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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Fifth-place finish at GolfBC Championship a career-best for Kimberley’s Jared du Toit

BY BRAD ZIEMER

KELOWNA — The win is going to come, probably sooner rather than later, for Jared du Toit.

Du Toit demonstrated that his game is trending in the right direction with a fifth-place finish Sunday at the GolfBC Championship at Gallagher’s Canyon Golf & Country Club. That is a career-best finish on the Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour circuit for du Toit, the 23-year-old Kimberley native who has only been a pro for a little over a year.

Du Toit started the day tied for second, three shots behind Arizona’s George Cunningham. He played well Sunday. Trouble is, so did Cunningham.

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GolfBC Championship win makes for a special Father’s Day for George Cunningham and family

BY BRAD ZIEMER

KELOWNA — Only one thing was missing on what was an otherwise perfect Father’s Day for GolfBC Championship winner George Cunningham.

His dad Tracy was on his bag as caddy to watch his son win for the first time as a pro and his mom Julie followed her son every step of the way around Gallagher’s Canyon Golf & Country Club on a hot Sunday afternoon. His grandparents were also in the gallery.

So when Cunningham was handed the $36,000 cheque and a big trophy for winning the $200,000 Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada event, all that was missing was his little girl, Charlotte.

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From start to finish, a great round gives George Cunningham third-round lead at GolfBC Championship

BY BRAD ZIEMER

KELOWNA — George Cunningham finished his round with two birdies, but that was nothing compared to his start in Saturday’s third round of the GolfBC Championship.

Cunningham birdied the first hole, birdied the second hole and aced the third hole. You won’t be shocked to learn he is the new leader at the $200,000 Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada event at Gallagher’s Canyon Golf & Country Club.

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Gayle Henry and her army of volunteers are the unsung heroes of GolfBC Championship

BY BRAD ZIEMER

KELOWNA — The players are the stars of the show at the GolfBC Championship, but it takes a huge supporting cast to ensure that the Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada event runs smoothly.

This year’s tournament at Gallagher’s Canyon Golf & Country Club has an army of green-shirted volunteers that numbers about 325. Their general, so to speak, is Gayle Henry, who most certainly does not ask her soldiers to salute her. After all, the majority of them are her friends and neighbours.

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Kimberley’s Jared du Toit grabs halfway lead at GolfBC Championship

BY BRAD ZIEMER

KELOWNA — Jared du Toit and birdies just seem to go together at Gallagher’s Canyon Golf & Country Club.

Playing in the final group of the day at the GolfBC Championship, the 23-year-old second-year pro from Kimberley shot a five-under par 66 Friday to grab the 36-hole lead at 11-under par.

Du Toit, who set a course record at Gallagher’s Canyon last year when he fired a 10-under par 61 in the third round of the GolfBC Championship, had seven birdies and two bogeys in his round Friday that was played in blustery conditions.

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Hopley now looking to drive a car as well as a golf club

BY BRAD ZIEMER

KELOWNA — Matt Hopley is now going to learn how to drive. Not a golf ball — he is already very good at that — but a car.

Hopley celebrated his 16th birthday Thursday and as any teenager can tell you, that means he is now able to write the exam for his learner’s licence.

So after missing the cut in Friday’s second round of the GolfBC Championship at Gallagher’s Canyon Golf & Country Club, Hopley was planning to get in his parents’ ears and ask them to take him to the nearest driver licensing office.

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