After a very successful first foray in 2015, a heavy weight pro golf event is returning to the Hawkesbury Golf & Curling Club.
Last year the event was called the Prescott-Russell Invitational but returns this year under a new Tour and name. The Desjardins Invitational present by Jaguar Laval is the first event of the 2016 Circuit Canada Pro Tour (CCPT) season and is among their five “National” Division events,
It will play out on June 8-10 in Hawkesbury (1 hour southeast of Ottawa) with the entry deadline for eligible players coming up this week, at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 27. A pro-am will take place on June 8 to be followed by 36 holes of stroke play competition on the 9th and 10th.
The field for the event is capped at 132 players with 124 spots being offered to professionals. They will compete for a $50,000 purse, with $49,000 allocated to the professionals and a first place price of $10,000. Amateurs will play for $1,000 in vouchers.
In 2015 Dave Levesque rolled through 36 holes in 9 under par, with rounds of 70 and 65 to best Ottawa’s Lee Curry by two strokes and take the 10k top prize.
Eligible pros for the event include Class A professionals and candidates for membership for the PGA of Canada. The CCPT has an affiliation with the Great Lakes Tour and their National members are eligible.
Those spots will be offered as follows: 64 – professional Circuit Canada Pro Tour members from the Quebec PGA Zone – 2015 Quebec PGA Sunice Rankings / 30 – professional Circuit Canada Pro Tour members from a Zone affiliated with the PGA of Canada outside Quebec PGA Zone – PGA of Canada National Rankings as of May 27, 2016 / 30 – professional Circuit Canada Pro Tour members affiliated with the Great Lakes Tour “National” – Great Lakes Tour Order of Merit as of May 27, 2016
The amateur spots consist of the 2015 Hawkesbury G&CC Club Champion, the reigning amateur champion of the Hawkesbury Invitational and 6 players from a qualifying tournament held at Hawkesbury G&CC.
More information can be found at the Circuit Canada Pro Tour website (www.ccptgolf.ca)