The Canadian Tour is entering its second season as a branch of the PGA Tour. The tour is now called PGA Tour Canada. At the end of the season, the top five golfers on the tour’s Order of Merit (money list) receive cards for the Web.com Tour. PGA Tour Canada has added three tournaments and now has a total of 12, including a new event in Vancouver. That event is the PC Financial Open to be played May 29-June 1 at the Point Grey Golf Club. Following the Vancouver tournament, the tour will go to Victoria for its oldest stop. That event is now called the Bayview Place Island Savings Open presented by Times Colonist and the dates are July 5-8.
• Jim Moore and Shon Crewe have started up The Golf Show for the season on ESPN Radio (710 AM dial in the Puget Sound area). The show airs every Sunday at 10 a.m.
• The Evans Scholars Foundation has selected the University of Oregon as the site for a Scholarship House, the first of its kind in the Northwest. It is the first new Scholarship House to be established by the Western Golf Association in 27 years. The University of Oregon was selected to join 14 other universities nationwide that are residential sites for Evans Scholars.
Evans Scholars must have worked as caddies for at least two years and are selected based on a combination of need and merit. Each Evans Scholars award is valued at $70,000 over four years .
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Each year, the Washington State Golf Association, Oregon Golf Association, Pacific Northwest Golf Association and Western Golf Association conduct two major fundraising events consisting of a day filled with golf, during which current Evans Scholars caddie for participants. The day includes a dinner and silent and live auction items. More than $8 million has been raised by these associations at these fundraisers.
• Registration is under way for local qualifying for the second annual national Drive, Chip and Putt competition for golfers ages 7-15. The event, co-sponsored by the USGA and PGA of America, concludes at Augusta National on the Sunday before The Masters.
Competition is in ages 7-9, 10-11, 12-13 and 14-15 based on ages as of April 5, 2015 . A golfer may only register to compete at one site. Information is available at www.DriveChipandPutt.com,
Top local finishers advance to sub-regionals and then regionals. Forty golfers of each gender will wind up at Augusta.
The Washington schedule: June 17, Lake Padden Golf Course, Bellingham; June 22 – Mount Si Golf Course, Snoqualmie; June 25 – Meadow Park Golf Course, Tacoma; June 26, July 2 – Pasco Golfland, Tri-Cities; Meridian Valley Country Club, Kent; July 28, The Home Course, DuPont; July 13, The Creek at Qualchan, Spokane; July 28, The Home Course, DuPont.
• The Greater Seattle chapter of The First Tee is seeking adults – especially women – to serve as part-time golf and life skills coaches. Programs are offered at four sites throughout King County. The chapter’s Web site, www.thefirstteeseattle.org, also has information about volunteer opportunities.