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Heavy rain forces cancellation of the Elk Ridge Open

Heavy rain forces cancellation of Elk Ridge Open

WASKESIU LAKE, Saskatchewan—When PGA TOUR Canada Tournament Director Matt Delaney and his staff began the setup process of Elk Ridge Resort in advance of the Elk Ridge Open, the one thing that stood out was how much rain had fallen on the golf course in the previous week. Even before the tournament began, Delaney made the decision that players would be allowed to lift, clean and place their golf balls. The course was that wet.

“When we began the Elk Ridge Open, the golf course was borderline, again, because of all the rain this part of the province has received,” Delaney explained. “But it was good enough to play. It’s not good enough now.”

Saturday afternoon, the Tour announced the cancellation of the 2022 Elk Ridge Open, what was to be the third tournament of PGA TOUR Canada’s Fortinet Cup season. The tournament will not be rescheduled.

Even though 78 of the 156 players in the field were able to finish their first rounds Thursday, play was not without interruption as two dangerous weather situations forced delays that ultimately caused the suspension of the first round. Thursday night, more rain began falling, and it didn’t let up. Eventually, Delaney and his team toured the course, taking photos of the course’s condition. In consultation with tournament organizers and sponsors, PGA TOUR Canada officials and staffers at PGA TOUR headquarters in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, the Tour announced Saturday afternoon it was canceling the 2022 Elk Ridge Open.

“During the last 10 days, the golf course has received over 10 inches of rain. We evaluated the golf course this morning, and it was completely flooded,” Delaney said after his team examined all 18 holes and found bunkers full of water and standing water on fairways and greens. “It’s totally unplayable golf conditions. You can’t play under the rules of golf in conditions like this.

“Quite simply,” Delaney continued, “if we tried to play, and players had unplayable lies because of the accumulation of water, there would literally be no place for them to drop their golf balls on the golf course. It will take at least one week for this golf course to dry out just for normal play here.”

Prior to this week, the Tour has never canceled an official tournament due to weather and not rescheduled it. In 2013, the ATB Classic moved from its original June date to early August because of heavy rain causing unplayable conditions. Joe Panzeri won the rescheduled tournament. Only one other time in PGA TOUR Canada’s history has there been a tournament less than 72 holes. Officials shortened the 2016 ATB Classic in Calgary to 54 holes when overnight rain prior to the final round flooded Country Hills Golf Club. Charlie Bull, the third-round leader, earned the victory.

“Canceling a golf tournament is something we do not take lightly. We enter every tournament week with the intent of playing 72 holes of golf. The unprecedented rain in this part of the province actually made the decision for us,” said PGA TOUR Canada Executive Director Scott Pritchard. “There was just no way we could continue with the tournament as the course is totally unplayable.”

Tournament officials looked at every possibility and finally realized cancellation was the only option.

“I’m grateful for all the support the ownership group, Routes2SK, has shown to the sponsors, the community, our staff and, certainly, our players,” Pritchard continued. “Routes2SK has gone over and above for everyone. We were welcomed with open arms, and this event had the makings of being very special. I appreciate the players understanding that this is something out of our control. While we will not be able to reschedule the Elk Ridge Open, we look forward to returning to Elk Ridge Resort in 2023.”

PGA TOUR Canada’s Elk Ridge Open Announces Sponsor Exemptions

PGA TOUR Canada’s Elk Ridge Open Announces Sponsor Exemptions

Elk Ridge, Sk – The ownership group of Elk Ridge Resort, Routes2SK and the Elk Ridge Open host committee announced Wednesday four of its sponsor exemptions into the field for the 2022 official PGA TOUR Canada tournament that will take place June 20-26at Elk Ridge Golf Resort.

The four sponsor exemptions will go to:

  • Roman Timmerman, the top-ranked 2021 Golf SK amateur and winner of the 2021 Saskatchewan Amateur
  • Josh Nagy, a product of Elk Ridge Resort Junior Program
  • The winner of the 2022 Lobstick Open (Waskesiu, June 13-14)
  • The winner of the 2022 Scotia Wealth Management Open (Nipawin Evergreen, June 4-5)

This is the second playing of the Elk Ridge Open and the first as part of the Tour’s Fortinet Cup schedule. The 72-hole event begins June 23. The 2021 tournament took place in September due to a modified TOUR schedule.

“Our Routes2SK Inc. group has chosen Roman and Josh, and we look forward to inviting the two champions of the upcoming events to play in this first-ever PGA TOUR Canada event at Elk Ridge Golf Resort,” said Routes2SK Managing Partner Ryan Danberg. “The stage is going to be substantially different from last year’s Canadian-only event, so we are hoping to have Saskatchewan’s best represent us.

