Storylines: GolfBC Championship
June 11, 2019
By Staff, PGATOUR.COM
- June 11, 2019
- Bryson Nimmer finished T14 in his first start since turning pro at the Bayview Place DCBank Open. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
After a week off, the Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada season gets rolling again this week in Kelowna for the GolfBC Championship.
Last year in Kelowna it was George Cunningham who won by two shots, one of the great results for Cunningham as he earned a spot in The Five at year’s end.
Both Jake Knapp, the winner of the Canada Life Open, and Paul Barjon, the winner of the Bayview Place DCBank Open presented by Times Colonist, made the cut at the RBC Canadian Open last week, with Barjon finishing T20.
The return of Knapp and Barjon riding high off PGA TOUR experience isn’t the only key story from Kelowna this week. Here’s everything you need to know from the third and final event of the B.C. Golf Swing.
Dates: June 13-16
Course: Gallagher’s Canyon Golf and Country Club (Kelowna, B.C.)
Par/Yards: 36-35 – 71/6,761
2018 champion: George Cunningham, -20
Purse: $200,000/$36,000 winner’s prize
Format: 72-hole stroke play
George Cunningham had a spectacular season on the Mackenzie Tour in 2018, and it all began at the GolfBC Championship with a win. In fact, Cunningham would have topped every previous Mackenzie Tour money list—save one—with his year-end total of more than $102,000 – except he ran into the buzzsaw that was Tyler McCumber a year ago. That said, Cunningham started his week slow but fired a sizzling 62 Saturday to pull away from the pack. Cunningham had four more top-3 finishes last year and continues that momentum this year on the Web.com Tour, as he sits 35th on the Tour’s money list.
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 seventh season, seven Mackenzie Tour alumni have won on the PGA TOUR, including Mackenzie Hughes, Nick Taylor, Tony Finau, Aaron Wise, Adam Long, Corey Conners and most recently, C.T. Pan.
Below is a breakdown of the performance benefits players will compete for this season:
Order of Merit Position
Exempt for 2019 Web.com Tour
2nd through 5th
Conditional status on 2019 Web.com Tour, exempt to Final Stage of Web.com Tour Q-School
6th through 10th
Exempt to Final Stage of Web.com Tour Q-School
11th through 25th
Exempt to Second Stage of Web.com Tour Q-School
The Mackenzie Tour hasn’t seen a Canadian winner since Adam Cornelson in 2016, but the GolfBC Championship has had some Canadians knock on the door in years past, and if that drought is to be broken, this week might be the one where it happens. Jared du Toit fired a course-record 61 here in 2017 and held the 36-hole lead last year before finishing fifth, for example. James Allenby is in the field this week after Monday Qualifying for the RBC Canadian Open last week and nearly capturing the Canada Life Open. Taylor Pendrith comes into the week after nearly qualifying for the RBC Canadian Open and finishing T-10 in Victoria. Canadians played well last week at Hamilton Golf and Country Club, and it seems like this could be the kind of week a Canadian finds the winner’s circle on the Mackenzie Tour.
1. James Allenby (Langley, B.C.)
2. John Mlikotic (Kelowna, B.C.)
3. Mike Nedoszytko (Toronto, Ont.)
4. Ethan Danish (Lethbridge, Alta.)
5. Cooper Humphries (Kelowna, B.C.)
Open Qualifying took place at The Bear Course at Okanagan Golf Club (Kelowna, B.C.)
1. Colton West (Mesa, AZ)
2. Zachary Jaworski (Saint Petersburg, FL)
3. Lukas Euler (Dieburg, KY)
4. Matthew Oshrine (Baltimore, MD)
5. Daniel Hudson (Western Springs, Il)
6. Ryan Brooks (East Wentachee, WA)
7. Alex Springer (Stilwell, KS)
8. Drew McCullough (Richland, WA)
- Each of the past three GolfBC Championship winners have gone on to be members of The Five at the end of their respective seasons
- Dan McCarthy (2016) and Robby Shelton (2017) are in-season winners on the Web.com Tour for 2019
- Paul Barjon returns to the Mackenzie Tour after a T20 showing last week at the RBC Canadian Open. His only other start on the PGA TOUR was a missed cut earlier this year at the Valero Texas Open. Barjon four rounds of 70 or lower, including a Saturday 67, to finish at 7-under for the week, alongside Justin Thomas and Dustin Johnson, among others.
- Ian Holt is set to make his third start this year on Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada after posting a T4 showing two weeks ago at the Bayview Place DCBank Open presented by Times Colonist. He also carded a T24 finish in the season-opening Canada Life Open.
- Ontario's Taylor Pendrith returns to Kelowona for the third time with sights set on more success. He finished T24 last year and T29 in 2017. The 28-year-old is coming off a T10 two weeks ago at the Bayview Place DCBank Open presented by Times Colonist.
- Clemson University product Doc Redman will look to lock up his first professional win at the GolfBC Championship after a narrow defeat in his last start. He finished solo second in Victoria, one stroke shy of Paul Barjon.