(February 11, 2014 – Richmond Hill, ON) – The Great Waterway Classic, an official PGA TOUR Canada event, will once again be conducted by the Canadian Junior Golf Association. The event will take place August 18-24 at Loyalist Golf and Country Club in Bath, Ontario, just outside of Kingston.
After the success of last year’s event at Upper Canada Golf Course in Morrisburg, Ontario, the CJGA has again committed to be the host organization which will see players racing to finish in The Five and receive Web.com Tour status for the following season.
Loyalist, a beautiful Ted Baker design, offers one of the best-conditioned golf courses in the region. The 6,625 yards of native grasses, strategic bunkering and colourful natural watercourse creates a challenging course for beginners and skilled players alike.
“We are thrilled to once again be involved with The Great Waterway Classic and work alongside the likes of PGA TOUR Canada, our title sponsor The Great Waterway (RTO9) and Loyalist Golf & Country Club,” said Brad Parkins, COO of the CJGA and Tournament Director for this year’s event. “Having received the vote of confidence from the TOUR after last year’s event, it is a testament to the dedication and hard work the CJGA staff put in to make our program the leaders in junior golf in this country.”
The Great Waterway Classic will be the ninth event on the 2014 PGA TOUR Canada schedule which starts in May and ends in September at the TOUR Championship of Canada presented by Freedom 55 Financial at Sunningdale G&CC in London, Ontario.
Chile’s Hugo Leon won The Great Waterway Classic in 2013 at Upper Canada Golf Course in Morrisburg, ON, making birdie on two of his final three holes and defeating Brandon Harkins by a single shot for his second PGA TOUR Canada victory. Leon earned 2014 Web.com TOUR status after finishing fourth on PGA TOUR Canada’s Order of Merit.
“The Great Waterway Tourism Region is pleased to be back for a third year as the title sponsor of The Great Waterway Classic,” said Stephen Paul, Chair of The Great Waterway. “We are excited once again to work 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.”
Laced together by the sparkling St. Lawrence River, Rideau Canal, Bay of Quinte and Lake Ontario, this stunning region serves up all the ingredients of a perfect golf getaway. 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.
The CJGA operates a competitive development program that focuses on all areas of the sport including clinics, tournaments, mentoring programs with Tour professionals and sending teams to represent the CJGA and Canada in international competition.
The CJGA has been a stepping-stone for thousands of juniors across Canada and is no stranger churning out top performing players across the country. With an extensive alumni list playing on professional tours around the world, notable former members include the top two players on PGA TOUR Canada’s 2013 Order of Merit, Mackenzie Hughes and Riley Wheeldon respectively. Stephen Ames, a four-time winner on the PGA TOUR and PGA TOUR Canada alumnus, has been the CJGA National Spokesperson since 2009.
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.
About the CJGA
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.
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.