The PGA Tour and SportBox Entertainment Group have formally announced details about the WebDotCom Tour coming to Nova Scotia for the first time and being the centerpiece of “GOLFest Nova Scotia,” a week-long celebration of golf during Canada Day week.
GOLFest Nova Scotia will feature the Nova Scotia Open, the Canada Cup and the Junior Canada Cup as a celebration all things golf in Canada.
Activities will begin on Sunday, June 29, and conclude on Sunday, July 6.
The festival is being produced by SportBox in partnership with the City of Halifax, the province of Nova Scotia, the Atlantic Golf Organization and the PGA Tour.
All official events will be held at the New Course at Ashburn Golf Club in the Halifax suburb of Windsor Junction.
The Nova Scotia Open will feature a field of 156 golfers competing over 72 holes of stroke play (July 3-6) for a purse of $650,000 U.S.
The Ashburn Golf Club’s New Course is a 7,014-yard par-72 layout that was designed by Geoffrey Cornish and opened in 1970. A pro-am will be played on Wednesday, July 2.
All four rounds of the Nova Scotia Open will be televised in the United States and Canada on Golf Channel.
Internationally, the tournament will be distributed in 192 countries and territories, including much of Asia, Latin America and Europe, via PGA Tour Entertainment.
The Canada Cup will kick off the professional golf experience on Monday, June 30, featuring Team Canada vs. the World for bragging rights.
In 2014, Team Canada will be represented by Mike Weir, Graham DeLaet and David Hearn, as well as a top Canadian member of the Web.com Tour.
Team Canada will face off in an 18-hole competition against three international PGA Tour players and a top international member of the WebDotCom Tour. Those players will be announced in the future.
The Canada Cup will also feature a nine-hole morning pro-am event prior to the Team Canada vs. the World match.
Conducted in partnership with the Canadian Junior Golf Association, the Junior Canada Cup will serve as a platform
for the awareness, support and growth of Canadian grassroots golf.
The Junior Canada Cup will feature six-person teams in an Eastern Canada vs. Western Canada showdown, held the day before the Canada Cup, Sunday, June 29.
A series of six qualifying events, three in Eastern Canada and three in Western Canada, will be held to determine the six players for both teams.
SportBox also formally introduced Grant MacDonald as the agency’s director of tourism, public sector and federation partnerships.
Headquartered in Halifax, MacDonald will oversee the GOLFest property. MacDonald has worked on attracting and planning for several international events, including the 2008 IIHF World Championships in Halifax.
“The WebDotCom Tour is extremely excited to be coming to Nova Scotia for the first time this summer,” said tour president Bill Calfee. ”
“The Nova Scotia Open and GOLFest activities will give golf fans of Halifax and the province of Nova Scotia a reason to be at Ashburn Golf Club every day to celebrate Canada Day week,” he added.
Current partners for GOLFest Nova Scotia include Atlantic Golf Organization, Cobra Puma Golf, Halifax International Airport Authority, Halifax Regional Municipality and the Province of Nova Scotia.