The 2022 PGA Tour Canada golf event has been canceled due to inclement weather.
The announcement was made early last Saturday after the PGA Tour Canada felt the course at Elk Ridge was unplayable, due to all the rain they received late in the tournament, more than four inches to be exact.
Naturally, the organizers are disappointed, but it was not in their hands. Now they can only hope for better weather in 2023.
“Congratulations to the players from all over the community. They all came together and did what they could. But at the end of the day…Mother Nature called the shots and unfortunately our golf course is not playable to PGA Tour Canada standards. They have an obligation to ensure the safety of the players,” said Ryan Danberg, managing partner of Elk Ridge Resort.
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Elk Ridge Open Tournament Director Hugh Vassos says a lot of work was put into the event thanks to the more than 100 volunteers who worked in the field and set it up.
“We got up and started planning for next year. And what can we do besides build a dome? It was a good pre-event, I feel bad for all the volunteers and organizers,” said Vassos.
“They did not have the opportunity to exhibit this event. I know it would have been fantastic.”
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But there is still golf to be played and money to be made. Thanks to the ownership group of Elk Ridge Resort, they themselves are putting up $40,000 for a one-round shootout on Sunday to help offset player expenses.
Attendance is free on Sundays, and they even plan to put up hospitality tents on the 18th green. Since they’re also putting up $3,000 for the golfer(s) (to be split later), that may increase par for the 18th hole. .
“Congratulations to our committee. They went above and beyond in my opinion. There are many players smiling today, at a canceled event. And at the end of the day, if you’re ever going to have an event cancelled, you couldn’t ask for a better plan B,” Danberg said.
“The players have a lot of expenses. Staying in a hotel and traveling and all that stuff. For the ownership group here in Elkridge to go out and have a $40,000 purse this Sunday, for one day, most of the guys already have hotel rooms anyway, so it’s really cool and it’s a great gesture,” Brad said. Reeves, a golfer at the tournament.
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