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Barjon sizzles on Sunday at Bayview Place DCBank Open

Cleve Dheensaw ~ Times Colonist

From deep in the South Pacific to southern Ontario via Uplands. With a big cheque in hand. Frenchman Paul Barjon won the 37th Bayview Place DCBank Open presented by the Times Colonist, plus the $36,000 winner’s purse and berth into the PGA Tour Cana-dian Open this week in Hamilton, which came with the title. “It’s great to get an opportunity to play on the PGA Tour against the best players in the world and I am looking forward to it,” he said. Barjon was raised playing on the public course in the far-flung French-administered protectorate of New Caledonia, which is about 1,200 kilometres off Australia, and a moonshot away from France. He shot a final-round 65 on Sunday to finish with a four-round total of 19-under 261 at Uplands to best American Doc Redman by one stroke in the Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada event. Redman, out of NCAA Clemson, played in the 2018 Masters thanks to his 2017 U.S. Amateur title. The native of Raleigh, North Carolina, led or shared the lead through the first three rounds but shot a 68 Sunday to finish at 18-under 262. “It feels good but I’m still in shock,” said Barjon. “It was a great match with Doc. I had a great eagle on the 12th hole and that put me in front.” The two leaders were followed by a large gallery all day at Uplands.

“The crowd was pretty intense,” said the 26-year-old Barjon. “Walking down the fairway gave me a taste of the PGA Tour.” That is something Barjon will experience this week at Hamilton in the 2019 Canadian Open. It’s all part of the trajectory. “No hard feelings, but I won’t be back here any time soon,” he quipped, despite expressing love for the Victoria tournament. Moving on is the whole idea in the pro golf ladder. The Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada leads to the Web.com Tour, which in turn leads to the PGA Tour.

The Order of Merit season champion on the Mackenzie Tour will gain a 2020 season exemption on Web.com Tour, which is one step from the PGA Tour. The next four in the overall standings will earn conditional status on the Web.com Tour, while sixth through 10th will gain exemptions to the final round of the Web.com qualifying school and 11th through 25th a bye into the second round of the Web.com Q-School. Barjon now leads the Order of Merit race with $43,200 in winnings after two events. Since 2013, when the Canadian Tour became the Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada, numerous play-ers from the Victoria tournament have gone on to the PGA Tour, including seven PGA Tour tourna-ment winners in Tony Finau, Mackenzie Hughes, Nick Taylor, Aaron Wise, Adam Long, Corey Conners and C.T. Pan. Barjon and Redman hope to one day join that group. They went at each other like two heavyweight boxers Sunday, exchanging metaphorical blows all over the course. “Paul played great … with no bogeys on the day,” said Redman. So instead of cruising into the opening round of the Canadian Open on Thursday, Redman suddenly had to ready himself to catch a red-eye flight in order to try to Monday qualify in Hamilton. Top Canadian at Uplands was Taylor Pendrith of Richmond Hill, Ont., at 10-under 270 for a three-way 10th place tie. “Victoria is one of my favourite spots in Canada and I love playing here,” said Pendrith. Like many in the Bayview Place tournament, Pendrith said he also will be catching a red-eye into Toronto and then driving down to Hamilton for Monday qualifying in the hopes of getting into the Canadian Open, which no Canadian has won since Pat Fletcher of Victoria in 1954. Jimmy Jones, son of the late Canadian women’s golf ground-breaker and LPGA player Dawn-Coe Jones of Lake Cowichan, was popularly followed by galleries all week and finished tied for 33rd at 3-under 277. Two golfers who qualified out of the Island Bayview Place Per-formance Tour made the cut with Evan Holmes finishing 5-under 275 for a 23rd-place tie and 59-year-old European, Asian, PGA and Champions tour veteran Jim Rutledge at 1-under 279 for a 46th-place tie. “I didn’t hit my targets today,” said Rutledge, of his final-round 73, on his home course. “But this is the event of the year for these kids [on the Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada] and overall one of their favourite weeks. I hope they keep this tournament going.” Ken and Patricia Mariash of Bayview Place, the main sponsors of the tournament, were unable to attend Sunday but released a statement that read in part: “We believe in and love this tournament and the community.” Meanwhile, $194,000 was raised for youth mental health during the week by the Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island, which wass the official charity of the tournament.

