2012 West Coast Golf Group Pro-am | June 11-13th, 2012
Round One: Belmont GC (35-35) Par 70
Round Two: Hazelmere Golf Club (36-36) Par 72
Round Three: Swan-e-set Resort (36-36) Par 72
Winner’s share: $7,500
Weather: 16 degrees Celcius, wind 5 km/h
First Round Leader Board
|T1||Nick Taylor, Abbotsford, BC||65 (-5)|
|T1||Chris Cunningham, California||65 (-5)|
|T3||Phil Jonas, Hazelmere G.C.||67 (-3)|
|T3||Oliver Tubb, Players Academy N.Van||67 (-3)|
|T3||Sergej Dronov, University GC||67 (-3)|
|T6||Matt Makinson, Vancouver Golf Club||68 (-2)|
|T6||Thomas Petts, Capilano Golf & C.C.||68 (-2)|
|T6||Brad Clapp, Chilliwack Golf & CC||68 (-2)|
|T6||Clark MacPherson, Semiamoo GC||68 (-2)|
|T6||Adam Cornelson, Vancouver Golf Club||68 (-2)|
|T6||Mark Hoffman, Thornhill, Ontario||68 (-2)|
|T13||5 Players tied at 69 (-1)|
(June 11, 2012 – Langley, BC) – Nick Taylor may not have reached the milestones he or many of his Canadian fans had figured he would have achieved to date as a Professional given his phenomenal amateur career. But considering his Professional debut came less than 2 years ago (at VGT’s September, 2010 Tour Championship) he is quickly showing to all followers that he is gaining momentum on his goal of being a world class player on the PGA Tour.
Taylor’s round of 65 today at Belmont was on trend with what he has been showing his followers the past 12 months. His inaugural season on the Canadian Tour saw him tee-ing-it-up in 7 events, in which he made 6 cuts including a 5th and 7th place finish. He continued to show good form down south this winter on the All American Tour and Gateway Tour, finishing 2nd twice in the spring and capped off the season winning the All American Tour Championship, good for a $15,000 cheque and a bonus exemption into the Nationwide Tour’s BMW Cliff’s Pro-am.
Although Taylor narrowly missed the cut in the event, he played extremely well the week prior at the EGolftour’s Columbia Open where he finished T2nd with rounds of 64,65,70,70 for another great cheque ($10,666).
The long and the short of it is that Taylor seems to have found his stride in Professional golf, and is getting stronger and stronger each week he competes. He proved this point again last week where he fired four very solid rounds of 67, 70, 69, 68 at the Times Colonist Island Savings Open, finishing T7. Getting close!
Taylor’s round of 65 at Belmont today marked another great round of sub-70 golf, the earmark of success on any major tour. He will look to continue his ‘Taylor Trend’ tomorrow in round 2 of the 54-Hole VGT/West Coast Golf Group Pro-am at Hazelmere Golf Club. The event has been a ‘Major’ on the VGT schedule for the past 3 years thanks to the incredible efforts of WCGG’s Mike Stuart. The event has been slotted into an open week on the Canadian Tour, and this year features 45 of top VGT and Canadian Tour Professionals and one special guest from the NATIONWIDE TOUR Stuart Anderson.
Anderson started the VGT event today with a round of 68, three shots back of Taylor and San Diego native Chris Cunningham. The Victoria resident is taking some confidence into the event thanks to a nice showing (T33rd) at his latest Nationwide Tour event – The Rex Hospital Open and a T35th finish at the Times Colonist Victoria Open last week.
In the thick of things after round one were three local Professionals Phil Jonas of Hazelmere Golf Club, Oliver Tubb of the Players’ Academy (N.Van) and Canadian Tour Member and University Golf Club’s Sergej Dronov, all shooting 67 (-3). A total of 23 players are sitting on the cut-line of Even par after 18 holes. The tournament has a 36-hole cut to the top 20 players and ties and players will be vying for a first place cheque of $7,500 on the final day at Swan-e-set Resort. All Professional making the cut will play in a corporate Pro-am with some of the event’s key sponsors at Hazelmere. Pros will shoot-out for a $2,000 skins game while amateur teams will play for some great prizes including premier product from CLEVELAND GOLF/SRIXON.
Round two gets underway tomorrow morning at Hazelmere Golf Club, former site of the Canadian Tour’s City of Surrey Invitational. Tee-times start at 7:00am off both 1st and 10th tees with final groups tee-ing off at 8:03.
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