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10 exemption spots for The Great Waterway Classic on the line in qualifier

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Professional golfers and top level amateurs will descend on Bay of Quinte Golf & Country Club tomorrow for a chance to qualify for PGA Tour Canada's The Great Waterway Classic.

With more than 110 players participating, the open qualifier is an 18-hole stroke play format, which means every shot is crucial. There are 10 tournament exemptions available through the open qualifier.

The competitors range in age from 17 to 59 years old and have jetted in from all across North America for their chance to qualify for PGA Tour Canada's event.

The course has been set up to play at a little more than 6,500 yards. The tricky layout will no doubt spark intense competition and the tension is due to rise what with the limited exemptions available.

The open qualifier features many established players, as well as numerous Canadian Junior Golf Association alumni. Notable players include former Team Canada member at the World Cup Wes Heffernan of Calgary and Robbie Greenwell of Georgetown, ON, who narrowly missed the cut at the 2014 RBC Canadian Open.

The large group of CJGA alumni includes David Markle of Shelbourne, ON, Josh Travers of Battersea, ON, Greg Doherty of Mississauga, ON and brothers Mark and Matt Hoffman of Thornhill, ON.

Players will take to the course starting at 7:30 a.m. and battle throughout the day for a potential tournament exemption.

The Great Waterway Classic gets under way Aug. 21 at Loyalist Golf & Country Club in Bath, ON.

Tickets are $10 a day or $25 for a four-day pass. All ticket proceeds will be donated to the Lennox and Addington County General Hospital Foundation.

Tickets are available by calling 1.877.508.1069 or via e-mail at gwctickets@cjga.com.

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