Mike Belbin of Royal Mayfair in Edmonton became just the second player to win back-to-back titles at the PGA Assistants’ Championship of Canada titles Wednesday at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Golf Club.
Belbin posted a final round, one-under 70, bringing his three day total to 12 under, two shots clear of a trio of players.
“This one seemed way harder than last year,” said Belbin. “I played good today, even though I lost some of my feel on the greens”
With the win, Belbin, 37, becomes the first player since Serge Thievierge in 1979-80 to win the PGA Assistants’ Championship.
“To be put in the same sentence as a guy who has become a PGA of Canada legend is pretty awesome,” Belbin said. “Maybe one day, 20-years down the road someone will say that about me.”
Tyler LeBouthillier (Silver Springs Golf and Country Club), Brad Clapp (Chilliwack Golf and Country Club) and Billy Walsh (Fairtree Golf Centre) each fired sub-70 final rounds, finishing T2 at 10 under.
Vancouver Golf Club’s Mark Strong finished alone in fifth at nine under, while Reg Millage (The Clublink Academy at Glen Abbey) and Colin Murray (Peninsula Lakes Golf Club) tied for sixth at eight under.
Dale Machesney of the Salmon Arm Golf Club had the only hole-in-one of the championship, with an ace on the ninth hole, dubbed Cleopatra.
The PGA of Canada Player Rankings were updated after final round play and Brian McCann (The Academy at BraeBen) regained top spot with 189 points.
Belbin moved to second with181 points and Walsh jumped to sixth.
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