Twenty-five year old Sun Rivers Pro Brad Clapp fired an impressive round of 65 (-8) at this Friday’s PIN HIGH Tour Championship at the Q GOLF CLUB to capture his first win on the VGT. Clapp made a total of 9 birdies on the day, including 5 consecutive on 9 thru 14 to win by one shot over Can Tour veteran Matt Daniel. With his win (and $1,400 cheque), Clapp proved to himself (and all of the Vancouver Golf Tour) that his second place finish to Canada’s #1 Adam Hadwin at the Vancouver Open was no fluke!
Clapp has had quite a run of late after his 2nd place finish at the Van Open, teaming up with Chilliwack Golf Club Pro Jared Rempel to win the PGA of BC Pro-Pro Championship at Nicklaus North just two weeks ago. Having made the journey from Kamloops four times in 2011, Clapp has made some headway this year on the VGT, with a win, a 2nd and a 3rd place finish.
Clapp expressed his appreciation on a few accounts at the awards presentation. “I’d like to thank Fraser and his team on the VGT for putting on such professionally run events. It’s a great opportunity to play against such strong fields down in the Vancouver area on the VGT. It is like a mini Canadian Tour event every time they tee-it-up there are so many great players in this region. I’m grateful for Pin High’s support of this event as well as for some of VGT’s Major sponsors in the room, Brad Garside of Paine Edmonds Lawyers and Steve Savage of Nickel Heating”. Clapp finally paid tribute to the Q GOLF CLUB on all accounts – “Thanks to the Q Club members for providing the golf course to the VGT for the day and to the maintenance staff for the phenomenal conditions of the golf course”!
All of the players in the VGT Tour Championship were treated to a beautiful chicken and salmon buffet dinner, followed with a cheese cake that was to die for! Special thanks to Q Golf Clubhouse Manager Tony Di Giovanni and his clubhouse staff for a wonderful meal.
In the Championship Amateur Division, it was one of Canada’s top young players, 17 year old Adam Svensson who blew the field away with a super score of 67 (-6), eight shots over his next competitor. Svensson was paired with one of VGT’s top Professionals Ryan Williams, had a great opportunity to measure himself up against Ryan and all of the VGT Pros on the day – which he did quite well I might add! After having a “mediocre year” in his mind due to a wrist injury in the spring, Svensson capped off his year nicely with this win as well as his Low Amateur honours at the Vancouver Open a month ago. Svensson will finish off his last year at high school this year before heading down to UNLV on a full golf scholarship next fall! We wish Adam all the best in his last year as a junior golfer and in the future, what should be a very successful Amateur, College and Professional golf career!
The Tour Championship featured both an Individual Stroke play event for the Pros and Amateurs as well as a Pro-am Team event where the two best net scores out of the four golfers counted on each hole. At the end of the day, all Amateur winners in each flight were treated to some fabulous prizes including some premier CLEVELAND & SRIXON golf product.
Amateur Flight and Team Winners:
Championship Amateur: Adam Svensson – Gross score of 67 (-6)
Flight A Amateur: Dale Holtz – Net 68 (-5)
Flight B Amateur: Bryan Leonhardt – Net 65 (-8)
Pro-am Team Winners: Pro Brad Clapp, Amateurs Jesse Singh, Dale Holtz, David Wilcox – Two Best Net Score of 123 (-23)
The next order of business for the evening was for VGT to thank all of its 2011 Sponsors. In particular, VGT would like to thank its 5-year straight Tour Title Sponsor MARKETPLACE IGA, who have made the past five years of VGT a huge success!
YEAR-LONG TOP VGT PERFORMERS!
Special thanks go out to our Premier sponsors for making the following year-end awards possible, and congratulations to all of the TOP VGT PLAYERS IN 2011!!!
VGT ROOKIE OF THE YEAR – $2,500 AWARD Sponsored by NICKEL HEATING & VENTILATION
Winner: Brett Webster
VGT MOST IMPROVED PROFESSIONAL – $1,500 AWARD Sponsored by PAINE EDMONDS LAWYERS (Brad Garside)
Winner: Ryan Williams
TOP SRIXON STAFF PLAYER – $500 AWARD Sponsored by CLEVELAND GOLF/SRIXON CANADA
Winner: Ryan Williams
2011 CLEVELAND/SRIXON ORDER OF MERIT WINNERS:
PROFESSIONAL: Bryn Parry – wins the following:
• A $5,000 PGA Tour Q-School Entry – courtesy of CLEVELAND/SRIXON
• A $6,500 Trip to Fiji courtesy of FIJI GUIDED TOURS
• A VGT Leather Tour Bag courtesy of VGT
CHAMPIONSHIP AMATEUR: David Cao – Wins a Premier VGT Leather Tour Bag
2nd: Hein Marcus – Wins an Adidas Jacket
3rd: Jesse Singh – Wins a VGT Shirt
4th: Matt Lister – Wins a $25 Milestones GC
FLIGHT A: Murray Reed – Wins a Premier VGT Leather Tour Bag
2nd: Jim Zalusky – Wins an Adidas jacket
3rd: Masa Takahashi – Wins a VGT headcover
4th: Hector Aguilar – Wins a $25 Milestones GC
FLIGHT B: Robert Parihar – Wins a Premier VGT Leather Tour Bag
2nd: Shane Jung – Wins an Adidas jacket
3rd: Pete Fung – Wins a VGT Hat
4th: Jason Boyd – Wins a VGT towel
MARKETPLACE IGA LOYALTY PROGRAM
Finally, VGT recognized the loyal golfers who took advantage of the Marketplace IGA loyalty program that was offered throughout the year. All players were given the opportunity to bring proof of purchase from Marketplace IGA throughout the year and receive $10 off their tournament entry with $100 proof of purchase. VGT rewarded the most loyal players with some great draw prizes. Thanks to the following VGT players for getting this program off the ground:
Bryan Phelan – Wins an Adidas jacket
Jeff Streifel – Wins an Adidas jacket
Murray Reed – Wins a Cleveland Mashie Hybrid
Jason Boyd – Wins a $50 Marketplace IGA gift card
Nancy MacMillan – Wins a $25 Foggy Dew gift card
Jeff Sheldon – wins a $25 Foggy Dew gift card
HOST GOLF COURSE THANK-YOU’S
I would like to express my thanks to each and every one of the golf courses on the 2011 VGT Summer Schedule. Your support of our tour through the premier golf course conditions we receive week-to-week and your support of our mission to “Prepare Tomorrow’s Champions” is greatly appreciated!
VGT THANKS ITS TEAM AND VOLUNTEERS
Finally, to the continued efforts and support I receive from all of our VGT Team Members and group of dedicated volunteers who come out event-to-event. You truly have made the VGT what it is today! I am excited with and look forward to continued growth and success of the VGT in 2012 and the years to come.
GOOD LUCK TO ALL VGT PROS AT ’11 PGA TOUR Q-SCHOOL
It has been amazing to see just how much our tour has developed in the 5 full years of operation. I am extremely excited about the depth of talent playing our tour, many of who are heading down to the PGA Tour Qualifying School this fall. I want to wish all of these VGT Professionals a successful campaign on your quest for the PGA Tour in the coming weeks! We will keep you all posted of the VGT Pros who are heading down over the next two weeks!! Keep checking the VGT website as well as the PGA Tour’s website by clicking HERE.
VGT Winter Tour Schedule will be posted in the coming week. GET YOUR RAINGEAR OUT!!!