It’s not often that a run-of-the-mill average golfer gets to tee it up with a professional. Fortunately for me, I got to do it for the second time in as many years. This past Monday, to promote the upcoming 2013 Saputo Vancouver Open and Charity Pro-Am, members of the media were invited to attend “The Vancouver Open Media Day” at Langara Golf Course.
Hosted by the city’s three municipal courses (Fraserview, Langara and McLeerey), the Vancouver Open boasts a cash and prize purse of $125,000! The three BC pros who attended the media event were Vancouver Golf Tours highly ranked Ryan Williams, 2012 Vancouver Open winner Eugene Wong, and Langley’s finest Darren Wallace. The day began with a buffet breakfast and some inspiring words from Vancouver Parks Board Commissioner Trevor Loke, Vancouver Park’s Supervisor of Golf Course Operations Howard Norman, Vancouver Golf Tour Commissioner Fraser Mulholland, and others. The Parks Board does lots of amazing work with the Greater Vancouver YMCA’s “The First Tee” program and they’ve incorporated bird houses, bat boxes, bee gardens and orchards in and around the courses in line with Vision Vancouver’s Greenest City 2020 Action Plan. Also, starting this June, food and beverage carts will be roaming the courses!