Daniel Miernicki claims medalist honours at PGA TOUR Canada’s California Q-School

PGA Tour Canada – April 11, 2014

44 players earn PGA TOUR Canada status for 2014

(April 11, 2014 – Beaumont, Calif.) – Santee, California’s Daniel Miernicki fired a final round 64 at Oak Valley Golf Club on Friday to win medalist honours at PGA TOUR Canada’s California Qualifying Tournament. Miernicki, a teammate of two-time PGA TOUR Canada winner Eugene Wong at the University of Oregon, carded eight birdies and finished 15-under total to win by two over three players.

44 players finished 1-over or better to earn status on PGA TOUR Canada for 2014, with 18 players earning exempt status. Whittier, California’s J.P. Brown, Montgomery, Alabama’s Hunter Hamrick and Phoenix, Arizona’s Devin Daniels all birdied the first hole of a six-way playoff to earn exempt status at 3-under par, while 1-over was the cutoff for conditional status.

Miernicki, who fired a 6-under 66 in round one, said he’s looking forward to playing in Canada this summer, especially alongside his old Ducks teammate.

“Planning a schedule when you don’t have status anywhere is tough, so to be able to look at 12 events and know you’ll be in is great,” said Miernicki, who along with Wong was named an All-American in 2012 and led Oregon to the semifinals of the NCAA tournaments. “Eugene and I had similar careers and we really pushed each other so hopefully we can do the same in Canada. We had some really great teams.”

The 21-year old admitted he wasn’t full of confidence heading into Friday’s final round, but was able to get on a run and put together a bogey-free 64, the best round of the week at Oak Valley.

“I played absolutely horrible yesterday and I got it around somehow, so I was pretty nervous going into today,” said Miernicki. “I just kind of found something and made pretty much everything, so that helps. I’ve been playing pretty well this year, and to do it when it counts means a lot.”

Two shots behind Miernicki were Quebec City, Quebec resident Aléxis Anghert, Leicester City, England’s Greg Eason and Longwood, Florida’s Sam Ryder, each at 13-under par.

Among the notables to earn exempt status were former NEC Series – PGA TOUR Latinoamérica winner Alan Wagner and Hunter Hamrick, a 3-time All-American at the University of Alabama.

Justin Kim lone Canadian to earn status

Hamilton, Ontario’s Justin Kim shot a final round 73 to finish at even par for the tournament and earn conditional status for 2014. The former PGA TOUR Canada member made one of four cuts in 2013 and will look to improve on a career-best finish of a tie for 57th at last year’s Cape Breton Celtic Classic presented by PC Financial.

Dramatic playoff ends with three quick birdies

J.P. Brown needed an eagle at the par-5 ninth, his final hole of the day, just to get into a six-way playoff for three exempt cards. He made the most of it by hitting his approach from a fairway bunker in the playoff to tap-in distance, securing his exempt status for 2014 along with Hamrick and Devin Daniels.

Three amateurs earn TOUR Canada cards

University of Central Florida senior Greg Eason, University of Arizona grad Trent Redfern and 16-year old Kristian Caparros all earned PGA TOUR Canada status, with Eason locking up exempt status with a T-2 finish. The 21-year old, who claimed his seventh collegiate win with UCF on Sunday, said it was a relief to know he had plans secured for his first summer as a professional.

“It’s a great feeling to know where I’ll be playing following this spring,” said Eason, who plans to turn professional following the NCAA Regional and National championships later this spring. “It’s been a bit of a crazy week but I’m really happy with how I’ve played. This gives me a lot of confidence.”

Orlando Q-School up next

PGA TOUR Canada heads to the Jack Nicklaus Signature Course at Reunion Golf Resort outside Orlando, Florida next week for the second of three Qualifying Tournaments for 2014. A field of 132 will once again tee it up for 18 exempt cards, with the rest of the top-10 plus ties earning conditional status.

PGA TOUR Legend Deane Beman Appointed as Honorary Chairman and Ambassador of the Cape Breton Celtic Classic Presented by PC Financial

PGA Tour Canada – April 11, 2014

(April 11, 2014 – Sydney, NS) – Deane Beman, the legendary former Commissioner of the PGA TOUR, has been appointed as the Honorary Chairman and Ambassador of The Cape Breton Celtic Classic presented by PC Financial, a PGA TOUR Canada event taking place at The Lakes Golf Club near Sydney, Nova Scotia from September 1st to September 7th.

Deane R. Beman, the PGA TOUR’s second Commissioner, served from 1974 to 1994, and oversaw an explosive period of growth in TOUR history, making great strides in visibility, media coverage and charitable contributions for the game of golf.

“I couldn’t be more pleased to be named Honorary Chairman and Ambassador of the Cape Breton Celtic Classic presented by PC Financial,” said Beman. “PGA TOUR Canada is an important stop on the journey of young players on their way to the PGA TOUR. This gives me another reason to visit Cape Breton, which I first visited 35 years ago and look forward to returning to this summer.”

