First off, I owe a huge thank-you to each and every one of you for supporting this year’s VANCOUVER OPEN MAUI JIM CHARITY PRO-AM at Fraserview!!
From the feedback we have received both on and off the golf course, everyone was extremely impressed with the premier conditions and playability of Fraserview Golf Course. It is great to get that type of feedback and I am glad you all enjoyed getting back onto Vancouver’s Gem of a public course. Congrats to Head Superintendent Dennis Luick and his awesome team for presenting Fraserview in such beautiful shape!
Congrats to our winning Pro-Am Team from Odlum Brown. Well done Martin McNish and your squad for taking down all challengers on the day!! FULL RESULTS AVAILABLE HERE.
And how about Michael Bell rattling off 5 birdies and 3 eagles to win the birdie game and shoot what would have been an unreal score of 62 (-10)!! Congrats Mike!
If you were able to come out and watch some of the Championship you will know by now that we had some great scores come out of all 3 Vancouver Parks courses, and we declared Oregon’s Nick Sherwood as our 2018 Vancouver Open Champion on Sunday night!
Nick played some outstanding golf throughout the weekend, and ultimately it was his consistency that allowed him to prevail, topping local Amateur Chris Chrisologo by just 1 shot and the next best Professional (Greg Palmer) by 2. Sherwood claimed the $8,000 First place cheque that he will gladly take down south with him on his next journey on the PGA Tour Latin America circuit that re-commences next week.
This was Chrisologo’s first attempt playing the Vancouver Open, and he will add the Low Amateur Title to a number of accomplishments this year including South American Amateur Champion, BC Amateur Champion, and Low Amateur at the RBC Canadian Open shooting -9 against the top PGA Tour players in the world!
On that note, the 2018 Vancouver Open & Charity Pro-Am are in the books as arguably the most successful event we have operated in the 12 years of our existence. The Pro-am was a complete sell-out and our 54-Hole Championship was the largest turnout we have had (176 golfers) since our last visit to the Parks Board Courses in 2013! Special thanks to everyone involved with the Vancouver Parks Board for inviting the VGT back to Vancouver’s 3 Premier Public Golf Courses. We truly appreciate the hospitality we received from all of your staff and management throughout the week. It is really great to have the Vancouver Open back in the City of Vancouver where it belongs. Your support of our flagship event is greatly appreciated!
Some final thank-you’s to those who made the 2018 Vancouver Open possible. First off, thank-you to our Vancouver Open Title Sponsor, Dave Ebner of Johnston Meier Insurance Agencies and to our Presenting Sponsor Todd Castonguay of ICBA Benefits. And to our Charity Pro-Am Title Sponsor Maui Jim and Presenting Sponsor Travis Mathew, thank-you for making this year’s Pro-Am the best in our 12-year history!
And a final shout-out to our Tour’s Title Sponsor IGA Stores of BC (and friends at Canada Bread), and our Year-long Order of Merit Sponsor Cleveland Golf/Srixon Canada. VGT would not be here without your incredible support and the support of our many other Major and Supporting Sponsors the last 12 years!
We are tallying up all the receipts from the silent auction and LIVE Auction and will make an announcement about the total donation we are making to the FIRST TEE VANCOUVER JUNIOR PROGRAM.
We have each and every one of you to thank for playing, supporting, sponsoring and sharing our messages thru social media. We couldn’t do it without you. Thank-you!
We want to ensure that everyone gives us their feedback about the event, from the format of the Pro-Am, to their experience at the event as a whole. We want to continue to deliver the best experience possible for our supporters and your feedback is going to allow us to do that!
Thanks again for allowing us to put on an amazing Pro-Am at Fraserview, assist us with our fundraising goals for The First Tee, and allowing us to provide a PGA Tour like experience for our local Pros and Amateurs at our 12th Annual Vancouver Open Championship!
Until our next event!
President & Commissioner
Vancouver Golf Tour