SM-D Canada Cup is back in 2021

mercredi 29 septembre 2021
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Sani Marc - Desjardins Canada Cup is back for the 8th Edition in Victoriaville


After a year of absence due to the pandemic, it is with enthusiasm that the management of the Vicotriaville GC announces the presentation of the 8th edition of the $125,000 Sani-Marc/Desjardins Canada Cup (CCSM-D) presented by City of Victoriaville, from August 12 to 15, 2021.

Under an agreement with the three most important professional golf circuits in Canada operating in Quebec, Ontario and B.C., a large contingent of Canadian professionals and elite amateurs is expected and it’s likely to be a very strong field.

Knowing that the Mackenzie Investments Open will take place from July 26 to August 1 in Blainville, QC, followed by the PGA Championship of Canada in Bromont from August 3-7 and the Machinex Open August 6-7 at Laurier Golf Club, which serves as a final qualifier for CCSM-D, it is predictable that the quality of players will be very impressive.

A maximum of 156 golfers will compete for a total purse of $125,000 of which $25,000 will go to the champion. The top 70 players and ties after 36 holes will make the cut and compete on the weekend which always brings lots of drama and excitement for both the players and spectators.

The three major developmental tours across Canada will have their own unique qualifying system available to their members with 45 exemptions available to the East Coast Pro Tour (Quebec), 40 to the Great Lakes Tour (Ontario) and 10 more will come from the Vancouver Golf Tour (BC).  Recently, Kevin Stinson of B.C. earned the first exemption offered in Western Canada after winning the Vancouver Golf Tour’s Hughes Trucking Open at Pitt Meadows GC.  The Great Lakes Tour established a wrap-around 2020-21 season with each event winner in September 2020 earning an exemption.  Stephen Thomas (Vancouver BC), JJ Regan (Burlington ON), 2019 RBC Canadian Open participant Michael Blair (Burlington ON) and reigning PGA Champion of Canada Dustin Risdon are the first four players exempt for CCSM-D through the Great Lakes Tour.

Other notable professionals expected in the field that will come from the PGA of Canada National Player Rankings are P-A Bedard (QC), Marc-Etienne Bussieres (QC), Bill Walsh (ON), Dave Levesque (QC) and Danny King (ON).  There will be past champions joining the field including defending 2019 champion Eric Banks (NS), 2018 Brendan Leonard (ON), 2016 Eric Hawerchuk (ON) and 2014 Oliver Tubb (BC).

With the PGA Championship of Canada and PGA Senior Championship of Canada being contested in Bromont QC, it will offer a unique opportunity to have many other top Canadian Professionals and Senior legends that might find their way into the CCSM-D field.

There will also be up to 15 elite amateurs from across Canada.  They will earn their way into the CCSM-D field via open qualifiers and special committee exemptions.  2019 CCSM-D Amateur Champion Etienne Papineau is expected to participate in August.

Just like in 2019, the tournament management and registration processes along with rules, marking of the course, and event presentation etc. will be managed and overseen by the Great Lakes Tour.  It’s expected that, along with their new Tour presenting partner GolfZoogle, the event will see a great increase in live scoring, live streaming and production of the tournament to give spectators at the course and online a fresh new fan experience.

“With less than two months of the presentation of our event, we are already feeling a lot of excitement and interest. The course is already in remarkable condition and the 80 or so volunteers have almost all signaled their return. It's very motivating, "said Jerry Séguin, president of the organizing committee.

The City of Victoriaville, Sani Marc Group and Desjardins have all been a part of the event from the very beginning and together they make possible the realization of this golf event which has become one of the most important in Canada. The official host, Hôtel Villegia, le Victorin, also plays a major role in the success of this competition.

"Victoriaville will host the elite of Canadian golf at the Sani Marc - Desjardins Canada Cup. The  City of Victoriaville is very proud to act as a partner of this unmissable event that will delight golf enthusiasts and highlight the magnificent course of the Victoriaville Golf Club.’’ States Victoriaville Mayor, André Bellavance.

The traditional Pro-ams, allowing amateur golfers to play a round of golf with a professional participating in the competition will take place on Tuesday August 10 (Pro-am of the Victoriaville Golf Club) and Wednesday August 11 (Pro-am of the major partners), in collaboration with the Marchand Group.

As is now the tradition, the Sani Marc challenge will be presented on Tuesday August 13th at 6.30pm. This is a team of four “speed golf” competition. The objective is to play the 18th hole as quickly as possible with each of the four player team taking shots as quick as possible.  The team with the lowest score and fastest time through an elimination process will be the Champions.  This fun and spectacular event, which the public can attend for free, offers a $1,000 purse to the top team.

“Sani Marc is very happy that sports are back on track and it is with great pride that we partner with CCSM-D which offers one of the largest purses in the country for a golf competition. This year, we will take the opportunity to give twenty young golfers from the Subway - Jean Coutu Junior Program of the Victoriaville Golf Club a memorable experience.  These juniors of will play a round with a CCSM-D participating professional as part of our Pro-ams. We have to take care of the next generation.”  Concludes Patrick Couture, VP Business Development at Sani Marc.

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