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Play is Underway at the Mr. Lube - Canadian PGA Seniors' Championship

(Aurora, ON) July 6, 2011 – The first round of the 2011 Mr. Lube - Canadian PGA Seniors’ Championship presented by Cleveland Golf/Srixon, is underway today through July 8 at King’s Riding Golf Club in King City, Ontario.

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The three day, 54-hole National Championship includes some of the best Canadian senior professionals with a number of players holding National and Provincial Championship titles. This year the impressive cast includes Ray Stewart, Bob Panasik, Yvan Beauchemin, Ken Tarling, Ben Boudreau, Danny Mijovic, Ian Doig & Brian Hutton.

“We are very excited to have such a competitive field at the Canadian PGA Seniors’ Championship,” said Glenn Cundari, President of the Canadian PGA. “This field will certainly showcase some of our most experienced and talented seniors.”

Ray Stewart of Abbotsford, BC, the 2009 winner of the Canadian PGA Seniors’ Championship is looking to claim his second seniors’ title. Stewart was a former PGA Tour player in 1983 and then from 1987 to 1993 and a two-time Canadian Tour champion in 1999. In 1994, he captured the Dunhill Cup with teammates Dave Barr and Rick Gibson representing Canada. Stewart also played on the Dunhill squad in 1995 and Canadian World Cup team in 1999. Stewart took the 2010 season off from competitive golf after undergoing double shoulder surgery.

Three-time Seniors Champion, Bob Panasik will also be vying for the win. Panasik is a nine-time Canadian Tour champion who has also represented Canada at the World Cup three times (1972, 1973, 1975). He qualified for the US Open Championship 11 times between 1964 and 1983, the US PGA Senior Tour in 1994 (fully exempt) and the US Senior Open Championship in 2002. Panasik was also the youngest player to make a cut at a US PGA Tour event at the age of 15 at the Canadian Open, and a two-time winner of the PGA Championship of Canada (’72-’73).

Other notable professionals competing in the event include Ken Tarling of Sandford, ON who is currently ranked 6th on the Canadian PGA Player Rankings presented by RBC. Tarling put together an incredible run over the winter on the Australian PGA Senior Tour where he cruised to the top of their Order of Merit after notching several victories on the tour.

In total, seven past champions of the event will tee it up in 2011 including Ray Stewart (’09), Yvan Beauchemin (’08), Hocan Olsson (’05), Adam Brown (’04), Doug Warner (’03), Bob Panasik (’01, ’98, ’97) and Ken Fulton (’96).

The Canadian PGA Seniors’ Championship gets underway Tuesday, July 5th with the Mr. Lube Tournament for Life Pro-Am, in benefit of Prostate Cancer Canada.

The $55,000 Mr. Lube - Canadian PGA Seniors’ Championship presented by Cleveland Golf/Srixon will commence on Wednesday, July 6th and will consist of a three-day, 54-hole individual stroke play competition. The Super Seniors’ (60 and older) will be contested over 36 holes in two days. The event is free for spectators to attend.

Watch PGA TV on www.cpga.com for player interviews and follow us on Twitter for up-to-date results all week.

Tournament History:
The Canadian PGA Seniors Championship was first played in 1938 as a division of the Canadian PGA Championship. In 1973, the Seniors’ Championship became an independent event and has stayed that way ever since. Among the Canadian golf legends to win this championship are Stan Leonard, Moe Norman, Bob Panasik and Al Balding. Norman won this championship a record seven straight years from 1979 to 1985 while Balding stunned the golf world by winning the championship at age 76 in 2000.

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Kelly Dixon
Director of Communications & Marketing
Canadian PGA
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Adam LeBrun
Tournament Director
Canadian PGA
adam@cpga.com
800.782.5764 ext 227

Jeff Dykeman
Director of Business Development & Brand
Canadian PGA
jeff@cpga.com
800.782.5764 ext 232

About the Canadian PGA:
Established in 1911 and the second oldest professional golf association in the world, the Canadian Professional Golfers' Association is a non-profit Association comprised of 3,600 golf professionals across the country. The Association’s mandate is to develop, promote and support our Members as experts in the game and business of golf and, in so doing, serve both its Members’ needs and those of the golfing public through the Association’s varied programs and events. The Association consists of the National Office located in Acton, Ontario and nine Zone Offices across the country. For more information please visit www.cpga.com

About Mr. Lube:
Mr. Lube Canada is Canada’s leading quick lube provider in the routine automotive maintenance service category with 101 locations across Canada. Founded in 1976, Mr. Lube Canada has served over 34 million customers in its 34 year history. Headquartered in Delta, BC, the company also has a regional office in Mississauga, Ontario to support its national franchise network. For more information visit www.mrlube.com

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