In order to confirm a tentative schedule prior to the holiday season, Tour Commissioner Ian Mansfield announced that events at 14 venues have been confirmed for the coming season. Negotiations continue with various organizers that could lead to the unveiling of additional tournaments early in the New Year.
The Casino de Charlevoix Cup, an unofficial Tour event pitting two-man teams from the Canadian Tour and Quebec PGA, will once again be staged later this summer.
Following three consecutive Winter Q-Schools in Florida, California and Texas, the Canadian Tour kicks off its 2004 campaign with a return visit to the world-class Barton Creek Resort in Austin, the same site that will play host to the final week of qualifying school. The Texas Classic will be staged February 23-29 with the Texas Challenge being held the following week.
For the first time ever, the Canadian Tour will visit California for a pair of events, with the first tournament being held April 12-18 (Rocklin, CA) followed by an event in Stockton April 19-25. Next stop is a third consecutive trip to Mexico for the Michelin Guadalajara Classic (May 3-9) and Corona Ixtapa Classic (May 10-16). There is then a two-week hiatus in the schedule as Spring Qualifying School is staged in Kamloops, BC from May 25-29. Play gets back underway the week of June 7 with the third annual Lewis Chitengwa Memorial Championship presented by Aventis Pasteur, named in honour of the popular Canadian Tour rookie who passed away suddenly in 2001.
One week after the U.S. Open, the Canadian Tour embarks on a four-week run through Western Canada with the Victoria Open from June 21-27. The Greater Vancouver Classic (Richmond, BC), MTS Classic (Winnipeg, MB) and TELUS Edmonton Open will wrap up the month-long swing.
Closing out the 2003 season is the return of the Greater Montreal Open (August 16-22) and the $235,000 Bay Mills Open Players Championship in northern Michigan.