B.C. Golf Notes: Crisologo Close At Glencoe; Du Toit Sets Course Record In GolfBC Championship

Richmond's Chris Crisologo (L) And Kimberley's Jared du Toit (R) Had Solid Outings This Week - Images Credit British Columbia Golf/Golf Canada

By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

Jared du Toit left the GolfBC Championship in Kelowna with his first top 10 as a pro and a course record.

The Kimberley native is just two events into his new professional career and has already seen plenty of highs and lows. Du Toit, the 2015 B.C. Amateur champion, shot a 10-under 61 to set a course record at Gallagher’s Canyon Golf & Country Club in the third round of the Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada event.

That round came a day after du Toit had to birdie his final hole in the second round to make the cut. That was thanks mainly to a pair of triple bogeys in his first two rounds.

In Sunday’s final round, du Toit made the turn three-under for his round, but stumbled down the stretch with three back-nine bogeys before finishing the tournament with a tap-in birdie on the 72nd hole. He shot a one-under 70 Sunday and finished tied for ninth at 12-under par, seven shots behind winner Robby Shelton of Alabama.

“I think I have been solid but there is definitely room for improvement,” is how Du Toit assessed his first two weeks as a pro. “I know I can compete out here, I know I can contend out here. If you had asked me a couple of days ago if I was okay with a tie for ninth I would say, okay, for sure. But I think I am a little disappointed with the way I finished because I felt I could have made a run.”

Du Toit earned $4,050, which should help him when the Mackenzie Tour does its first reshuffle after its fourth event of the season in Winnipeg.

TOP CANADIAN: West Vancouver’s Seann Harlingten was the top Canadian at the GolfBC Championship, earning a $2,500 bonus from Freedom 55 Financial. Harlingten closed on Sunday with a one-under 70 to finish the event at 13-under par and in a tie for seventh place.

Harlingten had Chilliwack’s Brad Clapp on his bag as caddie the last two rounds in Kelowna after Clapp missed the cut. Vancouver’s Ryan Williams shot a five-under 66 on Sunday to finish tied for 34th.
The Mackenzie Tour resumes with the Players Cup July 6-9 in Winnipeg.

B.C. BOUND: Maddie Szeryk, who won the prestigious Women’s Western Amateur Championship this past weekend in Elmhurst, Ill., will be in the field at next week’s B.C. Women’s Amateur Championship at Vernon Golf Club.

Szeryk, from London, Ont., beat Dylan Kim of Sachse, Tex., 3&1 in the 36-hole final. She is Canada’s top-ranked amateur, at No. 33 in the world. Mary Parsons of Delta made it to the Round of 32 in the Western Amateur, while Naomi Ko of Victoria advanced to the Round of 16.

CLOSE SECOND: Richmond’s Chris Crisologo finished a close second and two other British Columbians placed inside the top 10 at the Glencoe Invitational in Calgary. Crisologo finished the 54-hole event at Glencoe Golf & Country Club at three-under par, just one shot behind winner Pryce Beshoory of Pearland, Tex.

Coquitlam’s Steven Diack finished alone in sixth at three-over par, while B.C. Amateur champion Nolan Thoroughgood of Victoria tied for seventh at four-over.

OPEN BOUND: Bryn Parry lost in the final of the PGA Championship of Canada, but has earned himself a nice consolation prize. Parry, a North Vancouver resident who is an assistant pro at Point Grey Golf & Country Club in Vancouver, has earned an exemption into next month’s RBC Canadian Open.

Parry got the exemption by moving to the top of the latest PGA of Canada player rankings. Jean-Philip Cornellier of Knowlton. Que., beat Parry 2-up in the final at Deer Ridge Golf Club in Kitchener, Ont.

BRADLEY BEST: Norm Bradley used home course advantage and cruised to a four-stroke win in Kelowna Golf & Country Club’s Senior Invitational. The longtime Kelowna member finished the 36-hole event at three-under 141. Doug Roxburgh of Marine Drive Golf Club, John Gallacher of Vancouver Golf Club, Earl MacPherson of Semiahmoo Golf Club and Banks Scott of the BCGA Players Club tied for second at 145.

CHIP SHOTS: Abbotsford pros Adam Hadwin and Nick Taylor are both in the field for this week’s Traveler’s Championship in Cromwell, Ct. . .Surrey’s Adam Svensson will tee it up in this week’s Web.com Tour stop, the Lincoln Land Charity Championship in Springfield, Ill. Justin Shin of Maple Ridge is hoping to draw into the field as first alternate. . .GolfBC donated $150,000 to charity following its event in Kelowna on Sunday, with $50,000 earmarked for flood relief efforts in the area. The remaining $100,000 went to the B.C. Cancer Foundation.