2015 Bayview Place Island Savings Open

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2015 Bayview Place Island Savings Open
 
2015 Bayview Place Island Savings Open presented by Times Colonist Pre-Tournament Notes

 
Dates: June 1-7, 2014
Course: Uplands Golf Club, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Par/Yards: 35-35—70/6,420 yards
Field: 156
2014 champion: Josh Persons
Purse: $175,000/$31,500 (winner)
Format: 72-hole stroke play
Website: bpisopen.ca
Twitter: @BPISOpenGolf/ #BPISOpen
 
Mackenzie Investments announced as umbrella sponsor
Last week, Mackenzie Investments was announced as the umbrella sponsor of the newly-named Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada, with a 6-year agreement making Mackenzie the first umbrella sponsor in TOUR history. As part of the announcement, the Mackenzie Tour announced a donation of $150,000 combined across each of the 12 communities where event will be played in 2015.
 
Season resumes in Victoria
The Mackenzie Tour’s 2015 schedule resumes this week with the 32nd playing of the Bayview Place Island Savings Open presented by Times Colonist this week in Victoria, B.C. at Uplands Golf Club. Last week’s season debut saw Atlanta’s Drew Weaver capture victory in his Mackenzie Tour debut at the PC Financial Open, prevailing in a playoff over Adam Svensson, Riley Wheeldon, Taylor Pendrith and Ross Beal. Weaver won the British Amateur Championship in 2007 while in school at Virginia Tech.
 
A look back at the 2014 Bayview Place Island Savings Open pres. by Times Colonist
Fargo, North Dakota’s Josh Persons entered the final round of the 2014 event with a two-stroke lead over Tim Madigan, Brock Mackenzie and Garrett Sapp. The 30-year old came to the 72nd hole having made two bogeys in four holes clinging to the lead by one over Madigan, who gave himself six feet for birdie to tie but couldn’t convert, allowing Persons to seal the title with a two-putt par for his first Mackenzie Tour victory.
 
U.S. Open Qualifiers
The following players in this week’s field will compete in U.S. Open sectional qualifying next week with a chance to qualify for the season’s second major championship (bold denotes Canadian):
 
Beon-Yeong Lee
Neil Johnson
Donald Constable
John Catlin
Jay Myers
Cameron Peck
Cory Renfrew
Nathan Tarter
Taylor Pendrith
Logan McCracken
Charlie Bull
James Erkenbeck
Paul McNamara II
Ben Silverman
Ryan McCormick
Vince Covello
Chase Seiffert
Brien Davis
Michael Gligic
Drew Weaver
Mackenzie Hughes
Zachary Edmondson
Patrick Beyhan
Sam Ryder
Steve Saunders
Jeff Hamm (alternate)
Christopher Ross (alternate)
Doug Letson (alternate)
Eric Onesi (alternate)
David Bradshaw (alternate)
Josh Stone (alternate)
 
Locals in the field
Vancouver Island natives make up a strong contingent of this week’s competitors, led by Victoria’s Cory Renfrew and Comox’s Riley Wheeldon. Both players have a strong history at Uplands, with Renfrew finishing tied for second in 2012 and Wheeldon finishing third in 2013. Other Vancouver Islanders in the field include Kevin Carrigan (Victoria), Matt Matheson (Victoria), Brian Sluggett (Victoria) and Connor Gann (Victoria) as well as former University of Victoria Vikes Darren Hupfer (Calgary, Alta.) and Todd Halpen (Calgary, Alta.).
 
Bayview Place Island Savings Open presented by Times Colonist sponsor’s exemptions (bold denotes Canadian):Kevin Carrigan, Victoria, B.C.
Curtis Yonke, Overland Park, Ka.
Ben Griffin, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Darren Hupfer, Calgary, Alta.
Matt Matheson, Victoria, B.C.
Brian Sluggett, Victoria, B.C.
Kevin Spooner, West Vancouver, B.C.
Mitchell Sutton, London, Ont.
 
Open Qualifiers
Below are this successful entrants from Open Qualifying, which took place at Gorge Vale Golf Club (bold denotes Canadian, * = PGA TOUR Canada member)
 
1. John Wise (Portland, Ore.) – 67
T-2. Austin Graham (Rancho Mission Viejo, Calif.) – 69
T-2. Connor Gann (Victoria, B.C.) – 69
T-2. Nick Sherwood (Albany, Ore.) – 69
T-2. Christopher Trunzer (Germany) – 69
T-2. James Love (Calgary, Alta.) – 69
T-2. Steele DeWald (Park City, Utah) – 69
T-8. Aaron Cockerill (Gunton, Man.) – 70
T-8. Todd Halpen (Calgary, Alta.) – 70
T-8. Scott Stiles (Calgary, Alta.) – 70
 
Player Notes
  • Two-time Mackenzie Tour winner Eugene Wong (North Vancouver, B.C.) will make his season debut after playing last week on the PGA TOUR China Series. Wong has posted four top-10s in three starts in China and sits fourth on the Order of Merit.
  • Six players earned a spot in this week’s field via top-20 finishes at last week’s PC Financial Open: Adam Svensson (T2), Cody Martin (T7), James Erkenbeck (T10), Josh Stone (T16), Logan McCracken (T16) and Bryn Parry (T16).
  • Members of Golf Canada’s Young Pro Squad in the field: Adam Svensson, Taylor Pendrith, Albin Choi and Mackenzie Hughes.
  • No past champions are in the field this week.
  • 15 British Columbians are in the field this week: Kevin Carrigan (Victoria); Brad Clapp (Chilliwack); Adam Cornelson (Langley); Connor Gann (Victoria); Seann Harlingten (West Vancouver); Thomas Hay (Langley); Greg Machtaler (Summerland); Matt Matheson (Victoria); Bryn Parry (North Vancouver); Cory Renfrew (Victoria); Kevin Spooner (West Vancouver); Adam Svensson (Surrey); Riley Wheeldon (Comox); Eugene Wong (North Vancouver); Ryan Williams (Vancouver).
  • 2014 Tournament winners in the field: David Bradshaw (The Great Waterway Classic); Greg Machtaler (National Capital Open to Support Our Troops); Nate McCoy (The Wildfire Invitational presented by PC Financial); Ryan Williams (Freedom 55 Financial Championship).
  • James Allenby and Olin Browne, Jr. (both T4) are the highest finishing players to return from year’s field.
Miscellaneous Bayview Place Island Savings Open presented by Times Colonist Notes
  • 37 Canadians are playing this week
  • Uplands plays host to the tournament for the 14th time and seventh straight since 2008
  • The last Canadian to win the tournament is Craig Taylor in 2005

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