The Great Waterway Classic Gets Support from The Tragically Hip

-Sinclair and Langlois to Act as Honorary Chairs-

Bath, Ont. (July 23, 2014) – The Great Waterway Classic is pleased to announce that two members of The Tragically Hip — bassist Gord Sinclair and guitarist Paul Langlois — have thrown their support behind the PGA TOUR Canada event and have been named Honorary Chairs for this years event.  The Great Waterway Classic will take place at Loyalist Golf & Country Club in Bath, Ontario from August 21-24.

The Hip is no stranger to the Loyalist area as the band’s recording studio, The Bathhouse, is located just around the corner from Loyalist Golf & Country Club. Sinclair and Langlois also have a strong passion for golf so it is a perfect fit for them to be apart of this event.

“We are thrilled to have rock legends Gord and Paul come support The Great Waterway Classic,” said Tournament Director Brad Parkins.  “Not only are they locals, they are Canadian icons and are acclaimed as one of the best Canadian rock bands of all-time.”

Not only will Sinclair and Langlois have honorary titles for the week, but they will both also be participating in the official PGA TOUR Canada pro-am on Tuesday August 19.

Events for The Great Waterway Classic get under way on Monday August 18, with the golf tournament itself beginning on Thursday August 21.  Tickets are available by calling 1-877-508-1069 or by e-mailing gwctickets@cjga.com.  Tickets are $10 a day or $25 for a 4 day pass.  Clubhouse VIP passes are also available on a limited basis for $150 for the week (Thursday thru Sunday).  All ticket pricing includes tax.

All net proceeds from the event will be donated to the Lennox & Addington County General Hospital Foundation.

About The Great Waterway

The Great Waterway was established in 2010 to promote and invest in tourism along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River, Prince Edward County in the West to the Quebec border in the East. The Great Waterway region includes unique towns, villages and cities of Quinte West, Belleville, Kingston, Gananoque, Brockville, and Cornwall.

About PGA TOUR Canada

PGA TOUR Canada is a series of tournaments played across Canada each summer, where tomorrow’s stars begin the path to the PGA TOUR. The leading five money winners at the end of each season earn status on the Web.com Tour for the following season. PGA TOUR Canada’s mission is to deliver a PGA TOUR experience for our members, fans, volunteers and our partners in order to develop the future stars of professional golf & enrich the communities we visit.

Online: PGATOUR.COM/Canada

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About the Canadian Junior Golf Association

The Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA) is a “registered Canadian amateur athletic association” (RCAAA) not-for-profit registered federally with Revenue Canada. The CJGA is dedicated to providing Canada’s junior golfers with the necessary skills and knowledge required to lay a foundation for a future in competitive golf.

Through its six-stage competitive development program that focuses on tournaments, clinics, international competitions, and mentoring programs with PGA Tour professionals, the CJGA introduces the game to juniors as young as five and offers competitive multi-day events for the more advanced golfer. The CJGA acts as a feeder system to provincial and national competitions, collegiate and university golf, as well as professional and recreational golf. For more information please visit cjga.com

The Canadian Junior Golf Association is generously supported by its National Partner, Freedom 55 Financial, which provides financial security advice and planning for Canadians.

Freedom 55 Financial to hold Junior Clinic at The Great Waterway Classic

Richmond Hill, Ont. (July 16, 2014) – The CJGA is pleased to announce that Freedom 55 Financial will be holding a junior clinic on Monday, August 18 to kick-start the beginning of The Great Waterway Classic,  PGA TOUR Canada’s event.

The Great Waterway Classic’s Freedom 55 Financial Junior Clinic will be open to the first 50 juniors who sign up.  The clinic will take place at The Great Waterway Classic’s host facility, Loyalist Golf and Country Club.  Juniors will have the privilege of learning from PGA TOUR Canada professionals during the one-hour clinic.

“We are delighted to extend our partnership with Freedom 55 Financial into our PGA TOUR Canada event and continue to provide opportunity to junior golfers,” said Brad Parkins, event Tournament Director and COO of the Canadian Junior Golf Association.

As the CJGA’s national partner, Freedom 55 Financial has been quite involved with junior golf this season, as the presenting sponsor for over 80 junior golf clinics across the country. Freedom 55 Financial’s Clinics for Kids program is designed to invite and encourage kids from local communities to learn the foundations of golf through fun and informative clinics.

