The tours 16th official event of the campaign will be held at Mandarin Golf and Country Club, with $24,000 Canadian ($15,346 U.S.) going to the winner on Sunday afternoon. Hank Kuehne nailed down his second win of the season last weekend at the TELUS Quebec Open to move into the top spot on the money list. Should Kuehne win this week, he would set the tour record for most money earned in one season.
Kuehne can finish no worse than second on the money list, meaning he is assured of an exemption into the second stage of PGA Tour Qualifying. The top three, plus the next two Canadians, will be also exempted into the Bell Canadian Open and Air Canada Championship.
Derek Gillespie, who won Canadian Rookie of the Year honors last year, currently sits fourth in earnings and will make one final charge at Jeff Quinney, who is in second spot heading into this week. Two-time Canadian Tour winner Steve Scott will also try to put the heat on Quinney when opening-round action gets under way Thursday.
It has been a banner year for rookies this season, with eight first-year players winning a total of 10 events through last week. Another four were first-time winners in 2002.
While this will be the final official event of 02, the Casino de Charlevoix Cup, an unofficial match-play tournament pitting the Canadian Tour against the Quebec PGA, will be held later this month in northern Quebec.