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Canadian PGA Tour golfer David Hearn joins TSN’s exclusive live coverage of the RYDER CUP as an analyst


TSN feeds deliver exclusive live coverage of the three-day competition beginning Friday, Sept. 26 at 2:30 a.m. ET

 

Canadian PGA Tour golfer David Hearn joins TSN’s exclusive live coverage of the RYDER CUP as an analyst 

 

ACURA AT THE MAJORS: GOLF TALK CANADA – RYDER CUP PREVIEW tees up the tournament on Sunday, Sept. 21 at 12:30 p.m. ET on TSN2 

 

TORONTO (September 18, 2014) – Following dramatic comeback wins by Team Europe in 2010 and 2012, the best golfers from the United States and Europe clash once again when the 2014 RYDER CUP returns to its roots at the famous Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire, Scotland, airing live on TSN from September 26 to 28. Canada’s Sports Leader delivers exclusive live coverage of the famed biennial tournament across three days of world-class competition.

 

Throughout the competition, TSN delivers frequent RYDER CUP updates from Canadian PGA Tour golfer David Hearn and TSN’s resident golf expert Bob Weeks, who tee up each day of competition and deliver complete post-round reaction.

 

The action begins with foursome (two-man teams in alternate shot play) and fourball (two-man teams in better ball competition) matches on Friday, Sept. 26 at 2:30 a.m. ET and Saturday, Sept. 24 at 3 a.m. ET on TSN.  The 2014 RYDER CUP culminates with singles matches on Sunday, Sept. 28 at 7 a.m. ET on TSN (see below or visit TSN.ca for complete broadcast schedule).

 

TSN’s exclusive live coverage of the 2014 RYDER CUP is also available to TSN subscribers for live streaming and on demand viewing through TSN GO. French-language coverage of the 2014 RYDER CUP is available on RDS.

 

The European team, captained by Paul McGinley, includes four of the Top 10 world-ranked players including #1-ranked Rory McIlroy, Sergio Garcia (3), Henrik Stenson (4), and Justin Rose (6). On the heels of its victories in 2010 and 2012, Team Europe will compete for its sixth RYDER CUP championship in the last seven events.

 

Led by captain Tom Watson, Team USA features four of the Top 10 players in the World Golf Rankings including Jim Furyk (5), 2014 MASTERS winner Bubba Watson (7), Matt Kuchar (9), and Rickie Fowler (10), as well as #11-ranked Phil Mickelson.

 

TSN also surrounds its live coverage of the RYDER CUP with the multi-platform highlights listed below.

 

SPORTSCENTRE

SPORTSCENTRE, Canada’s #1 sports news and information show, features frequent RYDER CUP updates from Hearn and Weeks, including daily analysis. Leading up to the tournament, SPORTSCENTRE’s preview coverage includes video essays focusing on the phenomenal performances by England’s Ian Poulter in RYDER CUP play, and Team Europe’s “Miracle at Medinah” at the 2012 event.

 

TSN.ca

TSN.ca features up-to-the-minute news and scores from the RYDER CUP as well as daily highlights, analysis from Hearn and Weeks, along with frequent posts on Weeks’ popular golf blog. Video highlights available on TSN.ca include features on previous tournaments and video team previews setting up the tournament.

 

TSN Golf app

The fully customizable TSN Golf app is a completely new golf experience that lets fans follow their favourite players hole-by-hole and get real-time alerts whenever they make a birdie, bogey, or par, as well as receive all the latest scores, news, and stats. Using this app, fans can also directly access live streaming coverage from TSN’s lineup of the biggest events in golf.

 

ACURA AT THE MAJORS: GOLF TALK CANADA – RYDER CUP PREVIEW

In addition to comprehensive live event coverage, TSN will air the ACURA AT THE MAJORS: GOLF TALK CANADA – RYDER CUP PREVIEW. Hosts Mark Zecchino and Jim Tatti preview the RYDER CUP squads and break down all the biggest storylines heading into the tournament in this 30-minute preview show airing Sunday, Sept. 21 at 12:30 p.m. ET on TSN2.

 

Golf on TSN

TSN and RDS are the home of golf’s marquee championship events, with a slate that includes all four of golf’s Majors – THE MASTERS, U.S. OPEN, THE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP, and the PGA CHAMPIONSHIP, as well as the RYDER CUP, PRESIDENTS CUP, and a slate of PGA TOUR events.

