Canadian College Golf Championship Awarded to P.E.I. School

HOLLAND COLLEGE HURRICANES TO HOST CCAA GOLF NATIONALS

(L-R) Minister Robert Vessey; Holland Hurricane golfer Cody Scott; Mark Rodd, President and CEO of Rodd Hotels and Resorts; Holland Hurricane golfer Kaitlyn Perry-Dawson; and Holland College President Brian McMillan discuss plans for the 2011 PING Canadian Colleges Athletic Association Golf National Championships that the Holland Hurricanes will host at Brudenell River Resort and Golf Course in October.
(L-R) Minister Robert Vessey; Holland Hurricane golfer Cody Scott; Mark Rodd, President and CEO of Rodd Hotels and Resorts; Holland Hurricane golfer Kaitlyn Perry-Dawson; and Holland College President Brian McMillan discuss plans for the 2011 PING Canadian Colleges Athletic Association Golf National Championships that the Holland Hurricanes will host at Brudenell River Resort and Golf Course in October.

Charlottetown, PE The Holland Hurricanes will welcome the best college golfers in the country to Prince Edward Island for the 2011 PING Canadian Colleges Athletic Association (CCAA) Golf National Championships in October. Holland College was selected to host the championship on the basis of a strong bid featuring the highly rated Rodd Brudenell River Resort. The college is making plans for a golf tournament that will display a talented field of players competing for team and individual titles.

The championships will be held October 17 to 21, featuring three days (54 holes) of competitive play. Close to 20 teams are expected from across Canada to face the test of Brudenell in what promises to be a hotly contested fight for the national crown in varsity golf. The tournament will bring collegiate representation from British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Quebec and the Atlantic region to the Island in a championship that grows more competitive every year. The Holland Hurricanes won national women’s silver medal and bronze men’s medals previously. A top five finish is the goal for both teams, as they have the advantage of being familiar with the Brudenell track.

Holland College president Brian McMillan is a proud supporter of the Hurricanes.

“This championship tournament provides a tremendous opportunity to exhibit the best of our Island hospitality, our golf courses, and the college’s golf programs.  Our Hurricanes teams continue to build a reputation for competing at the national level and I have every confidence in the ‘Canes as they strive for athletic excellence,” he said.

Long recognized as a favourite on P.E.I., Brudenell River Resort and Golf Course continues to receive praise from the golf community with a four-star rating from Golf Digest’s Places to Play, and a rating as one of the top six best golf resorts in Canada by SCORE golf magazine. It is a picturesque mix of six par 3s, six par 4s and six par 5s framed by gardens and the Brudenell River.

“Hosting the Canadian Colleges Golf Championship is a great opportunity to showcase our Island as a premier golf destination”, said Tourism and Culture Minister Robert Vessey. “This event is an example of what can be accomplished when many partners come together to strengthen our golf and tourism industries. Holland College is to be congratulated for its efforts in bringing this tournament to the Island.”

The Rodd Brudenell Resort offers outstanding accommodation for the participants with its four star facilities and a wide variety of amenities to please the golfer. This Rodd Signature Resort extended its season to serve as host hotel for the week of stay by incoming players, coaches and administrators.

Mark Rodd, President and CEO of Rodd Hotels, is pleased to partner with the college and the province in hosting the championship.

“We view this event as a win-win for all parties involved. Profiling golf on PEI in mid-October is a real boost for everyone and we look forward to putting on a great show for our visitors. We are extremely pleased to play host with our partners at Brudenell and Holland College. We also would like to wish the Hurricanes the best of luck as they take on the nation.”

“In terms of exposure for the Hurricanes athletics program we envision the 2011 PING CCAA Golf Nationals Championships as a vehicle to communicate our strength in organizing and delivering a quality sports event”, says Albert Roche, manager of student services and athletics at Holland College and CCAA national convener for golf.  “There is no doubt that with the Brudenell property and our collective resources at work, we will set a new standard for this national championship.”

Students in the Holland College golf programs will be involved with all facets of the championships including planning, registration, scoring, rules officiating, website, food and beverage, and all the guest services necessary to conduct a national championship. This hands-on experience compliments the theoretical knowledge gained in the classroom to produce a unique blend of applied learning in a formal setting. The timing is ideal for the students to be part of the planning phase and be there through the evaluation stage.

This is the second time in four years that the college has hosted the CCAA PING golf championships. The Hurricanes hosted the 2008 event at Fox Meadow Golf Course, where Holland College finished fourth in women’s play and seventh in men’s play.

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