2011 West Coast Golf Group Pro-Am
Belmont | Hazelmere | Swan-e-set
July 28-30th, 2011
Having followed Canadian Tour Professional Ryan Williams career closely for the past 4 years, one could say that his win at the WCGG Pro-am Championship was well overdue! And it couldn’t have come at a better time – on his home golf courses, Belmont, Hazelmere and Swan-e-set.
Playing out of the West Coast Golf Group the past few years, Williams has been close to breaking through on the Canadian Tour, but has seemed to fall one or two rounds short of taking a decent result into a great result. Williams has made 5 out of 9 cuts on the Can Tour in 2011 and will head back east for the conclusion of the season to play the $100,000 Seaforth County Classic and finish off the Can Tour schedule with the $200,000 Tour Championship – the final event on the Can Tour schedule.
William’s win today will not only give him a boost of confidence heading back east, but it won’t hurt his wallet either, as the victory came with a nice $10,000 pay-day, his biggest cheque to date on any pro tour. Williams was also rewarded with another $1,000 bonus for his round of the day at Swan-e-set – a 66 (-6).
After the Canadian Tour schedule, Williams will return to play the $75,000 Paine-Edmonds Vancouver Open where a $50,000 pro purse will be offered up based on a full field of 100 pros. Williams will then make his second trek down to first stage of PGA Tour Qualifying School in the fall to secure status on either the Nationwide Tour or PGA Tour.
Canadian Tour veteran Matt Daniel played some very solid golf throughout the tournament posting rounds of 70, 69, 71, good for a 2nd place solo finish and a $5,500 cheque. Daniel has been plagued with back issues this summer, so it was great to see him back in full health for the WCGG Pro-am event and back to some excellent form he was showing in the spring on the VGT.
Santa Cruz Professional Isaac Weintraub was giving chase to Williams all day today as he came out strong with an eagle on 5 and birdies on 9, 10, 12 and 14, where he managed to pull within 1 shot of the lead. But unfortunately for Weintraub, he couldn’t quite finish off a great start, bogeying the 15th and then tripling the 17th hole to come up a bit short. Weintraub would finish in 3rd place on his own and take home a very decent cheque of $3,300.
Both Williams and Weintraub are CLEVELAND/SRIXON staff players, so the Order of Merit Points they won today were very important for them both as they battle for the top CLEVELAND/SRIXON staff player at the end of the year, who earns a $500 bonus. Both are quite a healthy margin behind Order of Merit Leader Bryn Parry, who had another solid finish at this event (t4th), even although in a statement after the round “It wasn’t pretty out there, but I made the most of it over the three days”. Williams will have his work cut out for him if he is to catch Parry for Order of Merit Points Champion at the end of the year as he has built up a lead of 4,700 points with two events to play.
In the Pro-am Team Competition at Belmont and Hazelmere on day 1 and 2, the team of Pro Clark MacPherson and Amateurs Scotty McVicker, Neil Taylor and Mike Armstrong took home top honours with a 2-day result of 37 under par for two best net balls per hole. Congrats on some fine play gentlemen!!!
Many people have to be thanked for their contributions in making the 2nd Annual West Coast Golf Group Pro-am a fantastic success. The first of those is Michael Stuart, who without his vision and belief of supporting Professional Golf in our region, this tournament would not be in existence today! His continued support in rallying all of his partner sponsors for the event (see below) does not go un-noticed by all of the VGT Professionals, who were privy to the biggest Pro Purse per player this year (34 Pros – $32,500 purse). We are all very lucky to have your continued support of golf and are very thankful that the WCGG Pro-am is on the VGT schedule for two years straight. We look forward to seeing the Professional side of the event continue to grow in years to come!
To all three superintendants of Belmont, Hazelmere and Swan-e-set. WOW!!! How good were those golf courses this week! You truly show you care about the game of golf and understand what goes into the set-up of a Championship. Job very well done!
To the remainder of the WCGG team at all three facilities, you show year after year that service is the key! Your attention to every detail is second-to-none and as a golf organization, this really does mean a lot when we run 24 golf tournaments in a year! Outstanding! And talk about a meal to remember! We truly can’t wait to come back and enjoy the Friday tournament buffet set-up at Hazelmere. What a selection of incredible dishes!!
To all the West Coast GG Volunteers, thank-you very much for your time and energies put into all 3 days of this event. you are all instrumental to the success of this event and should all give yourself a huge pat on your back as you are all responsible for helping us create future PGA Tour Champions right here in Greater Vancouver!
And finally, to the VGT team members who help make each and every one of our events appear as close to the PGA Tour (within our budget), you are commended for keeping all the players informed of their status through the live leader boards on course! Great work team!
Congratulations again to the 2011 Champion Ryan Williams and to the winning Pro-am Team from Okanagan Springs!! We look forward to another great event in 2012!!
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