 

TSN’s broadcast schedule for the 2014 RYDER CUP is as follows*:

Sunday, Sept. 21 – ACURA AT THE MAJORS: GOLF TALK CANADA – RYDER CUP PREVIEW

  • 12:30 p.m. ET on TSN2

 

Friday, Sept. 26 – Day 1

  • 2:30 a.m. ET on TSN1, TSN3, TSN4, TSN5

 

Saturday, Sept. 27 – Day 2

  • 3 a.m. ET on TSN1, TSN4, TSN5
  • (ENCORE) 12 midnight ET / 9 p.m. PT on TSN2

 

Sunday, Sept. 28 – Day 3

  • 7 a.m. ET on TSN1, TSN3, TSN4, TSN5
  • (ENCORE) 12 midnight ET / 9 p.m. PT on TSN2

 

*Schedule subject to change

 

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*Schedule subject to change

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Canadian Roger Sloan Secures PGA TOUR Card for 2015 Season


Talented young professional to join strong contingent of Canadians on the PGA TOUR, thanks to impressive performances on the Web.com Tour.

 

Golf fans north of the border can expect to see a little more red and white on the PGA TOUR during the 2015 season.

 

Roger Sloan of Merritt, BC officially punched his ticket to the PGA TOUR following the culmination of the Winco Foods Portland Open, the final regular-season event of the Web.com Tour’s 2014 season.

 

Sloan had a career year on the Web.com Tour, the official pathway to the PGA TOUR, clinching his card in a rather impressive fashion. He had consistent play throughout the year, which lead to four top-25 finishes and his first victory on the Web.com Tour resulting from a playoff at the inaugural Nova Scotia Open. Sloan finished 24th of the Web.com Tour’s “THE 25” top money list makers, clinching his PGA TOUR card for the 2015 season as well.

 

Since confirming his spot on the PGA TOUR, support for Sloan has poured in from around the Canadian golfing community. PGA TOUR stars Graham DeLaet, David Hearn and Mike Weir all took to Twitter to offer their congratulations and express excitement at having a new member join the Team Canada contingent on the PGA TOUR.

 

Before beginning his rookie season on the PGA TOUR, Sloan first will play in the Web.com Tour Finals, a four-event series that starts at the Hotel Fitness Championship and concludes with the Web.com Tour Championship at TPC Sawgrass. Sloan and the rest of The 25 finishers will be competing against each other for priority ranking. They will be joined by players ranked 26-75 on the Web.com Tour and 126-200 on the PGA TOUR, who are playing for an additional 25 cards that are available.

David Hearn Continues to Raise Funds and Support for Cause that Hits Close to Home


The 2014 David Hearn Golf Classic in support of the Alzheimer Society of Brant and Hamilton/Halton helps make a difference for individuals and families affected by dementia. 

 

A day after helping lead the Canadian contingent at the PGA TOUR’s RBC Canadian Open in Montreal, Ontario’s David Hearn headed home to host his annual charity golf tournament at the Beverly Golf and Country Club – located just outside of Hearn’s Brantford hometown.

 

The David Hearn Golf Classic has grown annually since first being hosted by the golfer in 2012, and once again raised valuable funds and awareness in support of Alzheimer disease, with all proceeds from this year’s event being directed to the Alzheimer Society of Brant and Hamilton/Halton. Money raised will stay in the local community and will provide important education and support programs for individuals with dementia, their families and care partners.

 

Alzheimer’s is a cause close to Hearn’s heart as his family is one of the many in Canada that have been affected by the disease, and the David Hearn Golf Classic is part of his continual support for the organizations that are dedicated to providing help. This past week at the RBC Canadian Open, Hearn donned the Alzheimer Society’s ‘Forget Me Not’ symbol upon his shirt sleeve. The symbol represents memory loss, a key symptom of the disease. But Hearn made sure everyone would remember the organization he is passionate about by this strong display. 

 

“Alzheimer’s disease is something that touches a lot of families” says Hearn. “I have a personal connection with this disease and have seen first-hand how it can impact a family. The services provided by the Alzheimer Society are essential for the families that struggle with the disease on a daily basis, and this event will help support the wonderful work they are doing in our community.”

 

Participants in the charity golf event were treated to a memorable day of golf alongside their homegrown PGA TOUR star, as well as a gourmet dinner and silent auction. Thanks to generous donations and the tireless work of organizers and volunteers, a significant amount was raised. These funds will help the Alzheimer Society of Brant and Hamilton/Halton as they work toward their vision of having people affected by dementia live full and dignified lives.

 

“As our population ages the demand for our services is increasing at an alarming rate” said Mary Burnett, CEO of the Alzheimer Society of Brant and Hamilton/Halton. “We hear on a regular basis that our services have made a world of difference in how our clients and their families are dealing with the disease. Thanks in large part to David and his long-standing commitment to the Alzheimer Society, we have been able to raise funds to help support the growth of these programs and services. I would like to say a sincere thank you to David for all his efforts.”

