PGA TOUR Canada Storylines – 2015 The Great Waterway Classic

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The Great Waterway Classic is the ninth of 12 events on the 2015 schedule, with five events over the last five weeks to close out the race to finish in The Five and earn status on the Tour for 2015. Below are the top five on the Order of Merit through the National Capital Open to Support Our Troops

(bold denotes Canadian):
  1. J.J. Spaun – $76,409
  2. Sam Ryder – $55,173
  3. Drew Weaver – $44,988
  4. Kevin Spooner – $40,639
  5. Albin Choi – $40,079

Notes on the Order of Merit race:

  • Only Drew Weaver and Sam Ryder can pass J.J. Spaun for first place on the Order of Merit this week. Weaver would need to win and hope for a Spaun missed cut, while Ryder would need to win and have Spaun finish in a two-way tie for third or worse.
  • Jay Myers (51st on the Order of Merit) is the lowest ranking player in the field who can enter The Five with a victory.

CJGA and Mackenzie Tour partner for The Great Waterway Classic

The Canadian Junior Golf Association is the event operator for this week’s Great Waterway Classic, marking the third year of the partnership between the Mackenzie Tour and the CJGA, whose alumni on Tour include Albin Choi, Mackenzie Hughes, Taylor Pendrith, Eugene Wong, Adam Svensson and more, along with PGA TOUR winner Nick Taylor.

Connelly makes pro debut

18-year old Austin Connelly, a former member of Golf Canada’s National Amateur Team who ranked 18th in the World Amateur Golf Rankings heading into this week, will make his professional debut this week on a sponsor’s exemption. Connelly, who holds dual citizenship and resides in Irving, Texas but plays out of Clare Golf and Country Club in Church Point, Nova Scotia, won the prestigious Jones Cup this year and was the low amateur at this year’s RBC Canadian Open.

How David Bradshaw won the 2014 Great Waterway Classic

  • David Bradshaw entered the final round of The Great Waterway Classic in 2014 tied for the lead with Chris Hemmerich. Bradshaw made birdie on five of his first seven holes to take the lead. After three bogeys in his next seven holes, Bradshaw birdied the par-4 15th to take the lead. After Tommy Cocha and Adam Long both birdied the 18th hole to post the clubhouse lead at 20-under, Bradshaw found the green in two on the par-5 18th hole and two-putted to secure the win.
  • Bradshaw finished 14th on the 2014 Order of Merit and was the medalist at the 2014 British Columbia Qualifying Tournament.

Miscellaneous National Capital Open Notes:

  • The Players Cup champion C.T. Pan returns to the Mackenzie Tour for the first time since the Staal Foundation Open presented by Tbaytel. Pan, who won The Players Cup earlier this year, returned to his native Taiwan to serve a 12-day tour of duty in the Taiwanese Military.
  • Oldest competitor: David McKenzie (48 years, 29 days).
  • Youngest competitor: Austin Connelly (18 years, 11 months, 7 days).
  • 40 Canadians are in the field this week, along with players from the United States, Australia, England, Finland, France, Germany, Sweden, Taiwan, Wales and Zimbabwe.
  • Mackenzie Tour members Taylor Pendrith, Adam Svensson and Corey Conners all qualified for the Tour’s WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by Kraft Heinz this week based on their position on the Money List.

A look at the 2015 Mackenzie Tour season so far

  • Seven of eight winners have been in their 20s.
  • Youngest winner: Albin Choi, Bayview Place Island Savings Open presented by Times Colonist (23 years, 1 month, 3 days)
  • Oldest winner: Michael Letzig, SIGA Dakota Dunes Open presented by SaskTel (35 years, 1 month, 28 days)
  • Only one 54-hole leader or co-leader (Sam Ryder – National Capital Open to Support Our Troops) has gone on to win.
  • Two Canadian winners (Albin Choi/ Bayview Place Island Savings Open presented by Times Colonist; Kevin Spooner/Syncrude Boreal Open presented by AECON)
  • Two players (Mackenzie Hughes and Sam Ryder) to make the cut in every event.

The Great Waterway Classic sponsor’s exemptions:

Austin Connelly* (Irving, Texas)
Cam Burke* (New Hamburg, Ont.)
Derek Gillespie (Oshawa, Ont.)
Mark Hoffman (Thornhill, Ont.)
Andrew Jensen (Ottawa, Ont.)
David Markle (Shelburne, Ont.)
Matt McQuillan (Kingston, Ont.)

Danny Sahl (Sherwood Park, Alta.)

 Exemptions for members and alumni of Golf Canada’s National Amateur Team

Monday Qualifiers
Below are this successful entrants from Open Qualifying, which took place at Trillium Wood Golf Club (bold denotes Canadian, * = PGA TOUR Canada member).

T1. Craig Isabel (Winona Lake, Ind.) – 66
T1. Brian Hughes (Raleigh, N.C.) – 66
3. Turner Southey-Gordon (Toronto, Ont.) – 68
T4. Jared Dalga (Grand Rapids, Mich.) – 69
T4. Tony Gil (Vaughan, Ont.) – 69
T4. David Sheman (Newmarket, Ont.) – 69
T-7. Daniel Kim (Newmarket, Ont.) – 70
T-7. Sean Bozuk (Burlington, Ont.) – 70
T-7. Lindsay Wilson (Australia) – 70
T-7. Jonathan Kim-Moss (Mississauga, Ont.) – 70

Mackenzie Tour alumni notes

  • The following Mackenzie Tour alumni qualified for the first leg of the FedExCup Playoffs this week at The Barclays (* = PGA TOUR-era alumni): Jason Bohn, Tim Clark, Erik Compton, Graham DeLaet, Ken Duke, Tony Finau*, Andres Gonzales, Adam Hadwin, James Hahn, David Hearn, Spencer Levin, Pat Perez, Brendan Steele, Nick Taylor*, Jimmy Walker, Nick Watney, Will Wilcox

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