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First-round notes: A tale of two nines for Kimberley’s Jared du Toit

By Brad Ziemer

KELOWNA — It was a dream start followed by a nightmarish finish for Kimberley’s Jared du Toit in Thursday’s first round of the GolfBC Championship.

Du Toit, playing in just his second pro event after finishing his collegiate career at Arizona State University, looked to have it on cruise control on the front nine at Gallagher’s Canyon Golf & Country Club. After birdieing three of his first six holes, du Toit then closed out his front side with an eagle three on the par 5 ninth for a five-under 31.

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Going, going, gone. Long-drive contest kicks off GolfBC Championship

By Brad Ziemer

KELOWNA — Nicklaus Kennedy doesn’t exactly fit the mold of a long-drive champion. He’s about six feet tall and 170 pounds soaking wet. “I am probably the skinniest guy here,” he said.

Kennedy, a teaching pro at Golftec in Kelowna, proved it’s more about the swing than size when he won the long-drive contest Wednesday afternoon that officially kicked off the GolfBC Championship at Gallagher’s Canyon Golf & Country Club.

The contest was a fundraiser for the B.C. Cancer Foundation and contestants paid $20 for the privilege of hitting three balls off the back tee deck of Gallagher’s first hole.

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Kelowna’s Matt Hopley set to become youngest player to compete in Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada event; Fifteen-year-old will be joined in the field by his coach, Chris Trunzer

By Brad Ziemer

KELOWNA — They are student and teacher and this week both will be writing the same exam.

This test does not have any true or false questions. Instead, it is fraught with obstacles like tight, tree-lined fairways and firm and fast greens. Grades will not be A’s and B’s, but birdies and bogeys. Chris Trunzer is the teacher, Matt Hopley the student and both are playing in this week’s $175,000 GolfBC Championship at Gallagher’s Canyon Golf & Country Club.

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Jared du Toit excited about beginning his professional golf journey

By Brad Ziemer

KELOWNA — Canada’s best amateur golfer is now a pro and Jared du Toit will tell you that feels a little different.

“It’s my job now,” says du Toit, the 22-year-old Kimberley native who made his pro debut last week in Victoria and is in the field for this week’s $175,000 GolfBC Championship at Gallagher’s Canyon Golf & Country Club.

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A birdie barrage at The Bear in Monday’s GolfBC Championship qualifier

By Brad Ziemer

KELOWNA — Go low or go home. That message was sent rather emphatically to those attempting to Monday qualify their way into this week’s GolfBC Championship. American Daniel Stringfellow, playing in the first group of the day, scorched The Bear Course at Okanagan Golf Club with course-record nine-under 63 to set the tone for the day.

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Jared du Toit announced as exemption the for GolfBC Championship

One of Canada’s Best to Tee it up in Kelowna

The Mackenzie Tour- PGA TOUR Canada GolfBC Championship is thrilled to announce that Jared du Toit, formerly Canada’s top-ranked amateur golfer, and recently turned professional, has been granted an exemption to play in the prestigious Kelowna tournament. Jared brings with him an impressive golf resume that places him as a player to watch in the Championship.

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GolfBC Championship Tees it up for Flood Relief

The Mackenzie Tour PGA TOUR Canada GolfBC Championship announced today that a significant portion of the proceeds from the GolfBC Championship, being played at Gallagher’s Canyon June 12th – 18th, will go to Red Cross Kelowna flood relief.

Red Cross Canada

Red Cross Canada

Tournament Director Hugh Vassos stated: “We want to demonstrate our support for the community in this time of need by giving something back from the tournament and our title sponsor GolfBC. As a professional golf tournament that relies on hundreds of volunteers, generous sponsors, and the support of thousands of golf fans; this is the right thing to do.” Vassos adds; “We are part of the community and making a significant donation to fight the flood is our way of helping Kelowna.”

 

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Long Drive Champ Granted an Exemption

Former Long Drive World Champion Jamie Sadlowski has been granted an exemption to play in this year’s GolfBC Championship.

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