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Locals challenge the best

The GolfBC Championship has awarded its sponsor exemptions for this week's tournament at Gallagher’s Canyon, and once again a group of B.C. players will experience the thrill of playing in a professional golf tournament in their own backyard.

Local golf fans will want to come and cheer on the B.C. players as they take on some of the best players in world trying to move up to the Web.com and the PGA Tour.

James Allenby hails from Langley, where he works part time in the pro shop at the Langley Golf Course. Allenby is coming off a T2 finish at the Mackenzie Tour’s Canada Life Open in Vancouver, his best career finish in 71 starts on that circuit.

John Mlikotic calls Kelowna home, where he works part time at the Gallagher’s Canyon golf shop. He worked on his game last winter in Phoenix and earned conditional status on the Mackenzie Tour.

Some of Mlikotic's notable achievements on the golf course include: 2019 Vancouver Golf Tour Major #2 T3, 2019 Vancouver Golf Tour Sandpiper Classic T41, 2018 Farmers Insurance Open Pre -Q T7, 2017 VGT Major #3   T1 (Lost in playoff).

One sponsor exemption is also awarded to the champion of the Zone 2 Junior Program, which covers an area from Osoyoos to Revelstoke, Merritt and Sicamous.
 
Mike Nedoszytko is originally from Toronto and was a member of Golf Ontario`s U-19 Provincial Team. He played golf at University of Detroit Mercy for one year, then returned back to Ontario and played two years of Junior A Hockey in the Ontario Junior Hockey League. Mike is currently an associate golf professional at Nicklaus North Golf Course in Whistler.
 
Ethan Danish of West Kelowna accumulated 21 professional wins, and won Interior PGA Tour's order of merit in 2018. He spends the winters in Australia studying under coach Gary Edwin, as well as playing mini tours in Europe. He is in his 8th season at Two Eagles Golf Course as assistant professional.
 
The GolfBC Championship continues all week at Gallagher’s Canyon in Kelowna. Admission is free, courtesy of myHuskyApp.



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