July1,2014(ISN) – The 2014 season continues this week with the SIGA Dakota Dunes Open presented by
Sasktel in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, the fourth stop on this year’s 12-tournament
PGA TOUR Canada schedule. The race to earn status on the Web.com Tour continues
this week as players look to finish in The Five and make the next step on the
path to the PGA TOUR.
Race for RBC Canadian Open spots
The next three weeks on PGA TOUR Canada will see a hotly-contested race at the
top of the Order of Merit, with the top three players through the Staal
Foundation Open presented by Tbaytel gaining entry into the RBC Canadian Open,
July 21-27 at Royal Montreal Golf Club.
Mardy’s not a Fish out of water
Following a highly successful tennis career that saw him win eight ATB titles and
become the highest-ranked American in the world, Mardy Fish has begun the
transition to professional golf and is in the field at Dakota Dunes on a
sponsor’s exemption. Earlier this year, the California native played U.S. Open
local qualifying and was first alternate at sectional qualifying.
Dahmen looking to continue ascent to top spot
After making a start on the Web.com Tour last week at the United Leasing
Championship, Order of Merit leader Joel Dahmen returns to PGA TOUR Canada this
week in hopes of extending his significant lead atop the season-long money list.
Dahmen currently holds a lead of $28,815 on second place following two wins in
three starts to begin the season at the PC Financial Open and the Syncrude Boreal
Open presented by AECON. The 26-year-old shot 62 in the second round at the SIGA
Dakota Dunes Open last year on the way to a T8 finish.
Web.com Tour in Canada this week for Nova Scotia Open
The Web.com Tour will be celebrating Canada Day this week by coming to the Great
White North for GOLFest Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Open. Below are the names
of current PGA TOUR Canada players in the field (bold denotes Canadian):
Browne Jr., Olin
The Roar Starts at Dakota Dunes
A win at Dakota Dunes certainly appears to be an indicator of future success,
with each of the past five champions at the SIGA Dakota Dunes Open presented by
SaskTel going on to earn status on the Web.com Tour or PGA TOUR. Below are the
past five winners and the level they have reached in the seasons that followed:
2013: Wil Collins (Web.com Tour)
2012: Matt Hill (Web.com Tour)
2011: Joe Panzeri (Web.com Tour)
2010: Will Wilcox (PGA TOUR)
2009: Andres Gonzales (PGA TOUR)
Race for The Five taking shape
The top five players on the 2014 PGA TOUR Canada Order of Merit will earn status
on the Web.com Tour, making each shot and every dollar important in terms of who
will graduate to the Web.com Tour in 2015. With all 50 cards to the PGA TOUR now
coming from the Web.com Tour, it’s possible for players to move on from PGA TOUR
Canada to the PGA TOUR in just over one year’s time. Here are the standings
through the Syncrude Boreal Open presented by AECON (bold denotes Canadian):
1. Joel Dahmen – $56,813
2. Josh Persons – $27,998
3. Tim Madigan – $25,725
4. Ricky McDonald – $16,639
5. Eugene Wong – $15,026
Golf Canada National Amateur Team Exemptions
At each regular PGA TOUR Canada event, two sponsor exemptions will be awarded to
current or former members of Golf Canada’s National Amateur Team. Alumni of the
team to have played on PGA TOUR Canada include Graham DeLaet, Adam Hadwin and
Nick Taylor. Below are the players teeing it up this week:
Riley Fleming, Airdrie, Alberta
Mitch Sutton, London, Ontario
Fleming and Sutton both have conditional status on PGA TOUR Canada from the 2014
British Columbia Qualifying Tournament. Last week, Fleming claimed his first
professional victory at the Alberta Open, which he also won as an amateur in 2013.
Sutton is a first year professional following a standout career at North Carolina
State, where he played with Matt Hill and Albin Choi.
Other Sponsor Exemptions:
Dakota Cameron, Duck Lake, SK
Jeff Chambers, Swift Current, SK
Jerry Christiansen, Air Ronge, SK
David Stewart, Prince Albert, SK
Mardy Fish, Los Angeles, Calif.
Ian Ford, Sioux Lookout, ON
Below are this successful entrants from Open Qualifying, which took place at The
Willows Golf Club in Saskatoon (bold denotes Canadian, * = PGA TOUR Canada
T-1. Daniel Balin (Rockville, Md.) – 68
T-1. Jeremiah Wooding (Riverside, Calif.) – 68
3. Clint Schiller (Lloydminster, SK) – 69
T-4. David Rose (West Vancouver, BC) – 70
T-4. Kevin Stinson* (Mission, BC) – 70
T-6. Weston Eklund* (Charlottesville, Va.) – 71
T-6. Nick Travers (Boise, Idaho) – 71
T-6. Ryan Werre (Redcliff, AB) – 71
T-6. Michael Herperger (Humboldt, SK) – 71
10. Ben Itterman (Carlsbad, Calif.) – 72 (won 6-for-1 playoff)
NEC Series – PGA TOUR Latinoamérica winners in the field: Michael Buttacavoli
(2014 Dominican Republic Open), William Kropp (2014 Abierto del Centro), Ty
Capps (2014 Roberto de Vicenzo Invitational Copa NEC) Alan Wagner (2012 Roberto
de Vicenzo Invitational Copa NEC), Tommy Cocha (2012 Mundo Maya Open).
West Vancouver’s Seann Harlingten is in the field following a top-20 finish in
The top three non-members on the Order of Merit through the Staal
Foundation Open presented by Tbaytel will earn conditional status on PGA TOUR
Canada. Harlingten, who finished T-21 at the PC Financial Open and T-8 at the
Syncrude Boreal Open presented by AECON, currently leads all non-members on the
Order of Merit in 20th spot with $6,060.
Burlington, Ontario’s Michael Gligic, who is playing on a sponsor’s exemption
this week at the Nova Scotia Open, joined Montreal, Quebec’s Beon-Yeong Lee as
PGA TOUR Canada players in the field at the RBC Canadian Open by winning a
regional qualifier at Whistle Bear Golf Club in Waterloo, Ontario. Gligic
followed that up by winning on the Mandarin Tour two days later.
Miscellaneous Dakota Dunes Open presented by SaskTel
31 Canadians are playing this week.
6 Saskatchewan natives are in the field: Clint Schiller (Lloydminster, SK),
Michael Herperger (Humboldt, SK), David Stewart (Prince Albert, SK), Jerry
Christiansen (Air Ronge, SK), Jeff Chambers (Swift Current, SK), Dakota Cameron
(Duck Lake, SK)
PGA TOUR Canada alumni notes
Mark Hubbard, a member of The Five from 2013, posted a career-best T2 finish on
the Web.com Tour last week, narrowly missing a playoff at the United Leasing
Championship. Hubbard, who won The Wildfire Invitational presented by PC
Financial in 2013, moved up to No. 11 on the Money List, the highest of all 2013
PGA TOUR Canada alumni.
Fellow 2013 graduate Tony Finau also posted a career-best Web.com Tour finish
with a tie for fourth.
PGA TOUR Canada alumni Brendan Steele finished T5 at the Quicken Loans National,
earning a spot in The Open Championship.
56 PGA TOUR Canada members and alumni are playing on the Web.com Tour this week
at the Nova Scotia Open.