SEPTEMBER 26, 2018
RICHMOND, BC (PGA of British Columbia) – The return of the PGA of BC Women’s Championship presented by Dexim Golfwear as a standalone event has drawn a strong field of female Professionals for next week’s tournament at Point Grey Golf & Country Club.
Taking place Oct. 2-3 in conjunction with the Point Grey Lades’ Pro-Am, the Women’s Champion title will be awarded via a dedicated 36-hole event for the first time since 2015. The 14-player field, which features a tremendous mix of past champions, accomplished tour players and talented newcomers to the Association, will vie for a $3,500 purse over two days at the Vancouver club.
Jennifer Greggain (Chilliwack Golf Club), who claimed the title of PGA of BC Women’s Champion last year for a third time based upon her finish at the 2017 PGA of BC Championship, is among those entered and eager for a chance to compete against her fellow Professionals.
“I’m definitely excited to have our Women’s Championship as a standalone event this year,” said Greggain. “It will definitely be a challenge to hold on to the title and I’m excited to see all the new faces, as well as everyone else’s.”
This year’s tournament will be contested using a stableford-scoring format. The first round of the event will be coupled with the pro-am, which has become a popular event for amateur and Professionals alike despite a relatively short history.
“This is the fourth Ladies’ Pro-Am we’ve done and to be able to pair it up with the PGA of BC, I know our ladies are really behind it to be able to support the female Professionals in the province,” said Point Grey Head Professional Dave Zibrik.
“My team’s looking forward to it, and certainly our ladies’ members are looking forward to playing with the pros.”
It’ll be just the Professionals out on course for the second and final round, with a winner’s share of $1,000 up for grabs.
In addition to Greggain, there are several more past champions registered to play next week, including four-time winner Leila Harman (Morgan Creek Golf Course; winner in 2003, 2010, 2011 & 2016), three-time champ Patty Jonas (Philip Jonas Golf Academy; 1996, 2000 & 2008) and Ashley Zibrik (Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club; 2012). But several more who will be competing for a PGA of BC Women’s Championship for the first time are sure to be a factor as well.
A.J. Eathorne (Predator Ridge Golf Resort) will be making her debut in the event and her playing record – which includes a Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship title, three BC Women’s Amateur wins and over $1 million in earnings on the LPGA Tour – is matched by few Canadian women. Her Predator Ridge colleague, Kyla Inaba, was a winner earlier this year on the Australian Ladies Professional Golf Tour and will be making her first appearance in a PGA of BC event.
Christine Wong (Pacific Golf Academy) will also be playing her first PGA of BC Women’s Championship and can’t be overlooked. The two-time BC Women’s Amateur champ, who also has a made cut at the U.S. Women’s Open and multiple collegiate wins from her days at San Diego State on her resumé, earned a top-15 finish in this year’s PGA of BC Assistants’ Championship.
Point Grey’s own Kattereya Kennedy, who became a Candidate for Membership just a few weeks after winning the 2018 Alberta Ladies’ Amateur Championship in July, will be making her professional debut.
“This is probably the strongest field that I’ve ever played in for this championship,” said Greggain. “It’s just so exciting to see where our women’s membership is headed for the future. That’s what’s most exciting for me … seeing this new surge is really refreshing.
“It’s a reflection of how we’ve recruited some new, young women into our organization, and it’s going to be great to get everyone together and see how we do.”
Greggain, who has played in every edition of the Point Grey Ladies Pro-Am, is also thrilled about the course that will decide this year’s Women’s Champion.
“Point Grey is an awesome venue and we’re really lucky to be able to secure such a great host facility,” she said. “I think it’s going to be a great stage for our Women’s Championship.
“Every time we’ve played it for the pro-am, it’s been in great shape.”
This year stands to be no different, based on the conditions at the club throughout the season.
“This is the best I’ve seen it since I’ve been here,” said Dave Zibrik. “We had a new superintendent start in March and he’s been amazing.
“We want (the competitors) to have a good event and at the end of the day, it’s about Golf Professionals getting out and playing some golf, being competitive, and hopefully enjoying their two days at Point Grey.”
Visit the tournament page for full event information, including a list of confirmed competitors.
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