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With that 61 in his memory bank, du Toit goes low again at GolfBC Championship

BY BRAD ZIEMER

KELOWNA — Jared du Toit wasn’t hitting it so well during one of his practice rounds earlier this week and had some difficulty believing he somehow managed to shoot a 10-under 61 at Gallagher’s Canyon one year ago.

“It was the weirdest thing,” du Toit said. “I was playing a practice round and wasn’t playing great and I was like, ‘man, I don’t know how I shot 61 here, it is kind of tough.’”

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Birdies, eagles fly at Gallagher’s Canyon as three players shoot 62 to share first-round lead

BY BRAD ZIEMER

KELOWNA — Grady Brame Jr. arrived at Gallagher’s Canyon Golf & Country Club with two missed cuts in his wake and his confidence waning.

Canada, more specifically the Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada circuit, had not been kind to the 25-year-old Louisiana pro.

Last year, he started his Mackenzie Tour season with six straight missed cuts and ended up making a total of $1,177 in nine events. This year had not got off to a promising start either, as Brame missed the cut in both Vancouver and Victoria.

Then Thursday happened. It wasn’t quite a Cinderella story out of nowhere, but it was close.

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GolfBC Championship notes: Long Drive Challenge tees off tournament; Hopley gets a second chance; former winners McCarthy, Shelton flourishing on Web.com Tour

BY BRAD ZIEMER

KELOWNA — He didn’t win the Long Drive Challenge, but 91-year-old George Sherstobitoff was the star of the show.

Sherstobitoff hit the ceremonial first tee shot Wednesday afternoon that officially started the GolfBC Championship at Gallagher’s Canyon Golf & Country Club.

Sherstobitoff is Gallagher’s oldest member and had a hand in constructing the elevated first tee at the course way back in 1979. His tee shot — which apparently travelled some 170 yards and went straight down the middle — preceded the Long Drive Challenge.

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Blick, Williams look to improve upon second-place finishes at Gallagher’s

BY BRAD ZIEMER

KELOWNA — Cody Blick has spent considerable time knocking on the door and figures this week would be as good a time as any to bust right through it.

Blick enters this week’s GolfBC Championship fifth on the Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada money list after two solid starts to the new season.

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Kozak proud to represent title sponsor at GolfBC Championship

BY BRAD ZIEMER

The GolfBC Championship is preceded by an event that could also be called the GolfBC Championship.

In early June, GolfBC invites its professional staff from its facilities across the province to play in a one-day event at Gallagher’s Canyon Golf & Country Club, with the winner receiving a sponsor’s exemption into the $200,000 Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada tournament the company has sponsored for the last three years.

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Players to Watch

A Canadian has not won a Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada event in more than two years. Brad Ziemer looks at five Canadians (including four British Columbians) who could break that drought at this week’s GolfBC Championship at Gallagher’s Canyon:

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Tomlinson wins GolfBC Championship Monday qualifier with a ‘crazy’ 63

By BRAD ZIEMER

KELOWNA — JD Tomlinson has shot a 63 before, but not quite like this.

“I broke a club, I had a hole-in-one and I had another hole-out for eagle,” Tomlinson said after he matched the course record at the Okanagan Golf Club’s Bear Course with a nine-under 63 in Monday’s qualifier for this week’s GolfBC Championship.

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GolfBC Championship Announces 2018 Exemptions – Updated

The GolfBC Championship, the third event on the Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada schedule, awarded five exemptions today. The following group of players will be directly entered into the GolfBC Championship, teeing it up June 14–17 at Gallagher’s Canyon in Kelowna, avoiding the Monday Qualifier.

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