2010 West Coast Golf Group
June 10th -12th, 2010
Belmont, Hazelmere, Swan-e-set Resort
FINAL RESULTS Swan-e-set Resort
Saturday, June 12th
Being paired with fellow Canadian Tour memberAdam Hadwin on the final round, 25 year old Langley Professional James Allenby knew he would have his hands full. With a six shot lead over Hadwin on the final day, Allenby did his best to fend off the charging Rookie Can Tour Pro on day three. And in a nail-biting finish, Allenby managed to seal the deal on the 18th hole with a clutch 10 foot putt for par to take the title of the Inaugural West Coast Golf Group Pro-am with a score of -10, one shot better than Hadwin who missed a 20 footer on the 18th himself.
Allenby’s win earned him a whopping cheque for $10,000 and an all-important 3,000 points on the 2010 CLEVELAND/SRIXON VGT Order of Merit. His win shoots him to the top of the money list with $11,465 and to 2nd place on the CLEVELAND/SRIXON Order of Merit with 4,900 points, now only 1,000 points behind OOM leader Bryn Parry of Seymour Creek who struggled on the final day with a score of 78.
After opening the 54-hole event with two very nice rounds of 69, 63, Allenby found himself in a position he’s never been in before – playing in the final group with the lead. A 6 shot lead. And that seemed to be the more challenging of the two obstacles. The fact that he had a 6 shot lead left him a bit puzzled on just how he should play that day – not too aggressive, yet not too safe. “I was ready for Adam to play well and fire at a lot of flags to narrow the gap, and he did just that. And it was almost a blessing when Adam made eagle on #5 to reduce the lead to 2 shots, as it made me start playing more focused and less defensive”. “I hit the ball quite well today, but I guess I made all of my putts yesterday as I didn’t make much today at all. Well, I guess not until when I needed it the most on #18”. Hadwin had his share of missed putts out there as well and at times showed his frustration of just how low his round of 67 could have been too.
Low rounds of the day went to Guildford’s Dan Swanson and Canadian Tour Player Matt Daniel with impressive rounds of 66. Thanks to a unanimous sponsor at Friday’s Pro-am dinner, both players split a $2,500 bonus for sharing low final round of the tournament. Hazelmere’s own Phil Jonas was one back with a 67 on day three, vaulting him into 3rd place overall and 7-under par for the tournament. Hadwin took home $6,000 for his second place finish and Jonas $4,000 for third.
With a total of over $33,000 in the WCGG Pro-am’s Purse, this was VGT’s largest purse to date, all thanks to the efforts of West Coast Golf Group President Mike Stuart and his team of sponsors, all listed below:
Terminal City Ironworks
Pat Anderson/AXA Insurance
DMCL Chartered Accountants
Terminal City Manufacturing
Special thanks must also go out to the team of 30+ volunteers that came out to support and help run the WCGG Pro-am event. They were all invaluable to the success of the event and should all be congratulated for their continued support of BC Golf Development! Our VGT Live Scoring Team was very grateful for all the assistance that was offered to us throughout the event!
Finally, all three superintendants and their staff should be congratulated on setting up Belmont, Hazelmere and Swan-e-set in Tour-like conditions for this event. Considering how much rain has hit the past couple of weeks in Vancouver, the players could not believe how fantastic the greens were on all three courses. A JOB WELL DONE!!!
All-in-all, the Inaugural West Coast Golf Group Invitational Pro-am was a complete success on all accounts. The corporate Pro-am players were treated to some fantastic golf for the first 36-holes of the tournament and were treated to some of the best hospitality I’ve witnessed in any Pro-am event I’ve been associated with, particularly the Friday night buffet dinner which was thoroughly enjoyed by all!
VGT was fortunate to be a part of this Premier Pro-am event where a select group of 40 Canadian Tour and VGT Professionals were given a chance to compete for some serious cash and challenge themselves to make the cut in this Premier 54-hole Pro-am event. Our final thanks to the West Coast Golf Group for initiating this great event which we hope will continue for many years to come!