 

There is little rest for David as he begins an exciting but demanding stretch on the PGA TOUR. After a short break, David will begin preparations for the PGA Championship, the season’s fourth and final major championship in an elite field. The PGA TOUR’s FedExCup Playoffs follow shortly thereafter, getting underway with The Barclays, a tournament where David has enjoyed previous success with a very impressive T10 finish there in 2012.

 

GOLFest Nova Scotia a Huge Success


The Inaugral GOLFest Nova Scotia, featuring the RBC Canada Cup and the Web.com Tour's Nova Scotia Open praised for organization and success

 

From June 30 to July 6, Maritime golf fans were able to witness world class golf at Ashburn Golf Club – New Course at the inaugural GOLFest Nova Scotia. The week-long event featured two top-tier events including the RBC Canada Cup on Monday June 30th, where Team Canada golf stars Mike Weir, Graham DeLaet, David Hearn and Adam Hadwin took on Team World’s Matt Kuchar, Gary Woodland, Trevor Immelman and Manuel Villegas in a head to head battle for international bragging rights.

 

Then, from Thursday July 3 to Sunday July 6, the Web.com Tour’s only Canadian stop took place with the inaugural Nova Scotia Open, with all four rounds aired on The Golf Channel.

 

An estimated 30,000 spectators gathered on the grounds throughout the week to watch the PGA TOUR stars play the exhibition match, followed by the playoff of the year between Canadian Roger Sloan and American Derek Fathauer for the title of the Nova Scotia Open Champion.

 

However, GOLFest proved to be much more than a golf tournament. Throughout the week, GOLFest supported its charitable and funding partners with off-site events to raise money and awareness for each organization, and to put the city of Halifax and the province of Nova Scotia on the map as a world class golf and tourism destination.

 

On Canada Day, the GOLFest Island Green in support of the QEII Foundation took place in downtown Halifax on the waterfront, with the public being able to go up against one of the golf pros (Eric Banks, Adam Svensson and Joe Panzeri) for a donation towards the QEII Health Sciences Research Centre.

 

On July 2, professional golfers were also invited to partake in a player demonstration and autograph signing at Nova Scotian Crystal. While there, each player had the opportunity to try cutting a piece of crystal. The experience was significant in the fact that both the RBC Canada Cup and the Nova Scotia Open trophies were custom designed by Nova Scotia Crystal.

 

Along with other interactive events throughout the week, Web.com offered a free Small Business Summit on July 3 at The Westin Nova Scotian. Guest speakers included Premier Stephen McNeil, Halifax Mayor, Mike Savage and Web.com Vice President, Dorgam Hideib. As part of GOLFest, each individual who attended the summit received one complimentary ticket to the Nova Scotia Open tournament.

 

Overall, the first year of the event proved to be widely successful across all fronts and looks to be even better next year. 

Oh Canada: Roger Sloan Wins First Web.com Tour Victory at Inaugural Nova Scotia Open


Canadian Roger Sloan Victorious on Home Soil

 

Roger Sloan became the first ever winner of the Web.com Tour’s inaugural Nova Scotia Open held at Ashburn Golf Club – New Course on Sunday after playing a straight 36 holes and a playoff round. 

 

Sloan closed with rounds of 71 and 70 to match Derek Fathauer at 11-under 273. Tied for the lead, Sloan and Fathauer entered into a sudden death match on the 18th hole.

 

After Sloan’s five-foot putt went in, winning him his first victory on the Web.com Tour, the fans  celebrated by patriotically singing the Canadian national anthem for the British Columbia native. 

 

The win not only guarantees Sloan a top-25 finish on the Web.com Tour’s Money List, but also the chance at a PGA TOUR card for the 2015 season; something every professional golfer dreams about. 

PGA TOUR Star Graham DeLaet and wife Ruby DeLaet Officially Launch the Graham and Ruby DeLaet Foundation and Graham Slam Charity Event


Foundation will support children’s health and development of junior golfers. Inaugural Graham Slam to be held in partnership with the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan July 8 and 9 at Riverside Country Club in Saskatoon.

 

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan – June 9, 2014 – Canadian PGA TOUR star and Weyburn, SK native Graham DeLaet, along with his wife Ruby, announced today the launch of the Graham and Ruby DeLaet Foundation, as well as the Foundation’s first initiative, the ‘Graham Slam.’

 

The Graham and Ruby DeLaet Foundation’s central focus will be supporting children’s health, as well as supporting the development of junior golfers at all levels of the game.

