What began as an improbable dream on Tuesday became reality for Quebec’s Eric Laporte Friday afternoon at the PGA Championship of Canada played at Calgary’s Country Hills Talons Course.
In the moments after winning his match on the 17th green against Lindsay Bernakevitch, the 34-year old head professional from Montcalm Club de Golf raised his hands in the air and let out an exuberant shout of joy.
“I didn’t think it was possible to win on Tuesday when I started,. “but round after round after round, I’m here,” said Laporte, who never trailed in any of his six matches.
“All week, I’ve been up in my matches and I think that is the reason why today I’m the winner,” said Laporte.
Laporte needed this best on Friday on a Talons Course that played firmer and faster than it had all week long.
“It’s the firmest greens I’ve ever played; it’s the fastest greens I’ve ever played,” Laporte said.
In his morning semifinal match, Laporte took down Brad Clapp 3&2 and then won 3&1 over Bernakevitch in the championship’s final match.
The consolation match saw Clapp and Eddward Boudreau go extra holes, with Boudreau eventually winning on the 22nd hole.