More than a hundred of the best players among the members of the PGA of Canada are teeing it up in Florida at the Titleist & FootJoy PGA Club Professional Championship of Canada.
The 54 hole championship is being contested over the Ryder Course at the PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Florida. Play will conclude on Wednesday (November 23) with a cut taking place after 36 holes. This is the 36th year for the championship with this year’s purse amounting to $85,000.
“Once again we have a strong field this year for the Titleist & FootJoy PGA Club Professional Championship of Canada,” says PGA of Canada President, Glenn Cundari. “There are any number of guys who could walk away as this year’s winner and I know that everyone one of them would be honoured to join the impressive cast of former champions.”
PGA of Canada legends Ken Fulton (1978, 1983), Bob Panasik (1981, 1993), Gar Hamilton (1987, 1990, 1992, 1997), Yvan Beauchemin (1994-96, 1998), Graham Gunn (2000) and Ken Tarling (2001) can all lay claim to winning the championship over the years.
Last year’s champion, Brian Hutton, looks to become the first back-to-back winner since Danny King in 2005 and 2006.
Among those participating in the Championship from the Ottawa Valley Zone of the Canadian PGA are: Gord Percy, Scott Mikkelson, Dale Pedersen (Past Champion, 1999) , Bob Flaro, Eric Robillard, Chris Barber, Michel Dagenais, Chris Barber, Abe Buckle, Graham Gunn (Past Champion, 2000), Terry Kolar, and Chris Learmonth.
Others in the championship with local ties include Arnprior native Jeff Buder (now Vancouver,) Roger Beale (formerly Ottawa, now Barbados), Jeff Mills (formerly Belleville, now Lakefield, Ontario), Henry Brunton (Kempville native, now Stoufville) and Scott Knapp (now Regina), originally from Napanee, Ontario.
The 2010 PGA of Canada National Award winners were also honoured at a reception on Sunday night.
Those recognized included Westport, Ontario native Jason Helman. Helman, the Teaching Professional at Wyndance Golf Club in Uxbridge, Ontario, was the 2010 Teacher of the Year.