RUSSELL BREWING | 2010 VGT TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP
Presented by Augusta Resources & the Pest Detective
Kings Links by the Sea GC
Boundary Bay, BC
6,865 yards Par 72
Tournament in Review
In a field of 28 of VGT’s premier professionals and total field of 104 players, Seymour Creek Teaching Professional Bryn Parry (pictured on right) fired an impressive round of 65 (-7) which included a stellar finish of 3 birdies and an eagle on his last five holes for a 3-shot victory over Professional Mewail Kidane of Fraserview and fellow Seymour Creek Professional Fraser Mulholland.
Parry’s win earned him $1,600 and 1,500 order of merit points to separate him even further from his fellow Professionals on the CLEVELAND/SRIXON Order of merit race. Parry locked the 2010 title up at the end of the Vancouver Open a few weeks ago, which earned him a $5,000 entry down to PGA Tour Qualifying School for the third straight year. Parry has undeniably been the most dominant Professional on the Vancouver Golf Tour the past 4 years.
The 2010 VGT Tour Championship was honoured to have former World #1 Amateur Nick Taylor in the field for his professional golf debut. Not surprisingly, Taylor wasn’t fazed about the event being his first as a professional. He went about his business as usual and shot a very nonchalant round of 70 (-2) on the day placing him in a four way tie for 6th and cashing his first Professional cheque of $525. Although there seemed to be a bit of rust around his game the first dozen holes (which is to be expected having not played a tournament since the U.S. Amateur in August), Taylor reminded all in the field that he is one of the best golfers in the world ready to hit the PGA Tour, as he closed his round out in style with an eagle and a birdie on his last three holes.
As a note to the strength of the field, there were 7 Canadian Tour Professionals in the VGT Tour Championship field including 23-year old Adam Hadwin who had an outstanding season on VGT and the Canadian Tour. And thanks to his exceptional play on the Can Tour this year, Hadwin earned himself exemptions to the Wayne Gretzky Classic on the Nationwide Tour and to the RBC Canadian Open on the PGA Tour, where he finished t37th and top Canadian in the field. Hadwin struggled on the day firing an uncharacteristic round of 75 (+3).
In Amateur play, Langley’s Jamie Paradis ousted all players in the field, shooting 2-under par 70 for a two shot victory over 18-year old Pitt Meadows junior Andrew Rasmussen. Paradis and Rasmussen collected an Adidas Climaproof jacket and a Cleveland Launcher hybrid club for the great play. In amateur Flight A it was Raj Singh who took down all, firing an amazing net round of 64 for the day! Richmond’s Bryan Leonhardt fired a net 67 for a one shot victory over Abbotsford’s Barry Turchen in Flight B action.
Amateurs and Sponsors of the 2010 VGT Tour Championship had the opportunity to play with 28 of VGT’s premier Professionals in a social, yet competitive Pro-am tournament for some healthy competition. The format was based on the best net score of the four players on the team for 18 holes.
At the end of play it was the team of Professional Jeremy Paradis and Amateurs Jamie Paradis, Alex Doucette and Shane Jung who took home team honours with a score of -21 and a four shot victory over the team of Professional Fraser Mulholland, Jay Janower, Barry Turchen and Andrew Rasmussen.
Amateurs on team Paradis each were awarded a Cleveland Launcher DST Tour Drivers while Mulholland’s amateurs were recipients of Cleveland Launcher DST fairway woods. In total, the top 10 teams collected prizing. A list of all Professional and Amateur Individual results can be found by clicking here.
VGT is proud to say that it will get to cheer on seven of its Professionals down at PGA Tour Qualifying in two weeks time. We would like to wish Nick, Bryn, Adam and all of Canada’s fine young golfers heading down to PGA Tour Qualifying School the best of success this fall. Keep a look out for our seven VGT’s Professional members on their quest for the card this fall:
Bryn Parry | Adam Hadwin | Devin Carrey | James Allenby | Darren Griff | Stuart Anderson | Ryan Williams
2010 VGT YEAR-END AWARDS
At the conclusion of the 2010 Vancouver Golf Tour season, VGT honoured its players for some outstanding performances throughout the year. Thanks to our Title Sponsor MARKETPLACE IGA for giving us a platform to develop our players and to CLEVELAND GOLF/SRIXON CANADA for offering up the $5,000 PGA Tour Qualifying School award the past 3 years. Finally, thanks to two of our Major Sponsors, Steve Savage of NICKEL HEATING and Brad Garside of PAINE EDMONDS LAWYERS for initiating our newest players awards to date:
CLEVELAND/SRIXON Order of Merit Professional: Bryn Parry, PGA Tour Q-School Entry ($5,000)
CLEVELAND/SRIXON Order of Merit Championship: Amateur Kris Yardley, Recognition Award
CLEVELAND/SRIXON Order of Merit Flight A: Amateur Stewart Halstead, Recognition Award
CLEVELAND/SRIXON Order of Merit Flight B: Amateur Murray Reed, Recognition Award
TOP SRIXON BALL Player: Professional Ryan Williams, $500
NICKEL HEATING ‘Most Outstanding Player’: Bryn Parry & Adam Hadwin, (co-winners) $3,000 (shared)
PAINE EDMONDS ‘Most Improved VGT Player’: Professional Matt Makinson, $1,500
Vancouver Golf Tour would like to thank the cast of Major and Supporting Sponsor that have contributed to the development of Canadian Golfers in the Vancouver area. For a list of our 2010 sponsors, please click here: http://www.vancouvergolftour.com/2010/sponsors.htm.
To round the season out, VGT would like to thank all of the golf courses on our tour’s schedule for hosting events on our tour. Without your support the last 4 years, we would not be where we are today.
Special thanks to the following key individuals who are part of the VGT Team that have worked extremely hard around the clock at the 24 events on our 2010 schedule:
Heidi Tran – Marketing and Media Director
Holly Pearson – Finance and Administration
Mike West – Website Management, Audio/Video Production, Photography
George Sterling – On-site co-ordinator and Scoring technician
Brian Small – On-site co-ordinator and Live Scoring Technician
Bill Schabes – On-site co-ordinator and Live Scoring Technician
Craig Hill – On-site co-ordinator
Additional thanks must go out to the 40 + volunteers who came out to help at various times throughout the Vancouver Golf Tour schedule.
Finally, thanks to all of the players, both members and non-members on the Vancouver Golf Tour who are continuing to fill our fields and playing some incredible golf throughout the year! We are very excited with the growth we have had the past 4 seasons and look forward to even bigger and better things going forward in 2011.
Please follow both our website (www.vancouvergolftour.com) as well as the PGA Tour’s website (www.pgatour.com) to follow all of Canada’s hopefuls on their quest for the PGA Tour in 2011.