 

Graham and Ruby DeLaet have a long-standing support of children’s health and junior golf in Saskatchewan. Since 2011, the Graham DeLaet Charity Golf Tournament has supported Saskatchewan-based organizations, such as Golf Saskatchewan and the Weyburn & District Hospital Foundation. The launch of the Graham and Ruby DeLaet Foundation will be the new umbrella brand that drives the DeLaet’s charitable efforts.

 

“I know how lucky I am to be playing on the PGA TOUR, and I would not be here without the support of everyone back home,” said Graham DeLaet. “It is important to Ruby and I that we do what we can to give back to those who need it the most. We hope that through this Foundation, we can continue to make a difference in the lives of children.”

 

“We wanted to ensure we always remember where Graham came from and the people that supported him through his journey,” said Ruby DeLaet. “It’s important that our Foundation represents Graham’s roots and keeps Canada and Saskatchewan close to his heart. Now is the right time in Graham’s career to launch a Foundation and give back.”

 

Graham and Ruby also announced the Foundation’s first initiative, the Graham Slam, to be held this July 8th and 9th at Saskatoon’s Riverside Country Club. The Graham Slam will combine entertainment, music and golf to provide a memorable charity event experience.

 

The inaugural Graham Slam will partner with the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan. The Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan is a provincial charity dedicated to raising funds for the enhancement of children’s healthcare, and the creation of the new Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan. Saskatchewan is one of only two provinces in Canada that does not have a dedicated children’s hospital.

 

“The Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan is thrilled to be the charity recipient of the first Graham Slam event. We congratulate Graham and Ruby DeLaet on the launch of their Foundation, and for thinking of the children and families of Saskatchewan through their contribution to the new Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan. What a wonderful way to give back to the province where Graham was born and raised,” stated Brynn Boback-Lane, President and CEO of the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan.

 

Those interested in becoming involved with the Graham and Ruby DeLaet Foundation or the Graham Slam event can contact Amy Roberts at aroberts@sportboxgroup.com.

 

About the Graham and Ruby DeLaet Foundation

Founded in 2014, the Graham and Ruby DeLaet Foundation’s central focus is on improving the health and wellness of children, as well supporting the development of junior golfers at all stages. The Foundation is an extension of Graham and Ruby’s previous charitable efforts, which have provided charitable contributions to Golf Saskatchewan and the Weyburn & District Hospital Foundation. The Graham and Ruby DeLaet Foundation’s first initiative, the Graham Slam, will be held July 8th and 9th at Saskatoon’s Riverside Country Club, and will benefit the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan. For more information, contact aroberts@sportboxgroup.com.

  

About Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan

The Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan is a provincial charity dedicated to raising funds for the enhancement of children’s healthcare, and the creation of the new Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan. The Foundation is the Saskatchewan member of the Children’s Miracle Network, is one hundred percent dedicated to Saskatchewan children and their hospital, and proud partners of the Saskatoon and Regina Qu’Appelle Health Regions on Regions on the children’s hospital project.

 

 

For further information please contact:

Amy Roberts

Coordinator, Business Partnerships

(647) 468-6700

aroberts@sportboxgroup.com

The Mike Weir Foundation and QEII Foundation Team Up as Official Charitable Partners of GOLFest


FEED NOVA SCOTIA and Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame selected as secondary beneficiaries.

All charitable funds raised through GOLFest will remain in the local community.

 

Halifax, Nova Scotia – May 21, 2014 – SportBox Entertainment Group and the PGA TOUR announced today that The Mike Weir Foundation will become the official charity partner of 2014 GOLFest Nova Scotia, with QEII Foundation as the primary local charitable partner and beneficiary.

 

GOLFest Nova Scotia is a weeklong festival celebrating all things golf in Canada. As the official charity of GOLFest Nova Scotia, the power of The Mike Weir Foundation will be harnessed to drive fundraising and charitable support. Since inception in 2004 and through the support of generous sponsors and donors, The Mike Weir Foundation has raised over $7 million, with over $4 million of support being provided for children’s health care and related causes.

 

“When my wife Bricia and I started The Mike Weir Foundation our goal was to advance the physical, emotional and educational welfare of children in Canada. Golf is a great platform to build awareness for local and national charities. I look forward to supporting Halifax and the Atlantic Canada region through GOLFest charitable efforts, and to visiting and playing alongside some of the best PGA players in the world in the RBC Canada Cup,” said Mike Weir.

 

GOLFest and The Mike Weir Foundation will work with the festival’s primary beneficiary, the QEII Foundation, to build and execute initiatives locally. The QEII Foundation touches the lives of all Nova Scotians and inspires generosity to advance health care by working with a community of people who share a vision of better health, strengthening health care and improving the lives of Atlantic Canadians.

