Storylines: GolfBC Championship
June 13, 2018
By Staff, PGATOUR.COM
- June 13, 2018
- James Love tees off during the 2016 GolfBC Championship. (Mackenzie Tour)
Gallagher’s Canyon Golf and Country Club plays host to 156 Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada golfers primed for success at the third tournament of the season.
Here’s a look at the storylines for the week as the Tour heads to the Okanagan Valley, including what’s at stake, players to watch and key notes at the third and final event of the B.C. Golf Swing.
Dates: June 14 – June 17
Course: Gallagher’s Canyon Golf and Country Club (Kelowna, B.C.)
2017 champion: Robby Shelton
Purse: $200,000/$36,000 winner’s prize
Format: 72-hole stroke play
Twitter: @gbcchampionship / #gbcchamp
Built by Bama - Looking back on 2017
It was a wire-to-wire victory for the University of Alabama’s Robby Shelton a year ago at the GolfBC Championship in Kelowna, B.C.
Shelton, who was a celebrated amateur and consistently one of the top players in collegiate golf – leading the Crimson Tide to the NCAA National Championship in 2014 – notched his first career professional victory in commanding fashion at Gallagher’s Canyon Golf and Country Club in 2017.
He won in style, making a 7-foot birdie on the 72nd hole to shut the door on Johnny Ruiz, Cody Blick, and Adam Webb.
Both Ruiz and Shelton would go on to become part of The Five in 2017. Shelton has since played 10 events on the Web.com Tour this year and finished tied for second at the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation in May. He sits 26th on the Web.com Tour’s money list, just one spot out of The 25.
It’s been quite the start to the year for Greyson Sigg.
Sigg, who finished 20th on the money list a year ago, has notched two top-5 finishes to begin the 2018 season. He missed the cut at last year’s GolfBC Championship, but his 68.00 Scoring Average so far this year ranks him third on Tour.
Birdies are paramount at Gallagher’s Canyon (as made evident by Dan McCarthy’s winning total of 25-under during the tournament’s inaugural event in 2016) and Sigg has made the fourth-most so far on Tour in 2018.
Sigg and Zach Wright are the only two golfers to notch top-10 finishes in both of the tournaments so far this season.
The first step on the path to the PGA TOUR
The Mackenzie Tour represents the first step on the path to the PGA TOUR, with players competing to earn a promotion to the Web.com Tour and then on to the game’s biggest stage. Heading into its sixth season, the Mackenzie Tour counts 14 players on the PGA TOUR and an additional 72 with Web.com Tour status among its alumni, featuring TOUR winners Mackenzie Hughes, Nick Taylor, Tony Finau and most recently Aaron Wise.
B.C. Golf Swing Update
The trip to the Okanagan Valley is the third and final event on the swing through British Columbia to start the season before the Tour heads to Alberta next week.
In the first event of the year Jordan Niebrugge captured his first Mackenzie Tour title by two shots over Wright and Cody Blick.
Last week in Victoria Sam Fidone, who captured medalist honours at the Q-School-USA West No. 1 site, won by five shots over Blake Sattler at the Bayview Place DCBank Open presented by Times Colonist.
Jimmy Jones (Lake Cowichan, B.C.)
Garrett Kucher (Kelowna, B.C.)
Blair Hamilton (Burlington, O.N.)
Matt Hopley (Kelowna, B.C.)
Conner Kozak (Vernon, B.C.)
Taylor Pendrith (Richmond Hill, O.N.)
Bret Thompson (Winnipeg, M.B.)
Finlay Young (Kelowna, B.C.)
1. JD Tomlinson (63)
2. Cory Churchman (64)
3. Ben Hargis (64)
4. Patrick Fishburn (64)
5. PJ Samiere (66)
6. Brett Kennedy (66)
7. Olin Browne Jr (66)
8. Steven Lecuyer (67)
9. Troy Beaver (67)
10. John Jonas (67)
- 21 Canadians are in the field.
- Alumni have recorded 9 top-3s and 50 top-10s on the Web.com Tour this season, with 7 players ranked inside the top-25, the mark needed at the end of the season to receive a PGA TOUR card. Adam Svenson, Ben Taylor, Julian Eutalin, Cameron Davis, Joey Garber and Chase Wright have all won events this season.
- Bombs away on the par-5’s this week. All three holes play under 530 yards and are sure to give up their fair share of birdie.
- Matt Hopley, at 15-years old, held his own at the GolfBC Championship last season, firing rounds of 75-75. The Kelowna junior looks to take on the Championship once again this year.
- Zach Wright comes into the week with 46 birdies on the 2018 season, the most on the Mackenzie Tour. He also has a firm hold on third place in the order of merit going into the Kelowna stop.
This is the Mackenzie Tour
Episode 3 of This is the Mackenzie Tour can be seen this Friday, June 15 on TSN2 at 7 A.M. EST and on Global on Sunday, June 17 at 12:30 A.M. EST.