Montreal QC- Two professional golf tours in Canada are excited to announce a strategic merger. The East Coast Pro Tour (ECPT), based in Montreal QC, and the Great Lakes Tour (GLT), based in Hamilton ON have agreed upon terms to merge schedules and events under one umbrella effective immediately.
This announcement comes with much excitement for competitive golf in Canada. The new tournament schedule will offer professional golfers and elite amateurs a full set of events across Ontario, Quebec and even the USA and feature one season long point list. Additionally, each event in 2023 will feature a minimum purse amount of $25,000 and an average first prize of $7,500.
The Merger will ultimately see all events on both tours in Ontario and Quebec fall under the brand and image of the ECPT. The GLT and ECPT will share resources and networks that will ultimately make the new ECPT an industry leader in the market of developmental golf in Canada...
Port Dover ON - Michael Blair of Ancaster ON won the Southern Ontario Open at Port Dover Golf Club in a 3-man playoff with an eagle on the first extra hole.
Blair entered the final round of the 54-hole event as the overnight leader sitting at 13-under par just one shot ahead of Cougar Collins of Mono ON and three shots ahead of Jacob Lehman of Guelph ON and Stephen Gonko of Sudbury ON.
Port Dover GC hosted the event Thursday July 14 to Saturday July 16 and was in fantastic condition playing firm and fast with green speeds topping out at 10 on Saturday afternoon for the final round.
Corbyville ON - The Great Lakes Tour (GLT) was at the beautiful Trillium Wood GC in Corbyville ON for the GLT Belleville Open June 16-17. Situated just north of the city of Belleville, Trillium Wood GC was in excellent condition and ready to host the GLT's top professionals and amateurs for a 5th straight season.
The first round got underway Thursday afternoon with hot and humid conditions greeting the players along with an imminent threat of severe weather to hit the region during the round. Play was ultimately suspended at 2:56pm as an intense line of thunderstorms approached. The golf course was spared as two separate storms produced tornadoes that brought much of Belleville to a stand still, however at Trillium Wood play resumed after an hour and half delay...
Waterloo ON - The Great Lakes Tour (GLT) was back in action this week at Grey Silo GC in Waterloo ON for the GLT Waterloo Championship June 7th and 8th. Grey Silo GC has been a regular host course dating back to the 2003 season with this being the 22nd time the GLT has held an event at the facility.
The GLT Waterloo Championship was the third of six Ontario Open Qualifying Series events where the leader and runner-up, not otherwise exempt, in the point standings will earn an exemption into the Ontario Open Championship July 28-31, 2022 a PGA TOUR Canada event.
With heavy rainfall warnings issued for the Kitchener/Waterloo region, Round 1 of the GLT Waterloo Championship started at 7 am on Tuesday in the rain. Most players and officials were expecting a delay during the day, however Mother Nature cooperated and the golf course held up and 18 holes were completed.
Ancaster ON - Chris Wilson of Toronto ON made birdie on the first playoff hole to defeat Derek Gillespie of Pickering ON and Freddy D'Angelo of Niagara Falls ON to win the GLT Ancaster Challenge at Mystic Golf Club in Ancaster ON.
Mystic GC was in outstanding condition as Superintendent Ryan Surette and his staff prepared the golf course to give GLT players a true championship experience which in the end would give the event a very dramatic finish.
Tottenham ON - The Great Lakes Tour's first 36-hole championship of the season wrapped up yesterday at Woodington Lake GC Legacy Course for the GLT Spring Open. This was also the first of six events in the newly formed Ontario Open Qualifying Series.
With a very wet spring thus far in Ontario, the conditions of Woodington Lake GC were like most other golf courses in the GTA that are dealing with wet turf conditions. PGA of Canada Professional Ryan Lamb and the professional staff gave the players a world class welcome from start to finish while Superintendent Delky Dozzi and his staff worked hard to have the 7500 yard layout meet tournament conditions and offer the field a great test of golf. For the GLT Spring Open, GLT officials played a scorecard of 7094 yards, which proved to be a fair yet demanding set-up for the event.
Written By: Garry McKay
Hamilton – The Great Lakes Tour is thrilled to announce an exciting new series that will give players on the GLT an enhanced route to play in the Ontario Open Golf Championship, a stop on the PGA TOUR Canada.
The Ontario Open Qualifying Series will include six multi-day events on the GLT where players will accrue points. At the conclusion of the series the top two players will receive exemptions into this year’s Ontario Open, July 28-31 at Woodington Lake Golf Club. Players who finish third through fifth in the OOQSeries will have their entry fee paid into the Ontario Open Monday qualifying...
Great Lakes Tour Excited to Collaborate With Hamilton Halton Junior Golf Tour For ANNIKA Challenge Canada
Hamilton, Ontario – The ANNIKA Foundation, golf Hall-of-famer Annika Sorenstam’s charitable organization announces a three-year deal to host a qualifier in Canada for its ANNIKA Invitational series of girls-only golf tournaments.
The inaugural ANNIKA Challenge, hosted by the Hamilton-Halton Junior Golf Tour, will take place Aug. 29-31, 2022 on the Battlefield Course at Legends on the Niagara in Niagara Falls, Ontario. A field of 84, U-19 girls from across Canada will compete over a 2-day, 36-hole competition with the age eligible top finisher receiving an exemption into the 2023 Hilton Grand Vacations ANNIKA Invitational, presented by Rolex in January 2023 conducted by the AJGA in Orlando, Florida U.S.A. The second and third, age eligible finishers, will earn spots in the 2023 ANNIKA Invitational Europe in June 2023 in Sweden.
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GLT 2022 Schedule
The 2022 GLT Schedule is taking shape and we are pleased to announce the following confirmed events for our upcoming season. There's still a few dates we're waiting on to be confirmed and they are listed below under ''Save the Dates''...
Written By: Great Lakes Tour
Edited By: Garry McKay
Hamilton ON - The Great Lakes Tour (GLT) has confirmed that a new event is coming to Niagara National Golf & Country in Stevensville ON, only 10 minutes from the historic attraction and City of Niagara Falls.
The GLT Niagara Open will be contested on July 7-8, 2022 as a 36-hole, stroke-play competition open to all professionals and elite level amateur golfers.
The GLT is familiar with the Niagara Falls area and surrounding region as their TOUR Championship was contested at Legends on the Niagara GC in both 2016 and 2017. Since this time the GLT has been absent from the region, and 5 years later the Tour will return to a fresh new site that will be unfamiliar to most of the current players of the GLT...