Media Release: June 9, 2015


THUNDER BAY, ON - JUNE 9, 2015 — Staal Foundation Open organizers announced today that a wide variety of interactive games as well as exhibits will be on site as part of the Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada competition at Whitewater Golf Club later this summer.

In an effort to attract more spectators both locally and regionally, the organizing committee has added a number of elements that will appeal to more than just golf enthusiasts.

“It has always been our intention to create a festival like atmosphere as part of the event,” said Scott Smith, Executive Director of the Staal Foundation Open presented by Tbaytel. “The addition of these exciting interactive games that go beyond the golf, allow for people of all ages and interests to come out and participate in this world class event.”

The festivities planned for this year will include an entry from the Hockey Hall of Fame. A number of interactive games will be onsite, including a target shooting hockey net, a slap shot radar shoot, a goalie challenge and a mini hockey rink. Spectators will also be treated to Hockey Hall of Fame exhibits. All of these will be on display Thursday through Sunday during the event.

As part of mission to help grow the game of golf, the SNAG Golf (Starting New At Golf) interactive zone will be open for all spectators to enjoy. Known to be a best first touch program, SNAG effectively teaches the game of golf to people of all ages and ability levels and will be available for spectators to test out throughout the week at the event.

Trick shot artist Brett Cleverdon will be featured at the opening ceremonies on Monday, July 13 and for those race car enthusiast, the Red Bull Formula One car will be on display Friday, July 17. The final event of the week will be the Million Dollar Shootout which will be held on Saturday, July 18 following the completion of play.

Jared Staal, the youngest of the brothers and representative for the Staal Family Foundation, participated in today’s conference and was extremely pleased with the addition of these new activities which will be fun for everyone’s family.

“Not only is our family extremely excited to partake in all of these exciting events that are planned for the week, they are also excited to see people from the Thunder Bay region come out and test their skills,” said Jared.

Tickets are currently available online at and at Whitewater Golf Club, Intercity Shopping Centre, and Thunder Bay Regional Health Science Centre. Cost is $10.00 per day or $30.00 for the full event pass. Children under 14 years of age are free.

Openings for a number of volunteer duties including caddies are still available. Those interested in volunteering please visit to register.




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



Brett Cleverdon



Please refer to accompanying document highlighting the Top Shot Interactive Hockey Experience activities hosted by the Hockey Hall of Fame.

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