Golf writer Brad Ziemer will be contributing articles all week during the Mackenzie Tour’s GolfBC Championship at Gallagher’s Canyon Golf Club in Kelowna. Here’s his list of 10 players to keep an eye on this week:
Noah Steele: This Kingston, Ont. native leads the Mackenzie Tour points list despite only playing in three of the six events to date. Steele, a member of Golf Canada’s national amateur team, won the Osprey Valley Open near Toronto by six shots and was second at the Brudenell River Classic in Prince Edward Island. He tied for 10th last week at the ATB Financial Classic in Calgary. Nine of his 11 rounds on the Mackenzie Tour this season have been in the 60s.
Callum Davison: After struggling on the Forme Tour south of the border earlier this summer, Davison’s game has come to life since returning to Canada. After tying for 14th at the Prince Edward Island Open, the Duncan native won the Brudenell River Classic. He had a top-20 finish at the Elk Ridge Open in Saskatchewan and tied for 10th at the ATB Financial Classic in Calgary. Davison, a former B.C. Bantam Boys champion, swings cross-handed. He’s currently third on the Mackenzie Tour points list.
James Allenby: This Langley resident is playing his first Mackenzie Tour event of the season after spending most of the summer south of the border on the Forme Tour. Allenby played well enough to make seven of eight cuts on the Forme Tour, but did not finish any higher than tied for 12h. The 36-year-old tied for second at the 2019 Canada Life Open at Point Grey Golf & Country Club in Vancouver and finished 17th on the Mackenzie Tour money list that year.
Brendan Leonard: Currently stands second on the Mackenzie Tour points list, thanks in large part to his win at the season-opening Mackenzie Investments Open in Blainville, Que. After missing the cut in the next event, Leonard finished no worse than tied for 11th in his next three starts. He’s coming off a tie for 48th last week in Calgary. Played in the 2019 RBC Canadian Open and once drove a Frito Lay potato chips truck to make ends meet.
Jeevan Sihota: Big things are expected from this 17-year-old Victoria native, who has been competing in and winning golf tournaments for more than a decade. He won three ‘world’ titles at the ages of six, eight and 12 at U.S Kids World Championship and Junior World Championship events in Pinehurst, N.C. and San Diego. Four years ago, at the age of 13, he became the youngest ever winner of a Golf Canada Future Links event. He had a great finish in Calgary last week, tying for sixth place.
Andrew Harrison: This Camrose, Alta. native had a solid collegiate career at the University of British Columbia. He stands 13th on the Mackenzie Tour points list heading into the GolfBC Championship and needs good finishes in the final two events of the season to move into the top five on the points list and secure status for next season. Harrison was headed toward a nice finish in Calgary last week before a final round 77 knocked him down into a tie for 33rd.
Joey Savoie: This Quebec native finished 20th on the Forme Tour points list, thanks mainly to a solo second in his first start of the season. He had three top-10 finishes in four Canada Life Series events last summer and was sixth on the final points list. Savoie turned pro last year after solid amateur career that saw him rise as high as No. 24 on the World Amateur Golf Ranking list. He played in the 2018 and 2019 RBC Canadian Opens.
Henry Lee: This Coquitlam resident graduated this past spring from the University of Washington, where he enjoyed a solid collegiate golf career. His best year came in 2019-20 when he won twice and had five top-10s in eight events before the season was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Lee is a member of Golf Canada national amateur team and is making his Mackenzie Tour debut at Gallagher’s Canyon.
Kaleb Gorbahn: This Smithers native grips it and rips it and may be the longest hitter in the field. He hits the ball an absolute mile, but has struggled with consistency in his early days as a pro. The University of Nevada graduate has made three of six cuts this season and is coming off a tie for 33rd in Calgary. If he can ever string four good rounds together, look out. Gorbahn’s biggest win as a pro came last summer when he won the Vancouver Golf Tour’s marquee event, the Vancouver Open.
Eugene Wong: This former junior and collegiate golf standout from North Vancouver is emerging from a golf hibernation of sorts. Wong won the prestigious Jack Nicklaus Award while at the University of Oregon and had a promising start to his pro career, winning on both the Canadian and PGA Tour China circuits. But his game has been in mothballs during the pandemic and he’s shaking off some competitive rust. He missed the cut in his first Mackenzie Tour start of the season last week in Calgary.