The Mackenzie Tour–PGA Tour Canada and Linx Marketing have announced the cancellation of the 2016 Syncrude Boreal Open due to effects on the Fort McMurray community following wildfires this spring.
“Having consulted with community leaders and sponsors, we felt it would be inappropriate to play the event this year as the Fort McMurray community embarks on recovering from this spring’s wildfires,” said Mackenzie Tour president Jeff Monday.
“We wish the very best to everyone in Fort McMurray as the community makes its recovery,” added Monday.
Tim Garbutt, the tournament’s executive director, added the city’s recovery took priority.
“Though we were hopeful for the possibility of the conducting the event in Fort McMurray, we did not feel it would be the right thing to do to hold the golf tournament while the city is focusing on recovery efforts,” said Garbutt.
The ATB Financial Classic, which takes place at Calgary’s Country Hills Golf Club, will move up a week on the schedule to take place August 1-7, immediately following the inaugural Oil Country Championship July 25-31 at Glendale Golf and Country Club in Edmonton.
“Moving up the ATB Financial Classic a week to immediately follow our event in Edmonton allows us to provide the best possible schedule for our players,” said Monday.
“Our gratitude goes out to Linx Marketing, ATB Financial and Country Hills Golf Club for accommodating the change in schedule,” he added.