Friday, October 28th, 2011
Under new leadership, with more prize money and with hockey star Jonathan Toews playing a larger role, the 2011 Canadian Tour Players Cup event will rank as a major golf attraction at the Pine Ridge Golf Club.
Taking over as executive director for the event is Ryan Hart, who is also president of the local marketing firm mf.1, which has taken over the operation.
Toews will be involved through the week as the host for the tournament and will be joined by some of his hockey friends and other notables for the Jonathan Toews and Friends Celebrity Pro-Am Tournament. Each team will consist of one celebrity, one tour pro and two amateurs.
The traditional Canadian Tour Pro-Am will played with teams comprised of one tour pro and three amateurs.
The 72-hole Players Cup tournament then will be played with increased purse of $300,000 up from the last year’s $250,000, as well as the berth in the Canadian Open championship for the winner.
It’s the second largest event on the Canadian Tour schedule and is expected to attract all of the leading players on the tour since it is also the final event to decide leading money winners who will get invitations to the Canadian Open.
Nicole McMillan, who served as executive director for the tournament in 2010, will be back on the scene as assistant to Hart and husband Rob McMillan has been named the honourary chairman and will participate in the tournament. He is the territory manager for Manitoba Lakehead for Acushnet Canada.