The Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA) will be the host organization conducting the event, which will see players deep in the race for the five Web.com Tour cards that will be handed out at the end of the season.
“We’re extremely pleased to add The Great Waterway Classic to this year’s schedule,” said PGA TOUR Canada President, Jeff Monday. “This tournament is going to showcase some of the great golf in the region, and the players will be spoiled by the area’s activities and scenery.”
Laced together by the St. Lawrence River, Rideau Canal, Bay of Quinte and Lake Ontario, this stunning region serves up all the ingredients of a perfect golf getaway. On its shores you’ll find fascinating history, quaint villages, inspring art, live theatre and gastronomic delights at every turn. On its waters, enjoy world-class sailing, scuba diving, pristine beaches and leisurely cruises.
“The Great Waterway Tourism Region is pleased to be back for a second year as the title sponsor of The Great Waterway Classic,” said Stephen Paul, Chair of The Great Waterway. “We are excited to be partnering with PGA TOUR Canada and the Canadian Junior Golf Association to produce an event that will highlight our beautiful region and our fabulous golf courses. This year promises to be even bigger and better and will most definitely be the highlight of the golf season in The Great Waterway.”
As part of the CJGA’s management of the event, a select number of junior golfers will gain entry into the tournament through a series of qualifiers across Canada.
The CJGA operates a competitive development program that focuses on all areas of the sport including clinics, tournaments, mentoring programs with Tour professionals and sending teams to represent the CJGA and Canada in international competition.
“The CJGA is delighted to be involved with The Great Waterway Classic and to be affiliated with the PGA TOUR and PGA TOUR Canada,” said Brad Parkins, Chief Operations Officer of the CJGA. “Bringing a first class event to The Great Waterway Region will showcase not only the some of the TOUR’s top players, but it will enable some of the country’s top junior players to gain an invaluable experience during tournament week.”
The CJGA has been a stepping-stone for thousands of juniors across Canada and is no stranger churning out top performing players across the country. With an extensive alumni list playing on professional tours around the world, notable former members include the top four players on the PGA TOUR Canada’s 2012 Order of Merit, Matt Hill, Michael Gligic, Cory Renfrew and Eugene Wong, respectively.
Stephen Ames, a four-time winner on the PGA TOUR and PGA TOUR Canada alumnus, has been the CJGA National Spokesperson since 2009.
Upper Canada Golf Course has long stood as one of golf’s hidden gems in Eastern Ontario since its construction in the 1960s. At 6,922 yards, the Robbie Robinson design winds through evergreen and deciduous trees and along waterways, challenging beginners and skilled players alike.
The Great Waterway Classic becomes the eighth event on the 2013 PGA TOUR Canada schedule which starts in June and ends in September of this year.
Eugene Wong won the inaugural playing of The Great Waterway Classic in 2012 at Smuggler’s Glen Golf Course in Gananoque, Ontario, defeating Daniel Im by a single shot for his second PGA TOUR Canada victory.