 

Last year, the QEII Foundation raised over $20-million to fund research, professional education, equipment, technology and community-based programs. These much needed funds support primary care such as treatment of chronic conditions, specialized care like cancer treatment, and the most advanced care such as organ transplantation.

 

“The QEII Foundation is proud to be GOLFest Nova Scotia's local charity of choice," said Bill Bean, President and CEO of the QEII Foundation. "This partnership will help further care and truly make a difference for the patients who visit the QEII for rehabilitative care from across Atlantic Canada."

In addition to the QEII Foundation, GOLFest will also support FEED NOVA SCOTIA and the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame as secondary beneficiaries. GOLFest will work on specific initiatives with each charity that support their mission and campaigns.

 

FEED NOVA SCOTIA helps provide meals to those in need by collecting and distributing food to more than 150 member agency food banks and meal programs, while eliminating chronic hunger and poverty through research.

 

The Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame honours, promotes, and preserves the rich sport history of Nova Scotia. In addition to featuring a state-of-the-art sport museum in downtown Halifax, the Hall of Fame provides a province-wide education program that uses the inspirational stories of sport heroes to deliver important lifestyle messages to Nova Scotia youth.

 

“We are proud to partner with The Mike Weir Foundation and three outstanding local charities,” said Grant MacDonald, Director, GOLFest Nova Scotia. “Our goal with GOLFest is to leave a lasting impact in the community each year. We will be working with our charitable partners over the next several weeks to build engaging initiatives that raise funds in the lead up to and on-site at GOLFest Nova Scotia.”

All charitable funds raised through GOLFest will remain in the local community. GOLFest charitable initiatives will continue to contribute to the substantial impact of the PGA TOUR’s charitable platform. Earlier this year, the PGA TOUR announced that it had surpassed $2 billion in all-time charitable giving. This milestone was reached a mere eight years after the first $1 billion was reached in 2005.

 

GOLFest Nova Scotia will feature the RBC Canada Cup, the Web.com Tour’s Nova Scotia Open and the Junior Canada Cup. In 2014, GOLFest will be held at Ashburn Golf Club – New Course from Monday, June 30 to Sunday, July 6.

 

 

The Mike Weir Foundation

Since inception and through the support of our generous sponsors and donors we are proud to report that over $7 million has been raised for children’s wellness with over $4 million of support being provided for children’s health care and related causes. Beyond direct contributions, the Foundation also helps charities raise money through its Weir Golf Memorabilia program, which helps charities obtain auction items for fundraising purposes.

 

QEII Foundation
The QEII Health Sciences Centre Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization established to strengthen the QEII Health Sciences Centre’s ability to provide health care of the highest quality across Atlantic Canada. The Foundation raises funds for the QEII's equipment purchases, special projects and research initiatives. The QEII is the largest health care centre in Atlantic Canada, with over one million patient visits annually. Encompassing 10 buildings, more than 700 physicians, 7,000 staff and 1,200 volunteers, the QEII serves immediate and emergency care, as well as specialized care for patients in the Atlantic Provinces. In addition to providing the most advanced care available, the QEII is a leading research centre and training facility.

 

FEED NOVA SCOTIA

FEED NOVA SCOTIA exists to alleviate the effects of poverty on Nova Scotians. The charity’s core business is to help keep the shelves and refrigerators of more than 150 member agency food banks and meal programs across the province well stocked, through regular and reliable food deliveries. Last year, FEED NOVA SCOTIA distributed more than two million kilograms of food valued at over $12.5 million. The organization is also actively engaged in research and awareness activities that seek to eliminate chronic hunger and poverty. Through collecting and analyzing data, FEED NOVA SCOTIA provides an accurate picture of hunger in Nova Scotia and gives context to the historic and evolving need for food support. They also operate a 24-hour Helpline and a culinary training program called The Learning Kitchen, where individuals facing barriers to employment learn a variety of skills that equip them for a job in the culinary industry.

 

Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame

The Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame is a non-profit organization that promotes Nova Scotia sport history. The Hall of Fame facility in the Halifax Metro Centre provides free admission to over 75,000 visitors annually, showcasing an impressive range of exhibits including the ultimate Sidney Crosby exhibit and an exciting multi-sport simulator. The facility also provides research access to over 150 years of sport stories in the form of thousands of records, photographs, and artifacts. In addition to recognizing outstanding sport accomplishments at its annual Induction Awards Night, the Hall of Fame features sports heroes in its free education program, which is presented to hundreds of schools across Nova Scotia in order to inspire youth with messages of motivation, perseverance, and good lifestyle choices.  

