Very welcome news was announced Monday night during the opening ceremonies of the National Capital Open to Support Our Troops held at the Canadian War Museum.
The Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada and the Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services revealed that they have agreed to a five-year extension for the event that will keep it in the Ottawa region through 2021.
“In its brief history, the National Capital Open to Support Our Troops has done tremendous work in not only putting on a world-class golf tournament, but raising support for the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces and their families, and we’re thrilled to see that continue for the next five seasons,” said Mackenzie Tour President Jeff Monday. “Ottawa is among the players’ favourite destinations on the Mackenzie Tour each season and we look forward to visiting the National Capital Region through 2021.”
This year’s tournament at Hylands Golf Club will have proceeds going towards the Support Our Troops fund will be directed to initiatives mitigating veteran homelessness, a key focus of Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services in 2016.
In speaking to this announcement, Commodore Mark Watson, Director General Morale and Welfare Services offered the following: “Our relationship with the Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada in conducting these tournaments over the past three years has been characterized by exceptional commitment and professionalism on their part, coupled with a host of dedicated staff and volunteers, working together to give voice to and support a most deserving cause: the morale and welfare of Canadian Armed Forces members, veterans and their families. With the continuation of this partnership over the coming years, we look forward to increasing awareness of the challenges accruing from military service, expanding our base of supporters and broadening outreach and participation by the local community in the events. This is definitely a ‘win-win’ situation for professional golf in Canada and the military community.”
The 2016 event promises to be a continuation of an exciting 2015 edition, where Longwood, Florida’s Sam Ryder defeated Richmond Hill, Ontario’s Taylor Pendrith in a high-stakes playoff. Both players went on to finish in The Five and earn status on the Web.com Tour. In 2014, Summerland, B.C.’s Greg Machtaler sank a 70-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole to win by one.