Local golf quartet heading to Palm Springs

While the rest of us will be huddled near our fireplaces, they will be basking in the sun at Palm Springs.
Brian Johnstone, who is the professional out of the Heron Landing Golf Club, and Sheldon Perrault, Chuck McPherson, and Shaun Jourdain, won the John Deere World Championship regional tournament yesterday at the St. Boniface Golf Course in Winnipeg and will be heading to Palm Springs in early December for the next round that will be played at the La Quinta Golf Course—where the PGA’s Bob Hope Chrysler Classic is played.
“I have definitely heard about it—it is one of the top resorts in all of North America,” said Johnstone.
The quartet shot 15-under par to better the other 26 teams that came from courses all over Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario (the tournament is an invitational one for clubs that use John Deere equipment), but it wasn’t an easy one as their victory was sealed only after a chip-off against the group from St. Boniface—they won the chip-off by 20 inches.
But being in a position to even be in a chip-off for the right to head to Palm Springs was due to a fabulous eagle that came courtesy of McPherson on the second hole (their seventh, as they started on the 15th).
Johnstone says that shot “lit a spark under us” and created a domino effect, as the whole team started played well in a tournament that observed a format, which sees the three amateurs playing scramble golf, while the professional plays his own ball—the better score of the two is recorded.
“We were in a little trouble off of the tee and we got it close to the green and Chuck knocked it in and basically saved our bacon,” Johnstone recalled.
“The conditions were good and the weather was awesome,” added Johnstone, who along with his team, will see even better conditions and even better weather in Palm Springs.