 

GOLFest Nova Scotia

Held each year in Halifax during Canada Day week, GOLFest Nova Scotia is a celebration of all things golf in Canada. The festival will feature three anchor events - the RBC Canada Cup, the Web.com Tour’s Nova Scotia Open and the Junior Canada Cup. In 2014, GOLFest will occur between June 30and July 6 at Ashburn Golf Club – New Course. Host Ashburn Golf Club’s New Course is a 7,014-yard par-72 layout that was designed by Geoffrey Cornish and opened in 1970. GOLFest Nova Scotia is proudly supported by the Royal Bank of Canada, the Province of Nova Scotia, the Halifax Regional Municipality, the Atlantic Golf Organization, FlyHalifax.com and Cobra Puma Golf.

 

RBC Canada Cup

Kicking off the consumer experience on Monday, the RBC Canada Cup will be a head-to-head Canada vs. The World battle of golf for international bragging rights. In 2014, Team Canada will be proudly represented by three PGA TOUR stars Mike Weir, Graham DeLaet and David Hearn, as well a top Canadian player on the Web.com Tour. On Monday, June 30, 2014, Team Canada will face off in an 18-hole competition against Team World comprised of Matt Kuchar, Gary Woodland, Trevor Immelman and a top International Web.com Tour player. The RBC Canada Cup will also feature a 9-hole morning pro-am event.

 

Nova Scotia Open

The Nova Scotia Open will be the Web.com Tour’s first official event in Nova Scotia and bring significant exposure to Halifax and Nova Scotia across Canada, the United States and around the world.  It is one of 25 Web.com Tour events that will identify the 50 Web.com Tour and PGA TOUR members who earn PGA TOUR cards for the 2014-15 season. The Open will feature a field of 156 golfers competing over 72 holes of stroke play (July 3-6) for a purse of $650,000 USD. A pro-am will be played on Wednesday, July 2.  

 

About Web.com Tour

Founded, owned and operated by the PGA TOUR, the Web.com Tour identifies those players who are ready to compete and win on golf’s greatest stage. As The Path to the PGA TOUR, its impact on the PGA TOUR is undeniable. Three out of every four PGA TOUR players have Web.com Tour roots. Web.com Tour alumni have amassed 385 PGA TOUR titles, including 19 major championships and four PLAYERS Championships.

 

SportBox Entertainment Group

SportBox Entertainment Group is a sports management and marketing agency. The agency’s focus is on talent representation, event development, consulting and representing the marketing rights of sports organizations and properties. SportBox represents 11 professional golfers, including PGA TOUR stars Graham DeLaet, David Hearn and Mike Weir. For more information, visit sportboxgroup.com.

 

 

For further information please contact:

Amy Roberts

Coordinator, Business Partnerships

(647) 468-6700

aroberts@sportboxgroup.com

Mike Weir’s Places 2nd at HP Byron Nelson Championship, Sparks Comeback


Mike Weir’s 2nd Place Finish Incites Global Trend: #WeirTheNorth

 

Legendary Canadian golfer and Team SportBox member, Mike Weir, recorded a 2nd place finish at the HP Byron Nelson Championship after rounds of 68-66-67-67.

 

Weir, who became the first male Canadian to win a professional major after his 2003 victory at The Masters Championship, has been making some incredible changes in the way he approaches his game recently and it is clearly paying off.  

 

Weir came into the HP Byron Nelson Championship with a season-best finish of 44th at the Masters Tournament. With his amazing comeback this week, Weir has moved up from 187th to 87th in the FedEx Cup standings as well as a huge leap in the PGA TOUR Money List from 188th to 71st ; drastically improving his chances of retaining his PGA TOUR card for the 2015 season.

 

Mike Weir has reminded the world he is still here to play.

RBC Takes Title Sponsorship of the Canada Cup, the Kick-Off to the Week-Long GOLFest Nova Scotia


GOLFest Nova Scotia all-week passes go on sale Monday, April 7th and are the only ticket to see the RBC Canada Cup action

 

Halifax, Nova Scotia – April 1, 2014 – SportBox Entertainment Group, PGA TOUR and RBC announced today that RBC has become the title sponsor of the Canada Cup to be held in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The RBC Canada Cup will be a star-studded battle for international bragging rights, as Team Canada’s Mike Weir, Graham DeLaet and David Hearn go head-to-head against Team World’s Matt Kuchar, Gary Woodland and Trevor Immelman in an 18-hole exhibition match. Each RBC Canada Cup team will also be rounded out by a top Web.com Tour player entered in the Nova Scotia Open.  The day will start off with a morning pro-am, followed by 9-hole singles matches and 9-hole team alternate shot matches in the afternoon.

