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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.  

“Working closely with the Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada we fully support the decision to cancel the 2020 season,” said GolfBC Championship Tournament Director Hugh Vassos. “Our event has succeeded in bringing the community together each year, and now it’s part of our responsibility to help keep Kelowna safe, and we feel like this is the right decision for everybody involved.”

“With growing uncertainty surrounding the border and quarantine regulations, among other factors, we have been in consistent communication with all of our events and believe this decision ensures the safety of the community,” said Mackenzie Tour Executive Director Scott Pritchard. “We are going to use this time to work alongside the GolfBC Championship and make the 2021 event the strongest yet.”

The 2020 season was set to be the Mackenzie Tour’s eighth season, with the 13-scheduled events being the most in the Tour’s history.

“Our commitment to the City of Kelowna and the GolfBC Championship is unwavering and we are going to work hard towards putting on a strong community-based event in 2021,” said Vassos.  

“The GolfBC Group is proud of the GolfBC Championship and the positive economic and charitable impact the event has made in the Okanagan Region for the past four years,” said GolfBC Group Vice President Andy Hedley.  “We are fully supportive of the decision to cancel the 2020 Mackenzie Tour season along with the GolfBC Championship and will take this time to focus on what is going to be another spectacular event in 2021.”

About the Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada 

The Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada is a series of tournaments played across Canada and the United States each summer, where tomorrow’s stars begin the path to the PGA TOUR. The leading 10 point-earners at the end of each season earn status on the Korn Ferry Tour for the following year. The Tour’s alumni include 41 PGA TOUR players and 232 Korn Ferry Tour players since 2013. The Mackenzie’s Tour mission is to provide a high-quality platform to produce alumni that move to the next level and eventually the PGA TOUR, while making a positive impact in the communities where tournaments are played.

For more information please contact: Hugh Vassos, Tournament Director, GolfBC Championship, 306-222-5392, hvassos@sasktel.net

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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Sponsor Exemptions Announced, including BC’s own James Allenby

But first, he’ll play in this week’s RBC Canadian Open on the PGA TOUR!

The GolfBC Championship has awarded their sponsor exemptions for this year’s tournament scheduled for Gallagher’s Canyon June 13th – 16th, and once again a group of B.C. players will experience the thrill of playing in a professional golf tournament in their own back yard. Local golf fans will want to come and cheer on the B.C. players as they take on some of the best players in world trying to move up to the Web.com and the PGA TOUR.

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Hole-In-One for a Classic ROLLS ROYCE!

Think you have what it takes to sink a Hole-In-One? If you do, you could be the new owner of a Classic Rolls Royce!

Presented by
Haven Mattress Company
Hole # 3 at Gallagher’s Canyon
Saturday June 15th – 4:00 PM

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The GolfBC Championship will be a FREE Event in 2019!

Gate Admission to the GolfBC Championship will be FREE of charge for the 2019 event. Golf fans attending the Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada tournament June 13th – 16th will not have to pay an admission fee but may choose to make a contribution directly to the official GolfBC Championship charity, the BC Cancer Foundation.

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Help us select this year’s GolfBC Championship secondary charity beneficiary!

Giving back to the community through charitable initiatives has always been at the core of GolfBC Group and its charitable arm, the Chan Family Foundation. When GolfBC took on the role of Title Sponsor in 2016 at the GolfBC Championship, the charitable aspect of the event was a main priority.

Since the inaugural event in 2016, a total of $450,000 has been donated to charity through the GolfBC Championship, awarded to the BC Cancer Foundation (the tournament’s designated charity beneficiary) and the Red Cross Kelowna (2017 Flood Relief efforts). It was important to GolfBC and the Chan Family Foundation to direct the funds to help the Kelowna community, and we’re proud that the GolfBC Championship has directly supported the BC Cancer Foundation’s project towards improving PET/CT technology and accessibility in the Kelowna area, bringing the most advanced cancer diagnostic tool closer to patients in need.

While the BC Cancer Foundation will remain as the tournament’s designated charity beneficiary for 2019, we are pleased to announce that we’re committed to direct $50,000 of this year’s donation to support a local charity or not-for-profit program that serves and benefits the Kelowna community.

We invite members of the Kelowna community to help nominate a local charity or non-profit organization, and then to vote for the finalists – one of which will receive a $50,000 donation.

Please click on the link below to complete the nomination form by May 26th. Voting for the finalists will take place between May 27 to June 7th. The winning charity will be selected by committee from the finalists, and announced on June 10th.

CLICK HERE TO NOMINATE A CHARITY NOW!

Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada announces 2019 schedule

March 20, 2019 | TORONTO, Ontario – The Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada announced its 2019 schedule today, featuring 12 events that will once again take the Tour from coast-to-coast. The season will begin with the Canada Life Open (May 20-26) at Point Grey Golf and Country Club in Vancouver, British Columbia. All regular events feature purses of $200,000 (CDN) and a $225,000 (CDN) purse for the season-ending Canada Life Championship (Sept. 9-15) at Highland Country Club in London, Ontario.

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