After purchasing a house in Victoria two weeks ago, Devenport fired a 4'under par 67 Sunday for a four-day total of 271 to take top honours at the Shell Payless Open at Gorge Vale Golf Club.
Victoria native Blair Piercy, who carried a one-shot lead into the final round, finished second, just one shot back. Piercy had the hometown crowd with him all day Sunday, but missed a three-foot birdie putt on the ninth hole that gave Devenport the outright lead for good.
Devenport dedicated the win to his mother, who passed away unexpectedly two weeks ago in New Zealand, adding he promised family and friends back home that hewould win a tournament this season in her memory.
I was talking to myself all around the course all day, that was certainly my motivation, said Devenport, who shares the all-time Canadian Tour record for lowest 18-hole score with a 60 in 1998 Royal Oaks New Brunswick Open. I was pretty determined to win this event, and I just built more confidence as the day went on.
Holding a three-shot lead over Piercy with just two holes to play, Devenport had to sweat it out a little when Piercy drained back-to-back birdies coming home, forcing Devenport to drain a two-foot putt on the final hole to win.
Yes, there were nerves on that final hole, he said. It doesnt matter how short the putt was-when it is to win a tournament, it seems like a mile.
Piercy admitted he fell into a lull midway through the round for the second straight day, costing him a chance at the title.
Like yesterday, I fell off in the middle of the round then picked it up. I am very happy with this showingif my game keeps improving, you never can tell what can happen down the road.
The Shell Payless Open was the Canadian Tours initial event of 2001 on Canadian soil after a four-tournament stint in Myrtle Beach, S.C. three months ago. Point Grey Golf Club in Vancouver will be the site the TELUS Vancouver Open next week.