Canadian PGA Introduces New Player Rankings

The Canadian PGA becomes the first PGA with a National Player Ranking System
The Canadian PGA becomes the first PGA with a National Player Ranking System

As of today it will be much easier to recognize who the best players are among the members of the Canadian Professional Golfers’ Association.

For years the debate has often fired up between club pros in Canada about just might be the best player in the nation among them and now there might be an easier way to find the answer other than by using purely anecdotal evidence.

Effective Monday the Canadian PGA says that they have become the first of the 52 national PGA’s in the World PGA Alliance to have their own National Player Rankings List for Canadian PGA Professionals across the country.

“This is massive not only for the Canadian PGA and its 3,700 Members but for the entire Canadian golf industry as a whole,” said Glenn Cundari, President of the Canadian PGA. “This will create an on-going story for our Members, our partners and the Canadian golf media and we are excited to watch it all unfold.”

On Monday the list was formally launched on Canadian PGA TV at www.cpga.com (See video below)

“This is already getting rave reviews from our National Board of Directors and we expect the excitement to just keep getting bigger as the golf season gets underway,” said Gary Bernard, Executive Director of the Canadian PGA.

Based on a hybrid of the World Golf Rankings, the Canadian PGA Rankings List will calculate results on a three-year cycle for all Canadian PGA National Championships and the Zone Championship from all nine Canadian PGA Zones. Points are awarded on a sliding scale based on each National Championship and on the field size of each Zone Championship.

“We’ve been working on this for a few months now and we believe this will become one of the greatest promotional tools for our Members in the history of the Association,” stated Jeff Dykeman, Director of Business Development & Brand. “From the early conversations we’ve had we know that our partners want to get involved and we expect to see our Members utilizing it to help promote themselves to their clients, customers and employers starting tomorrow.”

Added Dykeman in a conversation with Flagstick on Friday, “Who knows where this could lead as far as the rankings and how they are used by the members. We think it is a great development that can only help to showcase the many fine players among our membership. This should help people around the country recognize that.”

Bryn Parry of North Vancouver, BC has been considered one of the best Canadian PGA playing professionals in the country for nearly a decade but as of today there is no disputing it. Parry has the distinct honour of being the #1 ranked player in the Association heading into the 2011 season. A two-time National Assistant’s Champion, Parry’s point accumulation since 2008 includes two runner-up finishes in the Canadian PGA Assistant’s Championship and 1st, 2nd & 4th place finishes in the BC Zone Championship. In 2007, Parry parlayed his incredible run in his home province all the way to PGA Tour Qualifying School that resulted in full status on the Nationwide Tour after missing his PGA Tour card by a single shot.

“I’m absolutely pumped to be recognized as the number one ranked player in the entire Canadian PGA,” said an elated Parry, Teaching Professional at the Seymour Creek Golf Centre. “I want to thank the Canadian PGA for creating something that we can all strive for and I’ll do my best to remain at the top of this list for as long as I can.”

Dave Levesque of Candiac, QC sits in the second spot on the Canadian PGA Rankings List after a fantastic run in the Ontario Zone and three consecutive strong finishes in the Canadian PGA Assistant’s Championship. In addition, Levesque racked up three finishes in the top 15 at the Ontario PGA Championship including a runner-up finish in 2008. After taking home the Player of the Year Award in the Ontario Zone in 2010, Levesque makes a move back to his home province of Quebec and will be a forced to be reckoned in that Zone.

Danny King – Head Teaching Professional at Magna in Aurora, ON holds down the3rd spot on the Canadian PGA Rankings List. King secured his position after numerous strong showings in the country’s biggest events over the last three years. The two-time Canadian PGA Club Professional Champion has tried hard for the hat trick but had to settle for 3rd, 4th and 5th place finishes in the event over the last three years. King’s vault into the coveted top three was solidified by his victory in the 2008 Ontario Zone Championship and a 5th place finish in the same event in 2010. King also represented the Canadian PGA in the RBC Canadian Open in both 2006 & 2007.

Of interest for Eastern Ontario golf fans is the presence of several members of the CPGA Ottawa Zone in the rankings. The top ranked player from this neck of the woods is none other than 4-time PGA Ottawa Titleist/FootJoy Zone Champion Chris Barber of The Landings in Kingston. Barber has earned a share of 8th place in the initial rankings.

Next on the list of a local nature is Graham Gunn on Nepean. The highly decorated pro sits 17th on the initial ranking.

For a complete look at the Canadian PGA Top 100 Player Rankings List visit www.cpga.com .

The Canadian PGA Rankings List is powered by a partnership with Computan, a leading developer of eBusiness solutions that specializes in sports specific database systems. Computan clients include Tennis Canada, Squash Canada, University of Michigan and Princeton University.

Top 10:

# 1- Bryn Parry – Seymour Creek Golf Centre, BC 133 points

# 2 – Dave Levesque – Summerlea, QC 122 points

# 3 – Danny King – Academy Tee at Magna, ON 117 points

# 4 – Ken Tarling – Ken Tarling’s Golf Academy, ON 116 points

# 5 – Dean North –Carman Golf Club, MB 114 points

# 6 – Brett Burgeson – Country Hills Golf Club, AB 111 points

# 7 – Kyle German – Northview G&CC , BC 97 points

Tied for # 8 – Marc Girouard – Le Diamant ,QC 94 points

Tied for # 8 – Chris Barber –The Landings, Kingston, ON (Ottawa PGA Zone) 94 points

Tied for # 8 – Ben Boudreau – Le Parcours du Cerf, QC 94 points

Tied for # 8 – Billy Houle – Joilette, QC 94 points

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