American Joe Panzeri shot a four-under 68 at Point Grey Golf and Country Club in Vancouver and then outlasted two fellow competitors in a two-hole playoff to win the B.C. Regional Qualifier and an exemption into the 2011 RBC Canadian Open.
After 18 holes, Panzeri, Stuart Anderson of Sooke, B.C., and Michael Jensen of Los Altos, Ca. were tied for top spot. That trio took to the par five, 12th hole at Point Grey to square off in the playoff.
Anderson was eliminated on the first playoff hole and then on the par four 11th, playoff hole, Panzeri birdied to win the champion’s exemption directly into the 2011 RBC Canadian Open, July 18-24 at Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club.
“I had a bogey free round, made a lot of good saves and got shots to drop, but I didn’t think four under would be a qualifying score,” said Panzeri.
“I’m really excited to get the exemption. It’s my first year as a pro, playing on the Canadian Tour and I’m really excited to play in my first PGA Tour event.”
Jensen and Anderson will still have an opportunity to play their way into the Open as the next 21 finishers from the B.C. Regional Qualifier are eligible to compete at final qualifying.
The pair will join 19 other golfers advancing to the final Monday qualifier. Eight players battled in a separate playoff at Point Grey for the final seven spots into the final Monday qualifier.
A second qualifier is set for Monday, June 20 at The Club at Bond Head (South) in Bond Head, Ont.
Final qualifying is scheduled for Monday, July 18 at Morgan Creek Golf Course in Surrey, B.C. That event will feature 18 holes of stroke play, with four spots directly into the 2011 RBC Canadian open field.
The following are final scores from the RBC Canadian Open Regional Qualifier at Point Grey Golf and Country Club:
1. Joe Panzeri, Meridian, Id, 34-34-68 -4 (earns RBC Canadian Open exemption)
Advance to Monday Qualifing
2. Michael Jensen, Los Altos, CA, 35-33-68 -4
3. Stuart Anderson, Sooke, BC, 34-34-68 -4
4. Oliver Tubb, Vancouver, BC, 36-33-69 -3
5. Bryn Parry, North Vancouver, BC, 35-34-69 -3
6. Byron Smith, Palm Desert, CA, 38-32-70 -2
7. Eugene Choe, Temple City, CA, 35-35-70 -2
8. Mark Baldwin, Laconia, NH, 35-35-70 -2
9. Andrew Johnson, Vancouver, BC, 34-36-70 -2
10. Anthony Michael, South Africa, 36-35-71 -1
11. Sean Shahi, Laguna Niguel, CA, 36-35-71 -1
12. Corey Steger, North Vancouver, BC, 35-36-71 -1
13. Isaac Weintraub, Santa Cruz, CA, 35-36-71 -1
14. Sergej Dronov, Vancouver, BC, 34-37-71 -1
15. Brian Prouty, Tucson, AZ, 33-38-71 -1
16. Darren Wallace, Langley, Canada, 33-39-72 E
17. Brian Jung, Coquitlam, BC, 36-36-72 E
18. Brian Benedictson, Courtenay, BC, 36-36-72 E
19. Micah Burke, Los Angeles, CA, 36-36-72 E
20. Roger Furrer, Switzerland, 36-36-72 E
21. Joshua Habig, San Diego, CA, 36-36-72 E
22. Lindsay Bernakevitch, Richmond, BC, 36-36-72 E