Whitehorse’s Jeff Wiggins recently notched a career-first he’d rather forget.
For the first time in his playing career the director of golf at Mountain View Golf Club missed a cut in tournament play, last week at the PGA Club Professional Championship of Canada in Buckeye, Arizona.
The 38-year-old hit a 79 in the opening round on Nov. 16. He then carded an 89 following an unfortunate 10 on the par-4 eighth hole at the Verrado Golf Club.
Ontario’s Danny King regained the title with an 11 under after three rounds. With the win the 48-year-old became the first player ever to win three PGA of Canada national championships in the same year, having also nabbed the PGA Championship of Canada and the PGA Team Championship of Canada titles.
Wiggins earned a spot at the club pro nationals when he tied for fifth at the PGA of B.C. Club Professional Championship at the Richmond Country Club at the end of September.
“I owe a lot to our own Mountain View Golf Club team. Our championship golf course here in Whitehorse has the foundation to be a spectacular training facility for competition development amongst all golf athletes,” said Wiggins in a news release following the B.C. championship. “I would hope that in the near future we can build on that foundation and attract more athletes to the game and provide them with an even better facility to work and train for competitions that will inevitably lead to better results in provincial and national championships.”
In 2011, while becoming the first club pro to represent the Yukon at the event, Wiggins finished tied for 20th in his best finish to date.
Wiggins did not respond to interview requests for this story.
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