Golf Canada and provincial golf associations announce changes to national amateur golf championships

Changes aimed at making Canada’s amateur championships world class experiences to begin in 2011

Golf Canada currently spends close to $1.3 million annually to conduct national amateur championships across the country. Golf Canada will continue to invest in all the championships with the goal to make them world class competitive experiences for Canadian and international competitors.

“The decision to change the structure of the championships is rooted in our continued commitment to conducting world class national amateur championships,” said Scott Simmons, Executive Director and CEO, Golf Canada. “We believe that instituting some format changes will strengthen our events as championships of excellence with a greater focus on individual competition, but we are also committed to ensuring that interprovincial competition will continue to be an important component of each event.”

The changes, announced today, will impact the competitive format of both the individual and interprovincial competitions, including:

- Players representing their province for the interprovincial competition will not specifically be paired with players representing other provinces on the first two days of the competition.

- Opening ceremonies and player banquets which had traditionally included only provincial team representatives will now include all of the players in the competition.

- Interprovincial trophies will be awarded based on the scores of three (3) players with each province counting the best two (2) scores each day over the first two days of the competition.

- Golf Canada will continue to provide travel subsidies for provincial representatives of up to $120,000 in 2011, and $100,000 in 2012, with no travel subsidy in 2013 and beyond. Each Provincial Golf Association will decide to what degree they are able to subsidize the travel costs of players representing their province at each respective national championship.

The existing field selection process (including the provincial quota system) for all national amateur championships will remain the same.

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