tournament coordinator and participating pro, was pleased with the event and the positive feedback from the visitors.
“I want to grow this into the tournament that off-island professionals look forward to the most,” he said.
Next year’s tournament is already on the calendar, so people should save the date: Monday, Sept. 9.
For more on this story, see the September 19, 2018 issue of the Gulf Islands Driftwood newspaper, or subscribe online.