John Mlikotic headlines loaded field for Chilliwack Men’s Open golf tournament

The annual event includes the defending champion, along with many others vying to dethrone him

The Chilliwack Golf Club and title sponsor Langley Concrete Group will host the 2020 Men’s Open golf tournament July 11-12.

The annual tourney draws many of British Columbia’s most notable players in the game year.

“The Chilliwack Men’s Open is one of British Columbia’s longest running open tournaments,” said Chilliwack Golf Club general manager Bryan Ewart. “We are very fortunate to attract such a strong field every year.

“This year’s roster includes defending professional champion John Mlikotic. John recently won the Vancouver Golf Tour Chilliwack Championship in a field which included PGA tour player Nick Taylor. It will be an exciting year with lots of up-and-coming professionals and amateurs.”

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Mlikotic won last year’s tourney in thrilling fashion, holding off challenges from Brad Clapp and Bryn Parry.

Those two tied for second place, three points behind the leader.

It’s a challenging year to host any sporting event, and Ewart acknowledged there will be changes at this year’s tournament. But he believes organizers can succeed in creating something that is fun and competitive while also being safe. Among the alterations is a reduced field of 150 golfers with no caddies allowed for pros or amateurs.

Familiar features from prior years missing this year include the Friday Night Horse Race, 15th Hole Beer Garden and the Saturday Night Party.

But the tournament does include a cash skins game and a first place grand prize of $2,000.

There will be a $500 prize for the Chilliwack Golf Club pro winner.

There will be four amateur flights.

For more info, see chilliwackgolf.com/Tournaments/Mens_Open


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