Brian Decker (PGA)
May 7, 2013, Oakville, ON (ISN) – PGA TOUR Canada has announced that Golf Canada National Amateur Golf Team members and alumni will receive exemptions to compete in 2013 PGA TOUR Canada events, and that the top three players on the PGA TOUR Canada Order of Merit will earn exemptions in to the 2013 RBC Canadian Open.
Members and recent graduates of Golf Canada’s National Amateur Golf Team will have the opportunity to develop their games and gain valuable competitive experience in PGA TOUR Canada events this summer, with two spots in each of the first seven PGA TOUR Canada events will be made available to players from Golf Canada’s National Team program as well as recent graduates who have gone on to play professionally, it was announced Tuesday.
The three PGA TOUR Canada exemptions into the RBC Canadian Open will be awarded to the top three players on the Order of Merit following The Players Cup, July 15-21 in Winnipeg, Man.
“The exemptions into PGA TOUR Canada events represent a tremendous opportunity for young players to play at a higher level and compete against quality players,” said PGA TOUR Canada President Jeff Monday. “These players will receive a first-hand experience of what a professional tournament looks and feels like. We’re committed to supporting Golf Canada’s mission to develop top level players, and we’re proud our tournaments will provide this opportunity.”
The two players to receive exemptions into each PGA TOUR Canada event will be determined by Golf Canada’s High Performance program.
“Together with PGA TOUR Canada, we believe it’s important for Team Canada athletes as well as up and coming young professionals to have the opportunity to be exposed to the highest level of golf competition, said Golf Canada CEO Scott Simmons. “There’s no question that these exemptions into PGA TOUR Canada events will not only support the development of our top golfing talents but also help cultivate the Olympic dream for Canadian golf.”
“The National Team program in Canada is playing an important role in the development of many top young Canadian athletes making the jump to PGA TOUR Canada and beyond,” said Monday. “As we grow our relationship with Golf Canada, we’re proud to play a role in the development system.”
Recent graduates of Golf Canada’s National Amateur Golf Team to have success on PGA TOUR Canada included 2012 Order of Merit winner Matt Hill and two-time champion Eugene Wong as well as PGA TOUR Canada alumni Graham DeLaet, Adam Hadwin and Richard Scott. The group of Team Canada alumni currently constitutes five of the top eight Canadians in the Official World Golf Ranking.
The RBC Canadian Open exemptions for PGA TOUR Canada members will see the top three money earners compete in the fourth-oldest professional tournament in the world.
“These exemptions in the RBC Canadian Open are a great opportunity for our players to not only gain experience at a PGA TOUR event, but compete on the country’s biggest stage,” added Monday.
In 2012, Hill, the Order of leader, played the weekend at Canada’s national championship, while Hadwin thrilled fans across the country in 2011 with a T-4 finish as a PGA TOUR Canada member.
The PGA TOUR Canada season will kick off June 3-9 at the Times Colonist Island Savings Open in Victoria, BC, heading coast-to-coast and concluding at the TOUR Championship of Canada presented by Freedom 55 Financial and conducted by Golf Canada September 9-15 at Sunningdale Golf and Country Club in London, Ont.