Seven advance to 2016 RBC Canadian Open Final Qualifying from Quebec Regional event

SAINTE-JULIE, Que. – A field of 29

fought against 60km/h winds at Club de Golf La Vallée du Richelieu, with

Gianfranco Guida, Jean-Philip Cornellier, Tim Alarie, and Marc-Étienne

Bussières earning exemptions into the 2016 RBC Canadian Open Final Qualifier on

July 18.

Guida of Maple, Ont., stayed bogey-free through 15 holes with a birdie on 13

and an eagle on 14 to claim a share of the top spot.

“It was playing really tough because of the wind, but the greens were very

pure,” he said. “Playing golf in Australia really taught me how to play into

the wind. You just have to hit a lot of knockdowns and you have to know what

clubs to hit.”

The 27-year-old is hoping that the final qualifier will lead to a spot in the

RBC Canadian Open field. “My career is at the tipping point of whether I’m

going to continue doing it. I’m glad in the sense that hopefully if I get

through it will be big validation, and I can continue playing and find it

easier to find funding.”

Co-leader Jean-Philip Cornellier of St-Césaire, Que., tallied four birdies on

the day, two of which came back-to-back on holes 14 and 15. Tim Alarie of

St-Jérôme, Que., and Sherbrooke, Que., native Marc-Étienne Bussières also

finished with matching 72s.

At T5, former Team Canada Development Squad member Étienne Papineau

(St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que.), Chad Merzbacher (Eden Prairie, Minn.), and

Pierre-Alexandre Bédard (Chibougamau, Que.) will join Guida, Cornellier,

Alarie, and Bussières at the Final Qualifier at Heron Point Golf Links in

Ancaster, Ont., on July 18.

In total, there are three regional qualifying events, each consisting of 18

holes of stroke play. Provided that there are 100 or more players in the field,

the low qualifier receives an exemption directly into the 2016 RBC Canadian

Open. Otherwise, the top 15 per cent of finishers at each qualifier become

eligible to compete at the final qualifying event.

A minimum of four players from the 18-hole stroke play final qualifier will

gain entry into the RBC Canadian Open field.

There is one RBC Canadian Open Regional Qualifier left to be played:

Additional information regarding the RBC

Canadian Open Regional Qualifier in Quebec can be found here.





Part of the FedExCup, stars of the PGA TOUR will compete for $5.9 million (US)

at the RBC Canadian Open, July 18-24, 2016 at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville,

Ont. Conducted by Golf Canada for more than a century, the RBC Canadian Open

provides an opportunity for Canada’s top talents to compete against the world’s

best golfers while also leaving a significant impact in the event’s host

community. The RBC Canadian Open is proud to support Ronald McDonald House

Charities Canada as the event’s official charity partner. Established in 1904,

Canada’s national open golf championship is the third-oldest national open golf

championship worldwide next to the British Open and the U.S. Open. The RBC

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