Paul Barjon shot a final-round 65 to claim the $36,000 top prize at Uplands Golf Club on Sunday.

Barjon sizzles on Sunday at Bayview Place DCBank Open

Cleve Dheensaw ~ Times Colonist

From deep in the South Pacific to southern Ontario via Uplands. With a big cheque in hand. Frenchman Paul Barjon won the 37th Bayview Place DCBank Open presented by the Times Colonist, plus the $36,000 winner’s purse and berth into the PGA Tour Cana-dian Open this week in Hamilton, which came with the title. “It’s great to get an opportunity to play on the PGA Tour against the best players in the world and I am looking forward to it,” he said. Barjon was raised playing on the public course in the far-flung French-administered protectorate of New Caledonia, which is about 1,200 kilometres off Australia, and a moonshot away from France. He shot a final-round 65 on Sunday to finish with a four-round total of 19-under 261 at Uplands to best American Doc Redman by one stroke in the Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada event. Redman, out of NCAA Clemson, played in the 2018 Masters thanks to his 2017 U.S. Amateur title. The native of Raleigh, North Carolina, led or shared the lead through the first three rounds but shot a 68 Sunday to finish at 18-under 262. “It feels good but I’m still in shock,” said Barjon. “It was a great match with Doc. I had a great eagle on the 12th hole and that put me in front.” The two leaders were followed by a large gallery all day at Uplands.

“The crowd was pretty intense,” said the 26-year-old Barjon. “Walking down the fairway gave me a taste of the PGA Tour.” That is something Barjon will experience this week at Hamilton in the 2019 Canadian Open. It’s all part of the trajectory. “No hard feelings, but I won’t be back here any time soon,” he quipped, despite expressing love for the Victoria tournament. Moving on is the whole idea in the pro golf ladder. The Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada leads to the Web.com Tour, which in turn leads to the PGA Tour.

The Order of Merit season champion on the Mackenzie Tour will gain a 2020 season exemption on Web.com Tour, which is one step from the PGA Tour. The next four in the overall standings will earn conditional status on the Web.com Tour, while sixth through 10th will gain exemptions to the final round of the Web.com qualifying school and 11th through 25th a bye into the second round of the Web.com Q-School. Barjon now leads the Order of Merit race with $43,200 in winnings after two events. Since 2013, when the Canadian Tour became the Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada, numerous play-ers from the Victoria tournament have gone on to the PGA Tour, including seven PGA Tour tourna-ment winners in Tony Finau, Mackenzie Hughes, Nick Taylor, Aaron Wise, Adam Long, Corey Conners and C.T. Pan. Barjon and Redman hope to one day join that group. They went at each other like two heavyweight boxers Sunday, exchanging metaphorical blows all over the course. “Paul played great … with no bogeys on the day,” said Redman. So instead of cruising into the opening round of the Canadian Open on Thursday, Redman suddenly had to ready himself to catch a red-eye flight in order to try to Monday qualify in Hamilton. Top Canadian at Uplands was Taylor Pendrith of Richmond Hill, Ont., at 10-under 270 for a three-way 10th place tie. “Victoria is one of my favourite spots in Canada and I love playing here,” said Pendrith. Like many in the Bayview Place tournament, Pendrith said he also will be catching a red-eye into Toronto and then driving down to Hamilton for Monday qualifying in the hopes of getting into the Canadian Open, which no Canadian has won since Pat Fletcher of Victoria in 1954. Jimmy Jones, son of the late Canadian women’s golf ground-breaker and LPGA player Dawn-Coe Jones of Lake Cowichan, was popularly followed by galleries all week and finished tied for 33rd at 3-under 277. Two golfers who qualified out of the Island Bayview Place Per-formance Tour made the cut with Evan Holmes finishing 5-under 275 for a 23rd-place tie and 59-year-old European, Asian, PGA and Champions tour veteran Jim Rutledge at 1-under 279 for a 46th-place tie. “I didn’t hit my targets today,” said Rutledge, of his final-round 73, on his home course. “But this is the event of the year for these kids [on the Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada] and overall one of their favourite weeks. I hope they keep this tournament going.” Ken and Patricia Mariash of Bayview Place, the main sponsors of the tournament, were unable to attend Sunday but released a statement that read in part: “We believe in and love this tournament and the community.” Meanwhile, $194,000 was raised for youth mental health during the week by the Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island, which wass the official charity of the tournament.

