VGT Tournament in Review
Seann Harlingten must hold a special place in his heart for Sandpiper Golf Course. Seems like every time the VGT hosts an event at the Harrison Mills Resort there is some kind of story on the 28 year old West Vancouver Pro. Last 3 visits, including this week’s event, Harlingten is a total of 19-under par! Last year he carded a 7-under par 65 to top Pros Nick Taylor (now WEB.COM TOUR PRO) and Phil Jonas (EUROPEAN SR. TOUR). This year Harlingten fired a 67 (-5) and shared top spot with South African Pro Michael Loppnow.
As a rule in VGT’s 18-Hole Championships, Pros battle it out for in a sudden death playoff for a maximum of 3 holes. Harlingten and Loppnow went head-to-head for 3 holes, but could not decide an ultimate winner. So both players took home a share of the trophy and split 1st and 2nd place moneys, each collecting $812.50. Both players carded nines of 35,32 to beat West Coast Golf Group Pro Kevin Stinson by 1 shot. Harlingten made his birdies on 16 and 18 to finish his round in style, and Loppnow came home even more clutch, birdying 3 of his last 4.
Harlingten moved up to #3 on the CLEVELAND/SRIXON Order of Merit behind Pros Brad Clapp (Chilliwack GC) and Chris Lee (Pacific Coast Golf Academy) who both finished T6th on the day with rounds of 70. The West Vancouver Professional has been wintering down in Phoenix the past 4 months and in his words, he had a ‘pretty good season’ on the All American Gateway Tour making just over $18,000 in 8 events. Loppnow has been playing on the Big Easy Tour, South African (Sunshine Tour) Developmental Tour and had four top 20 showings in 2013. Both VGT Pros are gearing up for the PGA TOUR Qualifying School at Crown Isle on May 6-9th and look to be in good form heading into the qualifier! A total of 23 Pros who have played the VGT at some point the last couple of years will tee-it up at the Q-School in Comox.
In the Apprentice Professional Division Morgan Creek’s Jeff Lindemulder fired his 2nd consecutive round of 72 good for his 2nd win in the newly created Pro Division for PGA and Non-Tour Pros. He picked up his second cheque for $400 and kept him atop the Apprentice Division over Larry Park (Bryn Parry Golf Academy) .
VGT Winter Tour Order of Merit Winner Kaleb Fisher (Chilliwack Golf Club) continued his great play in the Amateur side of the VGT shooting a 2-under par 70. His 4 birdies and 2 bogeys were good enough for a 2 shot victory over Connor O’Dell (Pitt Meadows Golf Club) and Rob Arthur (Guildford GC). Fisher won a Cleveland 588 RTX Wedge and $100 VGT Credit for his win and O’Dell and Arthur won a Cleveland bag + $50 credit and a $100 VGT Credit respectively. VGT’s Championship side of its tournaments continue to grow. With this event filled with 50 Pros and Amateurs under 5.0 handicap factor.
Moez Noorani (Swan-e-set Bay Resort) was victorious in the Flight A Competition, carding a net 72 and collecting a Cleveland 588 RTX Wedge + $50 VGT Credit while Kevin McKee was Overall Winner in Flight B also with a net score of 72.
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