August 13 , 2011
The Vancouver Golf Tour (VGT) and Vancouver Parks Golf (VPG) are hosting the 2011 Vancouver City Open sponsored by Paine Edmonds Lawyers. The five-day event starts on August 31st with a charity Pro-Am sponsored by Augusta where funds are raised to support the The First Tee of Greater Vancouver. After a practice round the next day, a 54-hole, stroke play tournament for professionals and amateurs will be played on Vancouver’s three municipal golf courses: McCleery Golf Course, Langara Golf Course, and Fraserview Golf Course.
Last Thursday on August 11th, I was lucky enough to get a chance to participate in Media Day for the VGT and VPG. Media day was hosted by CK Golf Solutions and held at Langara Golf Course. It was an opportunity for the media and bloggers of the game to see and hear from Langara’s golf course superintendent, Vancouver City Open tournament organizers, sponsors, the First Tee of Greater Vancouver, and Canada’s #1 ranked golfer and last years tournament champion Adam Hadwin.
Prior to this media event I was unaware that the VGT or the Vancouver City Open tournament even existed but after speaking with VGT commissioner Fraser Mulholland, I was quickly brought up to speed. The VGT was designed for local Professionals and Amateurs to give them the opportunity for a high level of competition in a PGA Tour environment. The VGT gives local players a chance to hone their skills, learn how to win, and build their confidence to play on Worldwide Major Tours. Other notable local professionals that play on the VGT and will be at this year’s Vancouver City Open are Bryn Parry, Philip Jonas, and Dave Zibrik.
I also learned about The First Tee of Greater Vancouver. Their mission is to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values, and promote healthy choices through the game of golf. It was awesome to hear that VGT supports this amazing junior development program.
CK Golf Solutions put on a great media day which was not only informative but also provided an opportunity for us to engage with other entrepreneurs and professionals as we got to play a round of golf at Langara to cap off the event. That was easily my favorite part of the day as I love playing golf.
If you’d like to learn more about the VGT and perhaps volunteer for the Vancouver City Open, click on this link: Vancouver City Open
If you’d like to learn more about the The First Tee of Greater Vancouver click here: The First Tee