Fidone runs away with Bayview Place DCBank Open title

Cleve Dheensaw ~ Times Colonist

Walking down to the final hole on the final day in the final group is what it’s all about in golf. “Coming down the 18th to the green, with people lining the fairway, it felt [PGA] Tour-like,” said Sam Fidone

That was certainly a moment to savour as Fidone won the Bayview Place DCBank Open presented by the Times Colonist at Uplands Golf Club to become the 36th champion of the oldest event on the Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada. The native of Lufkin, Texas, won going away in carding a 5-under 65 in the fourth round Sunday to win the $36,000 first prize at 19-under-par 261, which was five strokes clear of second-place Blake Sattler of Dover, Ohio. “We’re all here to get to the next level, which is the Web.com Tour, and one day the PGA Tour,” said the 25-year-old Fidone.

That’s the idea. Since 2013, when the Canadian Tour became the Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada, 20 players from the Victoria tournament have gone onto the PGA Tour, including PGA Tour event winners Nick Taylor, Mackenzie Hughes, Tony Finau and Aaron Wise.

Last year’s Victoria winner, Max Rottluff of Dusseldorf, Germany, is now on the Web.com Tour. In a bit of added serendipity, Chase Wright, who played last year in the Bayview Place Victoria tournament, won the Web.com Tour’s Rust-Oleum tournament on Sunday in Illinois to take another step closer to earning his PGA Tour card. That was not lost on anybody who played at Uplands over the last week.

“I feel I’m on the right trajectory,” said Fidone. I’m more mature with my decisions now every time I step up to the tee.”

Fidone came out of NCAA Southern Methodist and began his pro quest with two seasons on the PGA Tour Latinamerica, winning the 2016 Honduras Open, before taking medallist honours in the first of five qualifying tournaments this year to earn exemption for the entire 2018 Mackenzie Tour season.

Fidone took a two-shot lead into the final round and steadily increased it throughout Sunday. “On the 12th is when I knew I had control,” he said. It was one of those days when there was going to be no question about the outcome. “I woke up in the morning and felt very confident and strong going into the day,” said Fidone.

All that runner-up Sattler could do was sit back and enjoy the Fidone show, like everybody else at Uplands. “With [Fidone] up six with six-seven holes to go, you knew you were playing for second,” said Sattler, the 34-year-old, who is out there still plugging away on his dreams of the higher levels. “I had a slow start but I battled over the last 12 holes and put up a good fight to the end.”

Emerging Canadian player Jared du Toit, alone in third and within striking distance at three back after three rounds, had a free-fall Sunday to 23rd spot after carding 5-over 75 to finish at 6-under 274. “It sucks. It was a tough day, obviously, and not fun at all,” said the 23-year-old from Kimberley. “I want to remember how this feels so I can avoid feeling like this again.” He’s going to be a good one, regardless of Sunday’s meltdown.

Last week, at the Golf Canada national training centre on Bear Mountain, du Toit was named to the Team Canada Young Pros squad with Taylor Pendrith of Richmond Hill, Ont., the latter who also finished tied for 23rd at Uplands at 274. The top Canadian was somebody at the other end of the career spectrum. Forty-two-year-old veteran Wes Heffernan of Calgary, who has twice played in the U.S. Open and made the cut in 2011, was tied for sixth place with a four-round total of 11-under 269. The personable Heffernan takes it as it comes these days.

