Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Canadian Open returns to Hamilton in 2006

This is good news for Canadian golf, given the interest in Hamilton when the event was held there in 2003. Hopefully the PGA Tour pros will remember it, though I'm not as certain of that. It seems to me, from the tour pros I've played with, all they remember about a course is their final score.
Still, Hamilton is a great course with a storied history. I'm sure the members will push forward with this one.

Montreal's loss is Hamilton's gain for 2006 golf event:Canadian Open relocated
National PostFriday, November 26, 2004
By Robert Thompson
The Royal Canadian Golf Association announced yesterday thatthe Canadian Open will return to Hamilton Golf and Country Club in2006 before heading to a new course in Montreal in 2008.The historic Hamilton course, long regarded as one of the best in Canada, hosted the 2002 Canadian Open. The club's membership mustapprove the event in a vote on Dec. 7.
The RCGA also said yesterday that a Montreal course it is buildingin partnership with Gordon Stollery, co-owner of Angus Glen Golf Club in Markham, and Mike Columbos will hold the 2008 event.The course, designed by American architect Tom Fazio, was rumoured to be the site of the 2006 event, but construction was delayed until this summer. It is expected to open in 2006, but not in time for the Canadian Open.
"It is our priority to have a golf course that is in the bestpossible condition and ready for a Canadian championship of this magnitude," Columbos said in a news release. "Delays have made it impossible for us to host the Bell Canadian Open in 2006." Controversy has swirled around the RCGA's involvement with the Montreal project and the decision to use an American golf architect to build a course that will hold Canada's national championship.
The return to Hamilton, however, could generate positive support for the Canadian Open, which has had difficulty attracting topfields in recent years.There were concerns heading into the 2002 event that Hamilton, a course that opened in 1914 and plays as a par 70 at 6,946 yards,would not be challenging to PGA Tour pros. However, even in benignconditions, the course held its own, with Bob Tway and Brad Faxon tying for the lead after four rounds at eight-under-par. Tway won the event in a playoff. Despite a lacklustre field where many of the PGA Tour's top nameswere missing, golfers at the 2002 event praised the course's variety and classic layout.

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