Race for Canadian Money Title Heats Up


TERREBONNE, Quebec -- There could be some movement near the top of the money list this week as the Canadian Tours TELUS Quebec Open is staged in suburban Montreal.
The co-sanctioned event will pit the top players from the Canadian and Quebec PGA Tours. Last year, Paul Devenport snaked home an improbable 84-foot eagle putt on the final hole before defeating Ken Duke in a playoff for his second triumph of the season.
The Canadian Tour will wrap up the 2002 campaign next week with the Greater Toronto Open.
At seasons end, the top two from the Order of Merit will be granted exemptions into the second stage of PGA Tour Qualifying while the top three, along with the next two Canadians, will punch their ticket into the Air Canada Championship and Bell Canadian Open.
Current money leader Jeff Quinney returns to the Canadian Tour after playing The international last weekend. The two-time Canadian Tour winner will be looking to add some distance between himself and Hank Kuehne, Steve Scott and Canadian Derek Gillespie, who sit second, third and fourth respectively on the money list, when play gets underway Thursday at the 7103-yard, par-72 Le Versant GC. In addition to Quinney, Scott, Kuehne, and Gillespie, 2002 winners Rob McMillan, Mike Grob, Iain Steel, Matt Daniel and Alex Quiroz will also be in the starting field in Terrebonne.
Amateur Julien Trudeau, the first Quebec-born player to qualify for the U.S. Amateur Championship, was granted an exemption into the event.