“VGT’s Top Amateur to Gain Exclusive Invitation to the Preeminent Elite Amateur Golf Tournament in the Pacific Northwest”
Through a newly formed partnership between the Vancouver Golf Tour (VGT) and the Sahalee Country Club (Seattle, Washington), VGT’s Top Amateur Golfer this spring will earn an exclusive Invitation to play in the 2020 Sahalee Player’s Championship (SPC).
“We are incredibly grateful of the opportunity to award our Top VGT Amateur with this (Sahalee Player’s Championship) exemption” stated VGT Commissioner Fraser Mulholland. “The SPC has long been known as the Pacific Northwest’s Premier Amateur Golf Tournament, extending invitations to only the finest Amateur players worldwide to test their skills on one of North America’s finest golf courses”.
“For 13 years, we (VGT) have been developing Canada’s Elite Professional and Amateur Golfers in year-round, Professional Competition” stated Commissioner Mulholland. “It is truly an honor for our Tour to be recognized by the Sahalee Player’s Championship with this Amateur exemption. Today’s announcement will only continue to strengthen our Tour’s Amateur presence”.
“Sahalee Country Club is committed to Championship golf at the highest level as evidenced through its hosting of the 1998 PGA Championship, the 2002 World Golf Championship, the 2010 US Senior Open, and the 2016 KPMG LPGA Championship.” Said Kevin White, Sahalee Players Championship Tournament Chairman. “This commitment is executed annually with the SPC, which brings together the best Amateur players in the world and is a breeding ground for PGA Tour players.”
“Concurrent with Sahalee’s commitment to Championship golf is its commitment to growing and promoting the game at a local and regional level. By offering this SPC exemption to a VGT player, we are recognizing elite talent in the region and extending the connection in the game of golf across borders” said Tournament Chair White.
SPC Qualification Process
“VGT has selected the first 10 full-field stroke-play events on its 2020 schedule for points to count toward the SPC exemption. The player with the highest point total from their best three 18-Hole Results plus the points from their top two 36-Hole results will earn the exemption into the SPC.
A full list of qualifying VGT events is listed below:
ABOUT SAHALEE PLAYER’S CHAMPIONSHIP
In the language of the native Chinook Indians, Sahalee means ‘high heavenly ground.’ Anyone who has ever had the pleasure of strolling the majestic, tree-lined fairways of Sahalee Country Club (pictured at right) would agree that this is an apt description. And for the elite few invited to participate in the Sahalee Players Championship each summer, perhaps a little ‘divine intervention’ is necessary to conquer the championship-caliber layout and field.
Inaugurated in 1992, the Sahalee Players Championship (SPC) at its inception strove to annually showcase the best amateur golfers in the Pacific Northwest. As the stature of the club continues to grow as a result of hosting the 1998 PGA Championship and 2002 World Golf Championships-NEC Invitational, the SPC’s founders decided to make the SPC a truly international amateur event. As such, invitations to the Sahalee Players Championship are extended only to the finest amateur players worldwide. Those asked to compete will face the same challenge as the professionals at the PGA Championship and WGC-NEC Invitational — 72 holes at stroke play over Sahalee’s demanding South and North nines.
In the list of amateur tournaments not affiliated with a national entity or college, the SPC is consistently ranked a top 10 event in the world. Past Champions of the SPC include Jason Gore, Aaron Oberholser, Ryan Moore, Kyle Stanley, Peter Uihlein and Abbotsford’s own and VGT Alumni, Nick Taylor. Past participants of the SPC include Dustin Johnson, Xander Shauffele, Bryson DeChambeau, Scottie Scheffler, Andrew Putnam and CT Pan and another Abbotsford and VGT Alumni – Adam Hadwin.
Mr. Kevin White, Tournament Chairman
Mr. Josh Kerns, Media Relations
ABOUT SAHALEE COUNTRY CLUB
Sahalee’s charter is to promote Championship golf. Consistently ranked in Golf Digest’s top 100 golf courses in America, Sahalee has hosted the 1998 PGA Championship (won by Vijay Singh), 2002 World Golf Championships-NEC Invitational (Craig Parry), 2010 USGA Senior Open (Bernhard Langer), and the 2016 KPMG LPGA Championship (Brooke Henderson).
Preparing Tomorrow’s Champions
Heading into its 14th year in 2020, the Vancouver Golf Tour (VGT) has been giving BC’s local Professional and Amateur golfers the opportunity to develop their tournament skills in a PGA Tour-like environment without the added costs of travelling. VGT is providing junior, amateur and professional golfers the opportunity to learn how to win locally and to build their confidence to play at the highest level possible, whether it be claiming their Amateur Division Title or moving on to play on Worldwide Major Tours. The mission statement of VGT since day one is ‘Preparing Tomorrow’s Champions’ to compete (and win) on ANY TOUR!