Highlights of the 2014 PGA TOUR Canada season

PGA TOUR Canada’s second season in 2014 was highlighted by strong competition and significant growth, with the schedule increasing from nine to 12 events throughout Canada, along with a major increase in charitable contributions.

Competitive highlights ranged from Order of Merit winner Joel Dahmen’s record-setting season, Brady Schnell’s stellar round of 59 and Canadian Ryan Williams capturing the season-ending TOUR Championship of Canada presented by Freedom 55 Financial.

Achievements off the course included a significant 72 percent increase in charitable contributions by PGA TOUR Canada events. Media exposure for PGA TOUR Canada grew as well, with a 27 percent increase in television ratings for the tour’s weekly television show and a 305 percent increase in social media engagement.

Some of the key highlights from the past season are listed below.

The following five players earning status on the Web.com Tour:

Player

Total Earnings

Notes

Joel Dahmen
(Clarkston, WA)

$80,992

Won two of first three events at PC Financial Open and Syncrude Boreal Open pres. by AECON… Surpassed 2013 Order of Merit winner Mackenzie Hughes’ 2013 winnings in just three events… Finished second in scoring average at 69.09, first in birdies per round at 4.64 and tied for the most top-10 finishes with 4… Was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2011 and made a full recovery…

Matt Harmon
(Grand Rapids, MI)

$60,119

Won the SIGA Dakota Dunes Open pres. by SaskTel and lost in a playoff at the Cape Breton Celtic Classic pres. by PC Financial… Finished in the top-25 8 times in 12 starts and tied the TOUR lead with 4 top-10s… Has previous success on the Web.com Tour, finishing T2 at the 2012 TPC Stonebrae Championship…

Tim Madigan
(Rio Rancho, NM)

$59,436

Burst on to the scene as a rookie with top-3 finishes in 3 of his first 5 starts, including a win at The Players Cup… Was one of four players to make 11 of 12 cuts on the season… New Mexico State grad won his first professional start at 2011 New Mexico Open…

Brock Mackenzie
(Yakima, WA)

$56,222

Won the ATB Financial Classic with a record-setting 27-under total for his second career PGA TOUR Canada win… Finished fourth in scoring average at 69.26… First in scoring average before cut at 68.32… Made 10 of 11 cuts… Two-time First Team All-American at The University of Washington… Brother of Golf Channel analyst Paige Mackenzie…

Greg Eason
(Leicester, England)

$43,367

Became the first player without a win to finish in The Five… Finished second by a stroke to Wes Homan at the Staal Foundation Open pres. by Tbaytel… Was one of four players to make 11 cuts and posted eight top-25 finishes… Was named an All-American in his final season at the University of Central Florida and rose as high as No. 3 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings…

In addition to The Five, players 6-10 on the Order of Merit earned exemptions into the final stage of Web.com Tour Q-School: No. 6 Ryan Williams (Vancouver, BC), No. 7 Nate McCoy (Wes Des Moines, IA), No. 8 Josh Persons (Fargo, ND), No. 9 Wes Homan (Cincinnati, OH), No. 10 Mark Silvers (Savannah, GA).

CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTIONS INCREASE BY 72%

Charitable donations by PGA TOUR Canada events increased dramatically this season, rising to a total of $353,500 in 2014. As with every PGA TOUR event, the goal of every tournament on PGA TOUR Canada is to make an impact in the community and make charity the leading money winner each week.

2014 SEASON BY THE NUMBERS:

General Statistics:

1 – Order of Merit leader all year, with Joel Dahmen going wire-to-wire.

2 – Events that went into a playoff, with Nate McCoy defeating Michael Gligic at The Wildfire Invitational pres. by PC Financial, and Mark Silvers defeating Matt Harmon at the Cape Breton Celtic Classic presented by PC Financial.

7 – 54-hole leader or co-leaders to convert victories in 2014.

4 – The number of winner’s scores to eclipse 20-under par in 2014.

1 – The number of winner’s scores to fail to reach double digits under par (Tim Madigan, 9-under at The Players Cup).

6 – The number of winners in both their 20s and 30s in 2014.

4 – The number of first-time members to win in 2014 (Matt Harmon, SIGA Dakota Dunes Open pres. by SaskTel; Tim Madigan, The Players Cup; David Bradshaw, The Great Waterway Classic; Mark Silvers, Cape Breton Celtic Classic presented by PC Financial).

69.05 – Chris Williams’ TOUR-leading scoring average in 2014.

28 – Joel Dahmen’s TOUR-leading number of rounds in the 60s.

209 – Greg Eason’s TOUR-leading number of birdies.

53.21% – The percentage of par-5s on which Michael Gligic made birdie or better in 2014, the best mark on TOUR.

