ON May 16 some of the best golfers in British Columbia are coming to West Vancouver's Gleneagles Golf Course for the first-ever Vancouver Golf TourGolf West Vancouver Shootout.
A joint effort of the District of West Vancouver, Golf West Vancouver and the Vancouver Golf Tour, this 10-player format features the rising stars of local golf, including North Vancouver pro Bryn Parry (2011 Rogers cup winner; former Nationwide Tour player; six-time British Columbia Golf Association Player of the Year; and the best player on the Vancouver Golf Tour for the past three years).
Ten players will start on the first tee, with the player recording the highest score eliminated on every hole. If there is a tie for high score, the players will be eliminated via a putt-off or a chip-off. Only two players will be left by the 9th hole to compete for the $1,000 first place prize out of a total purse of $1,750.
"We are very pleased to be hosting the first ever VGT Golf West Vancouver shoot-out at Gleneagles Golf Course. This will be a great opportunity for the residents of our community to come out and see some of the Lower Mainland's best professional golfers," stated Dan Henegar, manager of parks arboriculture and horticulture for the District of West Vancouver.
The Vancouver Golf Tour has been developed to give Lower Mainland professional and amateur golfers the opportunity for a high level of competition in a PGA Tour environment, minus the excessive time commitment and travel costs. This growing golf tour has been designed to give local players the opportunity to learn how to win in pressure situations and develop the confidence to play on worldwide major golf tours.
"Gleneagles is going to provide a very good test for the VGT's professionals," said Fraser Mulholland, commissioner of the Vancouver Golf Tour. "While this is a fun format, I know the guys will bring their 'A' game as they will be competing for the first-place prize of $1,000."
The fun begins on May 16 at Gleneagles' first tee at 3: 30 p.m. where the participating pros will hold a 45-minute golf clinic. The shootout follows at 4: 30 p.m. There's no charge to attend, and it's a great chance for golfers of all ages to support the Lower Mainland golf community and watch some of the best in the sport show their stuff.