Aug 19,2014(ISN) – The Great Waterway Classic is the ninth of 12 events on the 2014 schedule, with four
events in as many 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 this September.
A look at the 2014 PGA TOUR Canada season so far
Three different winners of four events in their 20s and four different winners
in their 30s.
Youngest winner: Tim Madigan, The Players Cup (25 years, 9 months, 16 days)
Oldest winner: Brock Mackenzie, ATB Financial Classic (33 years, 16 days)
One two-time winner (Joel Dahmen, PC Financial Open & Syncrude Boreal Open
presented by AECON)
One Order of Merit leader all season (Joel Dahmen, 8 weeks)
Six 54-hole leaders of eight events to convert victory.
One Canadian winner (Greg Machtaler, Summerland, BC, Forces & Families Open)
Six first-time winners (Joel Dahmen, PC Financial Open; 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; Greg Machtaler, Forces & Families
Two rookie winners (Matt Harmon, SIGA Dakota Dunes Open; Tim Madigan, The
Six holes-in-one, three double eagles.
Three players (Joel Dahmen, Tim Madigan and Sean Shahi) to make the cut in every
A look back at The Great Waterway Classic in 2013
The Great Waterway Classic played a pivotal role in the race for The Five in
2013, as Chile’s Hugo Leon earned his second PGA TOUR Canada victory and would go
on to finish fourth on the Order of Merit, earning status on the Web.com Tour for
this season. In addition to Leon, Order of Merit winner Mackenzie Hughes, Wil
Collins and Mark Hubbard also finished in the top 10, helping to secure their
spot in The Five. In all, 11 players who finished T10 or better would go on to
earn status on the Web.com Tour for 2014, including Stonebrae Classic champion
Tony Finau, who leads all 2013 alumni on the Web.com Tour money list at No. 6.
In last year’s final round at Upper Canada Golf Course, Leon would use birdies on
Nos. 16 and 17 to jump one stroke ahead of Brandon Harkins, who had earlier shot a
10-under 62 to take the clubhouse lead. Leon would then convert a two-putt par at
the last to seal the victory and a 22-under par total, which was then the lowest
72-hole total of the PGA TOUR Canada era.
Hemmerich to make pro debut at Loyalist
Former Golf Canada National Amateur team member Chris Hemmerich is set to make his
professional debut this week at The Great Waterway Classic, following a stellar
amateur career that includes a win at the 2014 Ontario Amateur Championship. The
Kitchener native, who played at the University of Guelph and won the OUA conference
championship twice, is looking to join a list of National Amateur Team alumni in the
professional ranks that includes Graham DeLaet, Adam Hadwin, Nick Taylor, Mackenzie
Hughes, Albin Choi and Eugene Wong.
“I’ve had great support as an amateur coming up through the ranks not only as a
member of Team Canada but also as a Guelph Gryphon,” said Hemmerich, 21. “I look
forward to starting my professional career here at The Great Waterway Classic,
and am excited to see what the future holds.”
Hemmerich has played two PGA TOUR Canada events this season under exemptions for
Golf Canada’s National Amateur Team, making the cut at the Staal Foundation Open
presented by Tbaytel where he finished tied for 35th.” He also received an exemption
to compete in the 2014 RBC Canadian Open this past July.
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.
2012 The Great Waterway Classic champion Eugene Wong is looking for his first
PGA TOUR Canada win since his triumph at Smuggler’s Glen Golf Club in the
inaugural playing of The Great Waterway Classic. Wong’s 2012 win was his second
straight PGA TOUR Canada win after his dramatic triumph at the TOUR Championship
of Canada. In seven starts this season, Wong has five top-25 finishes and ranks
10th on the Order of Merit.
Sponsor’s Exemption Austin James, the reigning Canadian Junior Boys Champion, is
the son of Loyalist Golf and Country Club Head Professional Geoff James and will
tee it up on his home course. Augusta James, Austin’s sister, is the reigning
Canadian Women’s Amateur Champion.
Seven winners of all eight 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
Financial Classic; Greg Machtaler/Forces & Families Open).
40 Canadians and players from Argentina, Australia, Colombia, England, Finland,
France, Mexico, Scotland, South Africa and Sweden and the United States.
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 – $78,922
2. Tim Madigan – $57,002
3. Brock Mackenzie – $45,692
4. Matt Harmon – $40,232
5. Josh Persons – $38,428
The Great Waterway Classic sponsor’s exemptions:
Stuart Anderson (Strathmore, AB)
Chris Barber (Kingston, ON)
Chris Hemmerich (Kitchener, ON)
Austin James (Bath, ON)
Lucas Kim (Toronto, ON)
Brad Revell (Kingston, ON)
Jon Mills (Oshawa, ON)
Josh Whalen (Napanee, ON)
Below are this successful entrants from Open Qualifying, which took place at Bay
of Quinte Golf and Country Club in Belleville (bold denotes Canadian, * = PGA
TOUR Canada member).
1. Matthew Code (Belleville, ON) – 64
2. Kyle Morris* (Worthington, OH) – 67
T-3. Mach Boucher (Uxbridge, ON) – 68
T-3. Zack Kempa (Brantford, ON) – 68
T-3. Russell Budd (Toronto, ON) – 68
T-3. Brad Kerfoot (Toronto, ON) – 68
T-3. Matthew McMahon (Brockville, ON) – 68
T-8. Jesse Speirs* (Bangor, ME) – 69
T-8. Brett Cairns* (Courtland, ON) – 69
T-8. Cody Semmerlock (Pomfret Center, CT) – 69
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), Julian Etulain (2013 Lexus Peru Open, 2014 Lexus Panama
Classic), Tommy Cocha (2012 Mundo Maya Open).
Before Greg Machtaler’s come-from-behind win in Ottawa, six straight players
converted the 54-hole lead into victories on PGA TOUR Canada this season.
PGA TOUR Canada alumni notes
With one week to go before the Web.com Tour Finals, seven PGA TOUR Canada alumni
are in position to earn PGA TOUR Cards by finishing in the top 25 on the money
list: Roger Sloan (23), Byron Smith (21), Mark Hubbard (20), Steven Alker (11),
Adam Hadwin (10), Andres Gonzales (8) and Tony Finau (6).