In a down to the wire win on Tuesday, Bryn Parry hoisted the William Thompson trophy for a third time as he claimed the champion title at the TaylorMade and Adidas Golf PGA of BC Championship at Oliver’s Fairview Mountain Golf Club.
The tournament, played over a smoky two days, saw multiple players come within strokes of snagging first place however, Parry’s score of eight-under 136 put him atop the leaderboard in the end.
“I felt that when I hit really good shots, I got great rewards, and when I hit mediocre shots, there was a lot of work left,” said Parry in a post-round interview on Tuesday. “Today the work turned into extra work because my putting speed was a little off. So, every time I made a mistake I had a six or seven footer left. But some of them went in… enough of them went in.”
Perhaps the most crucial shot for Parry came on the 18th green, as a missed putt would force a playoff between himself and Dave Zibrik of Capilano Golf and Country Club, while sinking it would earn him the title. The 25-footer rolled in and the rest is history.
“One of the things I’ve been trying to do is just taking a deep breath before I hit every shot,” Parry said. “I felt just a little bit unsettled on this course and never felt like I was totally in control. But after a couple deep breaths, I just asked myself to hit as good a putt as I could and it was my time, it went in.”
Parry has had a busy summer playing in tournaments throughout Canada. Most recently, he tied for eighth at the Coupe Canada Sani Marc in Quebec, in addition to advancing to the quarter-final matches at the PGA Championship of Canada in Nova Scotia. Parry’s other PGA of BC Champion titles came in 2000 and 2008. For his win, Parry cashed a $6,000 cheque, while Zibrik’s second place finish earned him $4,200. Four players finished the tournament in shared third: Lindsay Bernakevitch (Victoria Golf Club), John Shin (Northview Golf & Country Club), Jeremy Johnson (Fairmont Hot Springs Resort), and Ben Griffin (Uplands Golf Club). The foursome finished the tournament at 5-under 139 and each took home $2,375.