Wildfire Invitational Added to PGA TOUR Canada 2013
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
PGA TOUR Canada has added a ninth tournament to its 2013 schedule, it was announced Tuesday. The Wildfire Invitational, a new event featuring 128 professionals and 64 amateurs, will take place August 26th to September 1st at Wildfire Golf Club in Peterborough, Ont.
The three-year agreement will see the tournament take place at Wildfire, an exclusive club outside of Peterborough which has been ranked in the Score Golf Top 100 courses in Canada, through the 2015 season. The unique pro-am format features amateurs playing in teams with two different PGA TOUR Canada players on Thursday and Friday, with the final 36 holes reserved for professional competition.
SDI Marketing, a Toronto-based marketing firm and operator of the Cape Breton Celtic Classic, will also operate The Wildfire Invitational.
“ We're extremely pleased to be adding The Wildfire Invitational as our ninth event this season. We look forward to working with the Wildfire Golf Club team and SDI marketing to make this a truly great event,” said PGA TOUR Canada President Jeff Monday. “This unique event will be a great experience for amateurs and PGA TOUR Canada players alike.”
Designed by Tom McBroom and opened in 2000, Wildfire’s 6,745-yard, par-72 layout is highlighted by pristine wetlands and creeks, naturally rolling terrain, unique glacial boulders and stunning natural vistas.
Camp Maple Leaf, a summer camp tucked away in the Kawarthas for economically disadvantaged children and children of military families, will be the official charity of the Wildfire Invitational.
“The PGA TOUR Canada pros and amateurs will get a first-class experience at Wildfire,” said Wildfire Golf Club President and Owner Glenn Stonehouse. “The golf course will be both challenging for the pros and enjoyable for the amateurs. We look forward to an outstanding week and are pleased to contribute to the Kawartha Region. I am personally gratified to be a part of giving a great camp and life experience to a deserving child through Camp Maple Leaf.”
“With a fantastic golf course and a strong surrounding community, operating The Wildfire Invitational is a tremendous opportunity,” said Geoff Conant, Senior Vice President of SDI Marketing. “We believe all the elements for success are here for a great event and we are excited to work with Glenn and his team at Wildfire.”
Eligibility for the 128-player professional field will be based off the 2013 Order of Merit, sponsor's exemptions and players finishing in the top-20 the week prior at The Great Waterway Classic. The event will see the 64 amateurs team up with two different professionals on each of the first two competition days, getting to play with four different PGA TOUR Canada players in total.
The PGA TOUR Canada season will kick off June 3-9 at the Times Colonist Island Savings Open in Victoria, BC, heading coast-to-coast and concluding at the TOUR Championship of Canada presented by Freedom 55 Financial September 9-15 at Sunningdale Golf and Country Club in London, Ont.
Canadian Tour Will Become PGA TOUR Canada in 2013
Sunday, January 06, 2013
PONTE VEDRA BEACH and TORONTO – After lending strategic and financial support to the Canadian Professional Golf Tour in 2012 and evaluating all aspects of the business, the PGA TOUR has agreed to assume operational control of what will become PGA TOUR Canada in 2013. The conversion will begin November 1.
Moving forward, the new PGA TOUR division will provide direct access to the Web.com Tour for its leading money winners, based on the final Order of Merit. The top five players will receive playing privileges on the Web.com Tour, while the next five will be exempt into the finals of the Web.com Tour qualifying school.
The announcement was made today by PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem; Pierre Blouin, Chairman of the Canadian Tour Board of Directors; and Rick Janes, Commissioner of the Canadian Tour.
“Having gained a thorough understanding of the golf landscape in Canada over the course of the 2012 season, we are confident that by fully dedicating our assets and resources, PGA TOUR Canada will be well positioned to play an increasingly important role in professional golf,” Finchem said. “With a solid foundation of existing tournaments along with outstanding opportunities to establish new events, we are confident PGA TOUR Canada will strengthen and grow in the coming years.”
“This is the logical next step for the Tour’s sustainability and growth,” Blouin said. “The PGA TOUR provided invaluable assistance throughout the 2012 season and through its evaluation process saw strong potential. Golf is incredibly popular in Canada and PGA TOUR Canada will be a very important part of Canada’s sports landscape in the coming years. I also want to acknowledge the efforts made by Rick Janes and his staff throughout the process to assist the PGA TOUR in gaining a better understanding of the Tour.”
Details on the full schedule and the Tour’s executive structure will be announced at a later date. PGA TOUR Canada will debut with a minimum of eight tournaments in 2013 offering a minimum purse of $150,000, with the goal of eventually growing to 12 or 13 events. All tournaments will be held in Canada during the summer months.
“We have long recognized the many advantages of joining forces with the PGA TOUR,” Janes said. “It not only brings a new level of stature to Canada's domestic circuit, it ensures that PGA TOUR Canada will continue to attract the best young professionals and offer the highest level of competition. For developing young Canadian players the opportunity to compete on home soil against top PGA TOUR prospects from around the world is a tremendous advantage.”
