Five past champions will be among 106 players at the 2010 Titleist and FootJoy Canadian PGA Assistants Championship being played at Gorge Vale Golf Club in Victoria.
Play gets underway on Tuesday, with Matt Palsenbarg of Surrey, B.C., defending his title in his home province.
While he hasn’t played a full schedule this year, Palsenbarg, the provincial junior golf coach with Golf B.C., did win the PGA of British Columbia’s Assistants Championship.
Palsenbarg won’t be the only B.C. player listed as an early favourite. Also in the field is two-time champion Bryn Parry of Seymour Creek Golf Centre in North Vancouver.
Parry won in 1995 and 2005, tied for third in 2006, was 10th in 2008 and runner-up in 2009. This year, he finished on top of the Vancouver Golf Tour’s Order of Merit and will attend PGA Tour qualifying school this year.
Also in attendance will be Jamie Kureluk of Cottonwood Golf and Country Club near Calgary, who made headlines earlier this year when he shot an 11-under-par 25 on the back nine of the second round at the Alberta Open, which is believed to be the lowest nine-hole score recorded in professional golf.
Dave Levesque of BraeBen Golf Academy in Mississauga, Ont., just missed a putt on the 18th hole of last year’s event to force a playoff with Palsenbarg and returns after winning the Ontario PGA Assistants Championship.
Other past winners competing at Gorge Vale include Philip Jonas of Surrey, B.C. (2006, 2004), Edd Boudreau of Victoria (2003) and Mac McLeod of Victoria (2002).
The field will be cut to 60 plus ties after the first 36 holes of the 54-hole stroke play event. Total purse for the event is $60,000, with the winner taking home $9.000.
A 36-hole InterZone competition will also be held with four players representing their respective Canadian PGA zones.
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