Under Beman’s leadership, The TOUR expanded PGA TOUR Properties to 14 Tournament Players Clubs. In 1985, he brought PGA TOUR Entertainment (then Productions) in house to produce TV/audio-visual vignettes, commercials, and speciality pieces such as “Inside the PGA TOUR.” Beman’s other important innovations included a professional agronomy department, the TOUR’s statistics program, electronic scoreboards, the establishment of mobile fitness training centers and the birth of the Champions Tour in 1980 and the Web.com Tour in 1990. Beman was instrumental in bringing TOUR players closer to the ranks of other “major” sports with respect to player benefits when he instituted the Players Retirement Plan in 1983. Beman, in conjunction with the American Golf Sponsors and the TOUR, brought charitable donations to the forefront with more than $84.7 million in the 1990s alone.

“Deane’s contributions in the growth of the PGA TOUR and professional golf speak for themselves, and it’s an incredible thrill to have his support for this event,” said PGA TOUR Canada President Jeff Monday. “Deane’s support should help show off Cape Breton Island as one of the world’s premier golf destinations and raise the profile of the event in the community and across the country. It will be a special privilege to have him at the event.”

Attending the Cape Breton Classic provides an incredible opportunity to experience world class golf at a PGA TOUR Canada event. Attendees will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with PGA TOUR Canada players from Canada, Australia, the United States, South Africa, and nearly 20 other countries. All of these players are vying to finish the top five on the Order of Merit at season’s end, earning access to the Web.com Tour and taking the next step on the path to the PGA TOUR.

“We couldn’t be any more excited to have Deane’s support for our event,” said Kelly Dixon, Tournament Director with SDI Marketing and the Cape Breton Celtic Classic presented by PC Financial. “It goes without saying how important Deane has been to professional golf and we’re absolutely thrilled to have him as our Honorary Chairman and Ambassador.”

To sign up as a volunteer or for a paid caddy position ($35/per day), to purchase event tickets, and to find out more about sponsorship opportunities and how you can get involved in PGA TOUR Canada’s season, please visit: http://www.capebretoncelticclassic.ca/get-involved/

Cape Breton Celtic Classic

The 2014 Cape Breton Celtic Classic presented by PC Financial will take place September 1st to 7th at the Lakes Golf Club in Sydney, Cape Breton. This is the only PGA TOUR Canada tournament on the east coast for 2014 and will combine the best of golf, charity, entertainment, food, and renowned east coast hospitality.

About PGA TOUR Canada

PGA TOUR Canada is a series of tournaments played across Canada each summer, where tomorrow’s stars begin the path to the PGA TOUR. The leading five money winners at the end of each season earn status on the Web.com Tour for the following season. PGA TOUR Canada’s mission is to deliver a PGA TOUR experience for our members, fans, volunteers and our partners in order to develop the future stars of professional golf & enrich the communities we visit.

About SDI Marketing

Since 1988, SDI Marketing has been using imagination, innovation and energy, to be creative in marketing solution development for its client’s marketing initiatives. SDI has developed the reputation as a progressive company, focused on people and clients. The company’s unique combination of resources includes sports marketing services, brand awareness, loyalty programs and communication strategies. Now in its 25th year, SDI has grown to become a global marketing services company that delivers an element of “wow” with every interaction.

Hoffman Fabric Challenge Quilt Exhibit Comes to Clayton

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by Lorraine Payette, written April 6, 2014

What better way to appreciate spring than to get out to the exhibit of 2013 Hoffman Fabric Challenge Quilts. Running from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on the weekends of April 5/6 and 12/13, 2014, at the Thousand Islands Art Center, the quilts are a wonder to behold.

“The collection features quilted works of all styles and sizes in elegant peacock, aqua and gold colors and patterns,” says Lynette Lundy-Beck, Seaway Trail Project Manager. “The works of art from quilters all across the United States and Canada includes the 2013 Hoffman Challenge Handwork, Pieced, Appliqué and Sulky award winners.” – to read more>

Alexis Anghert takes one shot lead into final round of Qualifying School

PGA Tour Canada – April 10, 2014

Université Laval grad shoots 66 to lead by one over Greg Eason

(April 10, 2014 – Beaumont, Calif.) – Deauville, France’s Aléxis Anghert shot a 6-under 66 on Thursday at Oak Valley Golf Club to take a one shot lead into the final round of PGA TOUR Canada’s California Qualifying Tournament.

The 26-year old Quebec City, Quebec resident will take a one shot advantage over Leicester City, England’s Greg Eason into the final round of the 72-hole competition that will see 18 players earn exempt status on PGA TOUR Canada for 2014, with the rest of the top 40 plus ties earning conditional status. The cut-off through 54 holes for exempt status stands at 4-under par, while the number for conditional status stands at even par.

