Code’s Course Record Gains him Entrance into The Great Waterway Classic

- 10 players earn entry into PGA TOUR Canada event–

Bath, Ont. (August 19, 2014) – A field of over 100 amateurs and professionals travelled to Bay of Quinte Golf & Country Club yesterday to try to gain one of 10 spots into The Great Waterway Classic, a PGA TOUR Canada event. The day was filled with record-breaking scores and an exciting playoff.

Matthew Code (Belleville, ON) started off hot with two birdies in his first two holes and ended it even hotter with five consecutive birdies from holes 14-18 to break the course record at Bay of Quinte shooting a stellar 64 (-8). A smooth 29 (-6) on back nine and nine birdies on his card guided the 22-year-old to first place and more importantly gained him entry into The Great Waterway Classic.

Not to be overlooked by Code’s impressive round was Kyle Morris (Worthington, OH) who also played great, shooting 67 (-5) to finish in second-place. Five players finished in a tie for third as Mac Boucher (Uxbridge, ON), Zack Kempa (Brantford, ON), Russell Budd (Toronto, Ont.), Brad Kerfoot (Toronto, ON) and Matthew McMahon (Brockville, Ont.) all gained a spot into The Great Waterway Classic by shooting 68 (-4).

The last spots into the tournament came down to Jesse Speirs (Memphis, TN), Brett Cairns (Courtland, ON.), Cody Semmerlock (Pomfret Center, CT) and Wes Heffernan (Calgary, AB) who had to battle it out in a playoff after shooting 69 (-3). With three spots available for four players, Speirs, Cairns and Semmerlock were all fortunate to move on in the playoff but unfortunately Heffernan was the odd-man out getting beat out in the playoff.

The 10 new entrants into The Great Waterway Classic will now tee-off on Thursday, August 21 when The Great Waterway Classic gets underway at Loyalist Golf & Country Club.

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

The Great Waterway Classic Open Adds Two More Sponsor Exemptions

Bath, ON (August 16, 2014) - It was an exciting day for one professional and one amateur as The Great Waterway Classic was pleased to announce two more sponsor exemptions into the PGA TOUR Canada event.

Lucas Kim, 20, of Toronto, Ontario will continue what has been an impressive season and play in this year’s event. With ties to the Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA) as a junior, Kim has steadily improved this season, having made the cut at the Web.com Tour’s Price Cutter Charity Championship and recently just winning a Mandarin Tour event at Bay of Quinte today.

Josh Whalen, of Napanee, Ontario, a former CJGA member, will also tee it up, joining Kim with the final sponsor exemption. Whalen, 18, just finished his freshman year at Kent State University helping his school win their sixth consecutive MAC title.

“Though it was a difficult choice to pick the final exemptions into The Great Waterway Classic, I knew the right choice was made with Lucas and Josh,” said Tournament Director, Brad Parkins. “I’ve known Josh and Lucas for a long time through the CJGA and know that they will take full advantage of this opportunity.” 

The Great Waterway Classic gets under way Thursday August 21.  Tickets are available by calling 1-877-508-1069 or e-mail gwctickets@cjga.com.  Tickets are $10 a day or $25 for a 4 day pass.  All ticket proceeds will be donated to the Lennox & Addington County General Hospital Foundation.

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 please visit www.cjga.com 

For Additional Information:

Stephen Nixon

Tournament Operations Coordinator

Canadian Junior Golf Association

1.877.508.1069 x 228

stephen.nixon@cjga.com

Bay of Quinte Set to Host The Great Waterway Classic Open Qualifier

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Bath, ON (August 16, 2014) - Professional golfers and top level amateurs will descend on Bay of Quinte Golf & Country Club Monday for a chance to qualify for PGA TOUR Canada’s The Great Waterway Classic.

With over 110 players participating, the open qualifier is an 18-hole stroke play format, which means every shot is crucial.  There are 10 tournament exemptions available through the open qualifier.

Participants range in age from 17 to 59 years old and have traveled from all across North America for their chance to qualify for the PGA Tour Canada event.  With the course playing at just over 6,500 yards, competition will be tough and the tension will build with the limited exemptions available.

The open qualifier features many established players, as well as numerous CJGA alumni. Notable players include former Team Canada member at the World Cup Wes Heffernan (Calgary, AB) and Robbie Greenwell (Georgetown, Ont.), who narrowly missed the cut at the 2014 RBC Canadian Open.