Juniors wishing to participate in the clinic should e-mail Tournament Director Brad Parkins to confirm their spot.

The Great Waterway Classic gets under way Thursday August 21.  Tickets are available by calling 1-877-508-1069 or by e-mailing gwctickets@cjga.com.  Tickets are $10 a day or $25 for a 4 day pass.  Clubhouse VIP passes are available on a limited basis for $150 for the week (Thursday thru Sunday).  All ticket pricing includes tax. 

All net proceeds from the event will be donated to the Lennox & Addington County General Hospital Foundation.

About The Great Waterway

The Great Waterway was established in 2010 to promote and invest in tourism along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River, Prince Edward County in the West to the Quebec border in the East. The Great Waterway region includes unique towns, villages and cities of Quinte West, Belleville, Kingston, Gananoque, Brockville, and Cornwall.

About PGA TOUR Canada

PGA TOUR Canada is a series of tournaments played across Canada each summer, where tomorrow’s stars begin the path to the PGA TOUR. The leading five money winners at the end of each season earn status on the Web.com Tour for the following season. PGA TOUR Canada’s mission is to deliver a PGA TOUR experience for our members, fans, volunteers and our partners in order to develop the future stars of professional golf & enrich the communities we visit.

Online: PGATOUR.COM/Canada

Twitter: @PGATOURCanada Facebook:

Facebook.com/PGATOURCanada

About the Canadian Junior Golf Association

The Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA) is a “registered Canadian amateur athletic association” (RCAAA) not-for-profit registered federally with Revenue Canada. The CJGA is dedicated to providing Canada’s junior golfers with the necessary skills and knowledge required to lay a foundation for a future in competitive golf.

Through its six-stage competitive development program that focuses on tournaments, clinics, international competitions, and mentoring programs with PGA Tour professionals, the CJGA introduces the game to juniors as young as five and offers competitive multi-day events for the more advanced golfer. The CJGA acts as a feeder system to provincial and national competitions, collegiate and university golf, as well as professional and recreational golf. For more information please visit www.cjga.com.

The Canadian Junior Golf Association is generously supported by its National Partner, Freedom 55 Financial, which provides financial security advice and planning for Canadians.

Bay of Quinte Golf & Country Club to Host The Great Waterway Classic Open Qualifier

Bath, Ont. (July 11, 2014) – The Great Waterway Classic is pleased to announce Bay of Quinte Golf & Country Club will host the Open Qualifier for this year’s PGA TOUR Canada event.  The ninth event on this year’s PGA Tour Canada schedule takes place August 18-24 at Loyalist Golf & Country Club in Bath, Ontario, just outside of Kingston.

“We are so pleased to host the Open Qualifier for for the prestigious The Great Waterway Classic.  The Bay of Quinte Country Club has hosted many Provincial Amateur Championships over the past few decades and this new honor is something we are very proud of,” said Marc Ray, General Manager of the club.

“We are pleased to be able to work with a venue such as Bay of Quinte and incorporate them into this year’s tournament” said Brad Parkins, Tournament Director of The Great Waterway Classic.  “The course will be a great test for those looking to qualify for this year’s event and we need to thank the ownership, management and members for providing us with their first class facility.”

Last year, The Great Waterway Classic posted the second highest open qualifying field as 97 players teed it up in the one-day qualifier vying for the 10 qualifying spots available into the tournament field.

A full field of 156 players will tee it up on Thursday and Friday of the official tournament (August 21 & 22) with the top 60 players and ties making it to the weekend.  Players will be competing for top prize of $27,000 in the season long race to be one of the top five money winners at the end of the season and earn status on the Web.com Tour for the following season.

For more information on The Great Waterway Classic, including sponsorship opportunities, Pro-Am participation, volunteering, open qualifying and ticket information, please visit www.thegreatwaterwayclassic.ca.

About Bay of Quinte Golf & Country Club

A small group of army officers returning to Belleville after World War I, decided to establish a full Country Club modeled after those they had seen in Europe. They retained the services of Howard Watson, one of the most popular and well recognized Canadian golf course architects of his time.  Watson designed the first nine holes which opened in 1921. Bay of Quinte Golf & Country Club quickly became recognized as a premier facility. It attracted golfers from Eastern Ontario and from New York State, who came across Lake Ontario by yacht.

Thirty years later, the highly sought after Robbie Robinson was brought in to design an additional nine holes.  The Bay of Quinte then began to evolve into a par 72 championship course. Over the years, the course has hosted numerous Provincial and National championships.