“I played really well the first nine holes,” said Anghert, who hit approaches to tap-in range on the first two holes of an opening-nine 32. “The putts didn’t go in on the back nine, but I was playing so good.” Anghert caught Eason, the 36-hole leader, after the first two holes and would card birdies on his 16th and 17th holes to take a one shot lead into Friday’s final round.

“It’s a long day and I was getting pretty tired, but I’m excited tomorrow. I’m in a good position to try and go for the win, which would be nice.”

Anghert, who moved to Quebec to play at Laval, is looking to join former Rouge et Or teammate Max Gilbert, who won the TOUR Championship of Canada presented by Freedom 55 Financial last season, on PGA TOUR Canada. Sonny Michaud, another Laval grad who helped the team win the Golf Canada University/College Championship in 2012, shot a 2-under 70 to move into a tie for 40th spot, in position to earn conditional status for 2014.

Anghert and Eason will play in the final threesome tomorrow along with Brownsburg, Indiana native Seth Fair, who shot a 3-under 69 to sit 10-under overall. Anghert’s 66 was tied for the lowest round of the day with Little Rock, Arkansas’ Joe Doramus, who moved up 31 spots into a tie for 10th.

Michaud and Hamilton, Ontario’s Justin Kim, who shot a 2-over 74 to sit tied for 32nd at 1-under total, led the Canadian contingent of players in position to earn PGA TOUR Canada status for this year.

Eason takes good mojo from college win into Q-School

Should Greg Eason earn medalist honours this week at Q-School, it would be his second win in just six days. The 21-year old captured the 3M Augusta Invitational, an NCAA tournament with the University of Central Florida Knights, on Sunday for his seventh career collegiate win and hopes to keep the good play going through tomorrow.

“It was a nice confidence booster. A bit of a rush, but it’s seemed to work out alright so far,” said Eason, who only had time for nine holes of a practice round at Oak Valley on Monday after flying to California. “It’s worked out alright so far. There’s still one more round to go but things have been good so far.”

The Englishman said he hasn’t had time to reflect on his solid play over the past week, and has no plans to do so before Friday’s final round.

“I’m trying to save as much energy as possible before it catches up to me. I’d rather look forwards than backwards, that’s for sure,” said Eason.

Anghert was complimentary of his playing companion and was looking forward to another duel in the final round.

“It was great to play with Greg. He’s a wonderful player and he’s going to have a great career ahead of him,” said Anghert.

Q-School Card Watch

Fourth round tee times have been moved up 30 minutes to account for a potential playoff for exempt status. With the top 18 players this week earning exempt status on PGA TOUR Canada, the current cut-off for exempt status would see a five player-for-two spots playoff at four under par. Last year, Stephen Gangluff, Jeff Hamm and Alan Wagner survived a three-for-six playoff to earn exempt status for the 2013 season.

Any players tied for 40th or better will earn conditional status for the 2014 season. For scores from round three, go to http://www.pgatourcanada.com/leagues/cantour_leaderboard4.cfm?clientid=3776&leagueid=11711&seasonnum=2014

Amateur Greg Eason takes control at PGA TOUR Canada Qualifying School

PGA Tour Canada – April 9, 2014

University of Central Florida player looking to secure status for pro debut

(April 9, 2014 – Beaumont, Calif.) – Leicester City, England’s Greg Eason carded a bogey-free round of 6-under 66 at Oak Valley Golf Club on Wednesday to take the lead by one at PGA TOUR Canada’s California Qualifying Tournament.

The 21-year old University of Central Florida student, playing as an amateur this week, made six birdies to take a one stroke advantage over Deauville, France’s Alexis Anghert and Cardiff, California’s Peter Campbell with two rounds to go. 33 players are under par through two rounds of the 72-hole competition that will see 18 players earn exempt status on PGA TOUR Canada for 2014, with the rest of the top 40 plus ties earning conditional status.

Eason, who has seven individual collegiate wins at the University of Central Florida – including one this past weekend at the 3M Augusta Invitational – is looking to wrap up his NCAA career later this year, but not before attempting to secure status on PGA TOUR Canada. Players can compete in Qualifying School as amateurs and defer joining as members until they turn professional.

“I didn’t know what to expect. I haven’t been to Tour School or anything like that before, so I’ve just tried to take it as it comes,” said Eason. “I’ve played some smart golf and luckily holed a few putts, so it’s mostly gone all right so far.”
Eason is looking to follow the footsteps of Josh Anderson in 2013 and Nate McCoy in 2012 as amateurs to earn status on PGA TOUR Canada through Q-School, and said he’s looking forward to completing his last few weeks in college before taking on the professional ranks.

