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Solid play leads Persons to victory in Bayview Place Island Savings Open

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Josh Persons held steady with an even par 70 at Uplands Golf Club yesterday to win the Bayview Place Island Savings Open presented by Times Colonist.

The 30-year-old American converted a tricky two-putt on the 18th green at Uplands to capture his first PGA Tour Canada event by one shot over 2010 winner Brock Mackenzie and PGA Tour Canada rookie Tim Madigan. The win moves Persons to No. 2 on the Order of Merit behind PC Financial Open champion Joel Dahmen.

Persons came into the final round with a two-stroke lead over Madigan, Mackenzie and playing partner Garrett Sapp.

It was a position he had experience with on the Web.com Tour, where he held a one shot lead through 54 holes at the 2012 Neediest Kids Championship. While he tumbled by shooting a 77 into T8 at that event, there would be no repeat in Victoria, BC.

Madigan’s T2 was a career best in just his second PGA Tour Canada start, while Mackenzie posted his best PGA Tour Canada finish since winning at Uplands in 2010.

One shot further behind were Langley, BC’s, James Allenby, Michael Buttacavoli, Wes Homan and Olin Browne, Jr., who closed at T4 for the second consecutive week.

Allenby top Canadian award

James Allenby’s T4 finish earned him Freedom 55 Financial Canadian Player of the Week honours. The 29-year-old picked up his first top-10 of the season and the eighth of his PGA Tour Canada career.

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