Age Statistics:

The profile of PGA TOUR Canada’s membership changed in 2014 as well, reflecting a younger group of players consistently making the cut and contending. Below is the breakdown of four age groups (18-24, 25-30, 31-36 and 37+) and their respective share of cuts made this season compared to 2013.

Player Age Group 2013 2014
% of cuts made by Players 18-24 26% 27%
% of cuts made by Players 25-30 48% 61%
% of cuts made by Players 31-36 18% 10%
% of cuts made by Players 37+ 9% 3%

Course Statistics:

  • Toughest Courses:      1 – Pine Ridge GC (+1.775 average over par)
    2 – Whitewater GC (+0.419)
    3 – The Lakes GC (+0.211)
  • Toughest Holes:           1 – Pine Ridge GC / Par-3 9th (3.522)
    2 – Hylands GC / Par-4 2nd (4.471)
    3 – Loyalist G&CC / Par-3 11th (3.380)

    MEMORABLE SHOTS FROM THE 2014 SEASON:

    Schnell joins the 59 Club – Milford, IA’s Brady Schnell joined golf’s most exclusive club, holing a 122-yard approach on the final hole to shoot a 13-under 59 at Sirocco Golf Club at the ATB Financial Classic. Schnell finished birdie-birdie-eagle.

    Dahmen’s bunker blast – Order of Merit winner Joel Dahmen’s first win at the PC Financial Open was partially thanks to a 232-yard second shot from a fairway bunker at the par-5 72nd hole, which found the green and led to a birdie and a one-shot win.

    Homan makes birdie for the win – Cincinnati, Ohio’s Wes Homan earned his first PGA TOUR Canada win with a dramatic birdie on the 72nd hole at the Staal Foundation Open pres. by Tbaytel, holing a 10-footer for birdie to win by one over England’s Greg Eason.

    Machtaler’s birdie bomb gives him win – Summerland, BC’s Greg Machtaler capped off a 9-under 62 in the final round of the Forces & Families Open in style, holing a 70-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole that was eventually the difference in a one-shot win.

    Double eagles land in ’14 – After zero double eagles were recorded during PGA TOUR Canada’s inaugural season, three were recorded in 2014. Logan, UT’s Devin Daniels made the first with a 3-hybrid from 242 yards at the Bayview Place Island Savings Open pres. by Times Colonist on the par-5 12th at Uplands Golf Club. Los Angeles, CA’s Bryan Bergna’s 210-yard 6-iron netted him an Albatross on the par-5 3rd at Whitewater Golf Club for the Staal Foundation Open pres. by Tbaytel, and Stephane Dubois of Brantford, ON holed a 7-iron from 182 yards on the par-5 8th at Hylands Golf Club during the Forces & Families Open.

    There were also eight holes-in-one during the 2014 season. Two events, the ATB Financial Classic and The Wildfire Invitational presented by PC Financial, saw multiple holes-in-one during tournament week.

    ALUMNI SHOWING STRONG

    2014 was also a strong year for PGA TOUR Canada alumni. Four players who played PGA TOUR Canada in 2013 – Mark Hubbard, Nick Taylor, Carlos Sainz, Jr. and Tony Finau – went from Canada to the PGA TOUR in one season, each earning one of the 50 cards available via the Web.com Tour.

    Six alumni accounted for seven victories on the Web.com Tour, led by Money List winner Adam Hadwin with two and fellow BC native Roger Sloan. The pair became the first two Canadians to win on the Web.com Tour in the same season since Jerry Anderson and Rick Todd in 1991. Also claiming wins were 2007 Order of Merit winner Byron Smith, 2000 Order of Merit winner Steven Alker, 2009 SIGA Dakota Dunes Open pres. by SaskTel winner Andres Gonzales and 2013 graduate Tony Finau.

    Two-time PGA TOUR Canada winner Tim Clark’s win at the RBC Canadian Open was the 118th PGA TOUR victory by all-time PGA TOUR Canada alumni, while 10 alumni earned PGA TOUR cards via the Web.com Tour, bringing the total to 180 alumni who have gone on to earn PGA TOUR cards.

    TOP 60 RETAIN EXEMPT STATUS

    The top 60 on the 2014 Order of Merit retain exempt status for the 2015 season. Below is a breakdown of the top 60 by country and age.

    By country:

    United States – 38
    Canada – 17
    England – 2
    Argentina – 1
    Australia – 1
    Sweden – 1

    By age:

    18-24 – 16
    25-30 – 35
    31-36 – 8
    37+ – 1

    For more information contact:

    Brian Decker
    Media Official
    PGA TOUR Canada
    BrianDecker@pgatourhq.com

    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

The Great Waterway Classic Returning to Loyalist G&CC in 2015

Bath, ON (October 17, 2014) – The Great Waterway Classic, an official PGA TOUR Canada event, will return to Loyalist Golf & Country Club in Bath, Ontario in 2015.  Having hosted the event for the first time in the event’s three-year history last season, Loyalist will see the event take place August 24-30.