“We have recently purchased the Waskesiu Lake Lodge,” Danberg continued, “and having the Lobstick in Waskesiu is a very important golf event for the community. This will make the event that much more exciting to watch.”

This marks the second time Nagy received a sponsor exemption. The two-time Saskatchewan junior champion is currently playing college golf for Robert Morris University in Moon Township, Pennsylvania, outside Pittsburgh.

“I’d like to thank Elk Ridge and the organizing committee again this year for the exemption,” Nagy said. “I was able to compete in the inaugural Elk Ridge Open last September and was very happy my first professional event was at the resort where I grew up playing the game. I am very excited to come back and try my hand again against players at the next level. I look forward to returning to the Open and am thankful for the opportunity.”

Timmerman earned a spot in last year’s tournament following his record-breaking win at the 2021 Saskatchewan Amateur Championship in Swift Current. Due to a scheduling conflict with his university, the Saskatoon product was unable to compete in the inaugural event.

“I am very grateful and excited to be given a sponsor’s exemption into the 2022 Elk Ridge Open. I would like to thank Brian Lee, Steve Ryde and the rest of the staff at Golf Saskatchewan, as well as Ryan Wells and everyone at Elk Ridge Resort, for this opportunity. I heard only great things from last year’s event and look forward to competing this June,” Timmerman said.

The Elk Ridge Open tournament committee plans to announce its final two sponsor exemption selections following further discussion with PGA TOUR Canada officials.

Two weeks ago, PGA TOUR Canada announced a multi-year sponsorship agreement with Fortinet,a global leader in broad, integrated and automated cybersecurity solutions based in Sunnyvale, California. Fortinet will sponsor the season-long points competition, the Fortinet Cup, that will mirror the competitive structure of the points-based competitions on the PGA TOUR, PGA TOUR Champions and PGA TOUR Latinoamérica. The Fortinet Cup will also offer a new $100,000 player bonus pool—with $25,000 to the winner—to the top Fortinet Cup points-earners who earn membership on the 2023 Korn Ferry Tour.

For more details on the Elk Ridge Open click here.

Contact:

Ryan Danberg

Managing Partner, Routes2Sk/Elk Ridge Resort

Ryan.danberg@elkridgeresort.com

2022 PGA TOUR Canada – Fortinet Cup Schedule Announcement

FOR RELEASE: April 19, 2022
CONTACT: Laury Livsey, PGA TOUR, laurylivsey@pgatourhq.com, 904-525-5538
Jay Fawler, PGA TOUR Canada, jayfawler@pgatourintl.ca, 519-817-7336


PGA TOUR Canada announces 2022 Fortinet Cup schedule
The Fortinet Cup kicks off with 11-tournament season
that begins in June and concludes in September

TORONTO, Canada—Featuring a regular season that begins in early June and ends in mid-September, PGA TOUR Canada announced its 2022 schedule Tuesday for the Fortinet Cup as part of the season-long competition. Fortinet announced it will be the Tour’s Cup sponsor as the Tour awards points based on player performance, with a $100,000 bonus pool up for grabs for the top competitors.


PGA TOUR Canada’s regular season is offering a return to full-action and Korn Ferry Tour membership to the top players, a summer lineup of 11 tournaments beginning in Victoria, British Columbia, and concluding in Kitchener, Ontario. The Tour also will hold an official event outside Canada for the first time when players travel to Brainerd, Minnesota, late in the summer.

PGA TOUR Canada did not play in 2020 due to issues surrounding the global pandemic, and it organized and hosted a scaled-down, eight-tournament Tour in 2021 mainly for players residing in Canada. This will be the first season since 2019 that features full fields and a path for players to reach the Korn Ferry Tour.


“This is a significant time in the history of PGA TOUR Canada as we begin the Fortinet Cup era. The Fortinet Cup offers players the ability to compete on some of the best golf courses in Canada—along with the added bonus of another tournament played in the U.S.,” said PGA TOUR Canada Executive Director Scott Pritchard. “Spanning coast to coast, the 2022 schedule is one we are proud to announce and is already setting up for a triumphant return of PGA TOUR
Canada.”


“Fortinet is excited to partner with PGA TOUR Canada. The Tour delivers an amazing experience—in equal measure for its fans and golfers. As PGA TOUR Canada’s premier sponsor and the host of Fortinet Cup, our company will bring its deep expertise in cybersecurity innovation to the world of golf,” said Marc Asturias, Vice President of Marketing and Government Vertical at Fortinet Latin America and Canada. “Our partnership furthers Fortinet’s vision to make possible a digital world that we can always trust by securing people, devices, and
data everywhere.”

