Media Release: July 8, 2014

MONDAY, JULY 14 IS THE START OF THIS YEAR’S EVENT WITH OPENING CEREMONIES at 10 AM AND THE PORTER AIRLINES PRO-AM SCHEDULED FOR 12:30 PM

Thunder Bay, ON (July 8, 2014) Organizers of the Staal Foundation Open presented by Tbaytel, unveiled the lineup for the Porter Celebrity Pro-am scheduled for Monday July 14, the first day of the week-long event.

The lineup includes NHLers and members of the Staal family, the Pyatts, Matt Cullen, Ric Nattress, Carter Hutton and Olympic Curling Champion Brad Jacobs to name a few.

The Porter Celebrity Pro-Am is the first of many events scheduled on and off the course during the week of July 14-20. A full schedule is available online at staalopen.ca.

Tournament Executive Director, Scott Smith, said that from the start the event was more than just a golf tournament. "We put a call out to the community to organize events and participate, making this a full week of celebration. The community really responded and now we have a full roster of activities that will interest everyone.  This is quite the feat for our first year."

One of the highlights on the course is the display of a Formula One racing car brought in by Total Lubricants.

Beyond the variety and number of festive activities, the competition begins officially on Thursday with a roster of 156 players. "We have an exciting roster for the competition," says Smith. "Our most recent addition of Walter Keating Jr. and Jeff Hunter join two other local golfers who qualified through district events; Evan DeGrazia and Jamie DePiero along with Matt Hill and Alan Mclean to round out the six exemptions allotted to the tournament organizers.

Opening ceremonies are scheduled for Monday, July 14 at 10:00 a.m. at Whitewater and will include local dignitaries and participants from Fort William Historical Park to name a few. Tickets are still available online or by contacting one of the designated charities, the United Way and Thunder Bay Regional Health Science Foundation. Cost of tickets is $10.00 per day or $30.00 for the week-long event. Children ages 14 and under are free. St. Joseph's Foundation volunteers will be on site managing parking at a cost of $5 per vehicle per day. In return, parking passes carry a $10 voucher for redemption at Kelsey's, Montana's and/or Five Forks restaurants.

"We began the organization of this event more than a year ago. Since then we have all learned a lot, dedicated a lot of our own personal time and resources and had the support of our business community and government. I had no doubt that this would all come together as well as it has. Thunder Bay is known for its hosting and hospitality and this event is no different," said Executive Director, Scott Smith.

CELEBRITIES FOR PRO-AM

Confirmed Celebrity

Sport/ Profession

Eric Staal
Hockey
Jordan Staal
Hockey
Marc Staal
Hockey
Jared Staal
Hockey
Brad Jacobs
Curling
Robert Bortuzzo
Hockey
Carter Hutton
Hockey
Trevor Letowski
Hockey
Tom Pyatt
Hockey
Taylor Pyatt
Hockey
Matt Cullen
Hockey
Brett Bellemore
Hockey
Scott Walker
Hockey
Rick Nattress
Hockey
Stew Gavin
Hockey
Jeremy Taggart
Music

 

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FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT

Scott Smith, Executive Director
Staal Foundation Open presented by Tbaytel
807-472-2599
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