The PGA TOUR will work with all Canadian media outlets including its television partners, Shaw/Global TV and TSN, to broaden coverage of PGA TOUR Canada. The TOUR also will highlight PGA TOUR Canada through all media resources, including PGATOUR.com and digital platforms.
Golf’s popularity in Canada is reflected in an in-depth economic impact study that showed nearly 6 million Canadians play golf, representing 21.5 percent of the population, more than double the U.S. participation rate. The PGA TOUR has experienced golf’s popularity first-hand with the annual RBC Canadian Open, the Champions Tour’s Montreal Championship and the highly successful 2007 Presidents Cup at Royal Montreal GC. Canada also consistently ranks second only to the U.S. in traffic to PGATOUR.com.
“We view this as a win-win proposition that strengthens an established Tour in a country that absolutely loves golf,” Finchem said. “As the Tour continues to develop and grow, charitable contributions and the value provided to tournaments sponsors will increase, as well. As for the PGA TOUR, this expands our brand in Canada and gives us geographic integration throughout the Americas in concert with PGA TOUR Latinoamérica.”
PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, which emerged from a collaboration between the PGA TOUR, Tour de las Américas, National Golf Federations, promoters and host clubs throughout Latin America, has debuted this fall with 11 tournaments in seven countries. PGA TOUR Latinoamérica’s top five money winners will receive Web.com Tour playing status in 2013.
Between PGA TOUR Latinoamérica’s plan to go to a split spring-fall schedule and PGA TOUR Canada’s summer schedule, players qualifying for both Tours will have the opportunity to play a year-long schedule. Both Tours will conduct their own qualifying tournaments for membership.
“We believe that PGA TOUR Canada has an important place in professional golf and will continue to help identify and develop talented players who aspire to one day play on the PGA TOUR,” Finchem said. “With that in mind, it makes sense to give its top players direct access to the Web.com Tour.”
Former Canada Tour players have accounted for more than 110 victories on the PGA TOUR, including Canadians Mike Weir, Dave Barr, Dan Halldorson and Ian Leggatt. Other alumni who have PGA TOUR victories include Steve Stricker, Nick Watney, Stuart Appleby, Tim Clark, Bryce Molder, Jason Bohn, Brendan Steele, Craig Parry, Tim Petrovic, Grant Waite, Will McKenzie and Brandt Jobe, to name a few.
About the Canadian Professional Golf Tour
Since its inception as the Peter Jackson Tour in 1971, the Canadian Tour has evolved into a high-caliber, coast-to-coast training ground for professionals on their way to the PGA TOUR. Its alumni include not only the game's Canadian legends, but also many of its most prominent international names, who have collectively won 113 PGA TOUR titles and over $450 million in prize money. The Canadian Tour is widely considered one of the world's top developmental professional golf tours.
About PGA TOUR
The PGA TOUR is the world’s premier membership organization for touring professional golfers, co-sanctioning more than 100 tournaments on the PGA TOUR, Champions Tour, Web.com Tour, PGA TOUR Latinoamérica and PGA TOUR Canada.
The PGA TOUR’s mission is to entertain and inspire its fans, deliver substantial value to its partners, create outlets for volunteers to give back, generate significant charitable and economic impact in communities in which it plays, and provide financial opportunities for TOUR players.
PGA TOUR tournaments are broadcast to approximately 715 million households in 225 countries and territories in 29 languages. Virtually all tournaments are organized as non-profit organizations in order to maximize charitable giving. In 2011, tournaments on the three Tours generated more than $121 million for local charitable organizations, bringing the TOUR’s all-time total of charitable contributions to more than $1.7 billion.
The PGA TOUR's web site is PGATOUR.com, the No. 1 site in golf, and the organization is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.
Andy Matthews Endorses 'Ready to Focus'
Thursday, August 04, 2011
As a professional golfer, Andy Matthews fully understands the need to remain calm, focused, and undistracted while doing his job. Ready To Focus is helping Andy achieve that and bring his professional golf game to a new level!
Andy began working with Ready To Focus clinical director Brad Oostindie approximately two years ago. He continues as a Ready To Focus participant to this day because of the help it has provided him. The results are impressive! Andy has achieved some of his best finishes over the past couple of years including a win at the Mexican PGA Championship in 2010! His earnings have improved and he is currently playing on the Canadian PGA Tour where he is having his best year ever. PGA Tour qualifying school begins in October and he will be working closely with Dr. Jeff Van Meter and Brad Oostindie to sharpen his mind, as well as his game, prior to Q-School.
In becoming a spokesperson Andy made this statement, “The type of focus I need on the golf course is the same type of focus your child needs in the classroom or an adult needs at work. There are so many benefits to the Ready To Focus program and I strongly encourage everyone to participate and realize the same benefits I have.”
