Hadwin and Taylor home for UFV tournament

A pair of Fraser Valley golfers making waves on the PGA tour are coming back for a tourney benefiting UFV's golf team.

PGA Tour player Adam Hadwin has confirmed his attendance at the UFV Cascades Pro-Am golf tournament.

The Vancouver Golf Tour event, which serves as a key fundraiser for the Cascades golf program, tees off Monday at the Chilliwack Golf Club.

Each foursome will feature one VGT pro and three amateurs, playing a two-best ball team format.

While the pros battle for a piece of a $5,000 prize purse, Hadwin usually plays for much higher stakes.

Last year, the 27 year old graduate of Abbotsford’s Robert Bateman secondary finished atop the combined money list for the Web.com Tour regular season and finals, highlighted by two victories and over $500,000 in earnings.

That earned him fully exempt status on the PGA Tour for 2014-15. This season, as a full-timer on the PGA Tour, Hadwin has two top-10 finishes and sits 107th on the money list with total earnings of $629,685.

He’s also 102nd in the FedEx Cup rankings.

“Having Adam come out to support the team is a huge boost to the event,” Cascades head golf coach Chris Bertram said. “He’s been extremely generous with his time with this tournament in the past. With each passing year, demands on his time are growing exponentially, so getting him back this year was a great surprise.”

Monday’s event will mark Hadwin’s third appearance at the Cascades Pro-Am. He won in 2012.

It was also announced Thursday that a second PGA pro, Nick Taylor, will be in attendance.

A graduate of Abbotsford’s Yale Secondary and the former No. 1-ranked amateur in the world, Taylor broke through on the Web.com Tour in 2014 to earn his PGA Tour card.

He wasted little time making his presence felt, winning the Sanderson Farms Championship in November for his first PGA Tour victory.

He currently sits 68th on the money list with just over $1 million in earnings this season.

Taylor’s presence rounds out an impressive contingent of local golf luminaries that also includes James Lepp (the 2005 NCAA individual champion) and Ray Stewart (former PGA Tour pro and 1994 Dunhill Cup winner).

There are still a few team spaces available.

Contact Bertram by email at chris.bertram@ufv.ca to register or get more info.