Six Canadian PGA members set to compete for Canadian Open Title

Six Canadian PGA members set to compete for Canadian Open Title

ACTON, ON (July 24, 2007) - After Monday’s qualifier at Royal Ashburn Golf Club in Ashburn, Ontario, two additional Canadian PGA Members have been added to the field at the Canadian Open at Angus Glen Golf Club in Markham Ontario, with tournament play set to begin Thursday, July 26th. Ben Furguson (AUS) who currently resides in Ancaster, Ontario carded eight birdies and finished at six under par at 66, and Kevin Senecal teaching professional at Le Maitre Tremblant, Quebec shot five under par at 67 to grab two of the four spots available at the qualifier.

Ferguson and Senecal will join Canadian PGA members Derek Gillespie, Danny King, Bryn Parry, and PGA Tour player Mike Weir at the Open. There are now 20 Canadians in the field set to challenge for the national title including PGA Tour players Stephen Ames, Jim Rutledge and Ian Leggatt.

Derek Gillespie of Oshawa, Ontario earned his exemption into the field by virtue of strong play on the Canadian Tour this year. Gillespie is ranked third on the Canadian Tour and finished second at both the Iberostar Riviera Maya Open and the Free Press Manitoba Classic this year so far. He has four top ten finishes out of eleven events played.

Danny King of Milton, Ont., will also compete having claimed the Canadian PGA Club Pro Champion exemption last year in Port St. Lucie, Florida. This is the second year in a row that the Head Teaching Pro at Magna Golf Club has captured this exemption.

Bryn Parry received a sponsor’s exemption into the tournament after an impressive year so far on the 2007 Nationwide Tour. His best finish to date is a tie for second at the Henrico County Open in Richmond, Virginia this April, where he picked up the biggest cheque of his season and career of $33, 600 USD.

For More Information Contact:

Erica Bury
Communications Coordinator
Canadian PGA

About the 2007 Canadian Open:

An exciting new era has arrived for Canada's national championship. Part of the new FedEx Cup, stars of the PGA Tour will compete for US$5 million, Canadian Open, July 23-29 at Angus Glen Golf Club in Markham, Ontario. Established in 1904, the Canadian Open is the third-oldest national open golf championship worldwide next to the British Open and the U.S. Open. The Canadian Open is proudly sponsored by Bell, BMW Group Canada, MasterCard Canada, Molson, Penfolds, Pepsi, Wrigley Canada and 407 ETR.

About the CPGA:

Established in 1911, the Canadian Professional Golfers’ Association is a non-profit association comprised of approximately 3,500 golf professionals across the country with a mandate to promote and advance the game of golf, serving the needs of both its membership and the golf public through professional and junior golf development programs and high-calibre competitive events. The National Office is located in Acton, Ontario with nine Zone Offices across the country. For more information, visit