“I’m not full time but still grinding it out,” he said.

“I will definitely play Calgary [ATB Financial Classic in August] and see if there’s a few more in me, also,” he said, of his plans for the rest of the 2018 Mackenzie Tour. Hefferman’s result was well received at Uplands. “Victoria has always been a great tournament for me. I’ve been in contention here lots in the past. It’s nice to feel that support.”

Riley Wheeldon of Comox, top Canadian and 10th overall last week in the season-opening tournament at Point Grey, was tied for 37th at 4-under 276. Top amateur was Kevin Carrigan of Royal Colwood, tied for 60th at 1-over 281, which is where host Uplands club-champion Jake DuVall also finished.

The Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada continues with the GolfBC Championship, from Thursday to Sunday at Gallagher’s Canyon in Kelowna.

Sam Fidone with the championship trophy presented by Ken Mariash and his wife Patricia, the major sponsor of the Bayview Place DC Bank Open.

Fidone runs away with Bayview Place DCBank Open title

Cleve Dheensaw ~ Times Colonist

Walking down to the final hole on the final day in the final group is what it’s all about in golf. “Coming down the 18th to the green, with people lining the fairway, it felt [PGA] Tour-like,” said Sam Fidone

That was certainly a moment to savour as Fidone won the Bayview Place DCBank Open presented by the Times Colonist at Uplands Golf Club to become the 36th champion of the oldest event on the Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada. The native of Lufkin, Texas, won going away in carding a 5-under 65 in the fourth round Sunday to win the $36,000 first prize at 19-under-par 261, which was five strokes clear of second-place Blake Sattler of Dover, Ohio. “We’re all here to get to the next level, which is the Web.com Tour, and one day the PGA Tour,” said the 25-year-old Fidone.

That’s the idea. Since 2013, when the Canadian Tour became the Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada, 20 players from the Victoria tournament have gone onto the PGA Tour, including PGA Tour event winners Nick Taylor, Mackenzie Hughes, Tony Finau and Aaron Wise.

Last year’s Victoria winner, Max Rottluff of Dusseldorf, Germany, is now on the Web.com Tour. In a bit of added serendipity, Chase Wright, who played last year in the Bayview Place Victoria tournament, won the Web.com Tour’s Rust-Oleum tournament on Sunday in Illinois to take another step closer to earning his PGA Tour card. That was not lost on anybody who played at Uplands over the last week.

“I feel I’m on the right trajectory,” said Fidone. I’m more mature with my decisions now every time I step up to the tee.”

Fidone came out of NCAA Southern Methodist and began his pro quest with two seasons on the PGA Tour Latinamerica, winning the 2016 Honduras Open, before taking medallist honours in the first of five qualifying tournaments this year to earn exemption for the entire 2018 Mackenzie Tour season.

Fidone took a two-shot lead into the final round and steadily increased it throughout Sunday. “On the 12th is when I knew I had control,” he said. It was one of those days when there was going to be no question about the outcome. “I woke up in the morning and felt very confident and strong going into the day,” said Fidone.

All that runner-up Sattler could do was sit back and enjoy the Fidone show, like everybody else at Uplands. “With [Fidone] up six with six-seven holes to go, you knew you were playing for second,” said Sattler, the 34-year-old, who is out there still plugging away on his dreams of the higher levels. “I had a slow start but I battled over the last 12 holes and put up a good fight to the end.”

Emerging Canadian player Jared du Toit, alone in third and within striking distance at three back after three rounds, had a free-fall Sunday to 23rd spot after carding 5-over 75 to finish at 6-under 274. “It sucks. It was a tough day, obviously, and not fun at all,” said the 23-year-old from Kimberley. “I want to remember how this feels so I can avoid feeling like this again.” He’s going to be a good one, regardless of Sunday’s meltdown.