There is a large group of CJGA alumni participating in the field including, David Markle (Shelbourne, Ont.), Josh Travers (Battersea, Ont.), Greg Doherty (Mississauga, Ont.) and brothers Mark and Matt Hoffman (Thornhill, Ont.).

Players will take the course starting at 7:30am and battle throughout the day for a potential tournament exemption.

The Great Waterway Classic gets under way Thursday August 21.  Tickets are available by calling 1-877-508-1069 or e-mail gwctickets@cjga.com.  Tickets are $10 a day or $25 for a 4 day pass.  All ticket proceeds will be donated to the Lennox & Addington County General Hospital Foundation.

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 please visit www.cjga.com 

For Additional Information:

Stephen Nixon

Tournament Operations Coordinator

Canadian Junior Golf Association

1.877.508.1069 x 228

stephen.nixon@cjga.com

The Great Waterway Classic Announces Sponsor Exemptions

Bath, ON (August 12, 2014) – The Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA), host organization for The Great Waterway Classic, is pleased to announce the selection of the sponsor exemptions into this year’s event.

Stuart Anderson (Strathmore, Alberta), Jon Mills (Oshawa, Ontario) and Brad Revell (Kingston, Ontario) were extended an exemption to participate in this year’s event, set to take place August 21-24 at Loyalist Golf & Country Club in Bath, ON.

“We are delighted to reward three outstanding individuals with the opportunity to participate in this year’s event,” said Tournament Director Brad Parkins.  “We had an extremely accomplished list of players reaching out to us, and we would like to thank each and every one of them for their interest in our event.  It is a difficult task, but we are very pleased with the individuals we selected.”

Anderson, 36, has seen much success on PGA TOUR Canada in the past recording wins in 2009 and 2011. Anderson also has past ties with the CJGA, as he was formerly the captain of CJGA Team Canada West in the Canada Cup.

Mills, 36, is a graduate of Kent State University and had a long career on the PGA Tour after turning pro in 2002. Mills recorded four top-25 finishes on the PGA TOUR in 2008 and has two career victories on the Web.com Tour.

Revell, 27, is a two-time Ontario Junior Boys’ Champion, and his play on the Mandarin Tour this season earned him an exemption into The Great Waterway Classic. In his last Mandarin Tour event, Revell shot a round of 64 (-7) to finish T-7 and will look to build on this finish at Loyalist Golf & Country Club.

The Great Waterway Classic gets under way Thursday August 21.  Tickets are available by calling 1-877-508-1069 or e-mail gwctickets@cjga.com.  Tickets are $10 a day or $25 for a 4 day pass.  All ticket proceeds 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, 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

For Additional Information:

Stephen Nixon

Tournament Operations Coordinator

Canadian Junior Golf Association

1.877.508.1069 x 228

stephen.nixon@cjga.com

CJGA Alum and Recently Crowned Canadian Junior Champion Granted Exemption in PGA TOUR Canada event

-James to test his Skills on Home Course against PGA TOUR Canada’s Best -

Bath, ON (August 5, 2014) The Great Waterway Classic is pleased to announce 18 year-old Austin James, a CJGA alum and recently crowned Canadian Junior Champion 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.

“We are very excited to provide Austin with an exemption into this year’s event on his home course” said Tournament Director Brad Parkins.  “Austin is a fantastic young player and this opportunity will be great for his development and give him experience that will last long after this year’s event concludes.”

“I would like to thank the CJGA for this awesome opportunity” said an elated James.  “I am so excited to be able to play at my home course in front of friends and family.  I have played junior tournaments here at Loyalist but this will take my game to a whole new level.”

James is entering his sophomore year at Charleston Southern University in South Carolina.   Over the past four weeks he has put together a solid stretch of golf.  He captured the Canadian Junior Boys Golf Championship on Friday with a 273 (-15) total score, good for a four shot victory.  James had a strong showing at earlier in the month at the Ontario Junior Boys Championship finishing in a tie for 7th place before travelling to Lewiston, NY last week to compete in the prestigious Porter Cup, where he finished T9 at three-under par and top Canadian.

As a CJGA member, James captured four junior titles and posted over a dozen top 10’s.  Most recently, James captured both the Eastern Canadian Junior Championship and the Quebec Junior Open in 2013.

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.

Volunteer positions are still available.  For those wishing to get involved, more information can be found at www.thegreatwaterwayclassic.ca.

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.