The season gets underway June 2-5 at a familiar Tour site, Uplands Golf Course, for the newly named Royal Beach Victoria Open presented by Times Colonist. After a scheduled one-week break for the PGA TOUR’s RBC Canadian Open, players will tee it up three weeks in a row, starting the week of June 13-19, at the ATB Classic presented by Volvo Edmonton, followed by
the Elk Ridge Open (June 23-26) in the Resort Village of Elk Ridge in Waskesiu, Saskatchewan, and the Prince Edward Island Open in Cardigan (June 30-July 3).

The Tour observes a two-week break to begin July before resuming action in Ontario, for the Osprey Valley Open presented by Voroantim Cimentos CBM Aggregates (July 21-24) in the Toronto suburb of Caledon. The Ontario Open (July 28-31) in Tottenham is the next week, bringing July to a close. The Quebec Open is scheduled for August 4-7 in Blainville, with another off week preceding the Manitoba Open (August 18-21).

The visit to Minnesota, for the CRMC Championship presented by Gertens (August 25-28), and the next week’s GolfBC Championship (September 1-4) in Kelowna, British Columbia, bring August to an end and takes the players into September. The season concludes September 12-18 at the Fortinet Cup Championship, the Tour’s best players from the Points List assembling for the first time at Deer Ridge Golf Club and the Fortinet Cup final positions decided, as well as the $100,000 bonus pool for the top-10 players. The overall Fortinet Cup champion will pocket $25,000.

“It’s exciting to think where we are beginning and culminating our season, along with the other nine cities and golf courses we’ll visit during the year. There is so much to look forward to, the ATB Classic returning to Edmonton, PGA TOUR player Graham DeLaet serving as the honorary chair at the Elk Ridge Open, having the Ontario Open and its storied history as part of our schedule and visiting TPC Toronto, one of the premier TPC facilities in the network,” Pritchard
explained. “Traveling outside Canada to Minnesota for a tournament, with Tom Lehman significantly involved, spending a week in Quebec and moving the GolfBC Championship to a September date for the first time are all things we’re anxiously anticipating.

“In addition,” Pritchard continued, “Prince Edward Island has had to wait a year to make its official debut on our schedule, and Manitoba is also back after a two-year hiatus. It will be great to play our tournaments in those two regions. I simply can’t be more excited about what we will offer this year’s crop of players.”


PGA TOUR Canada began in 2013 as the PGA TOUR’s second International Tour. Since its inception, the Tour has seen 14 of its alums win 16 PGA TOUR titles, while 46 past PGA TOUR Canada players have collected 49 total Korn Ferry Tour victories.

The Tour has already held five of its seven Qualifying Tournaments to determine its complete 2022 player roster. This week the Tour is conducting its sixth qualifier, in the Tacoma, Washington, area, with the final Qualifying Tournament in Canada to follow. The first five medalists during this Qualifying Tournament season are Alex Herrmann and Austin Hitt (from the Florida tournaments), amateur Jacob Bridgeman (from the Alabama qualifier), Max Marsico
(from the Arizona qualifier) and Jake Vincent (from the California qualifier).

About PGA TOUR Canada
PGA TOUR Canada is professional golf tour that offers a series of tournaments played primarily in Canada each summer, where tomorrow’s stars begin the path to the PGA TOUR. All year, players will compete for the Fortinet Cup, a points-based race that rewards the top performers with Korn Ferry Tour membership for the following season. In addition, players will play for a $100,000 bonus pool provided by Fortinet. PGA TOUR Canada’s mission is to deliver a PGA TOUR experience for our members, fans, volunteers and its partners in order to develop the future stars of professional golf and enrich the communities the Tour visits.

About Fortinet
Fortinet makes possible a digital world that we can always trust through its mission to protect people, devices, and data everywhere. This is why the world’s largest enterprises, service providers and government organizations choose Fortinet to securely accelerate their digital journey. The Fortinet Security Fabric platform delivers broad, integrated and automated protections across the entire digital-attack surface, securing critical devices, data, applications, and connections from the data center to the cloud to the home office. Ranking No. 1 in the most security appliances shipped worldwide, more than 565,000 customers trust Fortinet to protect their businesses. And the Fortinet NSE Training Institute, an initiative of Fortinet’s Training Advancement Agenda (TAA), provides one of the largest and broadest training programs in the industry to make cyber training and new career opportunities available to everyone. Learn more at https://www.fortinet.com, the Fortinet Blog, or FortiGuard Labs.

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Facebook: @PGATOURCanada
Instagram: @PGATOURCanad

Official Tournament Announcement Press Release

Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada adds Elk Ridge Open to schedule
with long-term deal

Landmark agreement makes Saskatchewan event part of the
Tour through 2028.

