ISN – (August 23, 2014 – Bath, ON) – In an impressive show of skill and composure,
Kitchener, Ontario’s Chris Hemmerich is making the most of his professional debut
at The Great Waterway Classic.
The 21-year, playing on a sponsor’s exemption as a recent graduate of Golf Canada’s
National Amateur team, took the solo lead during Saturday’s third round at Loyalist
Golf and Country Club before play was suspended due to darkness, reaching 17-under
with a birdie on the 15th hole, his last of the day, to lead by two over England’s
“I knew that if I came in playing well, I might not be sleeping on a lead, but I
could definitely put myself in contention on Sunday,” said Hemmerich, stating a goal
that has clearly been accomplished with one day to go. “I just hope that I can
finish off those three holes strong tomorrow and be in there battling for it on the
last nine holes of the tournament.”
The 21-year old former University of Guelph Gryphon began the day by concluding his
second round, which had been delayed on Friday, and reaching 10-under and a tie for
third through 36 holes. Through 15 holes in Round 3, Hemmerich is 7-under and
without a bogey, putting him squarely in contention for Sunday’s finale.
“I just continued what I’ve been doing each of the first two days. I’ve started to
putt a little bit better each day, and I’m just trying to hit fairways and greens,”
Hemmerich, the 2014 Ontario Amateur Champion.
The third round will resume at 8:30 AM on Sunday, with fourth round times expected
to run from 10:40 AM to 12:30 PM. Groups will once again tee off in threesomes off
the 1st and 10th tees.
Despite being up against some stiff competition, Hemmerich said he doesn’t expect to
feel too many extra nerves on Sunday, and that he’ll rely on his existing
“I won the Ontario Am this year, and that wasn’t sleeping on the lead, but I was
close,” Hemmerich said. “I’m pretty easy-going, so I tend not to put too much
pressure on myself. It’s towards the end of the season anyway, so it will be hard to
get into the top five. I’m just out here enjoying myself and trying to get a little
bit of experience going into next year.”
Day, who began the third round tied for the lead with California’s Micah Burke, had
carded two birdies, an eagle and a bogey on the day before play was suspended to sit
in solo second spot at 15-under. Argentina’s Tommy Cocha, who fired a 6-under 66 in
round three, and Burlington, Ontario’s Michael Gligic were one shot further back at
14-under when play was suspended.
DAY MAKING THE MOST OF LOCAL KNOWLEDGE
While he may be a native of England and calls Charlotte, North Carolina home,
Kelvin Day is putting some local knowledge to use this week at Loyalist Golf and
Country Club. The Charleston Southern University alum is staying at the home of
current Charleston Southern player Austin James, just off the 18th hole.
That would be the same Austin James whose father, Geoff, is the head professional at
Loyalist, and comes from a family that boasts arguably more local knowledge than
anyone. 18-year old Austin is the reigning Canadian Junior Boys Champion, and sister
Augusta, 21, is the reigning Canadian Women’s Amateur Champion.
“Austin, after he heard that I got through at Q-School, told me ‘Hey, when you get
up here, just give me a shout and stay at my place,” said Day. “I played the back
nine with Austin on Wednesday morning, and him and his dad kind of took me through
it a little bit. They told me where to go, where not to go.”
As for his comfort level staying close by in friendly confines? Day said he’s
clearly enjoying himself this week.
“I don’t know what Mrs. James is cooking with, but it’s obviously working right
now,” Day said.
Weather: 23 degrees (29 degrees with Humidex). Cloudy skies giving way to
sunshine in the evening. Winds E 11 km/h.
Chris Hemmerich is making his first start on PGA TOUR Canada as a professional.
Previously, he missed the cut at the PC Financial Open and finished T35 at the
Staal Foundation presented by Tbaytel as an amateur.
Hemmerich’s amateur accomplishments include a win at the 2014 Ontario Amateur
Championship and two OUA Championships while at the University of Guelph.
The last non-member to win on PGA TOUR Canada is Max Gilbert at the 2013 TOUR
Championship of Canada presented by Freedom 55 Financial.
The last sponsor’s exemption to win on PGA TOUR Canada is Eugene Wong at the
2012 TOUR Championship of Canada
The best result by a Golf Canada National Amateur Team Exemption on PGA TOUR
Canada is T3 by Mackenzie Hughes at The Players Cup in 2013.
With Order of Merit leader Joel Dahmen missing the cut, Tim Madigan (T8) and
Sean Shahi (T27) are now the only two players to make the cut in every PGA TOUR
Canada event this season.
Michael Gligic won 13 CJGA titles in his junior career. The CJGA is the event
operator for The Great Waterway Classic.
The 54-hole leader or co-leader has gone on to win six of eight times this
season on PGA TOUR Canada.