Thursday, December 11, 2008

2009 Canadian Professional Golf Tour Championship Taking Place at St. Catharines G&CC

I heard the rumours about this possibility over the past few weeks as a member of the St. Catharines G&CC's Planning and Marketing Committee but word came out yesterday that it is now signed, sealed and delivered!

Our club will be hosting the biggest event on the Canadian Professional Golf Tour's schedule in 2009!

Canadian Tour Announces St.Catharines Golf & Country Club as host for 2009 Tour Championship

ST. CATHARINES, Ont. – The Canadian Tour today announced the host venue and a purse increase for the 2009 Canadian Tour Championship.

St. Catharines Golf and Country Club will host the tournament from August 31 to September 6, 2009.

Situated on the Niagara peninsula one hour from Toronto, the 6,792 yard par-72 course originally opened in 1899 as a nine-hole layout. The course will play as a par-70 6,850 for the tournament.

In July of 1947, renowned golf course architects Stanley Thompson and Robert Trent Jones were awarded the contract to construct an additional nine holes while renovating the existing nine. The classic course will be a stern test and competitors will need every club in the bag, along with patience, if they want to take home the title.

"This is a major golf championship with an international field of top PGA TOUR prospects that we are honoured to bring to St. Catharines," stated Canadian Tour Commissioner Richard Janes.

"The St. Catharines Golf & Country Club is a superb venue with a wonderful membership. We hope to bring them great golf and some memories to cherish for years to come."

The flagship event of the Canadian Tour – one of the Tour’s four major championships - also announced a purse increase to $250,000 in 2009, up from $200,000 in 2007 and $150,000 in 2006. The winner of the 2009 tournament will receive $41,000 and a two year exemption.

“The Canadian Tour Championship has undergone significant growth in both stature and prize money since its 2006 inception,” noted Bram Cotton, Canadian Tour Manager of Marketing & Communications. “We are very pleased to be bringing this event to St.Catharines Golf & Country Club in 2009. The Niagara community has an excellent reputation for the quality of its volunteer base and its hospitality. We are looking forward to working with the volunteers and the local corporate community to make this event a success.”

“We at the St. Catharines Golf & Country Club are absolutely thrilled to have been selected to host the 2009 Canadian Tour Championship the first week of September. We intend to make it a success,” says Joseph Gottli President of the St.Catharines Golf & Country Club. “This event will not only showcase the upcoming Canadian professional golfers, but also our quality golf course and facilities, the City of St. Catharines and the Niagara Region. Our golf course and its practice facilities offer much to young golfers and challenges to the seasoned veterans. The Region also has much to offer from world-renowned tourist destinations and attractions to new world wineries and uniquely local products.”

“I am confident we will be able to successfully partner with many and diverse business interests to support and sponsor the Tour Championship. The coverage on the Golf Channel and other media exposure has traction for the Club, the City of St. Catharines and this great Niagara Region. I am looking forward to promptly putting in place our committees and volunteers to ensure this event will reap benefits for us all, not the least of which will be the charitable group that will benefit from the Pro-Am portion of the week’s events.”

About the Canadian Tour:

The Canadian Professional Golf Tour is an International Tour with tournament operations in Canada the United States, Mexico and South America representing more than 200 members from around the globe. As one of seven (7) members of the International Federation of PGA Tours, official World Golf Ranking points are awarded to the top six finishers at each Tour event.

Some of the most recognizable names in professional golf have competed on the Canadian Tour, including 2003 Masters Champion Mike Weir. Other Canadian Tour alumni whom have moved on to successful careers on the PGA TOUR, include Chris DiMarco, Stuart Appleby, Steve Stricker, Todd Hamilton, Michael Campbell, Paul Casey, Stephen Ames and Dan Halldorson.

This is a huge deal for our club and will help considerably with attracting new members and bringing exposure not only at a regional level but at an INTERNATIONAL level, as the event will be televised on the Golf Channel.

I will have much, much more on this story and event as time progresses. Don't be surprised if I get involved in this event in some capacity...

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