Bay of Quinte Tourism

The Great Waterway Classic

156 of the best golfers in North America will tee it up next week at Loyalist Golf & Country Club in Bath, as part of The Great Waterway Classic.  The ninth event on this year’s PGA Tour Canada schedule will have players competing for $150,000 in total prizing, with a top prize of $27,000, as part of the season-long race to finish in the top five on the money list and earn a spot on the Web.com Tour. More than 175 PGA TOUR Canada alumni have made their way to the PGA TOUR, where names like Graham DeLaet, Mike Weir and Steve Stricker have accounted for 110 victories and nearly $500 million in career earnings.

This year, two members of The Tragically Hip — bassist Gord Sinclair and guitarist Paul Langlois — have thrown their support behind the PGA TOUR Canada event and been named the Honorary Chairs. The Hip is no stranger to the Loyalist area as the band’s recording studio, The Bathhouse, is located just around the corner from Loyalist Golf & Country Club. Not only will they have honorary titles for the week, but Sinclair and Langlois will also be participating in the official PGA TOUR Canada pro-am on Tuesday August 19th.

The-Great-Waterway-Classic_1The week will kick off with the Open Qualifier for this year’s tournament, at Bay of Quinte Golf & Country Club, where players will vie for one of the ten qualifying spots available into the tournament field. Last year, The Great Waterway Classic posted the second highest open qualifying field as 97 players teed it up in the one-day qualifier. Monday will also feature the Freedom 55 Financial junior clinic at Loyalist Golf and Country Club, where 50 juniors will have the privilege of learning from PGA TOUR Canada professionals during the one-hour session.

Thursday, August 21st will see the beginning of tournament play, where Belleville native Jon Mills, has been extended a sponsor’s exemption to participate in this year’s event. Mills, 36, is a graduate of Kent State University and had a long career on the PGA Tour after turning pro in 2002. Throughout his pro career, he has recorded four top-25 finishes on the PGA TOUR in 2008 and has two career victories on the Web.com Tour.

New this year is a Craft Beer Festival on Saturday, August 23rd, which will feature local refreshments from the new MacKinnon Brothers Brewery in Bath, Barley Days in Picton and County Cider Company in Waupoos.

Tickets to The Great Waterwaay Classic are $10 a day or $25 for a 4 day pass.available by calling 1-877-508-1069 or by e-mailing gwctickets@cjga.com. Clubhouse VIP passes are also available on a limited basis for $150 for the week (Thursday through Sunday). All net proceeds from the event will be donated to the Lennox & Addington County General Hospital Foundation.

For more information, visit http://www.thegreatwaterwayclassic.ca/.

About The Great Waterway

The Great Waterway was established in 2010 to promote and invest in tourism along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River, Prince Edward County in the West to the Quebec border in the East. The Great Waterway region includes unique towns, villages and cities of Quinte West, Belleville, Kingston, Gananoque, Brockville, and Cornwall.  For more information, please visit

About PGA TOUR Canada

PGA TOUR Canada is a series of tournaments played across Canada each summer, where tomorrow’s stars begin the path to the PGA TOUR. The leading five money winners at the end of each season earn status on the Web.com Tour for the following season. PGA TOUR Canada’s mission is to deliver a PGA TOUR experience for our members, fans, volunteers and our partners in order to develop the future stars of professional golf & enrich the communities we visit.

About the Canadian Junior Golf Association

The Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA) is a “registered Canadian amateur athletic association” (RCAAA) not-for-profit registered federally with Revenue Canada. The CJGA is dedicated to providing Canada’s junior golfers with the necessary skills and knowledge required to lay a foundation for a future in competitive golf.

Through its six-stage competitive development program that focuses on tournaments, clinics, international competitions, and mentoring programs with PGA Tour professionals, the CJGA introduces the game to juniors as young as five and offers competitive multi-day events for the more advanced golfer. The CJGA acts as a feeder system to provincial and national competitions, collegiate and university golf, as well as professional and recreational golf. For more information please visit www.cjga.com.

The Canadian Junior Golf Association is generously supported by its National Partner, Freedom 55 Financial, which provides financial security advice and planning for Canadians.

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