The final qualifying event for the Chase the Dream series was held at Smuggler’s Glen Golf Course Sunday as 27 players teed it up to compete for four exemptions into The Great Waterway Classic.
Making it through by shooting two-under par 70s were four players who tied for first and gained their exemptions: Robert Mustard – Rivermead GC in Ottawa; Alex Carrigan – Cutten Club in Guelph; Peter Beneteau from the Camden Braes G&CC in Odessa; and Josh Whalen from the Napanee G&CC.
Both Beneteau (16) and Whalen (17) are junior golfers.
These four players are now part of the projected 156-player field that will tee it up from Sept. 6-9 at Smuggler’s Glen in the first-ever Canadian Tour event to be held in South Eastern Ontario.
Two shots out of the exemptions were Tom Dixon of Gananoque; Shea Varty; and another junior golfer Eric Macrow of Kingston, who all shot even par 72s. Next with a score of 73 was veteran Phil Patterson from Prescott. Austin James of Loyalist G&CC followed him with a total of 74.
The golf course was the real victor with the longer rough and faster greens all taking a toll. Every one of the 27 players suffered through at least one brutal hole and had to keep their composure in the pressure cooker of trying to earn a spot in The Great Waterway Classic.
“The final Chase the Dream qualifier was a good rehearsal for our tournament volunteers and staff,” said David Dargie, tournament director for The Great Waterway Classic. “We learned some valuable lessons that will be put into place for the main event from Sept. 6-9.
“The golf course was in great shape and should prove to be quite challenging for the full 156-player field. Hats off to the four players who broke par today and separated themselves from the rest of our regional qualifiers.”
The Great Waterway Classic is the final domestic stop on the Canadian Tour. This event will be the first-ever professional golf tournament played in The Great Waterway Tourism Region of Southeastern Ontario that extends from Belleville to Cornwall. Tournament week runs from Sept. 3-9
For more details, contact Dargie via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 613.803.5260.
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