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Victoria, British Columbia (Mackenzie Tour) – The Mackenzie Tour’s fifth season continues with the 35th playing of the Bayview Place Cardtronics Open presented by Times Colonist at Uplands Golf Club in Victoria, B.C. Here’s a look at the storylines from this week, including what’s at stake, players to watch and key notes.
Dates: June 5-11
Course: Uplands Golf Club (Victoria, B.C.)
2016 champion: Adam Cornelson
Purse: $175,000/$31,500 winner’s prize
Format: 72-hole stroke play
Twitter: @BPCOpen / #BPCOpen
du Toit makes pro debut
Former Golf Canada National Amateur Team member Jared du Toit will make his professional debut this week in Victoria after concluding his amateur career last week at the NCAA Championship. du Toit thrilled fans across Canada last year by playing his way into the final group on Sunday at the RBC Canadian Open before finishing tied for ninth.
About Jared du Toit:
Born: May 22, 1995 (Calgary, Alberta)
Hometown: Kimlerley, B.C.
College: Arizona State University; University of Idaho
Amateur accomplishments: Won 2017 Amer Ari Invitational (NCAA); Was named a semi-finalist for the 2017 Ben Hogan Award; Won 2016 Glencoe Invitational; Named 2016 NCAA Honorable Mention All-American; Won 2015 Wyoming Cowboy Classic (NCAA).
McGreevy makes pro debut following NCAA title win
After helping the University of Oklahoma to a national title last week at the NCAA Championship, Max McGreevy will make his professional debut this week in Victoria. McGreevy went 2-1 in match play to help the Sooners to the championship. McGreevy was named a 3rd team NCAA All-American in 2016 and recorded two individual tournament wins in four seasons at Oklahoma.
McGreevy earned exempt status for the first eight events of the season with a solo fifth-place finish at the British Columbia Q-School in May.
University of Southern California alum Southern Rico Hoey, who helped the Trojans to the Match Play portion of the NCAA Championship and earned status at the USA West #1 Q-School, will also make his pro debut this week.
Looking back at 2016
The 2016 Bayview Place Cardtronics Open presented by Times Colonist saw Langley, British Columbia’s Adam Cornelson break through for his first career Mackenzie Tour win in style. The 29-year old was making his 52nd career start on Tour and cruised to a five stroke win, setting what was then the Mackenzie Tour 72-hole scoring record at 20-under par 260.
Cornelson would go on to finish fifth on the Order of Merit and win the Dan Halldorson Trophy as Freedom 55 Financial Canadian Player of the Year.
Bayview Place supports golf on Vancouver Island
Tournament co-title sponsor Bayview Place, a sponsor of the event since 2007, has enhanced its support of golf on Vancouver Island by assisting the various programs of the local Vikes Junior Golf Tour, which was created in 2008 in order to address a gap in the opportunities for local junior golfers, and also the newly formed Bayview Place Vikes Performance Tour, which provides a competitive environment for amateur, professional and junior golfers on Vancouver Island and helps promote the development of the game.
Mackenzie Tour members earn U.S. Open spots
Four Mackenzie Tour players earned a spot in the field at the U.S. Open on Monday, each claiming a spot at Sectional Qualifying at Tacoma Country & Golf Club in Tacoma, Wash.
1. Derek Barron, 66-69 (-7)
T2. Jordan Niebrugge, 73-67 (-2)
T2. Max Greyserman, 72-68 (-2)
4. Daniel Miernicki, 73-68 (-1)
Sadlowski makes 2017 Mackenzie Tour debut
Two-time World Long Drive Champion Jamie Sadlowski will make his 2017 Mackenzie Tour debut this week, playing on a Sponsor Exemption. The 28-year old earned conditional status earlier this year at the USA East #2 Q-School and has played in two career Mackenzie Tour events, finishing T68 at the 2013 Syncrude Boreal Open presented by AECON.
Brian Sluggett, Victoria, B.C.
Ben Griffin, Victoria, B.C.
Isaac Weintraub, Victoria, B.C.
Keaton Gudz, Victoria, B.C.
Nolan Thoroughgood, Victoria, B.C.
Jared du Toit, Kimberley, B.C.
Jamie Sadlowski, St. Albert, Alta.
Steven Lecuyer, Grimshaw, Alta.
What’s at stake
Players are competing this season for position on the season-ending Order of Merit and look to gain access to the Web.com Tour in 2018. Below is a breakdown of the status available.
Order of Merit position
|1||Exempt on 2018 Web.com Tour|
|2-5||Conditional status on Web.com Tour|
|6-10||Exemption into final stage of Web.com Tour Q-School|
|11-20||Exemption into second stage of Web.com Tour Q-School|
Open Qualifying took place at Gorge Vale Golf and Country Club.
(bold denotes Canadian).
1. Raoul Menard (Ange-Gardien, Que.) – 67
T2. Chad McCann (Wilmington, N.C. – 68
T2. Justin Martinson (Avondale, Pa.) – 68
T2. Jesse Smith (Dover, N.H.) – 68
5. John Jonas (Jacksonville, Fla.) – 69
T6. Dale Smith (Coronado, Calif.) – 70
T6. Andrew Funk (Edmonton, Alta.) – 70
T6. Matthew Dubrowski (Bergenfield, N.J.) – 70
T6. Andrew Ledger (Toronto, Ont.) – 70
T6. Brad Moules (McCracken, Australia) – 70
Notes on the field
- 12 British Columbians are in the field this week: Brad Clapp (Chilliwack); Adam Cornelson (Langley); Ben Griffin (Victoria); Seann Harlingten (West Vancouver); Cory Renfrew (Victoria); Brian Sluggett (Victoria); Riley Wheeldon (Comox); Ryan Williams (Vancouver); Nolan Thoroughgood (Victoria); Keaton Gudz (Victoria); Jared du Toit (Kimberley); Stuart Macdonald (Vancouver)
- 22 Canadians are in the field.
- 2016 tournament winners in the field: Charlie Bull (ATB Financial Classic); Adam Cornelson (Bayview Place Cardtronics Open presented by Times Colonist); David Pastore (Niagara Championship); Max Rottluff (SIGA Dakota Dunes Open).
- Former Australian amateur standout Brett Coletta, who finished T25 on a sponsor exemption at the Memorial Tournament last week, will make his Mackenzie Tour debut.
- Past champions in Victoria include PGA TOUR members Spencer Levin (2007), David Hearn (2005), Jason Bohn (2000), Ken Duke (1999) and Steve Stricker (1990).
- The top three players on the Order of Merit through the first six events of the 2017 season will earn exemptions into the RBC Canadian Open.
- Brett Coletta, who finished T25 at the Memorial Tournament on a sponsor exemption last week, will make his Mackenzie Tour debut. The 20-year old Aussie won as an amateur last year at the PGA Tour of Australasia and earned status earlier this year at the British Columbia Q-School.