Brian Decker – PGA Tour Canada
August 28, 2013 (ISN) – 128 professionals and 64 amateurs will descend on the Peterborough area this week for a unique pro-am tournament at Wildfire Golf Club, a spectacular layout set amongst the Lakes of Ontario’s Kawartha cottage country.
128 PGA TOUR Canada players will tee it up with amateur partners on one of the first two rounds of the 72-hole competition. The event is also unique with Wildfire Golf Club stepping up as the title sponsor of the tournament, showcasing its pristine layout and world-class facilities as the seventh of nine PGA TOUR Canada events.
The Wildfire Invitational presented by PC Financial
August 26-September 1
Wildfire Golf Club
Tale of the Tape
Wildfire Golf Club
Par 72 – 36/36 – 6,745 yards
Designed: Tom McBroom (2003)
Course Record: 65 – Jeff Mills (2010)
Former PGA TOUR Canada players Hart, Mills lead sponsor’s exemptions
2008 PGA TOUR Comeback Player of the Year Dudley Hart and former PGA TOUR member Jon Mills lead a list of high profile sponsor’s exemptions at Wildfire, adding to the list of PGA TOUR Canada players in Peterborough this week. Hart had his best season on the PGA TOUR in 2008, earning over $2-million and qualifying for the TOUR Championship, but has struggled with back issues since 2009. Following a second surgery earlier this year, however, the two-time PGA TOUR winner (including the 1996 RBC Canadian Open) has a clean bill of health and is looking to resume a career that has seen him earn over $12-million on TOUR.
Mills, who won the PGA TOUR Canada Order of Merit in 2003, has teed it up in over 250 events on the PGA TOUR and Web.com Tour and is playing PGA TOUR Canada for the third time this season. Also playing on sponsor’s exemptions this week are Jon’s brother Jeff Mills, the head professional at Wildfire Golf Club, as well as Andrew Parr and Jesse Speirs.
Leon jumps inside The Five
With his victory at The Great Waterway Classic, Chile’s Hugo Leon jumped inside The Five, putting himself in position to earn one of the Web.com Tour cards for 2014. Below are the standings through six events.
1. Riley Wheeldon – $39,937.50
2. Wil Collins – $39,708.04
3. Joe Panzeri – $37,355.23
4. Hugo Leon – $35,824.50
5. Stephen Gangluff – $30,111.31
Ronnie “The Hawk” Hawkins returns to rock out
As part of the Pro-Am festivities for the week, rock ‘n’ roll legend Ronnie ‘The Hawk’ Hawkins will play a private convert for participants and players of The Wildfire Invitational presented by PC Financial. The former frontman for Ronnie Hawkins and The Hawks, which spawned the legendary career of The Band, calls a cottage on Stoney Lake near Wildfire home, and will perform his concert at a kick-off party on Wednesday, August 28.
Savard leads list of Amateurs
Several notable will names will be a part of the amateur field this week in Peterborough, including former NHL star Marc Savard. Savard played 14 seasons in the NHL with the New York Rangers, Calgary Flames, Atlanta Thrashers and Boston Bruins, scoring 706 points and 499 points and playing on the 2011 Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins. Other notable names in the amateur field include TV star Eddie Richardson of W Network’s Love It Or List It, singer John McDermott, who made waves with his 1994 hit Danny Boy and Member of Provincial Parlimanent for Peterborough Jeff Leal.
Hughes jumps up in Freedom 55 Financial Canadian Player of the Year race
Dundas, Ontario’s Mackenzie Hughes captured Freedom 55 Financial Canadian Player of the Week at The Great Waterway Classic last week, finishing tied for 10th and winning a tiebreaker over Cory Renfrew and Mackenzie Hughes. Each week the top Canadian on the leaderboard will earn a $1,500 prize, with the top Canadian on the Order of Merit at season’s end earning Freedom 55 Financial Canadian Player of the Year. Hughes currently sits sixth among Canadians at $11,914.29 on the season, trailing overall Order of Merit leader Riley Wheeldon of Comox, BC who sits first at $39,937.50.
13 PGA TOUR Canada alumni advanced to the second stage of the FedExCup this week at the Deutsche Bank Championship, led by no. 7 Graham DeLaet, no. 15 D.A. Points and no. 28 Steve Stricker. DeLaet finished a career-best T-2 at the Barclays on Sunday.
Four PGA TOUR Canada alumni earned PGA TOUR cards for 2014 by finishing in the top-25 on the Web.com Tour money list, including no. 4 Edward Loar, no. 7 Will Wilcox, no. 16 Matt Bettencourt and no. 19 Benjamin Alvarado. 29 PGA TOUR Canada alumni have qualified and committed to the Web.com Tour Finals, led by Canadians Brad Fritsch and Adam Hadwin.
DeLaet also moved to 10th in the International Team standings for The President’s Cup, with the top-10 qualifying for the team after the conclusion of this week’s Deutsche Bank Championship.
This week’s field includes 44 Canadians, 66 Americans and players from 14 countries including Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Guatemala, Puerto Rico, England, Scotland, Ireland, Switzerland, South Korea, Australia and South Africa.