Greg Machtaler

Machtaler wins golf championship

Summerland golfer Greg Machtaler continued his winning season in Salmon Arm as he won the 2013 Titleist/FootJoy PGA of BC Championship.

Summerland golfer Greg Machtaler continued his winning season in Salmon Arm earlier this month as he won the 2013 Titleist/FootJoy PGA of BC Championship.

Machtaler, the assistant pro at the Summerland Golf and Country Club, chipped in for the birdie on the second playoff hole to beat Bryn Parry of Seymour Creek.

The top prize, presented by Axis Insurance Managers, included a $6,000 cheque and the William Thompson Trophy.

“I can’t explain it,” he said later. “It’s been a dream summer.”

Machtaler added the PGA of BC Championship to the Assistants’ Championship he won in Chilliwack in June and the Pro-Assistant Championship he won with Summerland head pro Tye Babkirk in July, and the 2013 Canada Cup in Victoriaville earlier this month.

Parry said the future for Machtaler is endless.

“He’s just getting started,” said Parry. “I cheer guys like Greg on because I’ve been there and I know how hard it is to get to that next level. Greg has a great future in front of him.”

Machtaler had numerous chances to win the William Thompson Trophy, but a lipped out birdie putt at 17 and an approach on 18 that went a hair long into the fringe forced Machtaler into needing to two-putt for the win.

His eight-foot birdie putt stayed right and that meant the trio was back to 18 for a playoff.

Parry and Edd Boudreau of Gorge Vale, the two runners-up take home $3,750 cheques for their efforts.

Finishing in a tie for fourth were Olympic View’s Kevin Maxwell, who shot rounds of 69 and 72; McCleery’s James Harper, who shot 73 and 68; Two Eagles’ Dean Claggett, who shot 76 and improved by 11 strokes to 65 on the second day and Northview’s Kyle German, who also shot 73 and 68 for a 141 total.

The fourth-place finishers each cash a cheque for $1,800.

The top 37 players in the tournament shared more than $32,000 in prize money in the PGA of BC’s most prestigious tournament of the year.