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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Jake Knapp makes it a British Columbia double by winning GolfBC Championship

By Brad Ziemer

Jake Knapp was strolling confidently up the ninth fairway at Gallagher’s Canyon Golf & Country Club and couldn’t quite believe what he was seeing. The Costa Mesa, Calif., native spotted a leaderboard and his name was not on top.

“I saw the board and I was like, you’ve got to be kidding me,” Knapp said.

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Greyson Sigg scorches Gallagher’s Canyon with only the second 59 in Mackenzie Tour history

By Brad Ziemer

The first phone call Greyson Sigg planned to make, of course, was to his dad.

“I think it will be a pretty good Father’s Day present,” Sigg said after carding a 59 in Sunday’s final round of the GolfBC Championship at Gallagher’s Canyon Golf & Country Club.

The 24-year-old native of Augusta, Ga., scorched Gallagher’s par-71 layout with 12 birdies and did not make a bogey. It is only the second 59 recorded since the PGA Tour-Canada-Mackenzie Tour circuit started in 2013. Brady Schnell, at the 2014 ATB Financial Classic in Calgary, has the only other 59 in Mackenzie Tour history.

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John Mlikotic has no time to savour amazing GolfBC Championship experience…

…Kelowna native off to Lethbridge to try and Monday qualify his way into next event

By Brad Ziemer

John Mlikotic got a taste of his first full PGA Tour Canada-Mackenzie Tour event and wants more.

So just a couple hours after finishing his fourth and final round of the GolfBC Championship at Gallagher’s Canyon Golf & Country Club, Mlikotic was on his way to the airport for a flight to Calgary and a drive south to Lethbridge.

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Chris Crisologo’s game showing signs of life at Gallagher’s Canyon

By Brad Ziemer

Many of the pros competing in the GolfBC Championship will tell you that Gallagher’s Canyon Golf & Country Club takes the driver out of their hands on many holes.

Some are only hitting their driver two or three times a round, preferring to play more conservatively from most of the tees. Not Chris Crisologo, the reigning B.C. Amateur Champion from Richmond who is determined to grip it and rip it around the Kelowna course.

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Lorens Chan leads the tournament that jump-started his career

By Brad Ziemer

Lorens Chan has the lead heading into Sunday’s final round of the GolfBC Championship, an event the Hawaiian native credits with helping jump-start his professional golf career.

Chan played the first two years of the PGA Tour Canada-Mackenzie Tour event, in 2016 and 2017, on a sponsor’s exemption granted by Caleb Chan, owner of GolfBC’s parent company, Burrard International Holdings.

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