Four Regional Players Contend at PGA Championship of Canada

Chris Barber of The Landings is the #8 seed at the PGA Championship of Canada.
Chris Barber of The Landings is the #8 seed at the PGA Championship of Canada.

Four players with regional ties will start their attempt to win the revitalized PGA Championship of Canada on Wednesday.

All 64 players in the match play format event will be vying for the P.D. Ross Trophy, the hardware that nobody has had a chance to play for since 2005 when the tournament was last held.

It would be fitting that a golfer from Eastern Ontario/Outaouis wins the tournament as the trophy was named after Philip Dansken Ross, the former Ottawa newspaper publisher who also studied at Queen’s University and a builder of the original Ottawa Senators Hockey Team.  The PGA Championship of Canada was first contested in 1912 making it one of the oldest professional golf championships in the world. A storied list of past champions included: Moe Norman, Al Balding, George Knudson, Dan Halldorson, Dave Barr, Bob Panasik., Stan Leonard, Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino, Lanny Wadkins, Ray Floyd and Steve Stricker.

Leading the way for the local at the Cottonwood Golf & Country Club in Calgary is the #8 seed, Chris Barber of The Landings Golf Golf Course & Teaching Centre.  Barber, a four-time Ottawa PGA Zone Champion, faces the #57 seed, Lenny Cyr, in his first round match in the Stan Leonard bracket.  As a tribute to some of the Canadian PGA’s legendary champions, the corresponding match play brackets have been named after 8-time champion Stan Leonard, 5-time champion George Knudson, 3-time champion Al Balding and 2-time champion Moe Norman.

The Stan Leonard bracket is the starting point for three of the “locals”, Barber is joined in that section by former Arnpior golfer Jeff Buder and Deseronto, Ontario raised Scott Knapp.

Buder, a former member of the Canadian Tour and now a head pro in the Vancouver area, is the #24 seed.  He faces #41 ranked player Keir Smith in his first round match.

At the #48 seed, Knapp will take on fellow senior-aged golfer Jon Rushnell of Manilla, Ontario in his opening match.  Knapp grew up playing the Napanee Golf & Country Club and is now based in Saskatchewan.

Rounding out the locals is Marc Foucault, the Head Professional at the Kingsway Park Golf Club in Gatineau, Quebec.  Foucault has a tough start in the George Knudson bracket where he is up against the #2 seed, dave Levesque.  Foucault is the #63 seed.

Visit www.cpga.com for more information on the PGA Championship of Canada, Sponsored by Mr. Lube and presented by TaylorMade.

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