The Canadian Tour is making a case for itself as the logical place for the Canadian Open exemption left vacant by three-time Canadian Amateur champ Richard Scott, who had decided to keep playing on the Web.com (formerly Nationwide) Tour.
Exemptions will go to the top two players on the Order of Merit as of the conclusion of this week’s Players Cup in Winnipeg, but six of the top 10 on that list last week were Canadian, including Cory Renfrew, Michael Gligic, Matt Hill, Nick Taylor, Roger Sloan and Derek Gillespie.
To take a look at the current Order of Merit, click here. Hill soared to the top last week after his playoff win at the Dakota Dunes Casino Open in Saskatoon.
An extra exemption for the tour is justified.
SCOTT’S NOT THE FIRST
Like Scott, Belleville’s Jon Mills chose staying on what was the Nationwide Tour over playing in the 2007 Canadian Open and the strategy paid off as he was back on the PGA Tour the following season.
Mills played his first PGA Tour event this season at the Greenbrier Classic and missed the cut to continue a frustrating year in which he’s also missed four of five cuts on the Web.com Tour.
TAKE A KID CELEBRATES 10 YEARS
The Take A Kid To The Course program, which offers free golf to juniors under 16 years of age when accompanied by a paying adult, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this week. Developed by the National Golf Course Owners Association and supported by the PGA of Canada, the program includes 650 golf courses this year.
Since its inception in 2003, it’s estimated the Take A Kid To The Course Week has included more than 250,000 kids.
For a look at the 650 participating courses, click here.
NEW DIGS IN ALBERTA
The PGA of Alberta officially opens its new headquarters on Tuesday morning, when 17 past presidents will collectively cut the ribbon.
The new HQ is located at 517 23 Ave NW in Calgary and it will host regular and board meetings, as well as serve as home to administration, staff and membership records. The opening will kick off the association’s Championship Week.
For more information, click here.
GOOD WEEKEND FOR FLETCHER
The Greenbrier Classic produced positive results for the Fletcher Leisure Group as winner Ted Potter, Jr., was wearing Sunice Silver and third-place finisher Charlie Beljan was wearing AUR.
DOUBLE THE FUN
The Greenbrier Classic was also a good one for Canadian players as both Graham DeLaet of Weyburn, Sask., and David Hearn of Brantford, Ont., tied for 12th and each took home $119,560.
Those finishes nudged both players up on the PGA Tour money list, with Hearn moving from 103rd to 94th and DeLaet ascending from 108th to 100th.
Both will play the RBC Canadian Open in a couple of weeks