The Mackenzie Tour–PGA Tour Canada has announced a three-year extension and new name for the Cape Breton Open, formerly called the Cape Breton Celtic Classic, which moves to Bell Bay Golf Club in Baddeck, N.S., in 2016.
The event will take place Aug. 29 to Sept. 4 under the direction of a new host organization, led by local business figure and longtime Baddeck resident Sandy Campbell, who will serve as the event’s executive director.
“I am thrilled to be leading this initiative and eagerly look forward to delivering a first-class event to the people of Nova Scotia and Cape Breton Island,” said Campbell.
“Over the past few months, I have gained a great deal of insight from other Mackenzie Tour events, volunteers and players and look forward to engaging with the community on this event starting this year,” added Campbell.
Campbell, who spearheaded the development of Bell Bay in the late 1990s, has been instrumental in bringing a number of championships to Cape Breton, including the Canadian Amateur and Mid-Amateur Championships.
Campbell’s son Peter, has competed on the Mackenzie Tour and PGA Tour Latinoamérica since 2012.
“We have been working with Sandy for a number of months as we transition the event to Bell Bay, which will be a tremendous opportunity and test for our players as they work towards making the next step on the path to the PGA Tour,” said Mackenzie Tour President Jeff Monday.
The event moves on from its first three seasons at the Lakes Golf Club and will once again serve as the season’s penultimate event, marking players’ final chance to earn their spots in the limited field, season-ending Freedom 55 Financial Championship in London, Ont.
“We would like to thank everyone at The Lakes who helped launch this event, in particular the many members who graciously volunteered their time and opened their homes to our players,” said Monday.