A total of 150 contestants will take on the scenic 7044-yard, par-72 McCormick Ranch Golf Club in the Canadian Tour's third official event of the season. Hank Kuehne of Palm City, Fla., the 1998 U.S. Amateur champion, is coming off a win at the Texas Challenge in Austin, TX two weeks ago in which he went 14-under over the final 36 holes to defeat Jason Bohn and Steve Runge by one shot.
Steve Scott of Wellington, Fla. captured the Texas Classic in Houston a week earlier. Kuehne sits atop the Order of Merit standings with $39,300 CDN in earnings, while Scott is right behind at $38,334. Philip Jonas of Vancouver and Winnipeg's Todd Fanning are T16 with $5,450.
After play wraps up Sunday, the Tour will move up the road for next week's Scottsdale Swing at Eagle Mountain.
Also scheduled to play in his first official event of 2002 is Paul Devenport of New Zealand, who was 2nd on the Order of Merit last season on the strength of wins at the Shell Payless Open and the TELUS Quebec Open. Jim Rutledge of Victoria, a six-time Canadian Tour winner, is also in the starting field.