The PGA TOUR Canada has made it official. The Great Waterway Classic is on the schedule for 2013.
There was some doubt whether it might happen after the promoter of the tournament, Evolution Golf, pulled out late last year. The group had started the event in 2012 at the Smuggler’ Glen Golf Course near Gananoque. Unfortunately Evolution had some struggles with their ability to run the tournament and decided to step back to help ensure it’s long-term viability.
In their place the Canadian Junior Golf Association has stepped in as the tournament promoter and organizational team, something they have a great experience in after running a Canada-wide junior tour for many years. That has included a regular event at the Upper Canada Golf Course in Morrisburg, Ontario, the site of The Great Waterway Classic for 2013. This year’s tournament will play out on August 19-25, 2013.
“We’re extremely pleased to add The Great Waterway Classic to this year’s schedule,” said PGA TOUR Canada President, Jeff Monday. “This tournament is going to showcase some of the great golf in the region, and the players will be spoiled by the area’s activities and scenery.”
This is the second of a four-year projected run for The Great Waterway Classic. Intended to showcase the attractions of the region, in 2014 it will head to the Loyalist Country Club in Bath followed by the Black Bear Ridge Golf Course in Belleville as the host site in 2015.
“The Great Waterway Tourism Region is pleased to be back for a second year as the title sponsor of The Great Waterway Classic,” said Stephen Paul, Chair of The Great Waterway. “We are excited to be partnering with PGA TOUR Canada and the Canadian Junior Golf Association to produce an event that will highlight our beautiful region and our fabulous golf courses. This year promises to be even bigger and better and will most definitely be the highlight of the golf season in The Great Waterway.”
In 2012 the CJGA was involved in qualifying juniors for a couple PGATOUR Canada events and their increased involvement should pave the way for more juniors to test themselves against the pros. A series of qualifiers across the country will allow a number of junior golfers to gain entry to The Great Waterway Classic.
“The CJGA is delighted to be involved with The Great Waterway Classic and to be affiliated with the PGA TOUR and PGA TOUR Canada,” said Brad Parkins, Chief Operations Officer of the CJGA. “Bringing a first class event to The Great Waterway Region will showcase not only the some of the TOUR’s top players, but it will enable some of the country’s top junior players to gain an invaluable experience during tournament week.”
With it’s addition, The Great Waterway Classic now becomes the eighth event on the PGA TOUR Canada schedule.
Last September Eugene Wong became the inaugural winner of the tournament, shooting eighteen under par to win by one shot. It was his second PGATOUR Canada victory of the season.