To little surprise, given the recent circumstances in Fort McMurray (AB), with a wildfire devastating the community, The Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada and tournament operator Linx Marketing have cancelled the tour stop in the city for 2016. The Syncrude Boreal Open presented by AECON will be pulled from the schedule and the overall tour schedule adjusted.
“Having consulted with community leaders and sponsors, we felt it would be inappropriate to play the event this year as the Fort McMurray community embarks on recovering from this spring’s wildfires,” said Mackenzie Tour President Jeff Monday. “We wish the very best to everyone in Fort McMurray as the community makes its recovery.”
“Though we were hopeful for the possibility of the conducting the event in Fort McMurray, we did not feel it would be the right thing to do to hold the golf tournament while the city is focusing on recovery efforts,” said Tim Garbutt, Executive Director of the Syncrude Boreal Open presented by AECON and the ATB Financial Classic.
The ATB Financial Classic, which takes place at Calgary’s Country Hills Golf Club, will move up a week on the schedule to take place August 1-7, immediately following the inaugural Oil Country Championship July 25-31 at Glendale Golf and Country Club in Edmonton.
“Moving up the ATB Financial Classic a week to immediately follow our event in Edmonton allows us to provide the best possible schedule for our players,” said Monday. “Our gratitude goes out to Linx Marketing, ATB Financial and Country Hills Golf Club for accommodating the change in schedule.”
Earlier this spring, the Mackenzie Tour and Web.com Tour announced a joint donation of $20,000 towards Fort McMurray wildfire relief, along with per-birdie pledges from Mackenzie Tour and Web.com Tour players that fans can match at the PGA TOUR’s charity website, Together, Anything’s Possible. For more information on relief efforts or to make a donation, visit www.together.PGATOUR.com.