June 3rd, 2014, Victoria, B.C. (VIGolf.ca) – As the Uplands Golf Club gets ready to host the Bayview Place Island Savings Open, the players are getting their last couple of days of practice in. As usual, there is a strong contingent of Vancouver Island players competing in this week’s event.
Cory Renfrew, who grew up playing golf in Victoria, will be on everyone’s radar this week. Renfrew, has been a fixture on PGA Tour Canada for a few years now, and has been one of the top ranked players since first setting foot on the tour in 2012. He finished 12th on the PGA Tour Canada Order of Merit last season, and is looking to make it on to “The Five” list this year which will give him an exemption onto the Web.com Tour for next season. Renfrew is coming off a rare off week after missing the cut in Vancouver at the PC Financial Open at the Point Grey Golf and Country Club.
Comox’s Riley Wheeldon, who is no stranger to the Vancouver Island golf scene having played most of his amateur career on the island comes into this event as one of the favorites. Not only because he was second on the PGA Tour Canada Order of Merit last season, but because he was placed second on this golf course last year. So far in 2014 Wheeldon has played in four Web.com Tour events, making one cut and earning 1,547. He currently sits 2-3rd on the Web.com money list. Last week in Vancouver Wheeldon finished in a tie for 15th, and only made five bogies all week. Expect another big week from him as he’ll be feeding off of the local energy.
Stuart Anderson is originally from Strathmore; Alberta, and now calls Sooke home. Anderson has been a regular figure on PGA Tour Canada for the last number of years. Last year he competed in 9 events, had 2 top 25 finishes, and made three cuts. Prior to that Anderson, played 22 tournaments on the Web.com Tour in 2012 making seven cuts, and earning $38,214. He Monday Qualified for at the Gorge Vale Golf Club.
Another player competing this week is Kevin Carrigan who is the 4th ranked amateur in Canada right now. Carrigan who is from Victoria and a member of the Royal Colwood Golf Club, will tee it up for the second year in a row. Last year Carrigan missed the cut by a slim margin, and will be looking to rebound this year. He is a more accomplished player than he was a year ago, as last season he competed in the RBC Canadian Open, won the Canadian Mid-Amateur Championship (2nd straight year) by a record number of strokes, and played in some top amateur tournaments in the world. He qualified this year by winning the Zone 5 Men’s Amateur Championship a couple of weeks ago at the Royal Colwood Golf Club.
Kevin Maxwell, the Director of Golf at the Olympic View Golf Club will be competing this week at the Bayview Place Island Savings Open. This will be Maxwell’s second straight PGA Tour Canada event, as he received an exemption into the PC Financial Open last week in Vancouver. He failed to make the cut but did strike the ball well, and he felt that his flat stick was a little on for the week.
“I had a really tough time with my putter last week. Very conservative, missing low, short, and as the rounds went on it seemed tougher to make putts. I have spent some time with the guys at the academy working on the flagstick and look forward to making my share”, said Maxwell.
Kevin also mention that it was great experience last week, and he is going to be approaching this week a little bit different. His game plan will incorporate some things that he didn’t do last week.
“My game plan is going to go after it a little. -15 won last week. We need to make birdies to be part of any conversation. The course is beautiful and rewards good shots. Hitting it close will be important. The greens at uplands are the biggest defense. They are tough to read and have many subtle breaks. people that hit it close will make more birdies”, said Maxwell, who was a college stand out at the University of New Orleans.
The Bayview Place Island Savings Open kicks off Thursday morning at the Uplands Golf Club in Victoria. This is the second stop on the PGA Tour Canada schedule, and is always one of more popular events on tour.