Pheasant Glen Open 2018: In ReviewTravis Busch
The Pheasant Glen Open was hosted July 21st and 22nd at Pheasant Glen Golf Resort. Pheasant Glen is proud to Co-Host the upcoming 2018 Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship, and this competitive stroke play event successfully put the course through a test run with the highest level of Amateur and Professional golfers from Vancouver Island.
The course was set up to play at 6800 yards as a par 71 for the Pheasant Glen Open, similar to the set up for the 2018 Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship to be held August 6th-9th. The biggest change was to the 10th Hole, which normally plays as a 515-yard par 5, but was transformed into a 463-yard par 4 for the Pheasant Glen Open. Although this didn’t make the hole much easier, it did allow most competitors to hit a tee shot without being forced to shape the ball to the left off the tee shot.
As the Co-Host Facility, Pheasant Glen had an Exemption to use for a deserving competitor to compete in the 2018 Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship. The professional staff at Pheasant Glen felt this spot should be earned, and the two-day Pheasant Glen Open would be the perfect test! During the event, Amateur competitor Greg Koster of Sunnydale Golf Club shot scores of 71 and 68 (3 Under Par) to earn the exemption into the 2018 Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship.
The Pheasant Glen professional staff also felt the Pheasant Glen Open shouldn’t be limited to just male amateurs trying to earn their way into the 2018 Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship. The professional staff has always been keen on offering competitive golf to all, which included six categories grouped into one for the Pheasant Glen Open. The six categories were Male Amateur, Male Professional, Female Amateur, Female Professional, Male Junior, and Female Junior. Although the event mostly attracted Male Amateur competitors, it was excellent to see everyone compete for the Pheasant Glen Open.
The Pheasant Glen Open Champion happened to be one of the six professionals that were in the 34-person field. Nate Ollis of Cordova Bay Golf Club shot scores of 69 and 68 (5 Under Par) to win the Pheasant Glen Open by two shots. Nate is a PGA of Canada Professional with aspirations to play at the tour level in the future. Hopefully the Pheasant Glen Open win can help add to his resume as he continues to strive to play professionally at the highest level.
The Pheasant Glen Open will become an annual event at Pheasant Glen, and the professional staff will continue to explore opportunities to grow the event in future years.
Congratulations to Amateur competitor Greg Koster of
Sunnydale Golf Club, who shot scores of 71 & 68 (3 Under Par) to earn
the exemption into the 2018 Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship!