Calgary to host 2024 CP Women’s Open golf tournament

The CP Women’s Open is back in Calgary.

Golf Canada on Tuesday named the Earl Gray Golf Club in the city’s southwest corner as the venue for the 2024 Canadian National Women’s Golf Championship. Said it was the best place to open.

“We are extremely proud to partner with the CP Women’s Open and the Canadian Pacific Railway to bring this incredible golf tournament across the United States and showcase the world’s best golfers to all Canadians,” said Paul of the event. Point out that the main sponsor, CP, is headquartered in Calgary.

“There are many great golf markets in Canada and Calgary is one of them. It’s perfect for.”

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Earl Gray will host the event from July 22-28, a month earlier than its usual slot on the LPGA Tour schedule. This year’s tournament will be held August 21-27 at the Shawlnessy Golf & Country Club in Vancouver.

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“Having this historic tournament gives us the opportunity to share a championship golf course and challenge some of the world’s top players,” said Earl Gray Club President Marion Bernito in a statement. “The local golf community will come together in 2024 for this world-class tournament fueled by the volunteer spirit that Calgary is known for.”

Aliya Jutanugaan of Thailand won the 2016 Women’s Open by four strokes, the last time Calgary hosted a tournament at Priddis Greens Golf & Country Club. Paul said fans in southern Alberta will notice how much the event has grown since then.

“We’re very proud of the tournament. It’s not just a golf tournament,” says Paul. “They are outdoor festivals, sports, entertainment venues, golf tournaments, all rolled into one for him.

“People who were with us in 2016 were very surprised and I think they like what we’ve been doing over the last few years.”

This will include a food festival, as Paul said, with several local restaurants, family zones, kid-friendly activities, and improved accessibility in the closed hall.

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Another big change is the arrival of Canadian golf superstar Brooke Henderson.

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The Smiths Falls, Ontario native won the 2016 Grand Prix at the age of 18 just three months after winning her first major title at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship and two months after winning the Cambia Portland Classic. I entered a tournament. her second and third career win.

Since then she has won 10 more LPGA titles for a total of 13 titles. This is the most professional win of any Canadian golfer, regardless of gender.

Paul said Henderson’s influence on the game can be seen in the stands at the Women’s Open.

“The number of kids who come to see these golfers and are inspired by them, especially Brooke Henderson, is unbelievable,” he said. It’s deep and the kids are trying to get autographs from her and watching her play.

“It’s great to see what she’s doing for golf in this country.”

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South Africa’s Paula Leto won the Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club by a stroke last year. The LPGA’s tournament partners have awarded the CP Women’s Open his 2022 Tournament of the Year.

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Golf Canada said more than 75,000 fans attended the Women’s Open in August. It was the all-time record for a women’s championship and an impressive recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic forced her to stop in 2020 and she in 2021. Tourism Ottawa projects that the golf tournament brought her $13.4 million in economic impact to the region.

“Hosting this prestigious event is a great opportunity to showcase to the world the outstanding local partners and experiences that make Calgary the ultimate host city,” said Cindy Ady, CEO of Tourism Calgary. . “Golf is honored to have worked with Canada to secure her CP Women’s Open in the city and is thrilled to welcome the world’s best female golfers to Calgary in 2024.”

Ticket sales and volunteer opportunities for the 2024 CP Women’s Open will be announced by Golf Canada in the coming weeks.

© 2023 The Canadian Press

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