Canadian Tour’s Jane Rogers Championship Cancelled

The Jane Rogers Championship, a Canadian Tour event, has been cancelled.
The Jane Rogers Championship, a Canadian Tour event, has been cancelled.

TORONTO (February 16, 2011)—The Canadian Professional Golf Tour announced today that the Jane Rogers Championship–which raised more than $200,000 over four years to fight cancer—has been cancelled due to lack of sponsorship.

The tournament was a full-field Canadian Tour event which also raised awareness of colorectal cancer with great support from media, celebrities and golf fans. The tournament was held at Lakeview Golf Club in Mississauga its first two years and for two years at Greystone Golf Club in Halton Hills, Ontario.

“We are saddened that we are not able to continue,” said Elliott Kerr, President of the Landmark Group of Toronto, and husband of the late Jane Rogers. “We were just not able to secure a title sponsor for 2011.

“We will continue this search and we will not give up. If we can bring this event back we will and donate, dedicate and commit all of our resources to make the Jane Rogers Championship the best event ever. The Canadian Tour was near and dear to Jane’s heart.”

Kerr and Canadian Tour Commissioner Rick Janes created the event following Roger’s death in 2007. A courageous person, Rogers raised funds for her cancer clinic at the Trillium Hospital in Mississauga while battling the disease. Family, friends and members of the public were inspired by Rogers who was an avid golf fan and enjoyed watching Canadian Tour athletes develop their careers.

Landmark donated all of the event management services, so that all proceeds from the event could go to the Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada and the Trillium Hospital’s Oncology Unit. The Canadian Tour helped support the event financially.

“This event was a labour of love for everyone involved. It existed in Jane’s honour to raise funds and awareness for how beatable and treatable colorectal cancer is,” Janes said. “We need to find a major sponsor to bring the event back and hopefully that will be sooner than later.”

The $200,000 raised by the event has benefited the Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada, and the Trillium Hospital Oncology Unit where the Jane Rogers Healing Garden is under construction.

Janes said Canadian Tour is in talks with potential sponsors to fill the gap for a Tour event in the Greater Toronto Area.

Kerr also acknowledged “the Coyle family for the continued support of golf in our country by awarding the top Canadian in our event with the Gord Coyle Cup and finally to all the participants and members of the Canadian Tour for their dedication and commitment to believing that anything is possible.

“I’d also like to thank the City of Mississauga and Charles Lorimer of ClubLink Corporation forbelieving in Jane’s vision and what we wanted to accomplish,” Kerr added.

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