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>

PGA TOUR Canada Players Finish Strong At Web.Com Tour Qualifying School

PGA Tour Canada – December 17, 2013

13 PGA TOUR Canada players finish in top 45, earn strong status for 2014 Web.com Tour

(December 17, 2013) – Four PGA TOUR Canada players finished in the top 10 at Web.com Tour Qualifying School, earning exempt status through the third re-order of the 2014 season, while nine more finished in the top 45, earning exempt status through the second re-order. – to read more>

PGA TOUR Canada announces 2014 schedule

PGA Tour Canada – December 12, 2013

Schedule expands from nine to 12 events, will run from May to September

(December 12, 2013 – Oakville, ON and Ponte Vedra Beach, FL) – PGA TOUR Canada’s second season will include 12 $150,000 events in 2014, with the race for Web.com Tour status for The Five going coast-to-coast from May to September.

The season will begin with the PC Financial Open, a new event May 26th to June 1st at Point Grey Golf and Country Club in Vancouver, British Columbia and conclude at the TOUR Championship of Canada presented by Freedom 55 Financial September 8th to 15th at Sunningdale Golf & Country Club in London, Ontario. -to read more>

PGA TOUR Canada announces PC Financial Open for 2014 in Vancouver

PGA Tour Canada – December 11, 2013

Point Grey Golf and Country Club to host season-opening PGA TOUR Canada event

(December 11, 2013 – Vancouver, BC) – PGA TOUR Canada will be coming to Vancouver in 2014 with the PC Financial® Open, it was announced Thursday. The PC Financial Open will be the first event of the 2014 PGA TOUR Canada season, taking place May 26th to June 1st at Point Grey Golf and Country Club.

“Adding the PC Financial Open as our first event of the season is very exciting, and we’re thrilled to be adding a PGA TOUR Canada event in Vancouver,” said PGA TOUR Canada President Jeff Monday. “Sports fans in Vancouver will have the opportunity to watch some great golf as our players compete on the superb Point Grey golf course as they begin their quest to be one of The Five that earn Web.com Tour status. PC Financial’s support of this tournament, along with the other events they are involved with, is indicative of their goal to provide opportunity for people to succeed.” – to read more>

PGA TOUR Canada announces 2014 Qualifying School dates and sites

by PGA Tour Canada – December 5, 2013

Qualifying tournaments to take place in California, Florida and British Columbia

(December 5, 2014 – Oakville, On and Ponte Vedra, FL) – PGA TOUR Canada Qualifying School will take place at three separate sites next spring, heading to Oak Valley Golf Club in Beaumont, California April 7-11, the Jack Nicklaus Signature Course at Reunion Resort and Club in Kissimmee, Florida April 14-18 and Crown Isle Resort and Golf Community in Courtenay, British Columbia May 5-9. – to read more>

PGA TOUR Canada announces plans for 2014 Qualifying Tournament

PGA Tour Canada – Three Qualifying tournaments to take place in Spring 2014

(October 9, 2013 – Oakville, ON and Ponte Vedra Beach, FL) – PGA TOUR Canada Qualifying will take place in Canada and the US next spring, with three separate 72-hole tournaments set for Spring 2014.

Players will have an opportunity to qualify for the Tour at one of three sites, with fields of 132 players maximum teeing it up at sites in the Southeastern and Southwestern United States in April, and a Canadian site in May. The top 18 players at each site will earn exempt status for 2014, with players finishing 19th through 40th plus ties earning conditional status. – to read more>

PGA TOUR Canada announces the Forces and Families Open

PGA Tour Canada – Hylands Golf Club in Ottawa to host PGA TOUR Canada event in 2014

(September 26, 2013 – Ottawa, ON) – PGA TOUR Canada announced Thursday that it will be coming to the National Capital Region in 2014 with the Forces and Families Open in Ottawa.

The Forces and Families Open, which will support the Military Families Fund, will take place August 4-10, 2014 at Hylands Golf Club in Ottawa, Ontario. Forces and Families, a volunteer organization founded in 2007 that supports the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces and their families, will serve as the host organization for the tournament. – to read more>

PGA TOUR Canada announces Thunder Bay Golf Classic

PGA TOUR Canada – (September 17, 2013 – Thunder Bay, Ontario) – PGA TOUR Canada will be launching a new event at Whitewater Golf Club in Thunder Bay next season, it was announced Tuesday.

The three-year agreement will see the Thunder Bay Golf Classic take place at Whitewater Golf Club July 14-20 2014, and will feature some of Canada’s biggest names, up-and-coming stars, established veterans and international standouts. – to read more>

Freedom 55 Financial honours Mackenzie Hughes as top Canadian player on PGA TOUR Canada

PGA TOUR Canada – Award handed out at season-ending Tour Championship of Canada presented by Freedom 55 Financial

(September 15, 2013 – London, ON) Mackenzie Hughes of Dundas, Ontario was named the Freedom 55 Financial Canadian Player of the Year on Sunday at the Sunningdale Golf & Country Club, finishing as the top Canadian on the 2013 PGA TOUR Canada Order of Merit and earning a $10,000 prize courtesy of Freedom 55 Financial.

The 22-year old finished with $52,114.29 in earnings on the season, highlighted by a victory at the Cape Breton Celtic Classic. Hughes finished first overall on the Order of Merit and will have exempt status on the Web.com Tour in 2014. – to read more>