The National Capital Region, where the PGA of Canada was founded, will host a national championship for the association later this year.
104 years after their organization was founded at the Royal Ottawa Golf Club, the PGA of Canada will return to the Ottawa area on September 8-11, 2015 for the playing of the PGA Assistants’ Championship of Canada.
The host course will be the Camelot Golf & Country Club in Cumberland. The club last welcomed a National Championship in 2012 when the Canada Amateur Championship was won by Mackenzie Hughes.
“The PGA of Canada is extremely delighted to visit our nation’s capital of Ottawa and the outstanding Camelot Golf and Country Club this September,” said PGA of Canada president Constant Priondolo. “I am very confident those who participate in this national championship will not only enjoy the golf course, but the entire area as well.”
Opened some 23 years ago, Camelot received rave reviews right from the start. The Thomas McBroom design sits on a scenic property overlooking the Ottawa River, giving dramatic accents to the back nine.
In 2007 the club enhanced their practice facility to become one of the best available. It is among the many features the contestants will be sure to appreciate on the 7047 yard layout. With a 74.2 rating and a 139 slope it will prove to be a test for the best Assistant Professionals in the country.
“We are truly excited to showcase our exceptional golf course and facility,” said Camelot Golf and Country Club’s head professional, Bill Keating. “The PGA of Canada conducts world class championships and we’re pleased to have a chance to showcase Camelot to not only those in the talented field, but to the entire association as well.”
The golf course features two distinct flavours. The opening part is played through more open meadowland with fescue accents. Once you reach the 6th hole tree lines become more prominent with elevation changes becoming increasingly prevalent as you work your way through the closing holes.
It all culminates on the 18th hole with a raised green and the nearby cascading patio offering a perfect view for spectators to watch the closing moments each day.
The championship will see the field play for a purse of $60,000 over 54 holes with a 36-hole cut that will whittle the field down to the low 60-players and ties.
Players will also be competing for the Inter-Zone competition for the first 36 holes. Each Zone will be represented by four players in the scoring.
In 2014 Brian McCann of Mississauga won the championship by a single stroke at the Ridge at Manitou in Mckellar, Ontario. His 12 foot par putt on the final green gave him the winning margin over fellow Ontarians, G.W. King and Nick Kenney.