He goes on to say, “This program has changed not only my professional career, but my entire life in a positive way! I can’t say enough for the team at Ready To Focus and the specialized neurofeedback program they provide. They are committed to each participant and to doing everything with excellence.”
#B1GADgolf Challenge Set for Eagle Eye
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Greg Johnson | The Grand Rapids Press
What started as a public Twitter golf challenge between Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis and Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon has turned into a team event that will highlight golf-related individuals from the rival Big Ten Conference schools in competition.
Two Grand Rapids area professional golfers -- former Michigan standout and Canadian Tour player Andy Matthews and Michigan State Hall of Famer and LPGA Tour player Sue Ertl -- are on the B1G AD Golf Challenge rosters that Hollis has announced on Twitter.
The competition, which can be followed on Twitter with the hashtag #B1GADgolf is set for July 25 at Eagle Eye Golf Course in East Lansing, and Hollis is promising Twitter hole-by-hole updates.
The format will be two best-ball scores of five on each hole from the competing teams. The Michigan team will tee off at 1:30 p.m.
The Michigan State team will tee off at 1:40 p.m. The Michigan PGA, which has its offices at the Eagle Eye complex, has agreed to officiate the competition.
Michigan State's team includes Hollis, assistant MSU golf coach, mini-tour pro and two-time Michigan Open champion Ryan Brehm; 2008 Michigan Amateur champion Jimmy Chestnut; 2008 U.S. Amateur Public Links champion and Masters Tournament participant Jack Newman and Ertl, who currently teaches golf in Sarasota Fla., following a long LPGA Tour career.
Michigan's team includes Brandon, reigning Michigan Tournament of Champions winner Andy Matthews; Lion Kim, who played in the Masters in April as the 2010 U.S. Amateur Public Links champion and recently finished his golf career at Michigan; Arizona Cardinals kicker and celebrity golfer Jay Feely and Elaine Crosby, a veteran of the LPGA Tour who also teaches the game in Jackson.
In recent weeks the two athletic directors have traded lighthearted "trash talk" via Twitter in regards to the event. They will address the media before the competition Monday.
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Matthews rallies to Tournament of Champions victory
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Kelly Hill | The Grand Rapids Press
BOYNE FALLS, MI - Terri Matthews cried Wednesday afternoon at the conclusion of the Tournament of Champions. Not because her son, Andy, had won the tournament, but because of how he won it.
Andy Matthews won the Tournament of Champions on the Alpine Course at Boyne Mountain Resort by two strokes over 15-year-old Henry Do, who had held a four-stroke lead with three holes left to play.
Matthews, 30, who lives in Ada and is a regular on the Canadian Tour, played those final three holes with a birdie, par and another birdie.
Do, a sophomore-to-be at Ann Arbor Greenhills who shot a tournament-record 62 on Tuesday to lead after the second round, played the final three holes Wednesday with a two bogeys and a double-bogey.
While Matthews drained a 30-foot birdie putt on the par-4 16th hole and a 35-foot birdie putt on the par-5 18th, Do three-putted 16 and 17 and four-putted 18. After Matthews tied Do with his birdie putt on 18, Do missed a 3-footer that would have forced a playoff.
“I was feeling the disappointment of Henry,” Terri Matthews said. “He played so well; I felt bad for him. I was happy for Andy, obviously, but I felt bad for Henry. When Andy was a junior golfer and we had long rides home from tournaments when he hadn’t played so well, we always told him that there is more to learn from those tournaments than the tournaments you win.
“This was a tough way for this to end. I guess it was meant to be for Andy, but I feel Henry’s disappointment.”
Matthews collected the $10,000 winner’s share of the $55,000 purse after shooting a final-round 2-under 70 to finish the 54-hole event with a 9-under 207. Do shot 75 on Wednesday to finish with a 7-under 209.
LPGA Tour pro Allison Fouch of East Grand Rapis shot a final-round 74 to finish third, one stroke behind Do at 6-under 210.
“For me, I couldn’t ask for a better finish, but I feel for Henry,” Andy Matthews said. “I had resigned myself to the fact that Allison and I would battle it our for the check. I never thought I could win the tournament until I made that putt on 16 and Henry bogeyed so his lead was down to two.”
As an amateur golfer, Do was not eligible to collect prize money.
“I thought I needed that birdie putt on 18 to go to a playoff hole,” Matthews said. “I was stunned when Henry missed his. To have that happen to him when he’s 15, he was a true gentleman. I would have liked to go play one more hole and win it the real way.”
Do said he began to lose his focus when Matthews made his birdie putt on 16.
“I was nervous on every shot and I had a hard time focusing,” Do said. “I started to worry about Andy more. Today, I learned that you have to hang in there, take it one shot at a time and focus. My heart kind of stopped a couple of times out there, like when (Matthews) made that putt on 18.
“This will help me learn from my mistakes and help me be a better player.”
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