Aug 6,2014(ISN) – The Forces & Families Open is the eighth of 12 events on the 2014 schedule,
with five events in the next six weeks to close out the race to finish in The
Five and earn status on the Web.com Tour for 2015.
The 2014 schedule consists of 12 events from coast-to-coast, beginning with the PC Financial Open in May and
concluding with the TOUR Championship of Canada presented by Freedom 55 Financial
PGA TOUR Canada returns to Ottawa with support for Military Families Fund
The Forces & Families Open marks PGA TOUR Canada’s return to Ottawa for the
first time since the 2001 Eagle Creek Classic at Eagle Creek Golf Club. The TOUR
returns with a new event operated by the Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare
Services at Hylands Golf Club’s North (Rockliffe) course.
The event continues the relationship between PGA TOUR Canada and the Canadian
Armed Forces following the Military Outreach Program, which began in 2013 and
sees card-carrying members of the Canadian Armed Forces and their families
welcomed to PGA TOUR Canada events and golf clinics by PGA TOUR Canada players
free of charge.
Notes on the field
Eight participants from the RBC Canadian Open, led by Order of Merit leader Joel
Dahmen who made the cut and finished T53. The others: Tim Madigan, Josh Persons,
Michael Gligic, Beon-Yeong Lee, Kevin Stinson, Ben Silverman, Eugene Wong.
Six winners of all seven PGA TOUR Canada events this season (Joel Dahmen/PC
Financial Open & Syncrude Boreal Open presented by AECON; Josh
Persons/Bayview Place Island Savings Open presented by Times Colonist; Matt
Harmon/SIGA Dakota Dunes Open presented by SaskTel; Tim Madigan/The Players Cup;
Wes Homan/Staal Foundation Open presented by Tbaytel; Brock Mackenzie; ATB
41 Canadians, 104 Americans and players from Argentina, Australia, Colombia,
England, Finland, France, Mexico, Scotland, South Africa and Sweden.
Chile’s Hugo Leon, who won the The Great Waterway Classic last season in
Morrisburg, Ontario (79.4 km from Hylands Golf Club) is playing his first season
on the Web.com Tour. Runner-up Brandon Harkins and third place finisher Sean
Shahi are among those in the field this week in Ottawa.
Race for The Five building
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 Players Cup:
1. Joel Dahmen – $77,778
2. Tim Madigan – $55,858
3. Brock Mackenzie – $44,822
4. Matt Harmon – $39,088
5. Josh Persons – $37,293
Forces & Families Open sponsor’s exemptions:
Mitch Evanecz (Red Deer, AB)
Graham Gunn (Ottawa, ON)
Eric Hawerchuk (Barrie, ON)
Andrew Jensen (Ottawa, ON)
John M Kelly (Ottawa, ON)
Cam Lowdon (Cornwall, ON)
Jon Mills (Oshawa, ON)
Wayne O’Donnell (Cold Lake, AB)
Below are this successful entrants from Open Qualifying, which took place at
Camelot Golf & Country Club in Ottawa (bold denotes Canadian, * = PGA TOUR
1. Patrick Wilson* (Andover, NJ) – 66
2. Daniel Kim (Toronto, ON) – 68
3. David Rose (West Vancouver, BC) – 69
T-4. Stephane Dubois (Brantford, ON) – 70
T-4. Spencer Lawson* (Davidson, NC) – 70
T-4. Terry O’Brien (Innisfil, ON) – 70
T-7. Sebastian Szirmak (Toronto, ON) – 71
T-7. Tyler Dunlap (Trophy Club, TX) – 71
T-7. Matthew McMahon (Brockville, ON) – 71
T-7. Andrew Parr (London, ON) – 71
NEC Series – PGA TOUR Latinoamérica winners in the field: Marcelo Rozo (2013
Visa Open de Argentina, 2014 TransAmerican Power Products CRV Open), Michael
Buttacavoli (2014 Dominican Republic Open), Ty Capps (2014 Roberto de Vicenzo
Invitational Copa NEC), Tommy Cocha (2012 Mundo Maya Open).
Sponsor’s Exemption Wayne O’Donnell is the reigning Canadian Armed Forces Golf
Sponsor’s Exemption Andrew Jensen’s father is the former head professional at
Hylands Golf Club. Jensen, who was a PGA TOUR Canada member in 2013, is making
his first start of the season.
Sponsor’s Exemption Eric Hawerchuk is the son of Hockey Hall of Fame member Dale
Six straight players have converted the 54-hole lead into victories on PGA TOUR
Canada this season. The only come-from-behind winner this season is Joel Dahmen
at the PC Financial Open (2 shots).
Open qualifier Andrew Parr is coming off a win at the Seaforth Country Classic
West Vancouver, British Columbia’s David Rose Open Qualified for the fourth time
PGA TOUR Canada alumni notes
Lehi, Utah’s Tony Finau, who finished 29th on the PGA TOUR Canada Order of Merit
in 2013, captured his first Web.com Tour win at the Stonebrae Classic, shooting
a final round 66 to win by four.
37 PGA TOUR Canada alumni are playing on the Web.com Tour this week at the