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Wildfire set to welcome Canadian PGA Tour

by Jaclyn Witherly

Wildfire Golf Club, on Stony Lake, will be the ninth stop on the Professional Golfers Association tour of Canada this summer.

The tour travels across Canada, beginning in Victoria B.C., travelling coast to coast and wrapping up in London, Ontario.

The tournament will be at Wildfire August 26 to September 1, and will include a pro-am session. This is the first year that the PGA tour of Canada is operating the Canadian tour, and Wildfire has committed to three years, so far.

The pro-am tournament will give amateur golfers the chance to play with professionals. There are 128 professional golfers, 64 amateurs, over 300 volunteers, plus they expect thousands of spectators.

For the amateurs its a chance to, sort of, be inside the ropes and understand what a professional golfer goes through, President Glenn Stonehouse of Wildfire Golf Club explains. Its a fun experience, as an amateur I suspect Im going to learn some things from the professionals, how they operate on the course, maybe a better swing, who knows!

The roughly $400,000 dollar event has been well supported and received funding from the County of Peterborough, Douro-Dummer township and a number of other agencies.

All of the proceeds will go to Camp Maple Leaf, a camp in the Kawarthas for economically disadvantaged children and children of military families.

It is a charity that I personally was very interested in helping so associating it with the tournament was a perfect fit, were thrilled, and hopefully well raise lots of money for them.

Stonehouse says, The PGA tour is a top drawer organization in North America and Im really happy to be associated with that, it moves Wildfire up into a World Class league, and I think thats where our members see us.

The tour will undoubtedly benefit the community, as so much activity will be brought in, in terms of food, lodging and for all the local businesses, as well as raising awareness to the Kawartha area.

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