Eric Banks of Truro, N.S., and top-ranked Canadian amateur Adam Svensson of Surrey, B.C., have been named to play to play in the Nova Scotia Open, while Web .com Tour player Adam Hadwin of Abbotsford, B.C., and Manuel Villegas will join the RBC Canada Cup international contest.
The RBC Canada Cup and Nova Scotia Open, Canada’s only Web .com Tour event, are part of GOLFest Nova Scotia, to be held June 30 to July 6 at Ashburn Golf Club in Fall River, N.S.
Banks, a former Nova Scotia Amateur Champion from Truro, NS, is coming off of a junior season at the University of Florida in which he received the David Toms Award for overcoming adversity to achieve excellence.
In the summer of 2012, Banks underwent open heart surgery to repair a defect, sidelining him from golf for nine months. When he returned to golf, Banks qualified for the 2013 RBC Canadian Open, becoming the first Nova Scotian in 25 years to play in the event.
“It’s an amazing feeling, knowing I will be playing in front of my family and friends in Nova Scotia,” said Banks.
“Playing my junior year at college and also playing in the RBC Canadian Open were incredible experiences, but the opportunity to come home and play for the people that supported me on this journey, that will be a memory I cherish forever,” he said.
Svensson is Canada’s top-ranked amateur after a record-setting season at Barry University where he won seven tournaments and received the Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year Award for NCAA Division II.
Event organizers also announced that Canadian Adam Hadwin and Colombian Manuel Villegas will be the Web .com Tour players competing in the inaugural RBC Canada Cup, to take place Monday, June 30.
Hadwin will join Canadian PGA Tour players Mike Weir, Graham DeLaet and David Hearn on Team Canada, taking on Team World’s Matt Kuchar, Gary Woodland, Trevor Immelman, and Villegas.
“We are delighted to have Adam and Manuel join the RBC Canada Cup,” said Roger Howard, RBC regional president for the Atlantic region.
“Not only are they world class golfers fighting week in and week out for their PGA Tour cards, but they will be great hosts to the participants and fans during this exciting exhibition match,” added Howard.
“I always love playing in front of home crowds,” said Hadwin.
“We have such great fans and to have an event on Canadian soil during Canada Day week is exciting. I think the entire week is going to be one of the highlights of the season for me,” he added.
“Playing in not only the Nova Scotia Open, but also competing with Mike, Graham and David as part of Team Canada, is an honour and I can’t wait to get out to Halifax,” he said.
Villegas is from Colombia and is the brother of three-time PGA Tour champion Camilo. After four top-25 finishes, including a fourth place finish at the Brasil Champions event, Villegas is ranked 24th on the Web .com Tour money list.
In addition to the player announcements, the Web .com Tour’s umbrella sponsor, announced on Tuesday that it will be hosting a Small Business Summit to coincide with the Nova Scotia Open.
The summit is a free event that focuses on helping small businesses learn how to successfully market their business online.
The Small Business Summit in Halifax will take place on Thursday, July 3, from 9 a.m. to 12:00 noon at The Westin Nova Scotian.
Halifax Mayor Mike Savage will be a guest speaker and all individuals that register and attend will receive a ticket to the Nova Scotia Open.Details on how to register will be announced soon.