FOR RELEASE: February 24, 2022
CONTACT: Leslie Gallacher, Executive Director, PGA TOUR Canada Championship,
PGA TOUR Canada Championship coming to Waterloo Region in 2022
Deer Ridge Golf Club to host PGA TOUR Canada’s flagship event
KITCHENER, Ontario—PGA TOUR Canada announced Thursday that its flagship event, the season-ending PGA TOUR Canada Championship, will take place at Deer Ridge Golf Club from September 12-18.
The limited-field tournament will bring the Tour’s best players to the Waterloo Region, with the top-10 point-earners off the season-long Points List at the tournament’s conclusion earning 2023 Korn Ferry Tour membership. The Tour will honor the top points-earner with its Player of the Year Award. Previous winners of that prestigious honour are Mackenzie Hughes, Joel Dahmen, J.J. Spaun, Kramer Hickok, Tyler McCumber and Paul Barjon—all current PGA TOUR members.
“We are thrilled that we will host PGA TOUR Canada’s flagship event in the Waterloo Region. Deer Ridge Golf Club will serve as a formidable test for players as they look to secure Korn Ferry Tour status for the following season while taking one step closer toward the goal of playing on the PGA TOUR,” said PGA TOUR Canada Executive Director Scott Pritchard. “We look forward to working alongside the event organizers and the team at Deer Ridge Golf Club to deliver a world-class tournament.”
The local host organization for the event is championed by Executive Director Leslie Gallacher, with support from a volunteer advisory committee led by local entrepreneur and philanthropist Ron Caudle.
“We are honoured to bring a prestigious event like the PGA TOUR Canada Championship to our community,” said Gallacher. “We expect this tournament will generate significant charitable, economic and community impact as we welcome the world’s top up-and-coming players along with their families and fans to the Waterloo Region.”
The PGA TOUR Canada Championship will support four local charities—Waterloo Regional Track 3 Ski School, Pride Stables, Independent Living Centre of Waterloo Region and Nutrition for Learning. Since PGA TOUR Canada began in 2013, it has raised $5.4 million for charities across Canada.
Deer Ridge Golf Club is a par-72 championship golf course. Measuring 7,215 yards, the course opened in 1991, designed by award-winning golf course architect Thomas McBroom.
“Deer Ridge Golf Club and its Board of Directors are proud to host the PGA TOUR Canada Championship. Our members and community are providing sponsorship and volunteering to make this tournament the best-ever. There are great economic benefits for the Waterloo Region, and we will be helping out four local children’s charities.” – Ron Caudle, Volunteer Advisory Committee Chairman and Alan Paleczny, Deer Ridge Golf Club President.
Since 2013, more than 250 players have graduated to the Korn Ferry Tour, with 45 players accounting for 48 wins. From there, 54 players have moved on to the PGA TOUR, with 10 players accounting for 12 wins. They are Nick Taylor, Corey Conners, Mackenzie Hughes, Tony Finau, Joel Dahmen, C.T. Pan, Talor Gooch, Adam Long, Aaron Wise and Cam Davis. There are currently 10 Canadians on the PGA TOUR.
The full 2022 PGA TOUR Canada schedule can be found at www.pgatour.com/canada.
For more information about the PGA TOUR Canada Championship, including schedule of events, volunteering, sponsorship, and more visit: www.fortinetcupchampionship.com or contact Leslie Gallacher.
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About PGA TOUR Canada
PGA TOUR Canada is a series of tournaments played primarily in Canada each summer, where tomorrow’s stars begin the path to the PGA TOUR. The leading points earners at the end of each season earn status on the Korn Ferry Tour for the following season. 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.