Media Release: January 16, 2014


THUNDER BAY, ON (January 16, 2014) — The Thunder Bay Golf Classic is still six months away but local community support for the PGA TOUR Canada event has already started to heat up.

The Valhalla Inn and the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce have both come on board as tournament partners, it was announced Thursday at a media conference at the hotel.
Located close to Thunder Bay’s south core, the Valhalla Inn has joined as the official hotel for the first year of a multi-year agreement that will see the PGA TOUR Canada come to Thunder Bay for at least the next three years.

“We’re pleased to have had our hotel chosen as the official Hotel partner of the upcoming Thunder bay Golf Classic this coming July,” said Mary McLellen, General Manager of the Valhalla Inn. “We look forward to providing world class accommodations to the participants, officials and their supports. In partnering with the event we hope to contribute to its success so that the Thunder Bay Golf Classic will remain a regular stop on PGA TOUR Canada.”

The Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce, an outspoken advocate of community-building initiatives, has pledged $12,000 and more in kind in support of the event.

“The Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce is proud to support the Thunder Bay Golf Classic through a contribution from our Economic Development Fund,” said Charla Robinson, President of the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce. “This week long event will bring Canadian, U.S. and international amateur golfers to our community, raising the profile of our world class golf facilities within the golf community and contributing over $1 million to the Thunder Bay economy.”

As host to the 1995 World Nordic Games, 2010 World Junior Baseball Championships and 2011 Special Olympics, Thunder Bay is a city with a long history of support for professional and community-based sports events

“With an experienced host city like Thunder Bay, a passionate fan base, and a tremendous golf course at Whitewater, we have all the right pieces in place for an outstanding inaugural tournament,” said Scott Pritchard, Director, Tournament Business Affairs with PGA TOUR Canada.

The PGA TOUR Canada season will tee off May 26th to June 1st at the PC Financial Open in Vancouver, BC and conclude at the TOUR Championship of Canada presented by Freedom Financial, September 8th to 15th, at Sunningdale Golf and Country Club in London, Ontario. The Thunder Bay Golf Classic, a new event on PGA TOUR Canada, is set to run from July 14th to 20th, 2014 when the top three players on the PGA TOUR Canada Order of Merit will earn exemptions into the RBC Canadian Open on the PGA TOUR.



Since 1981, the Valhalla Inn has set the standard in the Thunder Bay hotel, dining, business, convention and banquet services. More than “just another hotel”, our warm and friendly hospitality in a striking Scandinavian-inspired hotel ensures that every visit to the full service Thunder Bay Valhalla Inn is unique and enjoyable. Just a two minute drive from Thunder Bay International Airport and featuring 262 guest rooms and suites; 2 full service restaurants and lounges; indoor heated swimming pool, whirlpool, sauna and fitness area; and 15 meeting/banquet rooms; the Valhalla Inn is Thunder Bay’s premier full-service hotel.



The Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce was organized in 1885 with the Port Arthur Board of Trade and in 1891 with the Fort William Chamber of Commerce. The two organizations amalgamated in 1965 to become the Lakehead Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber of Commerce was renamed The Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce in 1970, and incorporated on August 7, 1979.

The Chamber’s Slogan is: “The Voice of Business” and our Mission Statement is: “To influence effective change and foster an environment where businesses and the community can prosper”. Our Vision Statement is: “To be recognized as Thunder Bay’s leading business organization, providing maximum opportunity to its members and advocating for business and community health, growth and economic prosperity.” The Chamber’s four pillars of service are: Advocate, Communicate, Educate and Network.

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