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Knapp wins at Gallagher's

UPDATE: 8:30 p.m.

Jake Knapp is making  habit of coming off the pace to win golf tournament on the MacKenize Tour - PGA TOUR Canada.

Knapp came from off the pace to capture his second title in three events, winning the GolfBC Championship Sunday by one shot at Gallagher's Canyon Golf and Country Club.

The 25-year-old Costa Mesa, Calif. native held at least a share of the lead through the first two rounds before a pedestrian one-under 70 Saturday moved him a stroke back of former college teammate Lorens Chan heading into Sunday.

And, like he did at the season-opening Canada Life Open in Vancouver where he came from back back to win, Knapp played his best golf when he needed it most.

"When if comes down to it on Sunday, there's a lot more going on than just golf. There's nerves and a lot of people out there, so it's just a matter of trying to get comfortable and make as many birdies as you can," said Knapp.

"One down is just kind of where I saw myself coming into the day, and just had to make the most of it on that front side."

And, make the most he did.

After starting slowly the first three days, Knapp hit the pedal coming out the the gate Sunday.

He chipped in for birdie on number one to get his round going. Birdies on two, five and six moved him ahead of Chan, Jonathan Garrick and Kyler Dunkle, who all began the day tied with Knapp at 12 under.

Despite the hot start, Knapp sat a shot out of the lead after the birdie at six. He had been caught, and passed by Greyson Sigg, who was just completing the second 59 in MacKenzie Tour history.

The 12-under round vaulted Sigg to 17-under, a shot better than Knapp.

"I came up on the ninth green and I was one down off the clubhouse lead, so if I'm still on the golf course, that back nine is not easy.

"Anything can go wrong if you hit one bad shot. I just had to stay focused and hit some good quality shots, which I was able to do coming down the stretch."

Knapp walked off the ninth green one up, after draining his eagle putt.

While he didn't relinquish the lead the rest of the way, Garrick, his playing partner, and former roommate at UCLA did put on some pressure.

Garrick, who had fallen four off the pace after the front nine, rolled in four-straight birdies starting at number 12 to climb to within one.

Knapp birdied the par four 17th to stretch the lead to two, and parred in at 18 to claim the title.

He finished the week at 20-under 264.

Garrick finished a shot back, while Sigg, who was eight back entering the day, was third by himself at 17 under.

Chan finished a shot further back.

Riley Wheeldon was the top Canadian, 11 off the pace.

The win was worth $36,000 for Knapp.

Charity was also the winner again this year.

GolfBC provided $150,000 to the Chan Family Foundation to be distributed to charitable endeavors in the Central Okanagan.

As in past year, a sizable $100,000 donation was made to the BC Cancer Foundation and, this year, fans were asked to decide who would benefit from the other $50,000. That money was donated to the Central Okanagan Food Bank.

It was also announced Sunday the GolfBC Championship will return to Gallagher's Canyon for at least the next two years.

The four year agreement between GolfBC and the MacKenzie Tour wrapped up this week.

Andy Hedley, vice-president of golf operations for GolfBC announced the two year extension following the tournament.

ORIGINAL: 3:30 p.m.

Greyson Sigg didn’t wake up Sunday expecting to shoot the round of his life. 

It just happened. 

Sigg became just the second player in the history of the MacKenzie Tour - PGA TOUR Canada to shoot a sub 60 round. 

The 24-year-old native of Augusta, GA fired a course record 12-under 59 Sunday during the final round of the GolfBC Championship at Gallagher’s Canyon Golf and Country Club. 

The round could have been even better after coming within inches of an ace on the par three sixteenth. 

The round, which included 12 birdies and no bogeys, temporarily vaulted Sigg into the lead after starting the day eight back. 

The record round will make a great gift for his dad on Father’s Day. 

He said his first call will be to his father. 

Sigg said he has shot 61 before with some friends back home but never in a tournament round. 

“I came from behind today with nothing to lose, got it going and kept it going,” he said. 

“I saw the leaderboard on 17 and was trying to birdie 18, and ended up getting the birdie.”

Sigg made the turn at five-under and said he really felt something special was possible midway through the back nine. 

“I made two really good putts on 13 and 14, and that’s when I knew this could be very special. 

“I was able to birdie the last three holes. I’m kinda speechless right now.”

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