Brian Decker – PGA Tour Canada
September 17, 2013, Thunder Bay, Ontario (ISN) – PGA TOUR Canada will be launching a new event at Whitewater Golf Club in Thunder Bay next season, it was announced Tuesday.
The three-year agreement will see the Thunder Bay Golf Classic take place at Whitewater Golf Club July 14-20 2014, and will feature some of Canada’s biggest names, up-and-coming stars, established veterans and international standouts.
“We’re delighted to be coming to Thunder Bay next season as we see it as a perfect fit to host a PGA TOUR Canada event,” said PGA TOUR Canada President Jeff Monday. “We look forward to establishing this tournament as a major attraction in the city and developing a strong relationship with the community for next season and beyond. Fans coming out to this tournament can expect to see an extremely high level of play from some of the best young PGA TOUR prospects from around the world.”
Community members, city officials and local sponsors along with PGA TOUR Canada players Cory Renfrew and Riley Wheeldon gathered at Whitewater Golf Club Tuesday to announce the details of the event.
“Bringing a PGA TOUR Canada event to Thunder Bay is tremendous news for the Thunder Bay community,” said Scott Smith, Executive Director of the Thunder Bay Golf Classic. “Along with the support of our founding partners Marostica Motors, Central Canada Industries Inc.Keating Insulation, Janzen’s Pharmacy and Smith’s RV Centre, we’re excited about bringing some world class golf to the region and making the Thunder Bay Golf Classic an excellent event.”
PGA TOUR Canada launched its inaugural season in 2013 with nine events taking place across the country. The Thunder Bay Golf Classic is the first addition to the 2014 schedule, taking place July 14-20, the week before the RBC Canadian Open.
The top five players on the Order of Merit each season earn Web.com Tour cards for the following season, the first step on the path to the PGA TOUR. Mackenzie Hughes, Riley Wheeldon, Mark Hubbard, Hugo Leon and Wil Collins finished in The Five in PGA TOUR Canada’s inaugural season and earned Web.com Tour cards for 2014.
PGA TOUR Canada’s inaugural season wrapped up last week at the TOUR Championship of Canada presented by Freedom 55 Financial. The 2014 PGA TOUR Canada schedule will be announced at a later date.