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Charity, big winner at pro-am

Over $42K raised by golfers at two-day, 20-team event
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Charity pro-am tournament champion Ilirian Zalli places his ball down for his winning putt on the sudden death 17th green playoff August 5, 2022

It took a playoff hole to determine a winner Friday at a pro-am charity event at the Lake Point Golf & Country Club.

Vancouver pros Scott Kerr and Ilirian Zalli both finished with two-round scores of 6-under-138.

It was Zalli's final one-under on the par-5 sudden death 17th hole that would eventually decide the winner.

“Scott is a really good friend of mine. It's interesting having to play against someone you respect and you like as a friend,” said Zalli.

“You know, I just tried to make birdie,” he continued, describing the final hole.

“I made birdie in regulation earlier today. That was my goal for the playoff.”

Kerr, though, had hoped for a better result on 17.

“I hit a great tee shot but really didn't hit a good enough approach shot. Had a pretty tough 'lip out' for my birdie attempt there.”

The tournament featured 20 teams of four, each one with its own club pro.

Smith Fuel Services #2 took the top spot with 278 points after the two-day numbers were added up.

Runner-up Gerber Bookkeeping was next at 264, while Bold Promotions rounded out the top three just two points back.

“Fort St. John is a great place to have a tournament like this,” said Fraser Mulholland, commissioner and president of the Vancouver Golf Tour, which brought the event to town.

“We really get to see northern hospitality first hand,” he added.

Out-of-town club pros were billeted by members of the area's golfing community so that any money raised for charity wouldn't need to go towards food or accommodations.

Lead organizer Sam Warren confirmed late Friday afternoon the event brought in $42,400.

Warren said proceeds from the fundraising tournament will be donated to Fort St. John's Women's Resource Society.