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CANADIAN - Economical Insurance Group Seaforth Country Classic Preview
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DATES: Thursday, August 19th through Sunday, August 22nd
SITE: Seaforth Golf Club, Seaforth, Ontario
COURSE ARCHITECT: Ken and Rod Doig (1960), Dan Halldorson (2005)
PAR: 71
YARDAGE: 6,027
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 372 Yds10 - Par 3 167 Yds
2 - Par 5 549 Yds11 - Par 4 345 Yds
3 - Par 4 415 Yds12 - Par 3 148 Yds
4 - Par 4 269 Yds13 - Par 3 185 Yds
5 - Par 3 138 Yds14 - Par 5 500 Yds
6 - Par 4 386 Yds15 - Par 5 495 Yds
7 - Par 4 335 Yds16 - Par 4 307 Yds
8 - Par 4 343 Yds17 - Par 4 331 Yds
9 - Par 4 361 Yds18 - Par 4 381 Yds
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36 3,168 Yds35 2,859 Yds
 
Annual:  3rd
Television:  None
Defending Champion:  Brian Unk
Runner-Up:  James Hahn
Tournament Record:  256 (Brian Unk, 2009)
54-Hole Record:  192 (Brian Unk, 2009)
36-Hole Record:  126 (James Hahn, 2009)
Course Record:  61 (Adam Bland, 2008)
Total Purse:  $125,000
Shares:  1st Place - $20,000; 2nd Place - $12,000; 3rd Place - $7,500
 
2009 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Brian Unk256Scott Gibson266
James Hahn259Wes Heffernan267
Ryan Yip261Stephen Gangluff267
Jason D'Amore264Kent Eger268
Jae Woo Im265Liam Kendregan269
Mitch Gillis269
 
Past Economical Insurance Group Seaforth Country Classic Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2009Brian Unk (256) -- James Hahn
2008Kent Eger (258) -- Wil Collins, John Ellis, Daniel Im
Note:Formerly called Seaforth Country Classic (2008-09).

Top Contenders in the Field
Player20082009
Brian UnkT-24Won
Ryan YipT-103rd
Kent EgerWonT-9
Brock Mackenzie---T-17
Derek GillespieT-5T-26
Jim LemonT-10T-26
Clayton RaskT-44T-39
Aaron Goldberg---T-41
Daniel ImT-2T-50
Stuart AndersonT-15mc
Rob Grube---mc
Mauricio Molina---mc
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Aaron Goldberg
Darkhorse - Brad Fritsch
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Garrett Frank) - Finished tied for 37th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Danny Sahl) - Missed the cut
 
NOTES:
The Canadian Tour travels to Ontario this week for the Economical Insurance Group Seaforth Country Classic, the final event prior to next week's Canadian Tour Championship.

Last year, Brian Unk fired a seven-under 64 in the final round to polish off his second Canadian Tour victory, albeit a historic one. Unk finished the championship at 28-under 256, which was good for a three-shot victory over James Hahn at Seaforth Golf Club. Unk's 256 was the lowest total score in Canadian Tour history, besting the 258 Kent Eger posted in 2008 en route to victory at this championship. His 28-under par is the lowest score in relation to par and that topped PGA Tour veteran Tim Clark, who had a 27-under at the 1998 New Brunswick Open.

In 2008, Eger fired a seven-under 64 in the final round to win a shootout. Eger completed the tournament at 26-under-par 258, two strokes clear of Wil Collins, John Ellis and Daniel Im.

PGA Tour player and 2003 Masters champion Mike Weir captured his first-ever victory at Seaforth Golf Club as a 13-year-old. The ninth hole is named "Weir's Win." Seaforth is celebrating its golden anniversary and is located north of London and west of Kitchener in the heart of South-Western Ontario. The course was designed with input from Canadian Golf Hall of Famer Dan Halldorson and the Doig family.

The Canadian Tour remains in Ontario next week for the Canadian Tour Championship, where James Love captured the 2009 event. St. Catharines Golf & Country Club will be the host site.

08/17 13:16:07 ET

As of August 17, 2010, at 01:16 PM ET

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