PGA of Canada

Canadian golf legends head to Ottawa

Jim Rutledge

A number of notable Canadian golf legends will tee it up in our nation’s capital region next week for the PGA Seniors’ Championship of Canada.

The Carleton Golf and Yacht Club—which sits on the banks of the Rideau River, just south of Ottawa—hosts the likes of Jim Rutledge, Graham Gunn, Phil Jonas, Danny King, Ken Tarling, Serge Thivierge and many more Aug. 6-9.

“The PGA of Canada is absolutely thrilled to be returning to the Ottawa region and the Carleton Golf and Yacht Club for this year’s PGA Seniors’ Championship of Canada,” said PGA of Canada President Mark Patterson. “There’s so many fine past PGA of Canada national champions in the field, it will most definitely be a riveting event.”

Rutledge looks to secure his sixth PGA Seniors’ Championship of Canada title, however past winners such as Thivierge (2018), Hocan Olsson (2005), Gunn (2006), Tarling (2011) and Claude Grenier (2016) should have something to say about the Victoria native’s run at Moe Norman’s record eight wins.

Rutledge’s past PGA Seniors’ Championship of Canada wins came in 2017 at Burlington Golf and Country Club; 2015 at Credit Valley Golf & Country Club; 2013 at Lookout Point Country Club; 2012 at Emerald Hills Golf Club; and 2010 at Rattlesnake Point Golf Club. The 59-year-old is also a former winner on the Tour; has six Mackenzie-PGA TOUR Canada titles and is a former PGA Championship of Canada winner.

Additionally, past PGA of Canada national championship winners Marc Girouard, Ian Doig, Benoit Boudreau, King, Jonas and John Cochrane undoubtedly will want to add their to names to the list of champions of this historic event.

The PGA Seniors’ Championship of Canada was first played in 1938 as a division of the Canadian PGA Championship. In 1973, the championship became an independent event and has stayed that way since.

Among the Canadian golf legends to win the PGA Seniors’ Championship of Canada are Stan Leonard, Moe Norman—who won a record seven straight years from 1979-1985—Bob Panasik, Al Balding—who wowed the golf world by winning at age 76 in 2000—Rutledge, Ray Stewart, Dave Barr, Bob Panasik, Murray Tucker, Bill Kozak, Gar Hamilton and Remi Bouchard.

The host of both the 1998 and 2002 PGA Seniors’ Championship of Canada, Carleton is considered a true shot-maker’s venue, requiring timely strategy and rewarding accuracy.

Admittance to the PGA Seniors’ Championship of Canada is free and spectators are encouraged to attend the 54-hole championship.

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