Last week, at the Golf Canada national training centre on Bear Mountain, du Toit was named to the Team Canada Young Pros squad with Taylor Pendrith of Richmond Hill, Ont., the latter who also finished tied for 23rd at Uplands at 274. The top Canadian was somebody at the other end of the career spectrum. Forty-two-year-old veteran Wes Heffernan of Calgary, who has twice played in the U.S. Open and made the cut in 2011, was tied for sixth place with a four-round total of 11-under 269. The personable Heffernan takes it as it comes these days.

“I’m not full time but still grinding it out,” he said.

“I will definitely play Calgary [ATB Financial Classic in August] and see if there’s a few more in me, also,” he said, of his plans for the rest of the 2018 Mackenzie Tour. Hefferman’s result was well received at Uplands. “Victoria has always been a great tournament for me. I’ve been in contention here lots in the past. It’s nice to feel that support.”

Riley Wheeldon of Comox, top Canadian and 10th overall last week in the season-opening tournament at Point Grey, was tied for 37th at 4-under 276. Top amateur was Kevin Carrigan of Royal Colwood, tied for 60th at 1-over 281, which is where host Uplands club-champion Jake DuVall also finished.

The Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada continues with the GolfBC Championship, from Thursday to Sunday at Gallagher’s Canyon in Kelowna.

Bayview Place & DCBanks Confirm Commitment to Victoria’s Golf Community

February 15, 2018

Ken and Patricia Mariash of Bayview Place and Jeff Smith of DCBank have joined together and pledged their continued support for the 2018 Bayview Place DCBank Open presented by the Times Colonist.

The Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada event will hold its 36th playing this year at Uplands Golf Club from June 3-10 with an increased $200,000 purse as some of the world’s top up-and-coming players look to take the next step towards the PGA TOUR.

“Patricia and I are pleased to once again be sponsoring this major event in Canada’s home of golf. We’re proud to be involved not only with the main tournament, but also the Bayview Place Junior Vikes Development Clinics along with the Bayview Place Vikes Performance Tour which sees local pros and amateurs compete for a spot in the tournament,” said Ken Mariash. “We look forward to working with organizers to engage with our local golf and business communities for support over the next few months to ensure the overall event sees the success it deserves.”“We’re so pleased to be participating in this wonderful event alongside Ken and Patty Mariash and Bayview Place,” said DCBank President and CEO Jeffrey J. Smith. “The tradition of this event has made it a highlight on the calendar in Victoria each year and we look forward to being a partner in the tournament’s exciting next chapter.”

“With a history and tradition that stretches back nearly four decades, the Bayview Place DCBank Open presented by Times Colonist is one of the most storied professional golf events in Canada. Each year, Mackenzie Tour players and their families embrace the event’s warm hospitality and Victoria’s wonderful atmosphere,” said Mackenzie Tour President Jeff Monday. “We’re thrilled to have the support of Bayview Place and DCBank along with the Victoria Times Colonist and look forward to working with everyone involved as the event continues to make a positive impact in the community.”

In support of golf development in our community and to add a local flavor to the event, Bayview Place will also sponsor the Bayview Place Vikes Performance Tour, which is open to amateur and professional golfers who will play for 12 weeks starting Sunday, February 18 at Cordova Bay and concluding Tuesday, June 4 at Uplands Golf Club. The top three players from the Tour will receive sponsor exemptions into the Bayview Place DCBank Open presented by Times Colonist. Cash prizes will also be available each week. Jason Giesbrecht of Royal Colwood Golf and Country Club and Jeff Palmer of Highland Pacific Golf Club will operate the Tour.

In addition, with a commitment to youth in the sport, the Bayview Place Junior Vikes Development Clinics will engage approximately 400 boys and girls who will take lessons and play each other through the summer.

“We are excited to see the 2018 Bayview Place Vikes Performance Tour build on the great success from last year. The opportunity to showcase Victoria’s finest players through this tour, and ultimately the Bayview Place DCBank Open, is something we believe is profoundly important to furthering competitive golf in our community,” “This tour is a significant investment in the game and we are extremely grateful this partnership has provided the game of golf in Victoria.” said Giesbrecht and Palmer jointly.