One hundred and fifty-six players will chase $175,000 in prize money at next week’s GolfBC Championship in Kelowna. Douglas Farrow/Contributed

Golf’s future showcased on Mackenzie Tour

The GolfBC Championship in Kelowna next week will feature many of the game’s up-and-coming players

In January of this year, Adam Hadwin became just the eighth player in PGA Tour history to shoot a round of 59.

Weeks later, the 29-year-old from Abbotsford won his first PGA Tour title at the Valspar Championship.

Hadwin is yet another on the growing list of Mackenzie Tour grads now making a name for himself on the world’s most competitive professional circuit.

Golf fans in Kelowna will get a firsthand look at some of the game’s potential future stars next week during the 2017 GolfBC Championship at Gallagher’s Canyon.

Along with Hadwin, fellow Canadians and current PGA Tour players Graham DeLaet, David Hearn and Nick Taylor all cut their teeth on PGA Tour Canada’s Mackenzie Tour.

“It’s a chance for people in Kelowna to catch these guys on their way up,” said GolfBC Championship director Hugh Vassos. “They can meet the stars of the future and be able to look back one day and say ‘I saw him play.’”

The inaugural GolfBC Championship winner in 2016, Dan McCarthy, won four events last season on the Mackenzie Tour and has since stepped up to the Tour.

The final field for next week’s tournament, June 15 to 18, will feature 156 players.

A qualifying round, with 150 players competing, will be held next Monday at the Okanagan Golf Club’s Bear Course.

The total prize purse for the GolfBC Championship is $175,000, with $31,500 going to the champion.

For tournament, ticket and parking information, visit

du Toit earns exemption

Kimberley’s Jared du Toit, formerly Canada’s top-ranked amateur golfer, has been granted an exemption to play in next week’s GolfBC Championship.

du Toit, who captured the imagination of Canadian golf fans with his surprise ninth-place showing at last year’s RBC Canadian Open, recently made the decision to turn pro.

The 21-year-old du Toit is coming off his first NCAA victory and final season with the Arizona State University men’s golf program.

“Jared is definitely a player on his way up to the Tour and ultimately the PGA Tour,” said Golf BC Championship director Hugh Vassos. “Okanagan golf fans are in for something special as they watch this young player participate in only his second tournament since turning professional.”

Also earning an exemption last month was Canadian Jamie Sadlowski, the former World Long Drive champ who made his PGA Tour debut last month at the Dean and DeLuca Invitational.

Just Posted

Peach City Radio to air segment on homelessness

Penticton community radio and Western News team up for annual Homelessness Marathon

UPDATE: Serwa second fastest in ski cross seeding

Kelowna ski cross racer has solid run in the seeding round of the women’s ski cross event

First steps to a healthier lifestyle

Healthy Living Fair returns to the South Okanagan March 10

Penticton joins trade war protest

Opposition to wine boycott is spreading through Okanagan communities

South Okanagan front line workers say comments add insult to tragedy

Workers entrenched in addictions want people to see the humans behind the addictions

Alberta takes out full-page ads in B.C. over strained relationship

It’s the latest move between the two provinces over progress on Trans Mountain pipeline expansion

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

B.C. teacher suspended over allegedly using N-word in worksheets

Trafalgar Elementary teacher under investigation by Vancouver School Board

Toddler swept away in Ontario floods

Toddler missing as flooding forces thousands from their homes in Ontario

BC BUDGET: New money helps seniors’ care shortage

Job stability for care aides key to recruitment, union leader says

Mixed messages on B.C.’s efforts to cool hot housing market

Economist says undersupply of homes in Metro Vancouver, Victoria and Kelowna will keep prices high

Foot found near Victoria belonged to missing Washington man

Coroner says no foul play suspected in death of 79-year-old Stanley Okumoto

Most Read