The first of three qualifying schools for the 2014 PGA TOUR Canada got underway on Tuesday in California.
Alexis Anghert, a French national who resides in Quebec City, leads after round one having posted a 7-under par, 65 at the Oak Valley Golf Club in Beaumont, California. Anghert’s round included seven birdies, an eagle, and two bogies.
Anghert graduated from the University of Laval and is trying to join former teammate Max Gilbert on PGA TOUR Canada.
“I played well today,” said Anghert. “Max and I travelled together all year long last year. We’ve been in Arizona to play the Gateway Tour. Hopefully I’ll get through this week, but if not I’ll get through the Monday Qualifiers in Canada.”
Three rounds remain in the PGA TOUR Qualifying School. The top 18 players will earn exempt status on PGA TOUR Canada for 2014. The balance of the top 40 finishers plus ties will earn non-exempt status.
Hamilton, Ontario’s Justin Kim was the low Canadian (there are 11 in the field) with a 3-under 68.
The PGA of Canada announced Tuesday that the Mr. Lube PGA Senior’s Championship of Canada will be hosted at the Beverly Golf & Country Club in Copetown, Ontario for 2014.
The championship, presented by ADAMS Golf, will take place on August 5-7 at the Robbie Robinson design.
“We are both honoured and excited to host the Mr. Lube PGA Seniors’ Championship of Canada presented by ADAMS Golf here at Beverly Golf Club,” said Mark Cunningham, Beverly’s General Manager & Director of Golf. “We’re confident our challenging layout and tough greens will offer this year’s competitors a good test and result in a worthy champion.”
Canada’s Jim Rutledge won his third championship in 2013 at the Lookout Point Golf Club in Fonthill, Ontario in a playoff with fellow Champions Tour member Rod Spittle.
Eastern Ontario and Outaouais golfers will still have a little while before they can hit the golf courses. While many clubs are providing potential opening days most are unsure of whether they will be able to hit those marks given the snow cover still in place around the region.
Facilities like the Kevin Haime Golf Centre, Innes Road GolfLand and, coming this weekend, the White Sands Practice Center, are available but that is the extent of the matter. The Canadian Golf & Country Club is being the most optimistic about opening with a projected date of April 16th but the consensus is that it will be some time before most course know for certain when they can swing open the doors.
As one GM told Flagstick on Monday when I asked him about their opening, “It’s foolish to even predict a date right now; there’s no way to know”.
Flagstick is developing a our Spring Openings calendar and post with as many solidified dates as possible and will make that available later this week.