Melanson repeats at September classic

He headed back to Simon Fraser University this week, but Granite Pointe’s Jordan Melanson might find himself getting a bit homesick after the impressive summer he enjoyed on the local links.

Jordan Melanson goes through his pre-shot routine on the final hole of the SPL Open on Sunday afternoon as brother Brendan looks on.

He headed back to Simon Fraser University this week, but Granite Pointe’s Jordan Melanson might find himself getting a bit homesick after the impressive summer he enjoyed on the local links.

On Sunday Melanson captured his second straight Granite Pointe SPL Open — formerly Labour Day Open — after rounds of 70 and 73.

The title was his fifth this summer, joining wins at Creston, Castlegar, Birchbank and a BC Amateur zone title.

“When I came home last summer I had some success and didn’t think I could do any better,” says Melanson, who is a key member of the SFU men’s golf team. “But I did.”

Melanson was on fire when he teed off at his home course on Saturday, shooting a five-under-par 31 on the front nine. His opening round 70 left him three strokes up on the nearest competitor — older brother Brendan Melanson.

“It was great to hang out with him for the weekend,” says Jordan.

The Melanson brothers are no strangers to duelling each other at the local course. Growing up they both took home junior club championships and have battled each other several times at the Labour Day event.

Though a decent player, Brendan has not taken the competitive route and hasn’t even played much in Calgary where he attends university and stayed for most of the summer.

“If he beat me this weekend, that would have been trouble,” Jordan said with a smile.

On Sunday the big brother could only muster a 75 and fell short of upsetting Jordan by five strokes.

Jordan is now back to the books in the Lower Mainland and getting ready for the fall golf schedule.

 

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