B.C. Golf Notes: This Week’s Pacific Coast Amateur The First Of Three Big Events For Chris Crisologo

Richmond's Chris Crisologo Has A Lot To Look Forward To On His Golf Schedule Over The Next Month - Image Credit Bryan Outram/British Columbia Golf

By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

Like a boxer stepping up in weight class, Chris Crisologo is excited about testing himself at the next level. Over the next month, the 20-year-old Richmond resident has three big amateur tournaments on his schedule.

It starts this week at the prestigious Pacific Coast Amateur, which is being played at Seattle Golf Club. After that comes the Canadian Amateur at Royal Ottawa Golf Club and then the U.S. Amateur at Oakland Hills in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

“I am definitely looking forward to this,” Crisologo says. “It is a huge stretch for me. I have finally got into some of the bigger (amateur) events, so it is exciting.” Crisologo, who is heading into his junior year at Simon Fraser University, is part of British Columbia’s three-man Morse Cup team at the Pacific Coast Amateur, a 72-hole event that begins Tuesday.

He’ll be joined by Kevin Kwon of Maple Ridge and Vancouver’s Stuart Macdonald. They will compete against the other 14 member golf associations of the Pacific Coast Golf Association. Crisologo tied for fifth at the recent B.C. Amateur at Pheasant Glen Golf Resort in Qualicum Beach. He recently played his way into the U.S. Amateur Championship by winning a qualifier at his home course, Marine Drive Golf Club in Vancouver.

“It means a lot to play in these kinds of events,” Crisologo says. “The experience alone is really huge. So hopefully what I have done in the past can lead to some big things in these events.” Crisologo says he was inspired by the impressive performance of 2015 B.C. Amateur champion Jared du Toit of Kimberley, who tied for ninth place at the RBC Canadian Open on Sunday.

“It is promising to see some of the guys I played with in the past have that kind of success,” Crisologo says. “It gives us hope in the sense that if he can do it, I can as well.”

TOP 100: Seventeen British Columbia courses made the latest ScoreGolf list of the top 100 courses in Canada. Capilano, the Stanley Thompson-designed West Vancouver layout, was the only B.C. course to crack the top 10. It came in at No. 10, which was two spots lower than it was ranked in 2014.

ScoreGolf releases its top 100 list every two years and it always prompts considerable debate. Shaughnessy, the private Vancouver club that has played host to three Canadian Opens, was ranked 15th. That was down four spots from 2014. Greywolf in Invermere moved up to 18th from 23rd in 2014.

Other B.C courses on the list, with their 2014 rank in brackets, include: Victoria at No. 23 (28); Royal Colwood at No. 27 (26); Tobiano at No. 38 (13); Big Sky at No. 40 (33); Chateau Whistler at No. 44 (41); Tower Ranch at No. 45 (87); Gallagher’s Canyon at No. 49 (NR); Nicklaus North at No. 52 (47); Predator Ridge (Ridge Course) at No. 57 (86); Bear Mountain (Mountain course) at No. 72 (43); Bear Mountain (Valley Course) at No. 89 (58); Wildstone at No. 93 (NR); Eagle Ranch at No. 100 (92).

Cabot Cliffs, the spectacular new Bill Coore-Ben Crenshaw design in Inverness, N.S., is Canada’s top-ranked course.

LOSES IN FINAL: Victoria’s Naomi Ko had a nice run at the Pacific Northwest Golf Association Women’s Amateur Championship at the Suncadia resort’s Prospector Course in Cle Elum, Wash. Ko finished the 36-hole stroke play portion of the event as the No. 1 seed. She lost in the match-play final 6&5 to Princess Superal of Sun City, Fla.

Coquitlam’s Jisoo Keel, who recently won the B.C. Women’s Amateur title, was eliminated in the quarter-finals. In the PNGA Women’s Mid-Amateur, Port Alberni’s Christina Proteau and Alison Murdoch of Victoria were both knocked out in the semi-finals.

TOP 25: Surrey’s Adam Svensson couldn’t make it three straight top-10s on the Web.com Tour, but he still enjoyed a solid finish at the Utah Championship. Svensson closed with an even-par 71 on Sunday to finish tied for 21st at four-under par.

TUBB’S TIME: Oliver Tubb of University Golf Course in Vancouver won the Vancouver Golf Tour’s Aldergrove Open on Sunday. Tubb fired a four-under 68 at Pagoda Ridge Golf Course to finish the 36-hole event at nine-under par. That was three strokes better than runner-up Ryan Williams of Vancouver. Tubb earned $2,500 for the win.