April 14, 2014, Florida (ISN) – PGA TOUR Canada – Florida Qualifying School, April 14-18. Jack Nicklaus Signature Course at Reunion Golf Resort in Reunion, Florida.
SECOND SITE TAKES PLACE IN FLORIDA – 44 players earned PGA TOUR Canada status at the first of three Qualifying Tournaments last week in Beaumont, Calif., with another field of 132 players looking to do the same this week in Orlando. Once again, the 72-hole, no cut competition will see the top 18 players earn exempt status on PGA TOUR Canada for 2014, with the rest of the top 40 plus ties earning conditional status. After an official practice round on Monday, the official competition will take place April 15-18.
Last week, University of Oregon alum Daniel Miernicki earned medalist honours and will look to join former teammate and All-American Eugene Wong as a winner on PGA TOUR Canada this season.
CAMPBELL LOOKS TO BUILD ON STRONG PLAY ON NEC SERIES – Baddeck, Nova Scotia’s Peter Campbell comes to Q-School this week hoping to build off strong play on the NEC Series – PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, where he earned medalist honours at the Sebring Qualifying Tournament and recently posted a T2 finish at the Mundo Maya Open, the best-ever finish by a Canadian on that Tour. Campbell made three cuts on PGA TOUR Canada in 2014, finishing T21 at the Cape Breton Celtic Classic presented by PC Financial and sharing the first round lead at The Players Cup.
2013 MEMBERS IN THE FIELD – Nine members of PGA TOUR Canada in 2013 are in the field this week, looking to regain status for the upcoming season. Among the notables are Evan Harmeling, who won the 2013 Massachusetts Open and donated the entire winner’s check to One Fund Boston in support of the Boston Marathon Bombings, as well as Big Break Indian Wells champion David Byrne, Shelburne, Ontario’s David Markle, Austin, Texas’s Creighton Honeck and Toronto’s Matt and Mark Hoffman.
CANADIANS IN THE FIELD – 26 Canadians from Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and Manitoba are in the field this week, including some notables playing Q-School for the first time. Chris Ross, a Dundas, Ontario native with several wins on the NGA Tour to his name, and Sebastian Szirmak, a teammate of “The Five” 2013 member Riley Wheeldon at the University of Louisville who made three cuts in three starts on PGA TOUR Canada as a non-member last season, will look to become PGA TOUR Canada members for the first time in their careers.
Below are the names of all 26 Canadians in the field this week.
Jamie Aitken (A) New Glasgow, NS
Dan Bowling Mooretown, ON
Russell Budd Toronto, ON
David Byrne Windsor, ON
Peter Campbell Baddeck, NS
Ryan Corbin Brampton, ON
Jean-Philip Cornellier Bromont, QC
Ryan Curran Thornton, ON
Colin Flabbi Toronto, ON
Mark Hoffman Thornhill, ON
Matt Hoffman Thornhill, ON
Colton Kalkanis Richmond Hill, ON
Elie Koffman Montreal, QC
Jordan Krantz Vermilion Bay, ON
David Markle Shelburne, ON
Matthew McMahon Brockville, ON
Brad Pardy (A) Brandon, MB
Jean-Michel Paré (A) Victoriaville, QC
Sean Perkins Whitby, ON
Mathieu Peron St. Hubert, QC
Cody Pickard Toronto, ON
Louis-Alexandre Pitre Quebec City, QC
Christopher Ross Dundas, ON
Sebastian Szirmak Toronto, ON
Jace Walker St. Thomas, ON
Christian Westhorpe Toronto, ON
NEW Q-SCHOOL FORMAT OPENS DOOR OF OPPORTUNITY – This year’s Q-Schools will open up chances for more players to compete on PGA TOUR Canada, with three separate Qualifying Tournaments allowing players to earn status for 2014. This week in Florida is the second of three 132-player fields, each offering 18 exempt cards and conditional status for the rest of the top 40 plus ties.
FIELD BREAKDOWN – This week’s field includes 26 Canadians, 89 Americans as well as players from Chile, England, Ireland, Mexico, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Venezuela and Sri Lanka.
ALUMNI WATCH – Adam Hadwin leads all PGA TOUR Canada alumni on the Web.com Tour, posting a T-3 finish along with fellow alumnus Nathan Tyler to jump to third on the Money List.. Below are the top five alumni on the Web.com Tour so far this season (Bold denotes Canadian, * = played PGA TOUR Canada in 2013.)
3. Adam Hadwin – $173,289
17. Mark Hubbard* – $57,509
24. Andres Gonzales – $37,455
29. Jose de Jesus Rodriguez* – $34,010
34. Fabian Gomez – $32,881