During 2010, the course was fully renovated. New bunkers were added and changes were made to their design including placement and type of sand.  All of the tee decks were rebuilt and some hole changes were instrumented. Several of the holes have been redesigned to provide additional distance and challenges for low handicappers, but still welcome a pleasurable learning experience for the novice golfer.

About The Great Waterway

The Great Waterway was established in 2010 to promote and invest in tourism along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River, from Prince Edward County in the West to the Quebec border in the East. The Great Waterway region includes unique towns, villages and cities of Quinte West, Belleville, Kingston, Gananoque, Brockville, and Cornwall.

About PGA TOUR Canada

PGA TOUR Canada is a series of tournaments played across Canada each summer, where tomorrow’s stars begin the path to the PGA TOUR. The leading five money winners at the end of each season earn status on the Web.com Tour for the following season. PGA TOUR Canada’s mission is to deliver a PGA TOUR experience for our members, fans, volunteers and our partners in order to develop the future stars of professional golf & enrich the communities we visit.

Online: PGATOUR.COM/Canada
Twitter:
@PGATOURCanada
Facebook: Facebook.com/PGATOURCanada

About the Canadian Junior Golf Association

The Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA) is a “registered Canadian amateur athletic association” (RCAAA) not-for-profit registered federally with Revenue Canada. The CJGA is dedicated to providing Canada’s junior golfers with the necessary skills and knowledge required to lay a foundation for a future in competitive golf.

Through its six-stage competitive development program that focuses on tournaments, clinics, international competitions, and mentoring programs with PGA Tour professionals, the CJGA introduces the game to juniors as young as five and offers competitive multi-day events for the more advanced golfer. The CJGA acts as a feeder system to provincial and national competitions, collegiate and university golf, as well as professional and recreational golf.  For more information please visit www.cjga.com

The Canadian Junior Golf Association is generously supported by its National Partner, Freedom 55 Financial, which provides financial security advice and planning for Canadians.

The Landings GC Chris Barber Granted Exemption in PGA TOUR Canada event

-Local Pro to Play at Loyalist in Biggest Local Event of the Season-

Bath, ON (July 2, 2014) The Great Waterway Classic is pleased to announce Chris Barber, PGA of Canada Professional and General Manager at The Landings Golf Course in Kingston has been granted a sponsor exemption into this year’s PGA TOUR Canada event.  The Great Waterway Classic will be contested at Loyalist Golf & Country Club in Bath, Ontario August 21-24.

The exemption will give Barber the chance to play in his first PGA TOUR Canada event as one of 156 players that will compete for the $27,000 first place purse.

“We are extremely pleased to award Chris an exemption into this year’s event” said Tournament Director Brad Parkins.  “Chris is an exemplary golf professional with a lot of talent and we feel like this is a great opportunity for him to prove his skill and compete against the international field we will have.”

“The opportunity to compete in The Great Waterway Classic so close to home, on a golf course I love, in front of my friends and family is a great thrill.  With the event less than two months away, I look forward to the challenge of getting my game ready to take on the best this Tour has to offer.”

Barber is coming off a strong showing at last week’s PGA Championship of Canada where he captured third spot, defeating Christophe Belair 3 & 2.  Earlier in the day he dropped his semi-final match to eventual champion Dave Levesque 2 down.  With the strong showing, Barber moved up to #14 on the PGA of Canada National Player Rankings.

The Great Waterway Classic gets under way Thursday August 21.  Tickets are available by calling 1-877-508-1069 or by e-mailing  gwctickets@cjga.com.  Tickets are $10 a day or $25 for a 4 day pass.  Clubhouse VIP passes are available on a limited basis for $150 for the week (Thursday thru Sunday).  All ticket pricing includes tax.

All net proceeds from the event will be donated to the Lennox & Addington County General Hospital Foundation.

About The Great Waterway

The Great Waterway was established in 2010 to promote and invest in tourism along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River, Prince Edward County in the West to the Quebec border in the East. The Great Waterway region includes unique towns, villages and cities of Quinte West, Belleville, Kingston, Gananoque, Brockville, and Cornwall.

