Home of the Canadian Open to host national championship for record 25th time
Oakville, Ont. (RCGA) – The Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA) officially
announced today that Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, Ontario has been selected as
the host venue for the 2009 Canadian Open.
The 2009 Canadian Open is scheduled to take place July 20-26 and will mark the
100th playing of Canada’s national Open championship. The event will see Glen
Abbey challenge the stars of the PGA Tour for a record 25th time.
The selection of Glen Abbey for the centenary Canadian Open will also mark back to
back years for the storied Oakville layout as the course is set to host the 2008
Canadian Open next July 21-27.
“Glen Abbey and the Canadian Open share a long and storied history and we are
delighted to return in 2009 for the 100th playing of our national Open championship,”
said RCGA Executive Director Scott Simmons. “We are currently working on a longer
term strategy for the Open to solidify a rotation amongst Canada’s finest golf courses
and we will be making announcements in that regard in the months ahead. The
legendary Abbey has set the stage for many of the Canadian Open’s most
memorable moments and as we develop our strategic plan for the event going
forward, we felt that no venue would be a more fitting host for 2009.”
Glen Abbey has been the site of Canada’s national Open championship on 23
previous occasions. The 1977 Open marked its inaugural year with golfing great Lee
Trevino taking the title. The most recent Canadian Open played at Glen Abbey
occurred in 2004. In an unforgettable tournament for Canadians, Vijay Singh edged
Bright’s Grove, Ontario’s Mike Weir in a playoff to earn his first title in Canada.
Owned and operated by ClubLink Corporation as a premium daily fee course, Glen
Abbey Golf Club has a long history with the Canadian Open. Designed by Jack
Nicklaus, the Abbey opened in 1976 to serve as the permanent home of the Open
with amphitheatre settings around the greens for fans and to provide an exciting test
for PGA Tour professionals. Tiger Wood’s 6-iron from 218 yards out of a fairway
bunker on the 18th hole to win the 2000 Open is still fresh in the memory of many
“ClubLink is honoured to be hosting the historic 100th Canadian Open at Glen Abbey
Golf Club in 2009”, said ClubLink’s President & CEO Rai Sahi. “We are looking
forward to working closely with the RCGA and the PGA Tour in making the 25th
playing of the Canadian Open at Glen Abbey a memorable event”.
ABOUT THE 2008 CANADIAN OPEN
Stars of the PGA Tour will return in 2008 to legendary Glen Abbey Golf Club to
compete for $5 million U.S., as part of the 99th playing of the Canadian Open, July
21-27. Established in 1904, the Canadian Open is the third-oldest national open golf
championship worldwide next to the British Open and the U.S. Open.
For updated corporate hospitality, tickets, volunteer and sponsorship information
please visit www.thecanadianopen.ca or call 1-800-571-OPEN.
ABOUT CLUBLINK CORPORATION
Based in King City, Ontario, ClubLink is Canada’s largest owner, operator and
developer of member golf clubs. ClubLink operates 39 18-hole championship courses
and eight 9-hole academy courses in Ontario, Quebec and Virginia, and owns four
resorts in Muskoka. ClubLink Members enjoy reciprocal privileges at all ClubLink
courses and access to more than 250 facilities courses worldwide operated by Dallasbased
ClubCorp Inc. ClubLink is a public company traded on the Toronto Stock
Exchange (Symbols: LNK and LNK.DB). For more information, please visit
ABOUT THE ROYAL CANADIAN GOLF ASSOCIATION
The Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA) is the governing body of golf in Canada,
representing close to 400,000 members at over 1550 clubs across the country. Some
of the RCGA’s core services include the Rules of Golf, handicapping and course
rating, support of turfgrass and environmental research, the Canadian Golf Hall of
Fame and Museum and CN Future Links, Canada’s national junior golf program. In
addition, the RCGA conducts Canada’s most prestigious golf championships. The
Canadian Open and CN Canadian Women’s Open attract the best professional golfers
in the world, while six regional junior championships, 10 national amateur
championships and the CN Canadian Women’s Tour showcase the best of Canadian
golf. For more information please visit www.rcga.org.