The Mackenzie Tour–PGA Tour Canada and Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services announced Monday a five-year extension for the National Capital Open to Support Our Troops that will see the event remain in the Ottawa region through 2021.
The announcement was made Monday evening at the Canadian War Museum during an opening ceremony reception for the 2016 event.
“In its brief history, the National Capital Open to Support Our Troops has done tremendous work in not only putting on a world-class golf tournament, but raising support for the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces and their families, and we’re thrilled to see that continue for the next five seasons,” said Mackenzie Tour president Jeff Monday.
“Ottawa is among the players’ favourite destinations on the Mackenzie Tour each season and we look forward to visiting the National Capital Region through 2021,” he added.
This year’s tournament proceeds going towards the Support Our Troops fund will be directed to initiatives mitigating veteran homelessness, a key focus of Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services in 2016.
“Our relationship with the Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tout Canada in conducting these tournaments over the past three years has been characterized by exceptional commitment and professionalism on their part, coupled with a host of dedicated staff and volunteers working together to give voice to and support a most deserving cause: the morale and welfare of Canadian Armed Forces members, veterans and their families,” said Commodore Mark Watson, director general of Morale and Welfare Services.
“With the continuation of this partnership over the coming years, we look forward to increasing awareness of the challenges accruing from military service, expanding our base of supporters and broadening outreach and participation by the local community in the events,” he added.
“This is definitely a win-win situation for professional golf in Canada and the military community,” said Watson.