Brian Wise held the clubhouse lead for much of the opening day of the PGA of BC golf championship at Crown Isle. Photo courtesy PGA of BC

Vancouver Island pro earns top 10 finish at PGA of BC golf championship

Host Crown Isle’s Brian Wise 10th in Comox Valley-hosted event won by Kelowna’s Keith Martin

Keith Martin fired his second straight three-under-par round of 69, Tuesday at Crown Isle Resort & Golf Community, to earn a come-from-behind victory at the PGA of BC Championship.

The first-year PGA of BC pro from Kelowna’s Tower Ranch Golf Club overtook first-round leader Brad Clapp (Cultus Lake Golf Club) on the back nine of Tuesday’s final round, finishing at 6-under for the 36-hole championship.

Clapp’s final round of 74 left him at four-under for the event, which was good for a runner-up finish at the same venue where he captured his 2012 PGA of BC Championship title. The trio of 2018 winner Kevin Stinson (Cheam Mountain Golf Course), Matthew Steinbach (Simon Fraser University) and Steven MacPherson (Storey Creek Golf Club) finished in a tie for third place at 2-under.

Crown Isle pro Brian Wise was the top local, finishing in a three-way tie for ninth at one-over par.

Although spectators weren’t allowed, that didn’t stop people whose properties back onto the course from watching from their yards. There was a great scene at the 17th green Tuesday where Wise had about 20 people cheering him on.

Wise was part of Glacier Greens’ winning Pro-Junior Championship team last year. His top-10 finish this week is likely his best result in a PGA of BC individual stroke-play event.

Former Glacier Greens pro Paul Dashkewytch, who had played himself into the second-last group after an opening 71, injured his achilles on the front nine Tuesday, which made for a tough day, but he still finished in the money with a two-day total of nine-over-par.

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