Canadian Tour Kicks Off Season


Canadian Tour-LargeAUSTIN, Texas -- The countdown to the start of the 2003 Canadian Tour season is on as Austin, Texas, plays host to the season-opening Canadian Tour Classic.
Barton Creek Resort will be the site the first of back-to-events, with the Canadian Tour Challenge on deck the week of Feb. 17. Both events will be broadcast live on The Golf Channel, with a re-broadcast aired nightly during prime time.
Dallas-born Hank Kuehne, the defending money winner and 1998 U.S. Amateur champion, will be in Austin along with Jeff Quinney and Canadian Derek Gillespie, who finished second and third, respectively, on the money list in 2002.
Also slated to tee it up will be two-time Canadian Tour champion Jason Bohn, who became the first golfer ever to fire a 58 in a professional tournament at the 2001 Bayer Championship. Bohn also set a tour record in Austin last year with eight straight birdies during the final round of the Texas Challenge.
Texans to watch on their home soil include 2002 event winner Jimmy Walker, Jason Enloe, Rafael Gemoets, Mike Standly and Chris Wall.
Former U.S. amateur runners-up James Driscoll and Robert Hamilton are also in the starting field, while two-time Canadian Tour winner and 1996 U.S. Am runner-up Steve Scott will be in Austin for the second event.
Mario Tiziani, the 2002 Panasonic Panama Open champion and brother-in-law of PGA Tour star Steve Stricker, will be in search of his first official tour win. Among those receiving sponsors exemptions are Kevin Stadler and John Klauk.
Canadians to watch include Gillespie, 2002 Rookie of the Year David Hearn, three-time winner Rob McMillan, Jon Mills and former PGA Tour member Ben Ferguson.
This will be the Canadian Tours first visit to Barton Creek, with players taking on the Crenshaw Cliffs course for the Classic before moving to the neighboring Fazio Foothills course the following week.