About PGA TOUR Canada

PGA TOUR Canada is a series of tournaments played across Canada each summer, where tomorrow’s stars begin the path to the PGA TOUR. The leading five money winners at the end of each season earn status on the Web.com Tour for the following season. PGA TOUR Canada’s mission is to deliver a PGA TOUR experience for our members, fans, volunteers and our partners in order to develop the future stars of professional golf & enrich the communities we visit.

Online: PGATOUR.COM/Canada

Twitter: @PGATOURCanada Facebook:

Facebook.com/PGATOURCanada

About the Canadian Junior Golf Association

The Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA) is a “registered Canadian amateur athletic association” (RCAAA) not-for-profit registered federally with Revenue Canada. The CJGA is dedicated to providing Canada’s junior golfers with the necessary skills and knowledge required to lay a foundation for a future in competitive golf.

Through its six-stage competitive development program that focuses on tournaments, clinics, international competitions, and mentoring programs with PGA Tour professionals, the CJGA introduces the game to juniors as young as five and offers competitive multi-day events for the more advanced golfer. The CJGA acts as a feeder system to provincial and national competitions, collegiate and university golf, as well as professional and recreational golf. For more information please visit cjga.com

The Canadian Junior Golf Association is generously supported by its National Partner, Freedom 55 Financial, which provides financial security advice and planning for Canadians.

PGATOUR.COM/Canada Relaunches as part of PGATOUR.com platform

Bold, new look designed to enhance user experience across all digital platforms

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. and OAKVILLE, Ont. (May 18, 2014) – PGATOUR.COM/Canada, the home page of PGA TOUR Canada, has unveiled a bold new look as part of the all-new PGATOUR.COM, with compelling features and even greater functionality for mobile devices and computers.

Following the launch of the all-new PGATOUR.COM on Feb. 18, PGATOUR.COM/Canada is online and ready in time for PGA TOUR Canada’s second season to kick off at the PC Financial Open, May 26-June 1 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

“The new PGATOUR.COM/Canada gives fans a whole new way to experience and follow along with PGA TOUR Canada,” said PGA TOUR Canada President Jeff Monday. “When PGATOUR.COM relaunched in February, it allowed fans to have a more engaging, interactive experience on any platform. We couldn’t be happier to bring PGATOUR.COM/Canada on board and give our fans have a PGA TOUR-level experience.”

Among the features are:

  • Simplified navigation, making it easier to find the content you are looking for
  • Live scoring, standings and tee times at the top of every page, so you won’t have to leave the page you are on for updates
  • New player pages with season and career information, statistics and the latest articles, videos and highlights
  • A new “Feed” feature that highlights the most recent and relevant content relative to the page you are on, from articles and photography to social media posts
  • Tournament sites highlighting local attractions, charitable causes and other information

Just like the new PGATOUR.COM, the new PGATOUR.COM/Canada works seamlessly across desktop, tablet and smartphone platforms, with site features designed to provide a quality user experience no matter where they are following along from.

“With so many more fans viewing content on smartphones and tablets as well as desktop and laptop computers, we wanted to deliver new and better content and site features specifically for these different screen sizes,” said Luis Goicouria, Vice President, Digital Media. “PGATOUR.COM now works seamlessly across all of these devices.”

Fans can look forward to ongoing improvements to PGATOUR.COM/Canada in the coming weeks, such as more tournament-focused content, enhanced player profile information and live statistics from the upcoming 2014 season. As a result of bringing its digital business in-house at the beginning of 2013, the TOUR continues to develop and enhance its own products

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About PGA TOUR Canada

PGA TOUR Canada is a series of tournaments played across Canada each summer, where tomorrow’s stars begin the path to the PGA TOUR. The leading five money winners at the end of each season earn status on the Web.com Tour for the following season. PGA TOUR Canada’s mission is to deliver a PGA TOUR experience for our members, fans, volunteers and our partners in order to develop the future stars of professional golf & enrich the communities we visit.

Online: PGATOUR.COM/Canada
Twitter: @PGATOURCanada
Facebook: Facebook.com/PGATOURCanada

About PGATOUR.COM

The official Web site of the PGA TOUR, PGATOUR.COM was launched in 1997 to serve the growing needs of golf fans. With an international fan base following the action of the PGA TOUR, Champions Tour, Web.com Tour, PGA TOUR Canada, and NEC Series – PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, PGATOUR.COM is the number one site in golf. PGATOUR.COM features official real-time scoring, world-class editorial content, exclusive LIVE@ multimedia coverage and its complete PGA TOUR archive of stats.