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Bryn Parry Seizes the Lead at the Titleist & FootJoy Canadian PGA Assistant’s Championship

VICTORIA, BC (September 29th, 2010) – It was another day of prime scoring conditions at Gorge Vale Golf Club in Victoria, BC and nobody took advantage of it more than two-time champion Bryn Parry of North Vancouver. Parry fired another 5-under par round of 67 and now leads by two shots over Ed Maunder of Whitby, ON and Brian McCann of Mississauga, ON heading into the final round of the 2010 Titleist & FootJoy Canadian PGA Assistant’s Championship presented by Simmlands Insurance.
Parry’s second round was a little more colourful than his first round as he made one eagle, six birdies and three bogies on Wednesday afternoon. If Parry can seal the deal on Thursday afternoon he will vault into elite company with Canadian PGA stalwart Serge Thivierge of Longueil, QC as the only players in history to win the Canadian PGA Assistant’s Championship a record three times.
“I actually played better golf today even though it was the same score as the first round,” stated Parry, a teaching professional at the Seymour Creek Golf Centre.  “This is a major championship and I love to win golf tournaments so I’ll be going as hard as I can again tomorrow.”
Maunder played steady golf again on Wednesday as he made one eagle, three birdies and a lone bogey. He got his day off to a great start when he rolled in an 8-foot putt for eagle after knocking it on the green on the 305 yard par-4 fourth hole.

“It’s been a good week so far as I haven’t had much pressure on my game given the way I’m chipping and putting,” said Maunder, Canadian PGA Teaching Professional at Deerfield Golf Centre near Toronto. “This would be huge for me to win my National Championship. I haven’t played well all year but I feel great this week and it sure would be a lot of fun to be right in the hunt coming down the stretch tomorrow.”
It was a blast from the past for the pairing of Parry, Maunder and Mac McLeod of Victoria, BC. The three Canadian PGA Professionals played on the Canadian Tour back in the early 2000’s and often played practice rounds and tournament rounds together. They looked to be in their usual form as the group combined to shoot 12-under par during the second round with fifteen birdies and two eagles between the three friends.
McCann played another strong round of golf on Wednesday carding four birdies and only one bogey for the second day in a row. A player that’s always been known as a great ball striker might be able to put some pressure on Parry if his putter gets hot overnight.
“I played another solid round of golf today but I just didn’t roll in all the putts that I should be making,” said McCann, the all-time money leader on the Great Lakes Tour in Southern Ontario.
Kureluk, Assistant Professional at Cottonwood Golf & Country Club, had it on cruise control for most of the second round at Gorge Vale but turned it up at the end with birdies on 15, 16, 17 and a great par save on the 18th to sit alone in 4th place.
Germain Francoeur of the host club here at Gorge Vale made birdies on the 15th, 16th & 17th holes en route to a second round score of 72 that leaves him in a tie for 12th place at 3-under par for the championship.
Defending champion Matt Palsenbarg of Surrey, BC put himself back in the thick of things with a 4-under par 68 on Wednesday. His round moved him into T12th from T34th.
First round co-leader Scott Shepherd of Richmond, BC unfortunately was disqualified before the second round after he realized that there was a rules infraction during his opening round.
In the Inter-Zone team competition the boys from Alberta (Kureluk – 69, Toth – 69, Belbin – 70 and Buttar – 73) took home the title for the second year in a row, winning by ten shots over Team Ontario (McCann 69, Millage – 72, Levesque – 73 and  Poletto - 77). Team BC (Jonas – 68, Palsenbarg – 68, Aven – 73 and Scutt – 73) finished two shots behind Team Ontario to wrap up 3rd position.  Team Alberta takes home an extra $500.00 per player, Team Ontario takes home an extra $400.00 and Team BC takes home an extra $350.00 per player.
This year’s cut for the Canadian PGA Assistants’ Championship fell at 9-over par at a total of 153. A total of 65 players made the cut and will tee it up in the final round of the national championship.
Tee times start at 7:30 am for the final round tomorrow with the final group sending the balls in air at 11:00 am.

The total purse for the championship is $60,000 with the champion receiving a $9,000 first place cheque.

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