Machtaler wins golf tourney

Summerland Golf and Country Club assistant pro Greg Machtaler won at a recent B.C. tournament.

Summerland Golf and Country Club assistant pro Greg Machtaler won at a recent B.C. tournament.

Machtaler turned a one-stroke opening day deficit into a two-stroke win at the 2013 FlightScope/COBRA-PUMA  Professional Golfers Association of B.C. Assistants’ Championship at the Chilliwack Golf Club.

He followed his opening day 69 with a 65, which included a chip-in birdie at the 15th which gave him the lead over first-round leader Gordy Scutt of the Olympic View Golf Club.

“That definitely gave me a comfortable cushion,” Machtaler said.

He made the hole with a 12-yard pitch shot from behind the 15th green.

“Making it was the last thing on my mind,” said Machtaler. “I was pretty happy when it went in.”

Machtaler dedicated the victory to his high school friend Chris Walker, who passed away May 23 from stomach cancer.

“I’d like to think a part of this is due to him,” Machtaler said.

The win brought him $3,000 and he had the added bonus of playing with friends Scutt and Lindsay Bernakevitch in the final grouping of the day.

Machtaler’s 134 total was two better than Scutt’s 136 total, which featured back-to-back rounds of 68.

“I played well, but Greg just hit it awesome,” said Scutt. “It shows how many good players are in the PGA of B.C. I had a blast and we all had a good time out there, making birdies and going low.”