The Canadian Tour is returning to Fort McMurray, Alta., with the announcement that the Syncrude Boreal Open will begin next year. The new event is confirmed through 2013.
The inaugural Syncrude Boreal Open, which will be played in either June or July in 2011, will have a minimum purse of $150,000 and will be played at the Fort McMurray Golf Club. Official dates will be announced later this summer.
“One of the things that the Canadian Tour does very well is bring world-class golf into communities that might not otherwise have the chance to see golf played at this level,” said Canadian Tour commissioner Rick Janes.
“The other thing golf does better than any other sport is raise awareness and funds for important local causes and charity. We are very excited about returning to Fort McMurray in 2011 and we hope that the entire community will embrace the event.”
Syncrude president and chief executive officer Tom Katinas said the event will add some profile to Fort McMurray.
“This is an excellent tourism opportunity for Fort McMurray and the Wood Buffalo region,” said Katinas. “This event will give the community an opportunity to showcase the warmth and friendliness found here and show off all the features that make this a great place to live and raise a family.”
“A local non-profit organization, which will be announced at a later date, will enjoy financial benefit from the various venues,” Katinas added.
Fort McMurray has served as a host to the Canadian Tour in the past at the Fort McMurray Charity Classic, which was played in the late 1980s.