Mackenzie Tour Will Continue in Cape Breton

1st Hole, Bell Bay Golf Club, (Photo: Chris Gallow www.chrisgallowphoto.com)
1st Hole, Bell Bay Golf Club, (Photo: Chris Gallow www.chrisgallowphoto.com)
1st Hole, Bell Bay Golf Club, (Photo: Chris Gallow www.chrisgallowphoto.com)

The Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada will be staying in Cape Breton.

On Tuesday it was revealed that the TOUR will be continuing to visit Nova Scotia’s great island for at least the next three years through an extension of the existing deal.

Renamed the Cape Breton Open, the tournament will move host locations to Baddeck and the Bell Bay Golf Club starting in 2016.

The scheduled dates for the event will be August 29th to September 4th.

Most importantly the tournament will now have deeper local backing with a new host organization led by Baddeck’s Sandy Campbell. Campbell, who co-founded the Bell Bay Golf Club, will be the new Executive Director for the tournament.

“I am thrilled to be leading this initiative and eagerly look forward to delivering a first class event to the people of Nova Scotia and Cape Breton Island,” said Campbell. “Over the past few months, I have gained a great deal of insight from other Mackenzie Tour events, volunteers and players and look forward to engaging with the community on this event starting this year.”

Canadian golf fans may also be familiar with Sandy’s son, Peter, a competitor on the Mackenzie Tour and the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica since 2012.

“We have been working with Sandy for a number of months as we transition the event to Bell Bay, which will be a tremendous opportunity and test for our players as they work towards making the next step on the path to the PGA TOUR,” said Mackenzie Tour President Jeff Monday. “Over the past three years, our players have absolutely loved the hospitality shown by people in Cape Breton and we know they will enjoy the great golfing experience the area has to offer.”

He continued, “We would like to thank everyone at The Lakes who helped launch this event, in particular the many members who graciously volunteered their time and opened their homes to our players.”