By Brad Ziemer, Event Journalist
KELOWNA — The past three months of Callum Davison’s professional golf journey have been spent crossing the United States and then Canada in his parents’ motor home.
It has been quite the adventure for the 21-year-old from Duncan.
The trip began in Tacoma, Wash., where Davison won a Forme Tour qualifying school in late June to give him full access to the newly created circuit. Davison, his mom, Sherry and dad, Robert, headed east and made stops in Montana, Colorado and Tennessee before the Forme Tour started.
They travelled to the first five Forme Tour events in the northeast U.S., but Davison was struggling with this game so they decided to head north and join the Mackenzie Tour in Prince Edward Island.
“We actually slept in a Walmart parking lot that night when we were on our way to Prince Edward Island,” Davison said. “That was somewhere in Maine. There was nothing out there. I actually got some shampoo and took a shower in a nearby lake. It has been an adventure.”
Davison won the second of the two events on Prince Edward Island and the family then had to make the long — really long — drive to the next event the following week in Saskatchewan.
“That drive was the toughest part of the trip,” said Davison, who has a one-shot lead heading into Saturday’s final round of the GolfBC Championship at Gallagher’s Canyon Golf Club. “I wasn’t hitting it the greatest in Saskatchewan, but we’d just come off a four-day road trip. It was like 48 hours. I wouldn’t want to make that drive again.”
Davison’s dad, who also caddies for Callum, has done most of the driving.
“I drive basically just when my dad needs a break,” Davison said. “He has definitely done a lot more than me.”
The family is looking forward to be being home for next week’s Mackenzie Tour finale in Victoria, which is about an hour south of their Duncan home.
“It is tough,” Davison said. “We can get on each other’s nerves a bit, especially my dad, because he is on my bag, so I see him all the time. It’s time to get out of the RV. It’s going to feel nice to sleep in my own bed.”
NICE DEBUT: Former B.C. Junior Boys Champion Ilirian Zalli of Vancouver is making his Mackenzie Tour debut one to remember. After three straight rounds in the 60s, the 19-year-old Zalli enters Saturday’s final round tied for sixth at seven-under par.
“It’s going okay so far,” said Zalli, who turned pro earlier this year. “My goal was to maybe get a top 10 and so far it is looking good. I’ve still got one more round, but hopefully I can do that.”
Zalli also has a spot in next week’s season-ending Mackenzie Tour event in Victoria.
STREAK SNAPPED: All good things come to an end. Kelowna teaching pro Christopher Trunzer had his bogey-free streak end at 32 holes when he bogeyed the par 3 eighth hole in Friday’s third round of the GolfBC Championship. Trunzer’s previous bogey had come on the 11th hole of the first round. He fired a bogey-free 65 on Thursday.
“I didn’t realize that, that’s crazy,” said Trunzer, who works out of the Kelowna Driving Range. He shot a one-over 72 on Friday and is tied for 22nd at one-under par heading into Saturday’s final round.
Like most golf teachers these days, Trunzer is busy. He said a program called Golf and Tacos has helped draw new players to golf.
“A lot of younger females want to get into the game between the ages of 20 and 40 and we found a way to make it hip and cool and accessible with the right kind of coaching approach,” he said. “A lot of times they are surprised how quickly they can get pretty good at golf.”