PGA Tour Canada is coming to back to the Nation’s Capital (again).
On Tuesday, members of the Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services and PGA Tour Canada representatives announced a new name for the Ottawa-based PGA Tour Canada event — the National Capital Open to Support Our Troops.
The tournament is rebranded from the Forces & Families Open from 2014, won by Canadian Greg Machtaler, who drained a long birdie putt on the 72nd hole to capture his first PGA Tour Canada win by a single shot. It will take place August 17-23 (almost three weeks later than last year’s event) but will, once again, be played at Hylands Golf Club.
“The Ottawa area has such a strong golf community, and we want to do everything we can to make sure the National Capital Open to Support Our Troops becomes an integral part of that community,” said PGA TOUR Canada President Jeff Monday in a statement.
New Tournament Director Doug Langton said the name change came from the desire to focus on the location and the cause.
“Some tournaments have a presenting sponsor or charity attached to the name, but ours is a combination of both,” he explained.
The inaugural event raised $15,000 for charity which Langton said they were “pleased” with for a first-year event. Event organizers are looking to build on that for 2015.
“Our top priority is to engage the Ottawa community and grow the National Capital Open to Support Our Troops into one of the top events in the region moving forward,” said Langton. “A PGA TOUR Canada event is a tremendous vehicle to raise support and awareness for the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces and to drive economic activity in the area, and we look forward to seeing this event grow in 2015 and beyond.”
Web.com Tour member – and Ottawa-native – Brad Fritsch will return as an ambassador for the tournament in 2015 as well.
The National Capital Open to Support our Troops is one of PGA Tour Canada’s full slate of tournaments for the upcoming year – and, the formal 2015 schedule will be released this week, per PGA Tour Canada officials. This on the heels of a very successful Q-School application process. All three qualifying sites were sold out within three hours, and the site in Florida was sold out in just 11 minutes. A testament to the “system” in place by the PGA Tour (and perhaps, some inspiration from Nick Taylor as well).
More news on the National Capital Open to Support our Troops to come as the year goes on.