The inaugural season of the PGA Tour Canada will feature seven events in 2013 including a return to the east coast for the first time in over a decade.
The Times Colonist Island Savings Open in Victoria, B.C., gets things started the first week of June on what was previously known as the Canadian Tour. The PGA Tour stepped in an formally assumed control of the Canadian Tour last fall.
After taking a week off, the Tour embarks on a stretch of four events over a five week period that will take players through Alberta, Saskatchewan and Winnipeg.
With no events currently scheduled for the month of August, the Tour resumes play the first week of September with the inaugural Cape Breton Celtic Classic at the Lakes Golf Club in Nova Scotia. The event will mark the return of the Tour to Atlantic Canada for the first time in 12 years.
The 2013 season concludes with the Tour Championship at a location to be determined.
PGA Tour Canada president Jeff Monday says they are working on adding an eighth event to the schedule.
"This is a very solid starting point for our schedule," said Monday. "Our goal is to provide our members with quality events with long-term commitments, which leave a lasting impact in the communities we play and we feel we are well on our way to achieving those goals. We are working on several opportunities to increase the number of events not only this year but in 2014."
Every event is guaranteed a purse of $150,000 with the top five players on the season ending Order of Merit earning playing status on the Web.com Tour in 2014. The leading money earner will receive fully exempt status for the season. Players finishing 6-10 on the money list will be exempt into the final stage of the Web.com Tour Q-School this fall.
PGA Tour Canada says it will hold a qualifying school at the Morongo Golf Club at Tukwet Canyon in Beaumont, California the second week of April. Details as to how many cards will be awarded will be announced at a later date.
2013 PGA TOUR CANADA SCHEDULE
April 7-12: PGA TOUR Q-School (Beaumont, CA)
June 6-9: Times Colonist Savings Open (Victoria, BC)
June 20-23: ATB Financial Classic presented by TELUS (Calgary, AB)
July 4-7: Dakota Dunes Open (Saskatoon, SK)
July 11-14: Syncrude Boreal Open presented by AECON (Fort McMurray, AB)
July 18-21: The Players Cup (Winnipeg, MB)
September 5-8: Cape Breton Celtic Classic (Ben Eoin, NS)
September 12-15: Tour Championship (TBD)