Winnipeg’s St. Charles Country Club has another big chapter to write into a long club history that stretches back to 1904.
It was announced officially on Wednesday that the site of the 1952 Canadian Open, 1992 du Maurier Classic and 2000 AT&T Canada Senior Open would become the host site of the 2010 CN Canadian Women’s Open.
According to Stu Duncan of Destination Winnipeg, the community has “proposed it twice and stayed patient, persistent and determined, as the RCGA will attest, and third time’s a charm.”
St. Charles will have a similar configuration as 1992 when it hosted the LPGA Tour, using the nine designed by Alistair MacKenzie in 1929 on the front side and the nine created by Donald Ross in 1919 on the back.
The 2010 event will also mark the last Canadian Women’s Open under the current agreement between CN and the Royal Canadian Golf Association.
With CN as title sponsor, the tournament has risen from the ashes to one of the premier events on the LPGA Tour, some saying it is worthy of major status.
“We have had a terrific run and built, I think, a wonderful tournament,” said Stan Jablonski, senior vice president of sales for CN.
“What happened in Ottawa last year, it was a heck of an event. We’ve managed to raise millions of dollars for children across Canada. We’ve managed to give back to communities,” added Jablonski.
A site such as Winnipeg also works for CN, which employs approximately 2,000 people in the area and has several key customers there. Discussions between the RCGA and CN are currently taking place in the hopes of extending CN’s commitment as title sponsor.
“I think you can appreciate that these are difficult times and this is a corporate board decision and certainly, we will be evaluating what we do going forward,” said Jablonski. “We’ve got a lot of positive feedback and a lot of positive thoughts going forward.”
RCGA executive director Scott Simmons said he would ideally like to have an agreement in place by the end of 2009.
“Really, it’s about selecting a host venue for 2011 which, arguably, we would like to do in rough one year from now, or slightly earlier,” said Simmons.