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.
The 156 player field will primarily consist of the following: Quebec Professionals (50), PGA of Canada Professionals – outside Quebec (40), Great Lakes Tour National Members (35), Amateurs (10), Special Exemptions (6), Great Lakes Tour Event Qualifiers – Non-Members (15).
The Province of Quebec will be well represented with the likes of PGA of Canada #1 ranked Marc-Etienne Bussieres, 2018 PGA Championship of Canada Champion Pierre-Alexandre Bédard, Sonny Michaud, Dave Levesque, Max Gilbert, RDS golf personality and recent Bromont Invitational Champion Yohann Benson, 2018 PGA Seniors’ Championship of Canada Champion Serge Thivierge and Jean Laforce to name a few. Jean-Michel Paré will be representing Victoriaville along with a number of local amateurs that qualified via Victoriaville GC qualifying events.
Many players from across Canada will make the trip to Victoriaville as either Members of the Great Lakes Tour or PGA of Canada. Some familiar names that fans at Victoriaville can expect to see are defending CCSM-D Champion Brendan Leonard, 2016 CCSM-D Champion Eric Hawerchuck, British Columbia native and 2014 CCSM-D Champion Oliver Tubb, Current Great Lakes Tour Order of Merit Leader and 2019 Southern Ontario Open Champion Lucas Kim, 2009 Golf Channel’s Big Break P.E.I. Champion Derek Gillespie, 2016 PGA Assistants’ Championship of Canada Champion Brad Kerfoot, PGA of Canada #4 ranked Bill Walsh, 2019 RBC Canadian Open participant Thomas Demarco, 2018 Great Lakes Tour Order of Merit winner Sebastian Szirmak and former Golf Canada National Team Member Mitch Sutton. The East Coast of Canada will be represented by New Brunswick native Marc Bourgeois and Nova Scotians Bradford Curren and Eric Banks.
“I’m excited to get back there in the City of Victoriaville to play some good golf and defend my title.” Says Defending CCSM-D Champion Brendan Leonard. “It’s a great course and great atmosphere. The people of Victoriaville make it a really special event and a special place to play.”
The International portion of the field will be very strong with players representing the United States and one coming from Bermuda. 2018 Quebec Open Champion at Saint-Georges GC and Strongsville (OH) native Jake Scott will be returning to Victoriaville for a second straight year. Billy Gaffney of Buffalo (NY), Desmond Stoll of Lockport (NY) and Domenic Mancinelli of Northville (MI) all punched their tickets to Victoriaville via the Southern Ontario Open. The country of Bermuda will be represented by Camiko Smith who also qualified for the tournament through the Southern Ontario Open in July.
There will be a few special entrants in the field next week as former PGA TOUR Member and 2-time Korn Ferry Tour winner David Morland IV will be competing. Morland IV recently made the cut in the Senior British Open at Royal Lytham & St. Annes and the following week qualified for the Senior British PGA Championship. Fans can also take in a little female golf as local Victoriaville amateur Noémie Paré will be playing alongside Quebec (QC) resident Sarah-Ève Rhéaume and Ontario professional Robyn Doig.
Fans not able to make it to Victoriaville GC next week will be able to follow all the action with live scoring. Frequent updates on Thursday and Friday will be available as players make their way through scoring stations set up on the golf course. While on the weekend, the final 10 groups will have hole by hole scoring and the rest of the field will be updated as similar to the first two rounds.
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Admission is free for the public all week. Tee Times will begin at 7:00 am on both Thursday and Friday with an 8:00 am start time on the weekend.
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