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First round notes: Kelowna’s Cooper Humphreys and Cole Wilson off to solid starts; a timely ace for Sadiq Jiwa; Australian Will Barnett’s long road to his new Coquitlam home

By Brad Ziemer, Event Journalist

KELOWNA — Cooper Humphreys had a great summer and his fall golf season hasn’t started badly either.


The 16-year-old Kelowna resident opened the GolfBC Championship at Gallagher’s Canyon Golf Club with a solid two-under 69 that has him inside the top 15 of the Mackenzie Tour event.


“I’m pretty happy because I didn’t have the best start,” said Humphreys, who bogeyed his opening hole. “I just managed my misses today. I didn’t make any huge mistakes and just made some good putts coming down the stretch.”


Humphreys, who finished off his round nicely with birdies on three of his final five holes, capped his summer by winning last month’s Canadian Juvenile Boys Championship in Quebec and came within one shot of forcing a playoff for the Junior Boys’ title.


He recently committed to play his collegiate golf at Oregon State University. That phase of his golfing life won’t begin until the fall of 2023 as Humphreys is just starting Grade 11.

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Quebec’s Etienne Brault rides hot putter to first-round lead at GolfBC Championship

By Brad Ziemer

KELOWNA — The putter hasn’t been Etienne Brault’s friend for much of the Mackenzie Tour season, but that changed in Wednesday’s first round of the GolfBC Championship.

He and his flatstick are buddies again.

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After 50 junior wins, 16-year-old Ethan Posthumus excited about challenge of playing Mackenzie Tour event

By Brad Ziemer

KELOWNA — It’s hard to say what is more impressive, the 50 tournament wins 16-year-old Ethan Posthumus has accumulated as a junior golfer or his 15 holes-in-one.

“I started golf at a really young age,” the Coquitlam resident explained. Needless to say, he got very good very fast.

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Ten Players to Watch at the 2021 GolfBC Championship

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.

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September dates set for GolfBC Championship in 2021!

KELOWNA, BC – The Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada has confirmed dates for the 2021 GolfBC Championship. September 20 – 25 will see a field of 144 professionals tee it up at Gallagher’s Canyon for the fifth playing of the event in Kelowna. The 2020 tournament was canceled due to COVID-19.

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2020 GolfBC Championship Postponed until 2021

2020 GolfBC Championship postponed

Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada cancels 2020 season

(Kelowna, B.C.) – The Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada announced today that the 2020 season has been cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis. 

The GolfBC Championship, which was originally scheduled for June 11-14, has been postponed until 2021.

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GolfBC Championship announces donation to two Kelowna charities in 2019; four-year total of $600,000 to charity

The GolfBC Group is pleased to announce a $150,000 donation to charity at the 2019 GolfBC Championship held at Gallagher’s Canyon Golf & Country Club, bringing the total charitable contribution over the four years to $600,000.

While the BC Cancer Foundation remained as the tournament’s designated charity beneficiary and received a donation of $100,000, GolfBC also committed to direct a portion of this year’s donation to support a local charity or not-for-profit program that serves and benefits the Okanagan region. The Kelowna community was invited to help select this year’s secondary charity beneficiary, and after an overwhelming response of nominations and votes, it was announced that the Central Okanagan Food Bank would be the recipient of a $50,000 donation.

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GolfBC Group, Mackenzie Tour Agree to Multi-Year Extension of GolfBC Championship

Third Stop on BC Golf Swing to continue support of local charities, showcase future PGA TOUR stars

KELOWNA, British Columbia, Canada – The Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada announced today that GolfBC Group has extended its title sponsorship of the GolfBC Championship. The tournament unveiled the multi-year agreement immediately after Jake Knapp won the fourth edition of the tournament, held at Gallagher’s Canyon Golf & Country Club.

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