Canada's National Open Championship returns to Oakville for first time
Chris Rudge named as 2013 Tournament Chair
OAKVILLE, ON (Golf Canada), July 6, 2012 /CNW/ - Golf Canada and RBC
announced today that Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, Ont. will host
the 2013 RBC Canadian Open. The event will take place July 22-28, 2013.
Renowned as the longtime home of the Canadian Open, Glen Abbey will play
host to Canada's National Open Championship for a record 26th time. The announcement marks the return of the RBC Canadian Open to the
ClubLink-owned facility for the first time since 2009.
"In partnership with RBC, we are very pleased to confirm that the RBC
Canadian Open will return to Glen Abbey Golf Club in 2013," said Golf
Canada Executive Director and CEO Scott Simmons. "Glen Abbey has
challenged the world's best on 25 occasions and played host to many of
the most memorable finishes in Canadian Open history. As the most
fan-friendly spectator course I've ever seen, the Abbey and the
Canadian Open share a special connection in Canadian golf and we're
thrilled to add to that legacy once again in 2013."
"It is exciting to see the tournament return to Glen Abbey, given its
history and success," noted Andrew Shibata, head, Brand Marketing,
RBC. "RBC and Golf Canada are committed to bringing the RBC Canadian
Open to the best golf courses across the country and we look forward to
welcoming the world's top golfers and our dedicated fans back to this
prestigious golf course."
"We are very pleased to welcome the RBC Canadian Open back to Glen Abbey
for a record 26th time," said Rai Sahi, ClubLink President and CEO. "It is only fitting
that Canada's most famous course plays host to our National Open
Championship. Since the Canadian Open was first played on this Jack
Nicklaus Signature course in 1977, Glen Abbey has produced many worthy
champions including Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh, Greg Norman, Lee Trevino,
and Curtis Strange. We look forward to a great tournament week and
another outstanding champion in 2013."
Glen Abbey was owned and operated by Golf Canada (previously known as
the Royal Canadian Golf Association) from 1982 - 1998 before selling
the property to ClubLink in the fall of 1998. As the longtime home of
Canada's National Open Championship, 'The Abbey' hosted 22 Canadian
Opens between 1977 and 2000 as well as 2004, 2008 and 2009. Golf
Canada's head office as well as the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame and
Museum are located on the grounds of Glen Abbey Golf Club.
Golf Canada also announced that former Canadian Olympic Committee CEO
Chris Rudge will serve as Tournament Chair for the 2013 RBC Canadian
Open. Rudge, who sits on Golf Canada's Board of Directors, is
currently Executive Chairman of the Toronto Argonauts and the 100th
Grey Cup Festival set for Toronto in 2012.
"It's an honour to be asked to serve as Tournament Chair of the 2013 RBC
Canadian Open," said Rudge, the former Chairman of the Own the Podium
steering committee. "With more than a century of storied history and
incredible golfing moments, we want Canadian golf enthusiasts from
coast to coast to rally around the event, embrace as the proud history
of our National Open Golf Championship and celebrate what this fabulous
championship means to the sport of golf in this country. It is also
exciting to be involved as golf re-enters the Olympic world where it
will be contested in Toronto during the 2015 Pan American Games and the
2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro where Canada will defend as the
reigning gold medalist in golf."
The 2012 RBC Canadian Open will take place July 23-29 at the Hamilton
Golf and Country Club in Hamilton, Ont. The event will once again
raise money in support of national charity partner - the Mike Weir
Foundation - as well as the recently announced Community Child Abuse
Council (CCAC) in Hamilton as the local charity beneficiary.
For information about tickets, volunteer opportunities or corporate
hospitality, please visit www.rbccanadianopen.com.
ABOUT THE 2012 RBC CANADIAN OPEN
Part of the FedEx Cup, stars of the PGA TOUR will compete for $5.2
million (US) at the RBC Canadian Open, July 23-29, 2012 at Hamilton
Golf and Country Club in Hamilton, Ont. Established in 1904, the
tournament is the third-oldest national open golf championship
worldwide next to the British Open and the U.S. Open. The RBC Canadian
Open is proudly sponsored by RBC, Bell, BMW Group Canada, C.F.F
Stainless Steels, Molson Canadian 67, TaylorMade adidas Golf, The
Glenlivet, The Globe and Mail, Reader's Digest and the City of
Hamilton, with funding provided by the Government of Ontario. For
tournament information please visit www.rbccanadianopen.com or call 1-800-571-6736.
ClubLink is engaged in golf club and resort operations under the
trade-mark "ClubLink One Membership More Golf." ClubLink is Canada's
largest owner and operator of golf clubs with 53½, 18-hole equivalent
championship and six 18-hole equivalent academy courses at 44
locations, primarily in Ontario, Quebec and Florida.
ClubLink is also engaged in rail, tourism and port operations based in
Skagway, Alaska, which operates under the trade name "White Pass &
Yukon Route." The railway stretches approximately 177 kilometres from
Skagway, Alaska, through British Columbia to Whitehorse, Yukon. In
addition, ClubLink operates three docks primarily for cruise ships.
For more information, visit www.clublink.ca or call 1-800-661-1818.
RBC proudly supports golf around the world through high profile
relationships with the PGA TOUR, the PGA of America and Golf Canada.
RBC is the Official Banking and Financial Services partner of touring
professionals Luke Donald, Jim Furyk, Ernie Els, Matt Kuchar, Mike
Weir, Stephen Ames, Fred Couples, Hunter Mahan and Morgan Pressel. As
the Official Bank of the PGA of America and title sponsor of both the
RBC Heritage and the RBC Canadian Open, RBC also supports emerging
Canadian golfers through Golf Canada's grassroots developmental
programming, their Canadian Amateur Golf Championships and high
performance national team. Outside of golf, RBC sponsors amateur sport,
from grassroots to national sport associations. RBC is one of North
America's leading diversified financial services companies and among
the largest banks in the world, as measured by market capitalization.
GOLF CANADA - LOVE THE GAME. GROW THE GAME.
Golf Canada is the governing body of golf in Canada, representing more
than 340,000 members at close to 1,500 clubs across the country.
Recognized by Sport Canada as the National Sport Organization (NSO) for
golf in this country, Golf Canada's mission is to grow participation,
excellence and passion in the sport while upholding the integrity and
traditions of the game.
A proud member of the Canadian Olympic Committee, Golf Canada conducts
championships, programs and services to help shape the present and
future of golf in Canada. High performance athlete development, Golf in
Schools presented by Callaway, Golf Fore the Cure presented by Subaru,
the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame and Museum, CN Canadian Women's Tour and
CN Future Links - Canada's national junior golf program - are only some
of the initiatives the association leads for golf in Canada. As the
authority for golf in Canada, the association also administers the
Rules of Golf, amateur status and handicapping and course rating. In
addition, Golf Canada conducts Canada's most prestigious golf
championships. The RBC Canadian Open and CN Canadian Women's Open
attract the best professional golfers in the world, while regional
junior and national amateur championships provide world class
competitive opportunities for Canada's top golfers to showcase their
For more information about what Golf Canada is doing to support golf in
your community, visit us online at www.golfcanada.ca.
For further information:
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