Saturday, June 5th, 2010
A phone call last year is giving Dennis Hendershott and Kara Kelly a chance to change Canada’s amateur golf landscape.
The call was from Stephen Bebis, Golf Town president and CEO, who wanted to know if Hendershott and Kelly, cofounders of the Great Lakes Golf Tour, wanted to help start a new program.
“We weren’t sure whether it was directly related to the Great Lakes Tour but obviously he wanted to talk to us about something and we were excited about it,” said Hendershott, recalling the meeting that took place almost a year ago.
“When we got in there, it was a conversation about what we do. He had heard good things about what we did.
“He wanted to start up a new program and he was giving us an opportunity to be part of that. He said if we could elaborate on his vision, he’d be interested in us helping him and then him supporting the Great Lakes Tour.
“Before we even got home, we had the concept for this new series.
“The next day we sent out an e-mail and he said, ‘Let’s do it’.”
And that series, which is set to launch on June 1 at Fire Rock Golf Club in London, is the Golf Town National Amateur Series presented by West- Jet RBC MasterCard in partnership with Callaway Golf.
It will be the first and only national tournament series for competitive men and women of any handicap.
The 18-event series will take place at courses in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia.