GolfBC Championship announces major donation to Charity

Kelowna, B.C. – The GolfBC Group is pleased to announce that a total of $150,000 was raised for charity at the GolfBC Championship at Gallagher’s Canyon Golf & Country Club during event week of June 12-18, 2017.

With the help of generous donors and a significant contribution by the Chan Family Foundation, the Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada event raised $150,000 which was awarded to the tournament’s designated charity, the BC Cancer Foundation and the Red Cross Kelowna flood relief.

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Shelton completes wire-to-wire win at GolfBC Championship with clutch birdie on final hole

By Brad Ziemer

KELOWNA — Robby Shelton mistakenly thought he was going to a playoff. It was about the only error the Alabama native made all week at Gallagher’s Canyon Golf & Country Club.

Shelton poured in a seven-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole late Sunday afternoon to win the $175,000 GolfBC Championship. It took him a few seconds to realize what had happened.

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Round 4 Notes: Brother act working nicely for Jared and Russell du Toit

By Brad Ziemer

KELOWNA — Jared du Toit acknowledges he can be tough on himself on the golf course and that is one of the reasons why he loves having his brother Russell on his bag as caddie.

While Jared may be more of a glass is half empty kind of guy, Russell sees that glass as half full. He has an ability to see the positive when Jared is a little down on himself.

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Sunday shootout set for final round at Gallagher’s Canyon

By Brad Ziemer

KELOWNA — Kimberley’s Jared du Toit set the tone with an early-morning 10-under 61, but there were many more birdies and eagles to come during the remainder of Saturday’s third round of the GolfBC Championship.

It was like Gallagher’s Canyon Golf & Country Club was under siege by some of the world’s top young professionals, who were taking dead aim at the pins on a day that offered near-perfect scoring conditions.

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A ‘sleepy’ Jared du Toit scorches Gallagher’s Canyon with course record 10-under 61

By Brad Ziemer

KELOWNA — Jared du Toit didn’t sleep especially well Friday night and had an early wake-up call with a 7:27 tee time Saturday morning at Gallagher’s Canyon Golf & Country Club.

The rookie pro from Kimberley rubbed the sleep out of his eyes and played as a single Saturday morning in the third round of the GolfBC Championship, not knowing quite what to expect. Du Toit birdied the first two holes, but it turned out he was only getting started. Seven more birdies and an eagle followed as du Toit scorched Gallagher’s with a course record 10-under 61.

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Shelton gets his wish and sleeps on GolfBC Championship lead for second straight night

By Brad Ziemer

KELOWNA — Robby Shelton knew he had a share of the lead on the 18th tee early Friday evening, but decided he wanted it all to himself.

So the 22-year-old rookie on the Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada circuit took out his driver on the 348-yard par 4 finishing hole at Gallagher’s Canyon Golf & Country Club and busted a tee shot that came up only a few yards short of the green. He then finessed a lob wedge to within seven feet of a tough back-left pin location before calmly rolling in the birdie putt.

Shelton got his wish. He will sleep on the lead at the GolfBC Championship for the second straight night.

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Second round notes: Matt Hopley acquits himself nicely playing with the pros

By Brad Ziemer

KELOWNA — It didn’t last quite as long as he would have liked, but Matt Hopley still had the time of his life. The 15-year-old Kelowna resident, who this week became the youngest player to tee it up in a Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada event, finished his GolfBC Championship with a nice up-and-down par from behind the 18th green at Gallagher’s Canyon Golf & Country Club.

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Alabama’s Robby Shelton rides hot putter to first-round lead at GolfBC Championship

By Brad Ziemer

KELOWNA — Golf professionals are forever tinkering with some part of their game and Robby Shelton seems to be on to something.

Shelton was draining birdie putts all day during Thursday’s first round of the GolfBC Championship at Gallagher’s Canyon Golf & Country Club. The 21-year-old from Mobile, Ala., made nine of them en route to an eight-under 63 that gave him a one-shot lead in the $175,000 Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada event.

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