TORONTO, Canada—The Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada officially announced Tuesday the creation of the Elk Ridge Open, a new event taking place at Elk Ridge Resort in Waskesiu, Saskatchewan. The tournament, set for the week of September 6, is one of the eight official tournaments on the recently announced Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada season. The Tour and the Elk Ridge Open entered into an eight-year deal. Elk Ridge Resort is known as Saskatchewan’s premier all-season resort and was recently purchased Routes2SK, owned by a group of eight born-and-raised Saskatchewan professionals. Routes2SK is
committed to honouring the legacy of the property founded by Arne Peterson in 1994.

“We are absolutely thrilled to be partnering with the PGA TOUR to bring high-caliber professional golf back to the province,” said Managing Partner Ryan Danberg. “Our partnership group is extremely proud of Elk Ridge Resort, and we can’t wait to showcase the property to the world through our partnership with the Mackenzie Tour.”

The 2021 Elk Ridge Open will be contested with players based in Canada due to the global pandemic and restrictions still in place at the Canada-U.S. border. The tournament will be a showcase leading into the 2022 season. The 2022 Elk Ridge Open will be a full-field Mackenzie Tour event in 2022 played June 20-26.

“We are very excited to be returning to Saskatchewan, and we can’t thank the partners at Routes2SK for their unwavering commitment to their community and Elk Ridge Resort,” said Mackenzie Tour Executive Director Scott Pritchard. “We truly believe we have all the ingredients to make this one of the favourite stops of the summer on one of the best golf courses in the province. It will surely provide a great test for our players.”

The Elk Ridge Open is also pleased to announce that Saskatchewan native Graham DeLaet, a current PGA TOUR player and Mackenzie Tour alumnus, will serve as the tournament’s honourary chair. DeLaet is well known in Saskatchewan for his family’s philanthropic endeavours. The Graham and Ruby DeLaet Foundation has been focused on improving the health and wellness of children, as well as supporting the development of junior golfers at all stages. The Foundation is an extension of previous charitable efforts, which have provided valuable contributions to Golf Saskatchewan, the Canada Junior Golf Association and the Weyburn & District Hospital Foundation. “I look forward to serving as the honourary chairperson for the Elk Ridge Open in my home province,”
DeLaet said. “Elk Ridge Resort is a world-class facility, and I’m excited to work with the new ownership group looking forward to making this significant impact in the community and Saskatchewan.”

This 2021 tournament will mark the first time the Mackenzie Tour has been in Saskatchewan for an event since 2016. The Tour held the Dakota Dunes Open at Dakota Dunes Golf Links just outside of Saskatoon for eight years.
“This is an exciting opportunity to showcase Saskatchewan’s world-class recreation and tourism industries,” explained Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe. “The economic spinoff generated by this event will have a significant impact on Elk Ridge and area for years to come.”

VMC Sports & Entertainment, led by President Hugh Vassos, will serve as the host organization for the Elk Ridge Open. VMC has a been involved with a number of Mackenzie Tour events in the past, having served in a similar role for the Dakota Dunes Open. Currently, VMC acts as the host organization for the
GolfBC Championship in Kelowna, British Columbia, which is known for its significant impact in the Okanagan region. “We are elated to be involved with the Elk Ridge Open and Routes2SK, bringing the Mackenzie Tour back to Saskatchewan. This is exciting news for Saskatchewan especially for the tourism industry as we come out of a pandemic that has devastated the sports-event business,” said Vassos. “Elk Ridge Resort will be the perfect venue for the Elk Ridge Open and many of the other ancillary events we have planned. I look forward to our team at VMC Sports & Entertainment providing event-management
services and personally serving as the Tournament Director for this world-class event,” added Vassos.

Elk Ridge Golf Course is a 27-hole facility designed by Bruce Klassen and Blaine Fagnou. The Mackenzie Tour players will be playing a composite course, which will measure more than 7,000 yards and play as a par-70. In the past, Elk Ridge has hosted a number of provincial amateur and professional events, as well
as Golf Canada’s Senior Women’s Championship.


Social handles for the Elk Ridge Open are as follows:
Instagram: @ElkRidgeOpen
Twitter: @ElkRidgeOpen
Facebook.com/ElkRidgeOpen


About the Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada
The Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada is a series of tournaments played across Canada each summer,
where tomorrow’s stars begin the path to the PGA TOUR. In 2021, because of restrictions at the Canada-U.S. border, the Mackenzie Tour is for players based in Canada. The Mackenzie Tour’s mission is to deliver a PGA TOUR experience for its members, fans, volunteers and partners in order to develop the future stars of professional golf and enrich the communities it visits

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