It’s been a dozen years but the PGA TOUR Canada is finally returning to the National Capital Region.
The 2001 Eagle Creek Classic was a booming success on what was then the Canadian Tour, and Ottawa golfers are expected to embrace the new event which will take place at the Hylands Golf Club in south end of Ottawa from August 4-10, 2014.
The agreement that was announced Thursday at the Lord Elgin Hotel in Ottawa will run through 2016. The tournament will see a guaranteed purse of $150,000.
The Forces and Families Open will benefit the Military Families Fund. Founded in 2007 Forces and Families is a volunteer organization that supports members of the Canadian Armed Forces and their families; it will be the host organization for the tournament.
“With Forces and Families, PGA TOUR Canada and a strong golf community in Ottawa starting with Hylands Golf Club, all the elements for a successful tournaments are right here,” said Tournament Director John Randolph. “The pieces are in place to make this a marquee event on PGA TOUR Canada next season.”
“We’re thrilled to be playing a tournament in the National Capital Region next year, especially one that supports the Military Families Fund,” said PGA TOUR Canada President Jeff Monday. “We were pleased to launch the Military Outreach Program to support the men and women of the armed forces earlier this year, and starting a tournament involved with Forces and Families is a natural extension of that relationship. We look forward to bringing some world class PGA TOUR prospects to Ottawa next season.”
Earlier this year, PGA TOUR Canada announced the Military Outreach Program, offering golf clinics from PGA TOUR Canada players and free admission for retired and active members of the Canadian Armed Forces. Net proceeds from the tournament will go towards supporting the Military Families Fund, which helps Military families in times of need, covering everything from counseling expenses to academic support.
The 36-hole Hylands Golf Club will host the tournament on their North Course which has received recent upgrades and will undergo more as it is prepared to host some of the best players in the world. The course will be stretched to 7,010 yards in length with the upgrades.
Hylands Golf Club General Manager Cody Barbeau was on-hand Monday and says the club is in full preparation mode. “Volunteers are already stepping forward at Hylands to make the event a success.”