Opening Ceremony of the Québec Open
Blainville, August 3, 2022 – The Québec Open was officially launched on Tuesday at Club de golf Le Blainvillier with a cocktail and appetizers during an opening ceremony animated by Max Lalonde. During the event, eight of the professionals participating in the Québec leg of the PGA TOUR Canada's Fortinet Cup took part in a very unusual challenge.
This is how Texan Noah Goodwin, who won the Sotheby's International Realty Canada Ontario Open last week, was able to measure up to six of our Quebecers, Raoul Ménard, Keven Fortin-Simard, Étienne Papineau, James Colin Davis, Max Gilbert, and Pierre-Alexandre Bédard as well as Frenchman Baptiste Mory.
Together they agreed to climb onto the roof of the Blainvillier clubhouse to hit two balls towards the 18th green, beyond the VIP tents, and try to get their ball as close to the flag as possible. The top four were then selected to tee off three more times, one after the other. In the end, it was Baptiste Mory, well known for his days with the Rouge et Or golf team at Laval University, who won this friendly competition by placing his ball 102 yards from the cup.
The Pixelyst team, represented by Daniel Beaudoin and Jade Bellavance, was there and captured the event in pictures. It will be possible to view the week's activities by consulting his photo galleries at the end of each day.
Starting on August 4, this Thursday, we will get down to business as 156 competitors from thirteen countries will tee off on the Blainvillier’s Heritage course for double crossovers at 7:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Of this number, sixteen Quebecers will be followed by the local crowds. They will try to make the Friday night cut to participate in the weekend rounds. The leaderboard for the Québec Open can be found on the page powered by PGA TOUR Canada.
The Golf Québec team would like to thank its partners belairdirect, Bolloré, Cruise, DHC Avocats, Enviro Connexions, Labatt, Mana Yerba Maté, Groupe immobilier Mathieu Ménard inc., MD Financial, and Snack Pow. They made the week's activities and this world-class competition possible this week at the Blainvillier.
About Golf Québec – Initiate passions, build dreams
Founded in 1920, Golf Québec is the provincial sport federation whose mission is to increase participation in golf and develop excellence. Some of Golf Québec’s core services include the Golf in Schools Program, First Tee as well as Get Linked initiatives, the Introduction Tour, Junior Golf Development Centres (JGDC), Rules of Golf, World Handicap System, course rating services, Golf Fore the Cure, as well as the Québec Golf Hall of Fame. In addition, Golf Québec conducts regional and provincial championships to bring the local golf enthusiasts to surpass themselves and eventually reach the upper spheres of professional tours. For more information, please visit https://www.golfquebec.org/en/.
About the Québec Open
Golf Québec has been the promoter of the Québec Open since 2019 and has paid out over $300,000 in prize money. This event is part of the PGA TOUR Canada. Canadian Taylor Pendrith, who is currently ranked 99th in the FedEx Cup on the PGA Tour, won the first edition in 2019. For more information, please visit https://www.omniumduquebec.com/en/index.html.
About Club de golf Le Blainvillier
Located in the northern suburbs of Montréal, in the heart of an immense natural wooded area, Le Blainvillier is a 36-hole private golf club with a solid reputation. With two championship courses offering exceptional playing conditions, the Royal and the Héritage, Le Blainvillier is a great challenge for golf enthusiasts of all levels. Designed by architect Graham Cooke, Le Blainvillier opened its doors on May 18, 1991, under the direction of professional Raymond Richer. In 2004, Le Blainvillier was designated as a Centre d'entraînement de l'élite des juniors du Québec (CEP). For more information, please visit http://www.golfblainvillier.com/.
About PGA TOUR Canada
FORTINET CUP: The season-long points chase mirrors the competitive structure of the points-based competitions on the PGA TOUR, PGA TOUR Champions and PGA TOUR Latinoamérica. Through the sponsorship, the Fortinet Cup offers a new $100,000 player bonus pool—with $25,000 to the winner—to the top Fortinet Cup points-winners. The top-five Fortinet Cup points-earners gain membership to the 2023 Korn Ferry Tour, while Korn Ferry Tour benefits are available to those finishing sixth through 10th. In addition, the Fortinet Cup winner will also be exempt into the PGA TOUR’s 2023 RBC Canadian Open. For more information, please visit https://www.pgatour.com/canada/en_us.html.
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