Fairview Mountain team wins championship
PGA of BC
Special to Times-Chronicle
A clutch back nine paid off in a big way Tuesday for the Fairview Mountain Golf Club team of Brian McDonald and Rob Tadey, who captured their second title since 2017 in the G&G Golf Company and Callaway Golf PGA of BC Pro-Assistant Championship.
McDonald and Tadey combined for a 12-under-par 60 on the Quail Course in the final round of the team event at Okanagan Golf Club, reaching 18-under overall to secure a two-stroke victory over Northview Golf & Country Club that led after Monday’s opening round.
“This feels special,” said McDonald, executive professional at Fairview Mountain. “It was a grind of a win and it was awesome.”
McDonald and Tadey were winners on their home course in 2017 and set the tournament’s scoring record with that triumph, but this year’s path to the title was a bit tougher. Northview’s Greg Pool and Quinn Vilneff held a one-stroke lead over four teams, including the Fairview Mountain duo, following Monday’s best-ball round on the Bear Course, making for a crowded leaderboard down the stretch Tuesday.
McDonald and Tadey pulled out of a deadlock at 16-under with Pool and Vilneff when Tadey drained a 15-foot birdie on the par-5 17th, and followed it up by making another birdie on the 18th to finish things off.
“When we see the line, we’re both confident we can make any putt, and luckily on 17 we had a downhill slider that was very similar to home,” said Tadey. “On the last hole, Mac hit a great shot in and we were able to make it.”
The hot finish came after McDonald gave his team a surge of momentum on the short par-4 14th, as his tee shot rolled to three feet for a tap-in eagle.
“I think for us, that was the turning point for the tournament,” said McDonald, who splits the top prize of $2,500 with Tadey. The twosome became just the fourth team to win multiple pro-assistant titles since the tournament’s debut in 1993.
“We push each other to be better,” McDonald said of what makes their partnership work. “I think that pays off because we’re both super competitive and we want to outshine each other on the same team. I think we just feed off each other’s competitiveness.”