Tour Moves Into Alberta For Edmonton Open


EDMONTON, Alberta -- The Canadian Tour continues the Canadian leg of its 2002 schedule with a stop in the Alberta capital for this weeks TELUS Edmonton Open.
The 6918-yard, par-72 Glendale Golf and Country Club in Edmonton will play host to the 13th official event of the season, with 156 players looking to grab the $15,803 top prize. Aaron Barber of Orlando, Fl. won this event in 2001, defeating Casey Brown by two shots for his second triumph of the year. Barber then went on to capture his first Order of Merit crown.
On Sunday, the 2002 winner will be presented with the Lewis Chitengwa Memorial Trophy, named in honor of the 26-year-old Canadian Tour rookie who passed away in Edmonton last June 30. With players making their way around the Edmonton Country Club with heavy hearts the following day, it was obvious they were inspired by their fallen friend- 29 players shot 4-under 67 or better in that final round.
Australias Scott Hend is coming off an eventful week in Victoria. Not only did he tie the knot with his fiance of six years, but on Sunday, with more than 2,500 fans looking on, Hend clinched his first Tour title with a three-shot win over David Hearn, Michael Harris and Rich Massey. Money leaders Jeff Quinney ($52,756) and Hank Kuehne ($48,708) are not in Edmonton this week, opening the door for Steve Scott and Canadian Derek Gillespie, third and fourth on the money list respectively, to close the gap in earnings. The top three on the Order of Merit at seasons end, as well as the next two Canadians, will receive exemptions into the Air Canada Championship and Bell Canadian Open. And for the first time, the top two off the money list will be exempted into the second stage of PGA Tour Qualifying.
After the TELUS Edmonton Open wraps up Sunday, the Tour will head into the home stretch of the schedule, closing out the year with events in Winnipeg, Montreal and Toronto.