Goodwin heats up to take over the leadership of GolfBC

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KELOWNA, British Columbia — Noah Goodwin is at it again. Despite not leading the GolfBC Championship after one round of play, the wire-to-wire winner of July’s Sotheby’s International Realty Canada Ontario Open took control on Friday.

Goodwin posted a 10-under 61 and improved to 14-under after 36 holes of the final full field event of the PGA TOUR Canada. He’s a shot clear of Monday’s qualifiers Cole Madey and James Hervol. Jake Scott, Scott Stevens, Luke Schniederjans and Dalton Ward are fourth at 11-under.

“It was a great day,” Goodwin said. “I hit good golf shots all day.”

Things were going exceptionally well for the 22-year-old Texan, who finished 12th in the 2022 PGA TOUR University rankings. He posted back-to-back Eagles at No. 11 and No. 12 in a round that also included six birdies.

Along the way, Goodwin confirmed he was rolling his putts and hitting the ball well. The goal was simply to keep making yourself look good. Things really came together when he picked up these back-to-back eagles. The first, the former Southern Methodist University star explained, came after he got the exact shot he wanted. The ball took an aggressive bounce to the left and rolled into the cup.

“Well, that was fantastic,” Goodwin said. “I couldn’t ask for anything more than that.”

Still, there was more to come on the next hole. Goodwin remarked that he had a “really lucky jump”. His ball bounced off a bunker, leaving him with a seven-foot putt. He made it and then banged #13.

“At that point, I just thought, well, we might as well go ahead and just try to shoot 59,” Goodwin said. “I kept looking at myself.”

However, his last birdie came on the 15th hole. He feared the missed opportunities in 16th and 17th would haunt him a bit. He missed both putts by about two inches.

Despite the shortcomings, Goodwin admitted that days like his didn’t come often.

“I’m still waiting to wake up,” he said. “It was just one of those rounds of golf where everything was perfect.”

And yes, Goodwin continued, he’s got the same vibes as he did when he got his first win earlier this season in Canada.

Another win would put him in good position to clinch the Fortinet Cup points title. The competition throughout the season is fierce as nobody has prevailed in two tournaments and Goodwin is currently expected to move up from 11th to third with a win. 36 holes remain.

The Fortinet Cup winner will receive $25,000, membership to the Korn Ferry Tour in 2023 and a spot on the PGA TOUR’s RBC Canadian Tour. Like other competitors, Goodwin has price in mind.

“I won’t lie to you. It will always be on my mind,” Goodwin said. “It is what it is, right? That’s what we’re aiming for. But at the end of the day I know I have some really good golfers a few shots behind me.”

Goodwin added that every single player is capable of what they did in the second round. So his thoughts of victory are not in the foreground.

“It’s still easy to just pedal and try to make as many birdies as you can and just bring this thing home,” Goodwin said. “I’ll find out after Sunday.”

Scott Stevens, who won the Royal Beach Victoria Open presented by Times Colonist in June, is also on the hunt. He’s 11-under, three shots behind Goodwin after hitting a 65 in the second round.

Stevens is determined to just move on and “see what happens in the end.”

There is a lot of jostling for positions for obvious reasons.

“I’ve been playing really well lately,” Stevens said. “It’s impossible not to think about becoming No. 1 or staying in the top five.”

Did you know Tournament Director Noah Goodwin is two-time AJGA Rolex Junior Player of the Year (2016, 2017)? He joined a selected company in the repeat as an award winner. Tracy Phillips (1979-80), Phil Mickelson (1986-88), Tiger Woods (1991-92) and Brian Harman (2003-04) were the others.

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How the Canadians fared

Jimmy Jones (Lake Cowichan, British Columbia) and Monday Qualification Max Sekulic (Rycroft, Alberta) lead the 12 Canadians still in the tournament after the 36-hole cut. Jones and Sekulic are both in eighth place at 10-under. Overall leader in Fortinet Cup points Wil Bateman (Edmonton, Alberta) placed 14th in a group.

position

player

score

T8

Jimmy Jones

66-66—132 (under 10)

T8

Max Sekulic

66-66—132 (under 10)

T14

Wil Bateman

66-67—133 (9-under)

T14

Etienne Papineau

67-66—133 (9-under)

T21

Myles Creighton

68-67—135 (7-under)

T21

Stuart McDonald

67-68—135 (7-under)

T21

Joey Savoy

67-68—135 (7-under)

T31

Brendan MacDougall

65-71-136 (under 6)

T31

Jared du Toit

68-68—136 (under 6)

T44

Chris Crisologo

71-66—137 (5-under)

T44

Sudarshan Yellamaraju

69-68—137 (5-under)

T55

Chris R Wilson

72-66—138 (4-under)

Fortinet Cup Rankings

(Through the CRMC Championship presented by Gertens)

rank

player

Points

Second tournament round Pos.