Loyalist, a beautiful Ted Baker design, offers one of the best-conditioned golf courses in The Great Waterway region.  The 6,779 yards of native grasses, strategic bunkering and colourful natural watercourse creates a challenging course for beginners and skilled players alike.

The Great Waterway region boasts over 60 golf courses and is laced together by the sparkling St. Lawrence River, Rideau Canal, Bay of Quinte and Lake Ontario. The region serves up all the ingredients of a perfect golf getaway and on its shores you’ll find fascinating history, quaint villages, inspiring art, live theatre and gastronomic delights at every turn. On its waters, enjoy world-class sailing, scuba diving, pristine beaches and leisurely cruises.

“We are pleased to be returning to Loyalist for The Great Waterway Classic in 2015,” said tournament director Brad Parkins.  “The ownership group, management team and community residents at Loyalist wholeheartedly embraced the event this year and we look on building on the momentum we established through this year’s event into the 2015 edition.”

Harpers Ferry, West Virginia native David Bradshaw captured the 2014 event with a birdie on the 72nd hole, good for a one-stroke victory over Argentinian Tommy Cocha and fellow American Adam Long.

The Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA) will once again be the host organization conducting the event, which will see players deep in the race for Web.com Tour status that will be handed out at the end of the season.

About The Great Waterway

The Great Waterway was established in 2010 to promote and invest in tourism along Lake Ontario, from Prince Edward County in the West, up the Rideau Canal to the North and 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. For more information, please visit www.thegreatwaterway.com.

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.

Outside the Game – McKinnon Brothers Brewery

 

Low Scores Prevail at The Great Waterway Classic Pro-Am

Bath, Ont. (August 20, 2014) – Professional golfers were teamed up with a group of amateurs yesterday for The Great Waterway Classic’s Pro-Am. Professionals were playing a separate “stroke play” competition for a $2500 Purse, in addition to a team net score competition.

With the privilege of playing alongside a PGA TOUR Canada professional, team scores ended up being incredibly low with winning scores being reminiscent of a video game. The tournament was split up into a morning wave and an afternoon wave as the Pro-Am turned into an all-day event.

Morning Wave Results:

Place/Score Professional Group
1st (47) Wes Homan John Pallister, Kristian Laughlin, Rob MacDonald, Mike McCullough
T-2nd (48) Sean Shahi Scott Fraser, Paul Pennell, Tim Aldridge, Craig Duff
T-2nd (48) Jay Myers Grant Barber, Ernie Tolguesi, Nic Delvoo, Chris Richards
4th (51) Ben Silverman Pat O’Shaughnessy, Gary Grant, Bill Vanderwoodes, Mike Salman
5th (52) Brad Clapp Jeff Johnson, Kevin Kirk, Todd fox, Matt Lee
6th (53) Matthew Smith Jamie Troke, Eric Mofino, Thomas Long, Barry Kowacz
T-7th (54) Sam Ryder Steve Paul, Robert Paul, Dave Paul, Mike Stockfish
T-7th (54) Beon Yeong Lee Kevin Mauricio, Jonathan Rebelo, Duane Parliament
T-7th (54) Daniel Miernicki Mark Vanderhurst, Louis Tarvokoll, Glen O’Denoghue, Greg Enright
T-7th (54) Ted Brown Jean James, Mary Katherine, Neil Garrison, Wade Mitchell
T-7th (54) Peter Campbell Pam Oliver, Joanne Wright, Jodie Jenkins, Terry Stevenson
T-12th (55) Tim Madigan Kelly Hale, Chris Hannah, Brandon Shorts, Andrew Ellis
T-12th (55) Stu Anderson Greg Grey, Steven Hagerman, Wayne Davis, Bob Stacey
T-12th (55) Greg Machtaler Mark Mozurck, Bob Thompson, Tim Reynolds, Pete Leonard
T-12th (55) Matt Hill Jeff lundy, Jeff Moore, Mike Moran, Vickie Runden
T-12th (55) Micah Burke Ala Currick, Karolyn Shewfelt, Shirley Egerton
T-12th (55) Devin Carrey Jim Barber, Mike Purcell, Andre Boucher, Marc Boucher
T-18th (56) Jon Mils Dave Haggerman, John Moran, Nick Bohdanec, Michael Egger
T-18th (56) Mat Harmon Percy Sargent, Bob Harper, Wayne Gallinger
20th (59) Clark Klassen Peggy Rice, Elaine Stillwell, Deb Lowry, Allan MacGregor
21st (65) Richard McDonald Gord Jenkins, Jim McDonell, Kyle Lothian, Ryan Martin

