THUNDER BAY, ON, JULY 7, 2017- The Staal Foundation Open presented by TBaytel officially kicks off this upcoming Monday, with an epic lineup for all those in attendance. With setup underway, today media were provided with a special rundown of the 4th annual Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada event that will take place at Whitewater Golf Club from July 10th to July 16th.
“There is a lot happening over the course of the week; something every single day. The event comes out swinging, with the most epic Monday you will ever experience, featuring the Fountain Tire Summer Classic, Fix Auto Celebrity Pro-am, along with the Fort William Historical Park Interactive Zone and the new Food Fairway. There’s definitely something for the entire family to enjoy,” said Staal Foundation Open Executive Director Scott Smith.
On Monday, July 10, spectators will have the opportunity to watch celebrities in action throughout the day and request photo and autograph opportunities. Festivities commence at 10:00 am with a pre-game show including local performers. Along with NHLers, and hall-of-famers, six kids from across the region will also suit up for the Fountain Tire Summer Classic as a part of Team Staal 2017.
The final exemption list for the official tournament was also revealed. Thunder Bay’s Chris Gardner was announced as the final local player. This will be the 30-year-old’s first time playing in the tournament. Gardner started playing golf at the age of six and has always had a love for the sport. In his early 20s, Gardner decided to pursue the game as a career option, attending a golf education program in Professional Golf Management at Niagara College.
As the current Assistant Golf Professional at Whitewater Golf Club, Gardner is honoured to represent Thunder Bay. “It’s such a privilege to participate in the Staal Foundation Open. It’s a whole new level of competition for me and I’m going to really enjoy showcasing my playing abilities as a member of the Whitewater team,“ said Gardner.
Gardner joins locals Evan DeGrazia and Walter Keating. Other exemptions include hockey hall of famer Grant Fuhr, Riley Wheeldon and Jamie Sadlowski. Sadlowski is known for his swing and impressive ball speed. The Professional became an internet sensation last year when he put a hole through the Golf Channel simulator while making an appearance on one of their shows. Sadlowski took the World Long Drive Championship in 2008, winning back-to-back titles.
Official tournament play for the Mackenzie Tour- PGA TOUR Canada Staal Foundation Open presented by Tbaytel, begins on Thursday morning, with a $175,000 purse. For a full spectator schedule and tickets, please visit staalopen.ca.
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