GREAT LAKES TOUR SEASON UPDATE
With the current State of Emergency in the Province of Ontario and Regional restrictions being put in place, the Great Lakes Tour has decided to cancel all scheduled events through July 31. This includes the Collingwood Classic July 2-3, Southern Ontario Open July 16-18 and the Seaforth Country Classic July 31 – Aug 1.
We have been following the lead and consulting with other major golf organizations and professionals across the country and feel that operating while a global pandemic and state of emergency exists we cannot guarantee 100% safety without sufficient testing of our players and staff prior to each event. Our main focus is the safety of all players, the GLT staff, golf course staff, club members and the communities we visit. It is also a concern that many of our players are employed or have instructional programs at golf facilities across Ontario and feel without 100% safety at an event or within the communities that we visit, we are not in the position to take the risk of any possible outcomes that may exist.
The GLT staff is working on a plan to operate a set of events later in the summer, and this will only happen if the current situation continues to improve and the government officials ease COVID-19 restrictions and regulations in our province. We will send communication when a plan or schedule is finalized.
Until then, please enjoy the game responsibly and when the time comes where we can operate safely, the GLT will be there. 2021 will mark the 20th year of operation for the Tour and we are continuing to work on relationships to ensure that 2021 is the greatest year in GLT history.
Great Lakes Tour
Jim Kenesky – President
Colin Murray – Tournament Director
COVID-19 CRISIS: 2020 SEASON PLANS
The Directors of the Great Lakes Golf Tour (GLT) have made the decision to postpone the 2020 season until further notice.
GLT Directors are assessing all aspects of the Tour operation and are preparing for any outcome that transpires. It is their hope that when competitive golf is set to return safely, the GLT will have a schedule in place to ensure that professional and elite amateur golfers in Ontario have a place to play and continue their development.
The GLT is closely watching the decisions from all local and provincial governments, golf associations, PGA Zones and similar tours in Canada. The GLT will provide further updates on the schedule in the coming weeks as the situation evolves.
For now, we ask all golfers to remain at home and be safe.
Great Lakes Tour
Hamilton ON - The Great Lakes Tour (GLT) is pleased to announce current PGA TOUR Professional Michael Gligic of Burlington ON as the first Lifetime Member in Tour history
Michael Gligic joined the GLT in 2006 as an amateur and would eventually turn professional in 2008 at the age of 18. In the 19 year history of the GLT, Gligic has held membership for 12 of those seasons before graduating to the Korn Ferry Tour in 2019. After a strong campaign in 2019, which included a win at the Panama Championship, he gained membership to the PGA TOUR in 2019-2020 via the Korn Ferry Tour Top 25...
Victoriaville QC – A very strong field of professionals and elite amateurs will tee it up at Victoriaville GC next week for the $125,000 Sani-Marc/Desjardins Canada Cup presented by City of Victoriaville and Plombaction Group (CCSM-D). The 72-hole championship will be contested from August 15-18 but early week festivities will begin August 13th. Players will be representing cities from all across Canada, United States and even Bermuda.
The CCSM-D will be an international event, however, most participants will be Canadian to ensure the event showcases the top playing and club professionals from Quebec and around the country. This prestigious event is also Canada’s second largest purse event (Mackenzie Tour not included) behind the RBC Canadian Open. The CCSM-D will offer a minimum purse at stake of $125,000 with $25,000 being awarded to the winner. The field will be cut to 70 players and ties after 36 holes on Friday August 16.
2019 $125,000 Sani-Marc/Desjardins Canada Cup presented by City of Victoriaville & Plombaction Group
VICTORIAVILLE (QC) - The 7th edition of the Sani-Marc/Desjardins Canada Cup (CCSM-D) will be held from Thursday, August 15th to Sunday, August 18 at the Victoriaville Golf Club in Victoriaville Quebec.
Following the announcement of the cease of operations of the Circuit Canada Pro Tour (CCPT), the Victoriaville GC management has made the every effort to literally save the event, considered one of the most important in Canada.
Hamilton ON - The Great Lakes Golf Tour (GLT) is pleased to announce ClearSports as the new Title sponsor of the GLT Order of Merit presented by Roll ReadyTM.
ClearSports has been committed to excellence since its inception. This applies firstly in producing the world's finest golf ball, but it applies just as well in the quality of their partners. ClearSports and the Great Lakes Tour are pleased to announce this partnership, which makes Clear as the official golf ball of the Ontario-based tour and become the title sponsor of the GLT Order of Merit presented by Roll ReadyTM. The partnership marks ClearSport’s first official presence in Canada...
STATEMENT FROM GREAT LAKES GOLF TOUR:
Like most of our members and fellow golf professionals, the news that the Circuit Canada Pro Tour ceasing it's operation for the 2019 season came as a surprise. We held this partnership in a high regard and have much respect for Jean Trudeau and his team. It is important that all of us who had the pleasure of competing on their circuit or working with Mr. Trudeau, give him a big thank you and best wishes on his departure. We are very grateful for the work he displayed and the opportunities he provided Great Lakes Tour members over the past 3 seasons.
Waterdown ON - The Great Lakes Tour is pleased to introduce Play My Auctions as the newest partner of the Tour. The partnership is effective immediately and will see a great benefit to both players and fans of the Great Lakes Tour.
Play My Auctions is a new online platform, being led by CEO Kelly Chandler, that gives fans and followers the chance to bid on items or equipment being used by athletes or performers in live events. With crowdfunding and fundraising becoming very relevant in the golf industry, Play My Auctions has the potential for athletes to utilize their networks and raise funds for a charity close to their heart or help to assist in building finances toward their professional career.
Participating golf professionals will have the option of putting any piece of equipment or apparel up for auction during a Great Lakes Tour event and fans or followers will be able to bid on that piece as the event unfolds. A large portion of proceeds will go directly to the player and his cause...
Waterloo ON - The Great Lakes Tour will be visiting the beautiful Grey Silo Golf Club on May 10-11 for the GLT Waterloo Championship and will feature one of the strongest fields in recent years.
The field will be comprised of top touring professionals, elite amateurs and PGA of Canada club professionals. Jake Scott of Strongsville (OH), Wil Wittmann of Menasha (WI), and Ryan Erxleben of Brighton (MI) will be representing the United States while Ghyslain Allard of Drummondville and Sun Kim of L'Ile-Perrot will make the trip from Quebec...
Hamilton ON - The Great Lakes Tour would like to introduce for 2018 the Race to Mackenzie Investments Open presented by Jaguar Laval.
The Race will consist of four no cut 36 hole events leading up to the Mackenzie Investments Open presented by Jaguar Laval with a guaranteed purse over the four events totaling $80,000 ($20,000 per event with $4,000 for first place). The winner and runner-up in points over these four events will earn a direct exemption into the Mackenzie Tour - PGA TOUR Canada's Mackenzie Investments Open presented by Jaguar Laval July 16-22, 2018.
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