1

Wil Bateman (Canada)

1,031

T14

2

Jake Knapp (USA)

1,014

T18

3

Ryan Gerard (USA)

722

T8

4

Danny Walker (USA)

720

T44

5

Scott Stevens (USA)

672

T4

6

Ian Holt (USA)

666

missed cut

7

Brian Carlson (USA)

663

T31

8th

Thomas Walsh (USA)

633

T8

9

Joe Highsmith (US)

604

T31

10

Parker Coody (USA)

571

T21

The cut was 4-under with 67 golfers advancing to Saturday and Sunday. Among those who didn’t make it Ian Holt (even), who finished sixth in the Fortinet Cup standings and will not score points this week. Holt had a 73 on Friday and fell 51 ranking positions.

Aaron Beverly (straight) had a hole in one on the #8 (8-iron, 187 yards). It was the ninth PGA TOUR Canada ace of the season. Beverly joins eight golfers in the performance: Josh Hart, John Duthie, Noah Woolsey, JT Griffin, Karl Wang, Lukas Schniederjans, Jake Knapp and Ryan Gerhard. Unfortunately Beverly shot a 74 on Friday. He lost 66 positions and missed the cut.

While there’s a lot of talk about shooting a 59, with Noah Goodwin‘s excellent round, Dalton Ward went the way. He accomplished the feat last year on the Forme Tour, the US-based pandemic-driven circuit developed for PGA TOUR Canada players. On the last round of the fuzzy, he shot a 59 Zoeller Classic in Sellersburg, Indiana. Ward also scored a 61 in the second round of the GolfBC Championship on Friday and was the top mover – moving up 61 positions and entering the contest, in fourth place.

There must be something about British Columbia Scott Stevens. He is among the leaders this week in Kelowna after finishing first in Victoria in the season opener of the Royal Beach Victoria Open presented by Times Colonist.

Cole Madey (under 13) and Max Sekulic (under 10) are the only Monday qualifiers to make it. Both are in the championship fight until the weekend. So far, only 20 out of 68 qualifiers (29.4 percent) have made it to the third round.

After missing the cut in his first six starts of the season, the American was jake Vincent has now made it to the weekend three times in a row – this week on the number. Vincent fired a pair of 69s to open the GolfBC Championship and he’s 4-under over the weekend. In his first cut in Winnipeg, he placed 44th. Last week he finished 37th in Minnesota. He has a streak of six consecutive sub-70 rounds.

Here are the five players in the top 60 in the Fortinet Cup ladder and five players currently outside and how they fared across 36 holes. From this group only German Alexander Herrmann and American Jackson Suber made it this week.

position

player

Points

GolfBC Championship Second Round Pos.

Projected Fortinet Cup Pos.

56

Joseph Harrison

119

missed cut

61

57

Drew Nesbitt

118

missed cut

62

58

Luke Euler

117

missed cut

64

59

Van Holmgren

115

Not playing

60

Benjamin Shipp

114

missed cut

T66

61

Alexander Herrman

113

T55

63

62

Jackson Suber

109

T55

T66

63

Brad Reeves

102

missed cut

71

64

Max Sear

100

missed cut

72

65

Blake Wagoner

97

missed cut

73

Quotable

“The mood here is impeccable. i love the view I love the nature. We saw some deer on the golf course today. Everything calms me down. It keeps me relaxed. You can’t get excited all day with those views on the golf course.” – Noah Goodwin

“It was pretty stress free. I just picked up a bunch of birdie looks. Some fall, some don’t.” – Scott Stevens

“I was just trying to do the same. Stay in the same mindset. Keep aiming smart and making relaxed swings. don’t put additional pressure on me and just let the results happen.” – James Hervol

“Keep trying to make birdies. Just keep hitting the fairways and try to make birdies.” — Dalton Ward on his weekend plans

Second round weather: Sunny and hot. Maximum value 33rd wind SSW at 6-9 km/h.

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