2nd Round Results Hazelmere Golf & Tennis Club
Friday, June 11th
ALLENBY TAKES CHARGE AT WEST COAST GOLF GROUP PRO-AM
Twenty-five year-old Canadian Tour Pro James Allenby set himself apart from the field of 39 Professionals today at Hazelmere Golf & Tennis Club with a flawless round of 9-under par 63. Allenby’s 9 birdies on the day shot himself 6 shots ahead of his next competitor Adam Hadwin going into the final round of the 54 Hole Pro Championship. Allenby, who sits at -10 thru 36 holes will be paired with fellow Canadian Tour Pro Hadwin in tomorrow’s final round at Swan-e-set Resort with a 9am start. A total of 21 professionals made the 36 hole cut to play on Saturday for a first place cheque of $10,000 and total Purse of $32,500.
Although Hadwin seems to be a lock to claim the winner’s trophy and top prize, there are a total of five golfers tied at -3, all hoping to pull together an ‘Allenby-like’ round of 63, and who knows? And even if that low score doesn’t result in catching Allenby, it will result in a hefty reward courtesy an anonymous sponsor at the WCGG Pro-am, who will offer the Low Professional Score on day three, a $2,500 BONUS cheque. Nice incentive to GO LOW, and not bad for a day’s work!
In the Pro-am, which ended today after 36-holes, it took some stellar play on day two from Team Morgan Creek consisting of Pro Adam Hadwin and his amateurs squad of Art Trojan, Jim Martens and Norm Wallace, nipping out Team Guildford by one shot with a score of -37 for two days. Team Morgan Creek walked home with a year membership to all three West Coast Golf Group properties and a bonus $250 gift card to any of the WCGG Pro-shops.
For Full results, including Pro-am Team and Professional 36-hole scores, click here.
Final round action begins at 7:39am on Saturday at Swan-e-set Bay Resort with the lead group tee-ing off at 9:00am. All spectators are welcome and admission is free!
ROUND ONE – IN REVIEW
Belmont Golf Course
With day one in the books of Vancouver’s most Premier Pro-am of the year, it was the 45 year-old Canadian Tour veteran Tom Stankowski who shot out to the lead of the WCGG Pro-am with an opening round of 66 (-4) at the Belmont Golf Course in Langley. After heavy rain the last couple of weeks, the normally short and manageable 6,416 yard par 70 Belmont layout played unusually long and challenging for the field of 40 premier professionals in the field, which included 20 of the top Canadian Tour Professionals and 20 of the top Vancouver Golf Professionals in 2010. Stankowski (brother of PGA Tour Player Paul Stankowski) is being tailed closely by Grand Prairie’s Kent Fukashima, Victoria’s Todd Halpen, and Abbotsford’s Adam Hadwin and Kevin Stinson after rounds of 2-under par 68. With a log-jam of 6 players tied at -1 and another seven players at even par (including WCGG’s own Phil Jonas), this tournament will be closely contested come the weekend.
Second round action of the Pro-am takes place at West Coast Golf Group’s most southern property, Hazelmere Golf & Tennis Club in South Surrey where all forty professionals will be playing starting at 1pm in a shotgun start with their corporate teams to wrap up day two of the Pro-am. At the end of the day, a winning Pro-am Team will be crowned on Friday night at a deluxe buffet dinner and prize reception at the Hazelmere clubhouse and the Professional field will be cut to the top 20 plus ties after the completion of 36-holes. All Professionals making the cut will play Saturdays’ round at Swan-e-set Bay Resort to see who will carry home the title as well as the $10,000 winner’s cheque! All players making the cut will make a cheque out of the total $32,500 Pro Purse. Tee-off times on the final round will commence at 8am with the lead group tee-ing off at 9am.
Public is welcome to come out and watch the PGA Tour’s future stars play on both Friday (Hazelmere – 1pm start) and Saturday (Swan-e-set – 8 to 9am start). Admission is FREE!
For a full list of both Professionals and Pro-am team scores, please visit our LIVE SCORING section.
Pos Player Score
1 STANKOWSKI, Tom - 66
T2 FUKISHIMA, Kent - 68
T2 HALPEN, Todd - 68
T2 HADWIN, Adam - 68
T2 STINSON, Kevin - 68
T6 BOUDREAU, Edward - 69
T6 HOSKING, Timothy - 69
T6 SHIN, John - 69
T6 SWANSON, Dan - 69
T6 GRIFF, Darren - 69
T6 ALLENBY, James - 69
T12 JONAS, Philip – 70
T12 TAYLOR, Joshua - 70
T12 PARADIS (SRIXON), Jeremy - 70
T12 PARRY, Bryn - 70
T12 WILLIAMS (SRIXON), Ryan - 70
T12 SMEETH, Andrew - 70
T12 MACPHERSON, Clark - 70.