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.

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

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.

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.