“I’ve still got finals in three weeks’ time,” said Eason. “And then, conference championships and [NCAA] Regionals and Nationals, so there are a still a few weeks left. This Tour is a stepping stone Tour for the Web.com Tour, so hopefully this will be a nice step to go do something for the summer and see where this leads to. This is a lovely position to be in.”

One shot behind Eason are Anghert, the first round leader, and Campbell at 8-under. A group of three players – Charlie Winegardner, Clayton Rask and Seth Fair – are a shot further behind at 7-under. Hamilton, Ontario’s Justin Kim remained the low Canadian at 3-under after carding a 72, tied for 18th place.

Campbell takes relaxed outlook for final two rounds

After cruising along for 27 holes with few mistakes, Peter Campbell suddenly found himself reeling with two bogeys in three holes to start his back nine Wednesday. But the 29-year old took it in stride and recovered beautifully with birdies on his final three holes to post a 3-under 69 and an 8-under total.

“I just told myself ‘we’re not even halfway done,’ and just to relax, take it easy and remind myself how many par-5s and birdie holes there are out there,” said Campbell. As for the final two rounds, Campbell said he hoped to maintain the same mentality in his quest to earn PGA TOUR Canada status.

“It’s still a long way to go. You just try to be patient and relax and make it stress-free.”

Anghert looks to rebound from stumble

With a 4-under 32 on his first nine Wednesday, first round leader Alexis Anghert was cruising along at 11-under par for the tournament and looking like he might run away from the field. Three incoming bogeys knocked him off course, however, leaving him back in a tie for second.

“My goal was to be double digits under par for the final round, and I was 4-under on my first nine so i was playing pretty good,” said Anghert, a graduate of Université Laval looking to join former teammate Max Gilbert on PGA TOUR Canada. “I’m pretty confident. I’m going to come back fresh tomorrow because my first 27 holes were pretty good so hopefully I’ll be right back there tomorrow.”

Q-School Card Watch

23 players were tied for 18th position after two rounds at 3-under par, while 40 players were tied for 33rd at even. The top 18 players this week earn exempt status on PGA TOUR Canada, while the rest of the top-40 and ties earn non-exempt status. For scores from round two, go to http://www.pgatourcanada.com/leagues/cantour_leaderboard4.cfm?clientid=3776&leagueid=11711&seasonnum=2014

Alexis Anghert fires 65 to lead by two at PGA TOUR Canada Q-School

PGA Tour Canada – April 8, 2014

Quebec City resident looking to follow footsteps of university teammate on PGA TOUR Canada

(April 8, 2014 – Beaumont, Calif.) – Quebec City, Quebec resident Alexis Anghert fired a 7-under 65 at Oak Valley Golf Club Tuesday to take a one-stroke lead in the first round of PGA TOUR Canada’s California Q-School. Anghert, a native of Deauville, France, carded seven birdies, an eagle and two bogeys to lead by two over four players through one round. – to read more>

Riverbank Productions Ending Season with “South Pacific”

by Diane Stapley and Lorraine Payette

Riverbank Productions presents a concert-style presentation of the classic musical “South Pacific” this afternoon, Sunday, April 6 at 2:30 pm. Running at the Firehall Theatre, the show was a hit on Broadway in 1949, then made into a movie in 1958 starting Mitzi Gaynor and Rosanno Brazzi.

Set on a U.S. Navy base during the second world war, “South Pacific” centres around the nurses and sailors on the base, telling two very different love stores with one common theme – can people truly overcome their inbred prejudices and accept others for who they really are? – to read more>

Great Lakes Seaway Trail Presents 2013 Hoffman Challenge Quilts at the Thousand Islands Art Center Galleries

by Lynette Lundy-Beck, Seaway Trail Project Manager

(Clayton, NY) The Great Lakes Seaway Trail is sponsoring a presentation of 60 of the 2013 Hoffman Fabric Challenge Quilts in April. The exhibit will be on display 11am-3pm at the Thousand Islands Art Center, 314 John St, Clayton on the weekends of April 5-6 and April 12-13, 2014.

The collection features quilted works of all styles and sizes in elegant peacock, aqua and gold colors and patterns.

The works of art from quilters all across the United States and Canada includes the 2013 Hoffman Challenge Handwork, Pieced, Appliqué and Sulky award winners. – to read more>

Gananoque Police Services

Gananoque Police Services

by Mary C. Jess, Communications #127, Gananoque Police Service, written April 2, 2014

(Gananoque, ON) On April 1st, 2014, at approximately 8:30 a.m., the Gananoque Police Service received information that a young person made a threat to cause death and/or bodily harm to two students at TR Leger School in Gananoque.

TR Leger was immediately placed on a “hold and secure” status in accordance with school protocol. Hold and secure status means that all exterior doors are locked and students were locked in the classroom with their teacher, but classes continued. The Gananoque Intermediate Secondary School was also put into hold and secure status as a precaution. – to read more>