Afternoon Wave

Place/Score Professional Group
T-1st (48) Greg Eason Ryan Remington, Ryan McConnell, Neil Kincode, Kent Fallis
T-1st (48) Brock Mackenzie Jeff Calderwood, Jim Thompson, Cedar Nesbitt, Pierre Pelard
3rd (49) Ryan Williams Mark Mclvor, Darryl Yorke, Ken Nelski, Keagen Sawyer
4th (49) Olin Browne Howard McGlynn, Mike Forbert, Ron Earl
T-5th (50) Seann McMingten Bob Nadon, Gillis Grenier, Larry Pringle,
T-5th (50) Clayton Rask Gord Schermerhom, Terry Bennett, Chris Douglas, Mark Day
T-5th (50) Bryan Bergna Jeff McCann, Rudy Guzark, Bryon Newell, Elaine Jackson
T-5th (50) Lucas Kim David Dargie, Larry Bolton, David Beatty, Brent Ellis
T-5th (50) Ryan Brehm Cal Prang, Robert Towner, John Pedersen, Rick Scrutton
T-5th (50) Ryan Yip Annie Weir, Blair Harris, Bill Swan, Dug Stevenson
11 (51) Matt Marshall Brandon Pickard, Jason Mullin, David Hay, Dave Morrison
T-12th (52) Paul Connack Leo Hanlon, Steve Rodriguez, Jim Reid, Paul Wills
T-12th (52) Steve Carney Dale Henderson, Ron Lacey, Terry Ashton, Larry Manuel
T-12th (52) Jeff Dennis Michael Smith, John Steele, Terry Gibson, Timothy Lloyd
T-15th (53) Dan McCarthy Martin Gold, Rob Carnegie, Laurie Walker, Jermy Barlett
T-15th (53) Mitchell Buttacavou Wil Walker, Bill Daniell, Devon Daniell, Rich Biffis
T-15th (53) Robert Karlsson Greg Smith, Aaron Dyck, Rob Castallarin, Scott Kehoe
T-18th (54) Riley Wheeldon Nate Doornekamp, Mike Airhart, Paul Langois, Gord Sinclair
T-18th (54) Kelvin Day Kurt Ammon, Angus Genge, Mike Keiritead, Joe Waller
T-18th (54) Josh Persons Bruce Robertson, Kevin Baker, Christian Hutchinson, Scott Richardson
T-21st (55) Dan Buchner Jeff Garrah, Norm Springer, John Gerretsen, James Lambert
T-21st (55) Matt Galloway Chuck Airhart, Vern Amey, Dennis Chadwick, Brian Bowen

The Great Waterway Classic would like to thank all of the professionals, and of course the amateurs and sponsors who attended the Pro-Am to make it a success.

For more information on The Great Waterway Classic, visit www.thegreatwaterwayclassic.ca

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 on the CJGA, visit www.cjga.com.

For Additional Information:

Stephen Nixon

Tournament Operations Coordinator

Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA)

Email: stephen.nixon@cjga.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/cjga.ca

Loyalist Golf & Country Club Set to Host The Great Waterway Classic

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Bath, Ont. (August 19, 2014) – The first round of The Great Waterway Classic is set to get underway on August 21 as Loyalist Golf & Country Club will host this prestigious tournament for the first time.

After an exciting finish to last year’s tournament where Hugo Leon (Chile) was victorious by one-shot at Upper Canada Golf Course, Loyalist Golf & Country Club should prove to be another exciting test for players as they battle it out to crowned as The Great Waterway Classic champion.

With the PGA TOUR Canada schedule now in it’s homestretch, The Great Waterway Classic will be a crucial tournament for players fighting to improve their standing on the season long Order of Merit. The top five players on the PGA TOUR Canada Order of Merit at season’s end will all earn Web.com Tour cards, so this tournament could either make or break their status.

Notable players in the field include Sean Shahi (Orange County, CA), who tees off at 7:30 a.m., as he finished in third-place last year at The Great Waterway Classic, falling short by only two strokes. The number-one player on the Order of Merit thus far, Joel Dahmen (Clarkston, WA) will be fun to watch this week, as he’ll try to win his third tournament of the season. Dahmen tees off at 12:30 p.m., alongside Stephen Carney (Tulsa, OK) and Micah Burke (Los Angeles, CA). Also, watch out for Matthew Code (Belleville, Ont.), who won the Monday Qualifier by three-shots after shooting 64 (-8). He’ll tee off at 9:00 a.m. with   (Kitchener, Ont.) and 2014 Canadian Junior Boys Champion Austin James (Bath, Ont.).

For more information on The Great Waterway Classic, visit www.thegreatwaterwayclassic.ca

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 on the CJGA, visit www.cjga.com.

For Additional Information:

Stephen Nixon

Tournament Operations Coordinator

Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA)

Email: stephen.nixon@cjga.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/cjga.ca