The Canadian Tour has unveiled its new Eastern Ontario event, which will debut this September.
The Great Waterway Classic is a four-year initiative that will include a rotation of four Eastern Ontario courses hosting the event, beginning Sept. 3-9 at Smuggler’s Glen in Gananoque.
Upper Canada Golf Club in Morrisburg will host the 2013 event, with the tournament moving to Loyalist Country Club in 2014 and Black Bear Ridge in 2015.
“This is an exciting opportunity for The Great Waterway,” said Richard Johnston, chair of the Board for the Regional Tourism Organization 9 (otherwise known as the Great Waterway Region and Evolution Golf and Events Management Inc.).
“Highlighting the golf assets we have in the region over the next four years will help local businesses grow and attract new visitors to The Great Waterway,” he added.
The Great Waterway Classic will feature a 156-player field competing for a $150,000 purse. The tournament will conclude the domestic Canadian Tour portion of the schedule.
“The Great Waterway Classic will provide significant national and international exposure for the Great Waterway and Eastern Ontario communities on the whole,” said Canadian Tour commissioner Rick Janes.
The principal charity for the tournament will be the University Hospitals Kingston Foundation.
The full 2012 Canadian Tour schedule is expected to be released later this month.