Canadian Swing Begins In Ontario


HUNTSVILLE, ONTARIO 'The curtain is raised on the Canadian leg of the 2002 schedule this week with the Ontario Open Heritage Classic.
A total of 147 golfers will converge on the brand-new Mark OMeara Course at Grandview GC in the Tours 10th official event of the year. Prior to heading north of the border for the remainder of the year, the Tour featured two stops each in Texas, Arizona and South Carolina, as well as week-long visits to Virginia, Michigan and Mexico.
American Jeff Quinney won his second event of the season two weeks ago at the Bay Mills Open to overtake Hank Kuehne atop the Order of Merit (money list) standings. Kuehne is second, followed by Steve Scott. Derek Gillespie is the top Canadian, in fourth spot on the money list. Gillespie, who won the Myrtle Beach Barefoot Championship earlier this year, finished T18 at the Buy.Com Tours CPGA Championship last week and qualified for the Buy.Com Lake Erie Charity Classic June 20-23.
Last summer, Craig Matthew claimed his first Canadian Tour crown at the Ontario Open Heritage Classic when it was staged in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Matthew defeated Bob Conrad in a playoff, becoming the lone Canadian to capture a Tour event in 2001.
Later this month, the Mark OMeara course at Grandview will host the TELUS Skins game, showcasing PGA Tour stars Mike Weir, John Daly, Sergio Garcia and Vijay Singh.