TOTTENHAM, Ontario — The historic Ontario Open, a staple of Canadian golf from 1923 to the 1990s and recently restored as an important part of the Golf Ontario schedule, announced Monday that the official PGA TOUR Canada tournament will be as Sotheby’s International Realty Canada Ontario Open. Scott Pritchard, General Manager of PGA TOUR Canada, Don Kottick, President and CEO of Sotheby’s International Realty Canada, and Mike Kelly, CEO of Golf Ontario, announced the tournament scheduled for July 25-31 au Woodington Lake Golf Club.
“This is a significant day not only in the history of PGA TOUR Canada, but also for golf in Ontario,” said Pritchard. “The Ontario Open is a historic and important part of the golf landscape in this part of the country, and it is important that it return to its former stature. Having a company like Sotheby’s International Realty Canada partner with the Ontario Open ensures that this will happen.
The Ontario Open had been an annual event, since its inception in 1923, not even taking any time off during World War II when many tournaments closed. The winners of the first edition of the tournament included the Canadian legends George Knudson (five victories), Moe Norman (three victories) and Sam Snead, member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, who won the 1940 tournament. Ontario did it again in 1989, with former PGA TOUR player Michael Bradley winning the event. Various clubs in Ontario hosted the tournament between 1992 and 1996 before the tournament went on a 21-year hiatus, beginning in 1997.
“As one of the oldest and most renowned golf championships in the world, the Ontario Open has a reputation for attracting the best golfers nationally and internationally. Our sponsorship of this tournament is not only a reflection of our company’s commitment to contributing to the communities where our customers live, work and play, it is a reflection of our commitment to celebrate and align with the professional excellence, whether in sport or in business. “Said Kotick.
Woodington Lake Golf Club opened in 1995 and is celebrating its 27th season bringing championship golf to southern Ontario. The Legends Course first hosted the tournament in 2019, its first in 40 years, while unaffiliated with PGA TOUR Canada. PGA TOUR Canada veteran Greg Eason of England won the tournament. Woodington Lake and the Legends course will once again host the 72-hole medal event which is the sixth tournament on the PGA TOUR Canada’s 11-event schedule. It will award full Fortinet Cup points to all players who qualify and help help players advance to the Korn Ferry Tour 2023.
“From our group of owners and all our dedicated staff, we are delighted to welcome Ontario’s Omnium from Sotheby’s International Realty Canada in our magnificent facilities here in Woodington Lake. Marry a partner with the inheritance of Sotheby’s and such a historic golf tournament on our Legends course is a privilege, and we are impatient to develop the event together for the years to come. We are also thrilled to be hosting the Ontario Disability Championship again earlier this week,” said Woodington Lake Golf Club partner John Chetti.
The Ontario Disability Championship promotes awareness and participation of gofers with disabilities and provides a platform for the identification of future talent. Up to 60 participants will take part in this 36-hole stroke play championship on July 25-26.
Golf Ontario CEO Mike Kelly said, “We are thrilled to see the Ontario Open return as a regular event on the summer golf schedule, and Sotheby’s International Realty Canada’s participation puts this tournament on a solid footing.” solid.
The Sotheby’s International Realty Canada Ontario Open is the sixth stop in the race for the Fortinet Cup, the points-based competition that mirrors the competitive structure of the PGA TOUR, PGA TOUR Champions and PGA TOUR Latinoamerica. The Fortinet Cup will offer a player’s bonus pool of $ 100,000 – with $ 25,000 to the winner – to the best points of the Fortinet Cup points which will win a membership in the Korn Ferry Tour 2023. The classified player n ° 1 at the end of the Season wins Player of the Year honors and is eligible to play in all open Korn Ferry Tour tournaments the following season.
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