HAD-WINS IT ALL AT THE 2010 VANCOUVER OPEN
Twenty-two year old Professional Adam Hadwin capped off his 2010 tournament season in style, winning the CALLINAN MINES VANCOUVER OPEN with 54-hole score of -10 and a three shot victory over Californian Professional Isaac Weintraub. At the end of 9 holes on the final round it looked like the event was shaping up to be a two-man battle, as Hadwin took a one shot lead over the southpaw Weintraub into the back nine at -11. However, birdies on holes #11 and #14 by Nanaimo’s Darren Griff of the Canadian Tour took him to -8 and only 3 shots off the pace. However, an unfortunate double-bogey on #17 derailed his chances of winning the title and he ended up t3rd in the Championship, tied with fellow Canadian Tour player Oliver Tubb. Weintraub’s charge for the win came to a end on hole #14 with an out-of-bounds second shot resulting in a double-bogey 7 on the hole. Hadwin took full advantage on the same hole with a birdie – four on the 520 yard par 5. This would give him a comfortable margin of 3-shots with four holes to play, which he would not relinquish coming in.
Hadwin’s victory came from three solid rounds of 69, 66 and 69 at Fraserview, Langara and McCleery, earning him a $7,500 winner’s cheque as well as getting his name etched on the coveted Vancouver Open trophy. Weintraub collected $4,5000 for his 2nd place showing – a nice way to cap off his season as he has been recovering from an injury that took him off the Canadian Tour in 2009. Local Professionals Phil Jonas and Bryn Parry tied with Victoria’s Stuart Anderson in a 3-way tie for 5th at 5-under par. Each took home $1,267.00 for their play. All totalled, this year’s Vancouver Open contestants played for over $55,000 in Cash and Prizes, including a $30,000 Professional Purse which is up $10,000 from 2009.
Hadwin’s 2010 Vancouver Open victory was icing on the cake for what has been a remarkable year of golf, including two runner-up finishes on the Canadian Tour and a 3rd place finish on the Can Tour Order of Merit. A 27th place finish at the Gretzky Classic on the Nationwide Tour and Low Canadian honours at the Canadian Open on the PGA Tour made Adam Hadwin Canada’s hottest Professional in 2010.
Although Parry couldn’t defend his 2009 Vancouver Open crown, his t5th finish was good enough to keep him atop the CLEVELAND/SRIXON Order of merit, earning him his second straight $5,000 entry to the PGA Tour Qualifying School in late October. VGT congratulates Bryn on his exceptional 2010 season and wishes him all the best on his “Quest for the PGA Card” this fall!
At the conclusion of the 54-hole Vancouver Open event, an overall Gross and Net Amateur Champion for the event were crowned. Maple Ridge’s Kris Yardley (left) played some very steady golf with rounds of 73, 73, 70 and captured the Overall Amateur Title, out-beating 20 year old Richmond Country Club member David Cao by one shot. Port Coquitlam’s Murray Reed (right), a regular player on the VGT, took home Low Net honours in the field with a 3-day net score of 212 (-2). Both Yardley and Reed took home 32G Apple Ipads for their victories. For full results of the 2010 Vancouver Open, please click here.
The 2010 CALLINAN MINES VANCOUVER OPEN, conducted at Fraserview, Langara and McCleery Golf Courses consisted of a record number of 262 golfers. During the opening round, VGT hosted the CKNW Orphan’s Fund Charity Pro-am at Fraserview and raised $3,500 for the Orphan’s Fund through the silent auction at the evening’s dinner. VGT also made a contribution to the newly formed FIRST TEE of Greater Vancouver through donations made for gate admission and proceeds from Van Open souvenir sales. Our thanks go out to CKNW and their guest MC Stu Walters, Global TV and the Vancouver Province for helping us promote the 2010 Vancouver Open event.
Vancouver Parks Supervisor of Golf Operations Howard Normann was onsite throughout the event and was extremely happy with the turnout of players and spectators at this year’s event. “Our staff has taken great pride with their involvement with the Vancouver City Open the past two years. It’s great to hear such positive feedback from some of Canada’s top Professionals and Amateurs at the tournament this year. On behalf of all of the Vancouver Parks Golf staff, I would like to congratulate Adam on his Vancouver Open victory and wish him all the success at this year’s PGA Tour Qualifying School”.
