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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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The impact of the GolfBC Championship’s donation to the BC Cancer Foundation on improving PET/CT technology and accessibility in the Kelowna area

Since the inaugural event in 2016, the BC Cancer Foundation has received a total of $250,000 in donations as designated charity of the GolfBC Championship. So, where does this money go? It goes towards advancing cancer research and enhancing care for patients throughout B.C.

Over the last two years, the GolfBC Championship has directly supported the Foundation’s project towards improving PET/CT technology and accessibility in the Kelowna area. With the demand for PET/CT technology across British Columbia at an all-time high, the BC Cancer Foundation is campaigning to double technology across the province. Currently, almost 900 patients from the Interior travel to Vancouver yearly for a PET/CT Scan. The GolfBC Championship’s donations are helping bring the most advanced cancer diagnostic tool closer to patients in need.

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GolfBC Championship Long Drive Challenge – Looking for Big Hitters!

The exciting Long Drive Challenge for charity returns to the GolfBC Championship on Wednesday June 13th at Gallagher’s Canyon. Golfers from throughout the Okanagan Valley are invited to test their driving skills in this fun competition that will feature a number of the Mackenzie Tour professionals who will set the mark for the amateurs to shoot for. Former two-time World Long Drive Champion Jamie Sadlowski will also make a speaking appearance at the event. Participants will be driving to win great Adidas golf prizes!

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