Last Updated on Sunday, 12 June 2011 20:48
Sunday, 12 June 2011 20:01
(Kamloops, BC. - June 12, 2011) - The Canadian Tour's inaugural Western Championship has come to a conclusion and Merritt, B.C.'s Roger Sloan was the last man standing.
In typical western style, golf's version of a shootout developed over the last four days and Sloan's final round 66 was enough to clinch victory with a tournament total of 23-under-par.
Sloan, who commuted from his parent's house in Merritt just 90 kilometres down the Coquihalla, was able to secure victory largely based on his mistake free weekend.
Sloan's only bogey for the tournament came on the par 4 9th hole where an errant tee shot was the young pro's lone blemish for the week.
"I was extremely proud of myself for being able to win this tournament," said Sloan whose father Curtis was caddying for him this week.
"Having my Dad on the bag and my friends and family watching was a big bonus for me and I can say it helped me win," added Sloan who went 63 straight holes without a bogey.
Sloan's fine play that included 20 birdies in 63 holes etches his name on the Western Championship Trophy, which will be remembered for low scores on the 7,000 yard Robert Trent Jones Sr. layout. Sloan who, coincidently, was one of the poster boys for the Western Championship had been anticipating this moment for some time.
"I had this event circled on my calendar as soon I as heard it was coming to Rivershore," said Sloan who has played Rivershore Golf Links a number of times prior to this week.
"I really like this golf course and I think my play this week explains why," added Sloan who now heads to regional qualifying at Point Grey in Vancouver.
The second year pro will be joined by a number of Canadian Tour members in hopes of getting directly through to the RBC Canadian Open.
Sloan, by virtue of his play in Kamloops will be a favourite heading into the qualifier where the top player earns an automatic birth in the Open while the remaining top players will be exempt into the Monday qualifier, which takes place during tournament week.
Stuart Anderson of Sooke, B.C. made a big move up the leaderboard to finish alone in second place.
Anderson's move from a tie for ninth position to start the day to second alone earned him $12,000 and a step closer to qualifying for the RBC Canadian Open.
The top 5 players on the Canadian Tour Order of Merit following The Players Cup hosted by Jonathan Toews will earn a berth in the Open while the winner of The Players Cup will also be exempted right into the National Championship.
Scott Hawley of Ottawa, ON also made a significant move up the leaderboard managing a 7-under-par round of 65 to tie Josh Habig of San Diego in a tie for third spot.
The Canadian Tour's all-time money leader Mike Grob also moved up the leader board joining first round leader Ramon Bescansa, amateur standout Nick Taylor and Canadian Tour rookie Sean Shahi in a tie for fifth spot.
Taylor now sits in 25th position on the Canadian Tour's 2011 Order of Merit.
The Canadian Tour affiliate member needs to earn the equivalent of 50th spot on the 2010 Order of Merit in order to gain full status on the tour.
Taylor will need an additional $8,773.35 in two events to earn full membership.
The Canadian Tour resumes following the U.S. Open in Fort McMurray at the Syncrude Boreal Open.
It's the Canadian Tour's first time back to Fort McMurray since 1989 where Jeff Lewis defeated John Morse to win the last Fort McMurray Rotary Charity Classic.
Stay tuned to www.cantour.com
for U.S. Open week where current members Adam Hadwin, Wes Heffernan and Andres Gonzales will all recount their experiences at Congressional.
- Roger Sloan now sits in second place on the Canadian Tour's Order of Merit with $31,532 in earnings.
- The scoring average for the week was 70.79 with the par 5 4th hole clocking in as the easiest at 4.24 and the par 3 17th
clocking in as the hardest at 3.27.
- In total 6 of the 18 holes at Rivershore averaged over par scores.
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