PGA TOUR Canada is growing again.
On Tuesday the former Canadian Tour announced a ninth event to their 2013 calendar, the Wildfire Invitational.
The tournament will employ a pro-am format, matching 128 pros with 64 amateurs. The event will play out on the schedule between The Great Waterway Classic and the Tour Championship, on August 26th to September 1st at the Wildfire Golf Club on Stoney Lake, just east of Peterborough, Ontario.
As with the current practice of the PGA TOUR Canada with their event operators, the deal revealed Tuesday will be a three year agreement. It will be with SDI Marketing who will run the tournament. They are also the Toronto-based marketing company behind the new Cape Breton Celtic Classic.
“We’re extremely pleased to be adding The Wildfire Invitational as our ninth event this season. We look forward to working with the Wildfire Golf Club team and SDI marketing to make this a truly great event,” said PGA TOUR Canada President Jeff Monday. “This unique event will be a great experience for amateurs and PGA TOUR Canada players alike.”
Designed by Tom McBroom and opened in 2000, Wildfire’s 6,745-yard, par-72 layout is highlighted by pristine wetlands and creeks, naturally rolling terrain, unique glacial boulders and stunning natural vistas.
Camp Maple Leaf, a summer camp tucked away in the Kawarthas for economically disadvantaged children and children of military families, will be the official charity of the Wildfire Invitational.
“The PGA TOUR Canada pros and amateurs will get a first-class experience at Wildfire,” said Wildfire Golf Club President and Owner Glenn Stonehouse. “The golf course will be both challenging for the pros and enjoyable for the amateurs. We look forward to an outstanding week and are pleased to contribute to the Kawartha Region. I am personally gratified to be a part of giving a great camp and life experience to a deserving child through Camp Maple Leaf.”
“With a fantastic golf course and a strong surrounding community, operating The Wildfire Invitational is a tremendous opportunity,” said Geoff Conant, Senior Vice President of SDI Marketing. “We believe all the elements for success are here for a great event and we are excited to work with Glenn and his team at Wildfire.”
Eligibility for the 128-player professional field will be based off the 2013 Order of Merit, sponsor’s exemptions and players finishing in the top-20 the week prior at The Great Waterway Classic. The event will see the 64 amateurs team up with two different professionals on each of the first two competition days, getting to play with four different PGA TOUR Canada players in total.
The PGA TOUR Canada season will kick off June 3-9 at the Times Colonist Island Savings Open in Victoria, BC, heading coast-to-coast and concluding at the TOUR Championship of Canada presented by Freedom 55 Financial September 9-15 at Sunningdale Golf and Country Club in London, Ont.