Inaugural Nick Taylor Charity Pro-Am set for September

Inaugural Nick Taylor Charity Pro-Am set for September

Cascades fundraiser occurs at Abbotsford’s Ledgeview in September

The University of the Fraser Valley golf program annual pro-am fundraiser is set to have a new feel this September.

The school recently announced a partnership with PGA Tour golfer Nick Taylor, Algra Brothers Developments and the Vancouver Golf Tour to launch the inaugural Nick Taylor Charity Pro-Am.

The tournament is set for Sept. 27 at Ledgeview Golf Club.

In years past, the Cascades had hosted a pro-am tourney to raise funds to cover operating costs for the UFV men’s and women’s golf teams. Taylor has been an avid supporter of this event – he’s played in it four times, and won it in 2016.

The UFV golf program will continue to host the event, and revenues will be shared between local charities of the Taylor family’s choosing (to be announced) and the Cascades.

“Chris approached us about this, and it was kind of a no-brainer,” Taylor stated. “We want to get involved locally as much as we can. Hopefully I’m on the PGA Tour a long time, but we’re going to have a base in Abbotsford one way or another, and giving back to the community I grew up in is something I want to do.”

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to be partnering with Nick,” Bertram stated. “Having a person of his stature in golf and in the community put his name on the tournament is going to raise the profile of the event exponentially.”

Live scoring will be provided by the Vancouver Golf Tour and commissioner Fraser Mulholland. The Cascades will host a tailgate party at the conclusion of the tourney with live music, a beer garden and food trucks.

Each three-player team will be joined by a pro golfer, and the entry fee includes all meals, green fees and golf cart use.

For more information, contact Chris Bertram (chris.bertram@ufv.ca).

To inquire about sponsorship opportunities, contact Phil Agra (phil@algrabros.com).

Joining Taylor in the field are fellow Ledgeview legends James Lepp and Ray Stewart.

The star-studded list of past Cascades Pro-Am winners includes Taylor, Lepp (2012) and current PGA Tour standout Adam Hadwin (2011).

An alum of Abbotsford’s Yale Secondary and the University of Washington, Nick Taylor had a phenomenal amateur career highlighted by attaining the No. 1 world amateur ranking in 2009 and winning the Ben Hogan award as the NCAA’s top male golfer in 2010.

He earned his PGA Tour card in 2014, and picked up his first victory on the world’s top golf circuit in November of that year, winning the Sanderson Farms Championship. Now in his third full season on the PGA Tour, Taylor currently sits 92nd on the money list with earnings of $557,511, and is 86th in FedEx Cup points with 267.