 

The RBC Canada Cup is part of GOLFest Nova Scotia, a week-long celebration of national pride and all things golf in Canada that will also feature a Web.com Tour event Thursday through Sunday, the Nova Scotia Open. In 2014, GOLFest will be held at Ashburn Golf Club – New Course from Monday, June 30 to Sunday, July 6.

 

"We're very pleased to invest in this exciting event which will do so much to nurture the next generation of regional and national golfing heroes and further develop the game that so many Atlantic Canadians love," said Kim Mason, RBC Regional President, Atlantic Provinces. “The RBC Canada Cup and GOLFest Nova Scotia will truly be a one-of-a-kind hospitality and spectator experience.”

 

With one of the strongest corporate imprints in golf globally - including RBC Canada Cup competitors Weir, DeLaet, Hearn and Kuchar as Team RBC ambassadors – securing title sponsorship to the Canada Cup property is a natural fit for RBC’s portfolio.

 

“As a premier sponsor of golf in Canada, RBC has a track record of supporting the best of the best in golf. We are proud they have chosen to add GOLFest and the Canada Cup to that exclusive list,” said Grant MacDonald, Director, GOLFest Nova Scotia. “RBC’s sponsorship of GOLFest not only shows their commitment to the sport, it also clearly demonstrates their commitment to and belief in this region. We look forward to working with RBC to deliver an unbelievable experience.”

 

Festival organizers also announced that a limited number of all-week grounds admission passes for GOLFest Nova Scotia will go on sale Monday, April 7th at 10:00 a.m. Eastern / 11:00 a.m. Atlantic Time through Ticket Atlantic and at golfestnovascotia.com. At $150 each, the all-week pass is the only ticket that provides access to the RBC Canada Cup. It also provides entrance to the Nova Scotia Open.

 

RBC GOLF

RBC proudly supports golf around the world through high profile relationships with the PGA TOUR and Golf Canada. RBC is the Official Banking and Financial Services partner of touring professionals David Hearn, Graham DeLaet, Graeme McDowell, Brandt Snedeker, Hunter Mahan, Luke Donald, Jim Furyk, Ernie Els, Matt Kuchar, Mike Weir, Stephen Ames, and Morgan Pressel. As the title sponsor of both the RBC Heritage and the RBC Canadian Open, RBC also supports emerging Canadian golfers through Golf Canada’s grassroots developmental programming, their Canadian Amateur Golf Championships and high performance national team. RBC is one of North America's leading diversified financial services companies and among the largest banks in the world, as measured by market capitalization. Follow us on Twitter @RBC.

 

About GOLFest Nova Scotia

Held each year in Halifax during Canada Day week, GOLFest Nova Scotia is a celebration of all things golf in Canada. The festival will feature three anchor events - the RBC Canada Cup, the Nova Scotia Open and the Junior Canada Cup. In 2014, GOLFest will occur between June 29and July 6 at Ashburn Golf Club – New Course. Host Ashburn Golf Club’s New Course is a 7,014-yard par-72 layout that was designed by Geoffrey Cornish and opened in 1970. GOLFest Nova Scotia is proudly supported by the Province of Nova Scotia, the Halifax Regional Municipality, the Atlantic Golf Organization, Royal Bank of Canada, FlyHalifax.com and Cobra Puma Golf.

 

RBC Canada Cup

Kicking off the consumer experience on Monday, the RBC Canada Cup will be a head-to-head Canada vs. The World battle of golf for international bragging rights. In 2014, Team Canada will be proudly represented by three PGA TOUR stars Mike Weir, Graham DeLaet and David Hearn, as well a top Canadian player on the Web.com Tour. On Monday, June 30, 2014, Team Canada will face off in an 18-hole competition against Team World comprised of Matt Kuchar, Gary Woodland, Trevor Immelman and a top International Web.com Tour player. The RBC Canada Cup will also feature a 9-hole morning pro-am event.

 

Nova Scotia Open

The Nova Scotia Open will be the Web.com Tour’s first official event in Nova Scotia and bring significant exposure to Halifax and Nova Scotia across Canada, the United States and around the world.  It is one of 25 Web.com Tour events that will identify the 50 Web.com Tour and PGA TOUR members who earn PGA TOUR cards for the 2014-15 season. The Open will feature a field of 156 golfers competing over 72 holes of stroke play (July 3-6) for a purse of $650,000. A pro-am will be played on Wednesday, July 2.  

 

About Web.com Tour

Founded, owned and operated by the PGA TOUR, the Web.com Tour identifies those players who are ready to compete and win on golf’s greatest stage. As The Path to the PGA TOUR, its impact on the PGA TOUR is undeniable. Three out of every four PGA TOUR players have Web.com Tour roots. Web.com Tour alumni have amassed 380 PGA TOUR titles, including 18 major championships and four PLAYERS Championships.