Overall, the 2010 CALLINAN MINES VANCOUVER OPEN was a total success in many ways. Vancouver’s three Parks Golf courses were exceptionally conditioned and many of this year’s new players to the event, both professional and amateur couldn’t believe how great Vancouver’s city courses played.
VGT is very proud to have conducted the 2010 Vancouver Open with Vancouver Parks Golf the past two years. “Once again, all three Vancouver Parks Golf courses were in fantastic shape and we were privy to excellent service and support from the Parks Golf staff throughout the event” stated VGT Commissioner Fraser Mulholland. “The strength of the field this year is a testament to how much the players enjoy competing at the three Parks Golf courses. We expect to see even more Professionals in the field in 2011 as the event continues to gain more exposure throughout BC and other regions of Canada and the US”.
Vancouver Parks Golf
All three superintendants (Mike Ferdinandi of Fraserview; Jeff MacLean of Langara and Stan Dixon of McCleery) should be commended on the immaculate course conditions throughout the event. Moreover, all Vancouver Parks Golf Clubhouse staff should be congratulated for their friendly hospitality and food service throughout the event. Special thanks to Kelley Tofte and Jan Cooke for all their assistance with our event this year. Many thanks go to you and your clubhouse staff for making our players feel very welcome during the event. The service was great and there was nothing but positive feedback from the players’ about the food service they received this week! Special thanks to Jeff and Tara Ciecko of CK Golf Solutions and to Howard Normann of Vancouver Parks Golf for supporting our proposal to stage the Vancouver Open at Fraserview, Langara and McCleery for three consecutive years!
As many of you know, golf tournaments cannot be staged without continued corporate sponsorship. Special thanks to this year’s Title Sponsor CALLINAN MINES and to Presenting Sponsor PAINE EDMONDS for making this event a great success. Thanks must go out to the remaining tournament sponsors and to VGT’s Title Sponsor of the tour, MARKETPLACE IGA for allowing us to run the event:
Van Open Title Sponsor – CALLINAN MINES
Van Open Presenting Sponsor – PAINE EDMONDS
Tour Title Sponsor – MARKETPLACE IGA
Tour Supporting Sponsor – CANADA BREAD
Pro-am Power Cart Sponsor – SAPUTO
Order of Merit Sponsor/Prize sponsor – CLEVELAND GOLF/ SRIXON CANADA
Hole-in-One Sponsors – JOHNSTON MEIER INSURANCE and SUNLIFE FINANCIAL
Official On-Course Marketing and Branding – IMPACT CANOPY
NICKEL HEATING – ARMSTRONG CUSTOM DECORATING – KRYTON – ODLUM BROWN – BUDGET PRINTING – PRESTO CATERING – INNOVATIVE FLOORING – BOSCH CANADA – BUDGET PRINTING – MOUSEPAD PUBLISHING – BCGOLFGUIDE.COM – COMPLETE GOLF PERFORMANCE – GREEN ROOM GOLF CENTER – ADIDAS – GROWTH WORKS
CKNW 980 RADIO, VANCOUVER SUN & PROVINCE, GLOBAL TV
VGT recruited more than 30 volunteers for the 2010 Vancouver Open and I can honestly say that without each and everyone’s support at this event, the tournament could not have happened without you. Volunteers are an instrumental part of running a Championship event of this scale. It was a great pleasure working with all of you throughout the week. I hope you can all make it out next year!!
It goes without saying that the continued hours and hours of work that were poured into this event did not go un-noticed by all. This Vancouver Open was by far VGT’s most successful event and with the amount of feedback we received from all players and spectators involved, you should all be very proud! The VGT Team are to be recognized personally for their efforts:
Fraser Mulholland: VGT Commissioner
Heidi Tran: Marketing and Events Specialist, Volunteer Co-ordinator
Holly Pearson: CFO, Registration Co-ordinator
Mike West: Website specialist; Set-up/Take-down and On-Course Technician
George Sterling: Team Leader for Langara day one and Fraserview for day two. Set-up and On-Course Technician
Jim McKinnon: On-Course Set-up and Take-down
Brian Small and Bill Schabes: VGT Live Leader Board Technicians