And They’re Off!

-Titleist/FootJoy Canadian PGA Club Professional Championship Tees Off In Florida-

The 2010 National Championship for CPGA Club Professionals is underway this morning in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

Ben Boudreau of Longueuil, Quebec is back to defend the title he won in a playoff with Arnprior’s Jeff Buder, who now plays out of the Point Grey G&CC in Vancouver.

The 54-hole championship features 9 past champions in the field his year including two from eastern Ontario, Dale Pedersen of The Landings (1998) in Kingston and Graham Gunn of the Graham Gunn Golf Advantage School and White Sands Golf & Practice Centre in Orleans.

The field will be cut to the low 70 & ties after 36 holes.   There will also be 36-hole InterZone competition compiled of four players on each team representing their Canadian PGA zone is contested over the first two rounds. The team score is calculated from the best three out of four scores accumulated over the first two rounds.

The purse for the Canadian PGA Club Professional Championship is $85,000 with the winner receiving $12,000.

Along those competing for the title are a slew of other regional golfers besides Gunn and Pedersen.  They include four-time and 2010 CPGA Ottawa Zone Champion Chris Barber of The Landings, former CPGA Ottawa Zone Champions and Head Professional at the Ottawa Golf & Hunt Club – Bob Flaro, Carleton Golf & Yacht Club Head Profesisonal – Gord Percy, Head Professional of the Deep River Golf Club – Chris Learmonth, Terry Kolar – Head Professional at Pakenham Highlands, Art Buckle – Head Professional of the Heritage GC, Eric Robillard of Buckingham Golf Club, 2009 CPGA Ottawa Zone Champion – Michel Dagenais of Des Erables, and Head Professional at Camelot GC -Scott Mickelson.

Other players with local ties include Jeff Buder, formerly of Arnprior, Dustin Doyon, formerly of Ottawa, Scott Knapp, who grew up in Napanee, and Jeff Mills, formerly of Belleville.

For scoring updates and video interviews be sure to visit www.cpga.com.