Parry to defend title at Chilliwack Men’s Open

Fifty groups and 200 golfers tackle the Chilliwack Golf Club course in an annual high-calibre tournament.

The Chilliwack Golf Club plays host to the 2014 Chilliwack Men’s Open tournament this weekend.

The two-round even runs Saturday and Sunday, drawing many of BC’s most notable golfers.

The tournament’s featured group, including James Lepp (Abbotsford) Luke Bogdan (Abbotsford) Bryn Parry (North Vancouver) and local favorite Jared Rempel, tees off Saturday morning at 7:30 a.m..

“It’s always exciting to come back as the defending champion in any tournament,” said Parry, who won last year’s event in thrilling fashion over Abbotsford’s Aaron Hadwin. “The Chilliwack Men’s Open always has a great field, and I’m looking forward to playing with these guys again. The fans are always amazing here too.”

There are 50 groups in all, with Chilliwackians peppering the field.

Find the full draw online at chilliwackgolf.com/Tournaments-Events/Chilliwack-Open-(1).aspx

Among the tweaks to this year’s tournament is a newly designed 13th hole.

A closest-to-the-pin challenge on the 15th hole is sponsored by the Cactus Club.

The tourney winner will pocket $2,000, with the top CGC finisher pocketing $500.

CGC general manager Bryan Ewart is excited to see what happens.

“We anticipate this year’s Chilliwack Men’s Open to be one of our most successful tournaments to date,” he said. “We are taking some of our iconic staples like the Sleeman’s Beer Garden and BBQ and the 15th hole Grandstand and revamping them to include prizes for both the fans and players.”

The tournament’s presenting sponsors are Langley Concrete Group and Alpine Valley.