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VGT Tournament in Review
West Van’s Seann Harlingten has been off the radar on the VGT since missing the cut at last year’s Paine Edmonds Vancouver Open. However, the 27-year old seems to have an affinity for the Harrison Mills layout, carding 12-under par for the last two trips there. Last time he played in 2010, Harlingten finished T2nd after shooting 67 and losing in a playoff to local Professional Chad McAdie. This year Harlingten avoided a playoff by one shot, carding a red-hot 65, one shot better than Abbotsford’s Nick Taylor and Hazelmere Teaching Professional Phillip Jonas. Harlingten birdied 5 of the last 7 holes to card a back-nine score of 31, good for a $1,000 payday for his exceptional play. Taylor and Jonas earned cheques of $625/each for a share of 2nd place. Jonas had an equal hot back nine, birdying 5 of his last 6 holes for a 31, while Taylor was a steady 33 out and 33 in for his round of 66.
Vancouver Golf Club’s Brendan Dillon took solo 4th spot with a score of 68, one shot clear of a 4-way tie for 5th, including 5-time VGT Order of Merit winner Bryn Parry and three Can Tour Professionals Ryan Williams, Oliver Tubb and Adam Cornelson.
Through three events, Ryan Williams’ steady play (2nd, t3rd, t5th) earns him top spot in the CLEVELAND GOLF / SRIXON CANADA Order of Merit with 3,150 points, just 300 ahead of Seymour Creek Teaching Professional Dave Zibrik.
Your top 5 Professionals after 3 rounds are as follows:
- Ryan Williams (3,150)
- Dave Zibrik (2,856)
- Kevin Stinson (2,700)
- Seann Harlingten (2,500)
- Oliver Tubb (2,450)
The top Professional at the end of the 2013 season will win a $2,500 Q-School Prize courtesy of CLEVELAND GOLF / SRIXON CANADA. The next Official VGT Order of Merit event gets underway Thursday, April 18th at the NICKEL HEATING OPEN at Kings Links Golf Course. A $1,500 Cash Bonus will be added to the pro purse thanks to the Title Sponsor NICKEL HEATING!
Nineteen year-old Kenner Astles of Seymour Golf & Country Club was crowned this year’s Overall Amateur Champion at the VGT Sandpiper Classic, carding a very respectable score of even par 72. His total was one shot clear of last week’s amateur winner Yves Bisson of Sandpiper Resort and UBC Thunderbird golfer Derek Hinchcliffe. Through 3 events, Bisson leads the Championship Amateur Order of Merit by over 1,500 points after some very steady finishes (4th, 1st, t2nd). Dean Reddicopp of Ledgeview Golf Club sits in 2nd spot.
In Flight A Amateur action, Silver Kim took Low Gross honors, firing 77, while Shane Jung cashed in Low Net score with a 2-under 70. Flight B Overall Gross was won by relative newcomer to VGT Howard Hough, shooting 79, while Overall Net was won by John Mackenzie with a 67. Murray Reed leads the way in the Flight A Order of Merit after 3 events with Shane Jung and Hector Aguilar hot on his tail just 300 points behind. Flight B Order of Merit Leader Gil Semet is being tailed closely by John Mackenzie, just 250 points behind.
Special thanks to Director of Golf Ted Swaine and his staff for being so accommodating to our VGT Team and players throughout the course of the event. We are grateful of the tremendous support you provide our tour year-in and year-out! Thanks to Betty-Anne Falkner, owner of the Sandpiper Golf Course for believing in our Developmental Tour!
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