ACTON, Ont. — The final PGA of Canada national championship of 2015 is set to take place next week in Arizona.
Verrado Golf Club, which is located just west of Phoenix in Buckeye, Ariz., plays host to a full field for the Titleist & FootJoy PGA Club Professional Championship of Canada Nov. 15-18.
“We’re very excited to be headed back to Arizona and even more excited to be going to Verrado Golf Club for the PGA Club Professional Championship of Canada,” said PGA of Canada president Constant Priondolo. “Last year was a great success with a full field in Arizona and we expect the same this year.”
Eight past PGA of Canada national championship winners, including last year’s PGA Club Professional Championship of Canada winner Matt Peavoy, highlight this year’s field at Verrado. Other former PGA Club Professional Championship winners in the field include Gar Hamilton (1987, ’90, ’92, ’97); Ian Doig (2004); Brian Hutton (2010, ’12); Ben Boudreau (‘2009); and Danny King (2005, ’06).
In 2014, Peavoy captured the PGA Club Professional Championship of Canada, outlasting Scott Allred in a playoff. The 35-year-old put together rounds of 72-74-69 for a three-day total of 2-over-par 215 at the challenging SunRidge Canyon Golf Club.
Additionally, three PGA Championship of Canada winners—Eric Laporte, Dave Levesque and King—are also set to tee it up.
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Situated in the foothills of the White Tank Mountains, crafted by PGA Tour star Tom Lehman and US Amateur Champion John Fought, the Verrado Golf Club is a spectacular course stretching to over 7,200 yards featuring stunning views, snug box canyons, and considerable elevation changes.
“We’re proud to say that Verrado Golf Club is one of Arizona’s finest championship golf facilities,” said Verrado’s sales & marketing director Doug Foss. “Verrado has been among the top 15 on GolfWeek’s ‘Best Courses You Can Play’ for four years running and most recently made it to the No. 5 spot on the ‘2015 Arizona’ list.”
In addition to competing for the overall championship trophy, players in the PGA Club Professional Championship of Canada earn much-coveted ranking points with hopes of moving up on the PGA of Canada Player Rankings presented by RBC. Players who are ranked inside the top 64 following the PGA Club Professional Championship of Canada earn invites into next year’s PGA Championship of Canada at the Victoria Golf Club.
The Inter-Zone Team Championship, which is comprised of four players per zone (and three scores per team counting), is also handed out after 36-holes. In 2014, Team Quebec bested Team British Columbia by a shot. Team Ontario rounded out the top three.
Former champions of the PGA Club Professional Championship of Canada include Danny King, Adam Chamberlain, Roger Beale, Norm Jarvis, Gar Hamilton, Bob Panasik, Yvan Beauchemin, Graham Gunn, Ken Tarling and Brian Hutton.
The $85,000 purse Titleist & FootJoy PGA Club Professional Championship of Canada takes place Nov. 15-18 the Verrado Golf Club. The nearly 100-player field will be cut to the low 70-players (and ties) after completion of the second round.