The 2009 schedule of the Canadian Tour will include more events in Mexico, expansion into Latin America and 10 full field Canadian events, many with increased purses.
“In difficult economic times, the Canadian Tour is fortunate to have a business model that will allow us to show some modest growth in 2009,” said Canadian Tour commissioner Rick Janes after a draft of the 2009 schedule was released.
The Times Colonist Open in Victoria, which kicks off the Canadian swing of the schedule, will join the Players Cup in Winnipeg and the Desjardins Montreal Open as major events with purses of $200,000 or more.
The Greater Vancouver Charity Classic has also committed to a new long-term agreement with a purse of $150,000, up from $100,000. Meanwhile, the Canadian Tour Championship will increase its purse to $250,000.
The tour is also working on potential stops in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia and in Thunder Bay, Ont. Ottawa and Atlantic Canada are also potential new venues.
The 2009 tour schedule actually gets underway later this week with the first in a series of events in Chile, Argentina and Costa Rica.
The following is a draft of the 2009 Canadian Tour season:
Nov. 24-30 Sport Frances Open, Chile, $160,000 U.S.
Dec. 1-7 Argentina Masters, $150,000 U.S.
Dec. 8-14 Costa Rica Masters, $125,000 U.S.
March 16-22 Florida Qualifying School
March 23-29 California Qualifying School
April 6-12 Spring International, Modesto, Calif. $125,000 U.S.
April 13-19 Mexican PGA Championship, Mazatlan, $125,000 U.S.
April 20-26 Ixtapa, Mexico, $125,000, U.S.
April 27-May 3 La Loma, San Louis Potosi, $125,000 U.S.
May 4-10 U.S. Open Local Qualifying
May 11-17 Iberostar, Cancun, Mexico, $125,000 U.S.
May 18-24 Merida, Mexico, $125,000, U.S.
May 25-31 Spring Qualifying School
June 1-7 Times Colonist Open, Victoria, $200,000
June 8-14 Vancouver Charity Classic, $150,000
June 15-21 TBA, British Columbia
June 22-28 ATB Financial Classic, Calgary, $150,000
June 29-July 5 Telus Edmonton Open, $150,000
July 6-12 Saskatchewan Open, Saskatoon, Sask. $150
July 13-19 Players Cup, Winnipeg, Man. $200,000
July 20-26 RBC Canadian Open, Oakville, Ont.
August (TBA) Desjardins Montreal Open, $200,000
August (TBA) Jane Rogers Championship $150,000
Aug 24-30 Seaforth Country Classic, Seaforth, Ont. $150,000
Aug 31-Sept 6 Canadian Tour Championship, Ontario, $250,000
Sept 7-9 International Team Matches, Toronto, Ont.
*TBA-To Be Announced
**Final additions or changes to the draft schedule will be made January 1, 2009