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Parker Coody hoping to follow his grandfather’s golfing footsteps

By Brad Ziemer

KELOWNA — Parker Coody knows his grandfather will be laser-focused on the PGA Tour website this weekend checking his scores and those of his twin brother, Pierceson.

“He hogs that PGA Tour app like no other,” Parker says with a chuckle about his grandfather, Charles Coody, the 1971 Master champion.

Parker and Pierceson both have huge weeks ahead of them as they attempt to climb the professional golf ladder. Pierceson is playing the last of three Korn Ferry Tour Finals events in Indiana in the hope of graduating to the PGA Tour. Parker is teeing it up at Gallagher’s Canyon Golf & Country Club in the GolfBC Championship on the PGA Tour Canada circuit. Parker enters the GolfBC Championship 10th on the Fortinet Cup points list and has a real shot of moving inside the top five on the points list and earning status for the 2023 Korn Ferry Tour.

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Anthony Brodeur now taking shots, not stopping them

By Brad Ziemer

KELOWNA — He shoots, he scores. Well, not really, but Anthony Brodeur did hit the ball a mile in a long drive exhibition during the opening ceremonies of this week’s GolfBC Championship at Gallagher’s Canyon Golf & Country Club.

Brodeur — you have probably heard of his father Martin — bombed one of his three attempts 338 yards off the first tee at Gallagher’s Canyon to win the competition over two other PGA Tour Canada pros.

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Jake Knapp looking to continue his love affair with Gallagher’s Canyon

By Brad Ziemer

KELOWNA — Wherever Jake Knapp’s professional golf journey takes him in the years to come, Gallagher’s Canyon Golf & Country Club and the GolfBC Championship will always have a special place in his heart.

This is, after all, where the 28-year-old southern Californian began his pro golf career. In the late spring of 2016, Knapp registered for the Monday qualifier at Okanagan Golf Club for the inaugural GolfBC Championship. He successfully played his way into the tournament, where he tied for 45th, and fell in love with the city of Kelowna and Gallagher’s Canyon.

That love affair only deepened three years later when Knapp won the 2019 GolfBC Championship.

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Record-setting round earns Jordan Relling a spot in GolfBC Championship field

By Brad Ziemer

KELOWNA — Jordan Relling had an inkling that it might be his day when his tee shot on the par 4 fifth hole that appeared to be sailing out of bounds struck a fence post and bounced back into play.

Relling took advantage of that big break and made a birdie. He then proceeded to finish his front nine with three more birdies and an eagle en route to a front nine of 29 and an 11-under 61 at Okanagan Golf Club’s Bear Course.

That bettered the existing course record at the Bear Course by two shots and, more importantly, earned the Kamloops pro a spot in this week’s GolfBC Championship at Gallagher’s Canyon Golf & Country Club.

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GolfBC Championsip Sponsor Exemptions Announced

In preparation for PGA TOUR Canada’s GolfBC Championship August 29th to September 4th at Gallagher’s Canyon Golf & Country Club, organizers released the names of this year’s sponsor exemptions.

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Duncan’s Callum Davison captures GolfBC Championship to become Mackenzie Tour’s first multiple winner this season

By Brad Ziemer, Event Journalist

KELOWNA — During the good times it is sometimes worthwhile to reflect on the bad times and Callum Davison did not have to dig too deep into his memory bank to find those.

Not that long ago, the 21-year-old from Duncan was feeling lost on the golf course. He was struggling mightily with his driver, not knowing what direction it was headed once he struck it with his unique cross-handed grip.

“I missed a lot of cuts in a row,” Davison said of his time on the Forme Tour this summer. “That is never good for the head.”

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Final Round Notes: Zalli fourth in Mackenzie Tour debut; Wilson, Humphreys impress in home-town tourney; Top 20 for Vancouver Open champ Lecuyer

By Brad Ziemer, Event Journalist

KELOWNA — As Mackenzie Tour debuts go, Ilirian Zalli made his an impressive one at the GolfBC Championship.

All the 19-year-old former B.C. Junior Boys Champion from Vancouver did was shoot four straight rounds in the 60s at Gallagher’s Canyon Golf Club and finish tied for fourth.

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Third Round Notes: The Davison’s long and winding road; Zalli’s tour debut a good one: Trunzer’s bogey-free streak snapped

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.

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