It took a joust to the finish with Bryn Parry of North Vancouver, but Brian McCann, a teaching professional at the Academy at BraeBen in Mississauga, Ont., won the Titleist and FootJoy Canadian PGA Assistants’ Championship presented by Simmlands Insurance on the strength of a final-round 66 at Gorge Vale Golf Club in Victoria.
“I got off to such a good start that I kept thinking that today might be the day to turn my entire year around,” said McCann, who joined the Canadian PGA Apprentice Program in 2010 after spending a number of years in the association’s Tournament Player Division on the Nationwide Tour and Canadian Tour.
“Bryn is such a good player and I think I played as well as I did because I knew I had to have a great round just to beat him,” said McCann, who made 16 birdies and just two bogeys to finish at 14-under and collect a $9,000 paycheque.
“It still really hasn’t sunk in how awesome this is,” said McCann. “I’ve won some big events in the past, but to win a Canadian PGA national championship surrounded by my peers is something else and I’m really proud of it.”
McCann started the day two shots behind Parry, but recorded birdies on four of the first six holes. It still wasn’t enough to catch Parry, who made three birdies of his own on those same six holes to stay ahead of McCann by a single shot.
The turning point came on the last stretch of holes as Parry had bogeys on the 12th and 15th holes and McCann made birdies on the 13th and 16th to go from one shot behind to three shots ahead going into the final hole.
“I had a bunch of uncharacteristic mis-hits today that I usually don’t have to worry about when I play,” said Parry, who will tee it up at PGA Tour Qualifying School in Hawaii this fall.
“Brian played awesome golf today and he deserved it. He played exactly how I thought I was going to play today and I was happy to congratulate him after the round for getting the job done,” added Parry, who finished two shots behind McCann.
For full details from the tournament, see the Canadian PGA website by clicking here.