Local golf quartet heading to Palm Springs

World class golfers like John Daly, Phil Mickelson, Chris DiMarco, David Toms, Bernhard Langer, and even Tiger Woods, have all teed off from the La Quinta Golf Club, and a local quartet of golfers will do the same.
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 this past Monday at the St. Boniface Golf Course in Winnipeg and will be heading to Palm Springs in early December for the final championship round that will be played at the La Quinta Club—the home of the PGA’s Bob Hope Chrysler Classic.
“I know of the course and I’m really looking forward to it,” said Perrault, who is the superintendent at Heron Landing.
Added Johnstone: “I have definitely heard about it—it is one of the top resorts in all of North America.”
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.
Their “putting was the difference” says Johnstone, who pointed out McPherson’s eagle chip on the second hole (their seventh, as they started on the 15th) as that shot “basically saved our bacon . . . and lit a spark under us.”
Perrault agreed with such a claim, as they were one-under stepping onto the second hole’s tee box, and “then we just got on a roll.”
A domino effect would ensue, as the whole team started played well in a tournament that observed a format that sees the three amateurs playing scramble golf, while the professional plays his own ball—the better score of the two on the hole is recorded.
“One guy would hit a bad shot, but the next guy would hit a good shot and pick him up,” said Perrault.