2011 marks the 25th anniversary of the Canadian Professional Golf Tour. For the 4th year in a row the Canadian swing will commence at the historic Uplands Golf Club in Victoria British Columbia as the top developing golf professionals from Canada will compete at the Times Colonist Island Savings Open in what is sure to be an exciting week of golf.

Last year American Brock Mackenzie took home top prize in what was a dramatic Sunday finish which included a new course record 61 by British Columbia native Roger Sloan and late charge by Abbotsford’s Adam Hadwin.

Mackenzie would eventually claim the coveted championship by a single shot over Hadwin and California native Aaron Goldberg. The trio would go on to finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd on the Order of Merit at season’s end with Goldberg claiming Rolex Player of the year honours and a record setting $ 156,000 in earnings.

Both Mackenzie and Goldberg would take their stellar play in 2010 and advance to the Nationwide Tour for the 2011 season through PGA TOUR Qualifying school.

Adam Hadwin will be returning to Victoria this year coming off a victory at the season ending Desert Dunes Classic in 2010 and hungry to make up for missed opportunities last year. He will be joined by a number of past champions of the event including 2008 champion Daniel Im who is hoping to regain his composure after struggling with injuries in 2010.

Other notables expected to be in the field for 2011 include 2006 champion and all time leading money winner Mike Grob as well as the local favourite and Victoria native Jim Rutledge. Whoever emerges victorious in 2011 one thing is for certain, the fans can expect to be wowed.


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