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PGA TOUR Canada Qualifying Underway

Posted on April 9th, 2013 by Scott MacLeod in
PGA TOUR Canada Qualifying is underway in California

PGA TOUR Canada Qualifying is underway in California

The new look PGA TOUR Canada gets its real start today.

The PGA TOUR acquired the struggling Canadian Tour last fall and the winter has seen a lot of work to make the transition into the inaugural season under new ownership.

At the end of January the 2013 schedule was announced with one more event being added days later to show eight for this year.  Indications are that several more events are in the works for 2014 and beyond.  The agenda includes a stop in Eastern Ontario for The Great Waterway Classic is late August.  It will be played at the Upper Canadian Golf Course in Ingleside this year.

Before the tour can get to that point though, they must qualify some new members and that process begins Tuesday in Southern California.

312 players, including 232 Americans and 48 Canadians, will spend the next four days playing the Champions and Legends Courses at the Morongo Golf Club at Tukwet Canyon in Beaumont, California.  It represents the largest field ever for a tour in Canada and there was a significant waiting list.  It shows just what clout having the PGA TOUR affiliation can have for the tour.

“The outpouring of interest in Q-School confirms that players aspiring to make it to the PGA TOUR see the value in playing PGA TOUR Canada and how it will assist them in reaching their goal,” says PGA TOUR Canada President Jeff Monday.

The elite field is chasing 20 fully exempt spots on the Tour for 2013 as well as 20 Non-Exempt cards.  Those that qualify will have a shot at 5 WEB.COM Tour cards being offered to the top layers at the end of the 2013 PGA TOUR Canada season.

Among those entered in the Q-School is Matthew McMahon of Brockville.  The former Quebec Player of the Year and graduate of DePaul University has been playing various mini-tours in the last few years after turning pro in 2009. He failed to get through Pre-Qualifying at last year’s PGA TOUR Q-School.

The only other Eastern Ontario tie is Kevin McAlpine, a Scottish pro who spent part of last year working at the Greene Acre Golf Course near Gananoque.

The list of top Canadians seeking a card also includes MacKenzie Hughes, the former Team Canada member who won his second straight Canadian Amateur Championship at Camelot Golf & Country Club last summer.

Other notables in the field include three-time Canadian Tour winner Stephen Gangluff, 2008 Dakota Dunes Open winner Josh Geary,

Three players in this week’s field will be looking to follow their fathers’ footsteps: Sean Jackin, Jamison Sindelar and Olin Browne Jr., sons of PGA TOUR winners Tony Jacklin, Joey Sindelar and Olin Browne, respectively, are looking to follow the family footsteps to the PGA TOUR. Tony Jacklin won four PGA TOUR events including the 1969 Open Championship and 1970 US Open, while the older Browne and Sindelar combined to win 10 PGA TOUR events over their careers.

Other big names to keep an eye on this week include Brad Elder, a three-time Web.com Tour winner with four PGA TOUR top-10s, Adrien Mörk, who once shot 59 in a Challenge Tour event and Tadd Fujikawa, who made a name for himself in 2006 by becoming the youngest player ever to qualify for the US Open at 15, then wowed fans by contending at the 2007 SONY Open in Hawaii on the PGA TOUR.

Players in the field to appear on Golf Channel’s The Big Break include Stuart Gold, Tony Finau and Justin Peters, who won the show’s first season.

TALE OF THE TAPE

Champions Course
Par 72 – 36/36 – 7,377 Yards
Course Rating: 76.1
Designed: Lee Schmidt & Brian Curley, 2000
Course Record: 61, Hao-Sheng Hsu

Legends Course
Par 72 – 36/37 – 7,442 Yards
Course Rating: 75.9
Designed: Lee Schmidt & Brian Curley, 2000
Course Record: 61, Paul McDonald

JUST THE FACTS

Players: 312
Competition: 72 holes, with no cut. Players will alternate between courses.
Qualifiers: Top 20 earn exempt status, next 20 plus ties earn non-exempt.

FIELD BREAKDOWN

This week’s field includes 48 Canadians, 232 Americans, six south Koreans, five Australians, four Scotsmen, three Englishmen, three Irishmen, three Argentinans, two New Zealanders, two Frenchmen, one Chilean, one Guatemalan, one Thai, one Finn.  The complete list can be found at this link.

For more details visit www.pgatourcanada.com