Gananoque, ON  January 19, 2012 - The Canadian Tour is proud to announce it has partnered with the Regional Tourism Organization #9 known as the Great Waterway Region and Evolution Golf & Events Management Inc. to bring the Canadian Tour to the Eastern Ontario region beginning in September of 2012.  The Great Waterway Classic is a four-year initiative that will see a rotation of golf courses in Eastern Ontario host the event including Smuggler's Glen in Gananoque this September 3-9, 2012.  Upper Canada Golf Course in Morrisburg in 2013, Loyalist Country Club in 2014, and Black Bear Ridge GC in 2015 will complete the four year rotation of The Great Waterway Classic tournament sites.

"This is an exciting opportunity for The Great Waterway," said Richard Johnston, Chair of the Board for the Regional Tourism Organization 9.  "Highlighting the golf assets we have in the region over the next four years will help local businesses grow and attract new visitors to The Great Waterway."

The Great Waterway Classic will feature a field of 156 players competing over 72 holes of stroke play for a purse of $150,000.  Smuggler's Glen Golf Course, located just outside of Kingston in Gananoque, Ontario is a par 71 - 6600 yard layout designed by Kingston native Boyd Barr.  Opened in 2005 across the 1000 Islands Parkway from the famed Glen House Resort, owner David Seal realized a life long dream when the first tee shot was struck on the championship golf course on July 21, 2005.

The Great Waterway Classic will be the last domestic Canadian Tour event of the season and will include many of the top up-and-coming professional golfers in the world.  That list of top prospects will include Kingston native and second year Canadian Tour player Brad Revell as well as Merritt, BC's Roger Sloan and Big Break Winner David Byrne.

"The Canadian Tour is thrilled to be coming to the Great Waterway Region for the next four years," stated Canadian Tour Commissioner & CEO, Rick Janes.  "The Great Waterway Classic will provide significant national and international exposure for the Great Waterway and Eastern Ontario communities on the whole," added Janes.

The principal charity for the Great Waterway Classic will be the University Hospitals Kingston Foundation.  The UHKF will benefit from a full-field Charity Pro-Am that will be played at Smuggler's Glen on Tuesday, September 4th.  The organizers of The Great Waterway Classic have also pledged to donate half of the gate receipts for the four days of the Canadian Tour event to this charity.

Martin Noe, CEO of Evolution Golf remarked, "Our goal is to raise $50,000 for the University Hospitals Kingston Foundation that they can then apply to targeted training for their nursing staff who work in Mental Health care.  We are excited to be bringing the Canadian Tour to the Great Waterway Region and helping out our designated charity in the area of mental health care."

Tournament management for the Great Waterway Classic will be provided by Evolution Golf & Event Management, a full-service event management company headquartered in Brockville, Ont.  Evolution Golf was founded by Martin Noe, CEO and David Dargie, Director of Tournament Development to bring a series of Canadian Tour events to Eastern Ontario.  They can provide that same pro tour experience for golfers at local charity tournaments; and they are also re-sellers of golf course management software.

A full Canadian Tour schedule will be released later this month.

For more information about The Great Waterway Classic please call or email:

David P. Dargie

Director of Tournament Development - Evolution Golf and Event Management Inc.

Office Telephone:    1-855-517-5260

Mobile Telephone:  613-803-5260