The speculation of the past few months has turned into an official announcement.
For the first time, Saskatchewan host an LPGA Tour event as the 2018 CP Women’s Open will be played at Regina’s Wascana Country Club from August 20-26 next year.
“We are very excited to bring the CP Women’s Open to Regina and the province of Saskatchewan in 2018,” said tournament director Brent McLaughlin.
“Saskatchewan is a tremendous golf community and we are confident Wascana Country Club will be a fitting test to challenge the world’s best women’s golfers,” he added.
Through its CP Has Heart campaign, CP will once again be making a significant charitable donation within the host community. In its first three years of title sponsorship, from 2014-2016, the campaign has raised over $4.5 million in host communities.
“We are proud to be part of such a high-profile event on the LPGA Tour and are excited to bring the tournament to Saskatchewan, an integral province within our rail network,” said Martin Cej, assistant vice president of public affairs and communications for CP.
“In coordination with our CP Has Heart campaign, we look forward to leaving a significant charitable legacy in the Regina community.”
After a three-year recruiting process, Wascana Country Club finally earned its opportunity to host the event after originally submitting a bid in 2014.
“We are delighted to have been chosen to host the prestigious 2018 CP Women’s Open,as this will be a chance for us to show the world what the city of Regina has to offer,” said Regina Mayor Michael Fougere.
The Wascana Country Club has welcomed numerous high profile championships since its founding in 1911, including the PGA of Canada Championship in 1992; the Saskatchewan men’s amateur championship six times and the Saskatchewan women’s amateur 10 times.
Wascana will also host to the 2017 Canadian Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship later this summer in August.
“Our board of directors, members and staff are truly excited about hosting this most prestigious event,” said Greg Dukart, chief executive officer of Wascana Country Club.
“Our venue is ready and our championship golf course will provide a memorable and unique examination to the world’s greatest female golfers. We are looking forward to being part of the great history of the CP Women’s Open,” he added.
The city feels the same way, according to John Lee, president and CEO of Economic Development Regina.
“The Greater Regina Area is emerging as one of the best places in Canada to host an event, convention or trade show. Our unique assets and attractions combine to create what we call the Regina Advantage,” said Lee.
“The 2018 CP Women’s Open Championship will help showcase Regina and all we have to offer to a world-wide audience,” added Lee.
Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club will host the 2017 CP Women’s Open later this year.