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Titleist & FootJoy PGA Assistants’ Championship of Canada Gets Underway Today

Venue: Cherry Hill, Ridgeway, ON
Date: September 18-21
Format: 54-hole stroke-play including 36-hole cut, low 60 & ties
36 hole Inter-Zone Team Competition
Par: 36/36/72
Yardage: 7027
Purse: $60,000 ($9,000 winners share)



McCann, Dumouchel, Parry and Levesque among the top-ranked players confirmed to play at historic Cherry Hill Club.

(ACTON, ON) September 14, 2011 – Over 120 professionals will tee it up at the Titleist & FootJoy PGA Assistants’ Championship of Canada presented by Simmlands Insurance Services at the Cherry Hill Club in Ridgeway, ON near Niagara Falls on September 18 to 21.

2010 Champion Brian McCann, of Mississauga, ON, is in a good position to defend his title and increase his ranking on the PGA of Canada Player Rankings. McCann currently sits at number three and has recently won a string of Ontario events including the Titleist & FootJoy Ontario PGA Championship. McCann was runner-up in the PGA Championship of Canada to fellow PGA member Vincent Dumouchel, who won the championship in a playoff.

“I'm playing well right now, and putting well, so I like how my game looks heading into the tournament” said McCann.

Vincent Dumouchel, of Vercheres (QC) winner of the PGA Championship of Canada and the 2011 Quebec PGA Match Play Championship is also committed to the event. Dumouchel is ranked seventh in the PGA of Canada Player Rankings.

Other competitors include Bryn Parry (BC) ranked fifth in the Player Rankings and winner of the 2011 BC Assistants’ Championship and Dave Levesque (QC), who has won three times this year on the Quebec PGA Tour and is currently ranked sixth in the Rankings.

This year there are five past champions vying for the national title including McCann, Matt Palsenbarg of Surrey, BC (2009), Edd Boudreau of Longueil, QC (2003), Philip Jonas of Surrey, BC (2004 & 2006) and Bryn Parry of North Vancouver, BC (1999 & 2005).

The 54-hole championship begins on September 19 with the field being cut to the low 60 and ties after 36 holes. The final round will be played on September 21.

Total purse for the championship is $60,000 with the champion receiving $9,000.
The championship will include a 36-hole Inter-Zone competition compiled of four players on each team representing the PGA of Canada Zones.

Cherry Hill was founded in 1922 and was originally designed by renowned golf course architect Walter J. Travis.  In 2009, Cherry Hill completed a major golf course renovation project developed by golf course architect Ian Andrew, lead architect for Weir Golf Design.  Features of the renovation included mounded, grass-faced bunker complexes that are characteristic of Travis designed courses.  The greens remain virtually unchanged since inception and are considered to be among the most authentic Travis greens in use today.  Cherry Hill is one of the finest courses in the Niagara region with a rich history including having hosted the 1960 Ontario Open, the 1972 Canadian Open and the PGA Championship of Canada in 1982.

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For more information contact:
Kelly Dixon
Director of Communications & Marketing
PGA of Canada  
800.782.5764, ext 234

Adam LeBrun
Tournament Director
PGA of Canada  
800.782.5764 ext 227

About the PGA of Canada
The PGA of Canada was established in 1911 and is the second oldest and third largest professional golf association in the world. The PGA of Canada is a non-profit Association comprised of 3,700 golf professionals across the country. The Association’s mandate is to develop, promote and support members as experts in the game and business of golf and, in so doing, serves 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 located across the country.

About Acushnet: The Titleist & FootJoy brands have a tradition of excellence that have always been predicated on providing golfers with quality and performance superior golf equipment. The Canadian PGA Golf Professional has a tradition of excellence devoting their careers to helping golfers improve and enjoy the game. Together, Acushnet and the Canadian PGA Golf Professional share a successful relationship of providing the golfer with best in class products and services. For more information,visit and .

About Simmlands Insurance Services:
The presenting sponsor, Simmlands Insurance Services, has had a long history with the PGA of Canada and the golf industry in general. After a dozen years with a major Montreal broker the two founding partners John Simmonds and Jim Hylands formed Simmlands in the mid-1980's and quickly saw a need for customized insurance programs for golf clubs and professionals. Within a short time Simmlands became the the premier provider of insurance products and services to the golf industry in Canada - a position that it still enjoys today. As the PGA's partner in assisting members across the country it is pleased to also provide sponsorship support at both the Provincial and National level.

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