 

About SportBox Entertainment Group

SportBox Entertainment Group is a sports management and marketing agency. The agency’s focus is on talent representation, event development, consulting and representing the marketing rights of sports organizations and properties. SportBox represents 11 professional golfers, including PGA TOUR stars Graham DeLaet, David Hearn and Mike Weir. For more information, visit sportboxgroup.com.

 

 

For further information please contact:

 

Amy Roberts

Coordinator, Business Partnerships

(647) 468-6700

aroberts@sportboxgroup.com

 

Trish Vardy

‎Advisor, Public Affairs & Community Relations

(902) 421-4105

trish.vardy@rbc.com

 

 

 

Matt Kuchar to Headline ‘Team World’ in Inaugural Canada Cup


Canada Cup to feature battle of Canada vs. the World as Weir, DeLaet and Hearn take on Kuchar and two to-be-named international PGA TOUR players in Halifax, Nova Scotia this coming June

 

Halifax, Nova Scotia – March 12, 2014 – Six-time PGA TOUR champion, two-time United States Ryder Cup member and two-time Presidents Cup member Matt Kuchar will team with two other PGA TOUR players and one Web.com Tour player to represent the World at the inaugural Canada Cup Match, to be held on Monday, June 30, 2014 in Halifax, Nova Scotia at Ashburn Golf Club - New Course.

 

The Canada Cup is part of GOLFest Nova Scotia, a week-long celebration of national pride and all things golf in Canada that will also feature a Web.com Tour event, the Nova Scotia Open, from June 29 to July 6.

 

Currently ranked 11th in the Official World Golf Ranking, Kuchar is a proven winner and experienced veteran on the PGA TOUR. Notably, he has won some of golf’s most prestigious tournaments, including the World Golf Championships – Accenture Match Play Championship and the Memorial Tournament in 2013, THE PLAYERS Championship in 2012 and The Barclays in 2010.

 

A fan favourite on the PGA TOUR, affectionately referred to as ‘Kooch’, Kuchar’s friendly, All-American personality draws in crowds around the world, where he is adored as one of the most relatable and likable players on Tour.

 

No stranger to team competitions, Kuchar has had great success in international match play events. Most recently, he represented the victorious United States team at the 2013 Presidents Cup in Dublin, Ohio, where he finished the week tied as the team’s second-leading individual scorer. Kuchar also represented the United States at the 2011 Presidents Cup and the 2012 and 2010 Ryder Cups, as well as the 2013 and 2011 Omega Mission Hills World Cup, where he teamed with Gary Woodland to defeat a strong field of international twosomes.

 

“I know that Canadians have tremendous pride and passion for their athletes, and I look forward to playing against my fellow PGA TOUR colleagues in that type of energetic environment. I am sure that the battle for the Canada Cup and international bragging rights will be a memorable and exciting experience for players and spectators alike,” said Kuchar.

 

Conducted by SportBox Entertainment Group, the Canada Cup is one of three GOLFest Nova Scotia properties held during the week. The Canada Cup will feature three Canadian PGA TOUR stars Mike Weir, Graham DeLaet and David Hearn as they compete in a fierce head-to-head battle against an international squadron of PGA TOUR players on ‘Team World,’ comprised of Matt Kuchar and two additional PGA TOUR players. Each Canada Cup team will be rounded out by a Web.com Tour player who will be selected closer to the Canada Cup. The day will begin in the morning with a 9-hole Canada Cup pro-am followed by the Canada Cup battle in the afternoon, which will consist of 9-hole singles matches and 9-hole team alternate shot matches.

 

“Growing up playing team sports and living in a hockey crazed country, I now miss the team aspect of sports as a golfer. Playing in the Presidents Cup last year as part of a team was an adrenaline rush. Mike, David and I are excited to represent Canada and look forward to welcoming Matt and the remaining international PGA TOUR players to compete on Canadian soil as we go head-to-head for the Canada Cup title,” said DeLaet.

 

Over the next two weeks, SportBox Entertainment Group will reveal the second and third PGA TOUR players who will join Kuchar as they represent Team World at the inaugural Canada Cup Match.

 

Following the Canada Cup, GOLFest Nova Scotia will continue with the Nova Scotia Open to take place from July 3 to July 6, 2014 at Ashburn Golf Club - New Course. As the only Canadian stop on the Web.com Tour in 2014, the Nova Scotia Open will feature a field of 156 international ‘next generation’ PGA TOUR stars vying for a $650,000 purse and a season long chance to earn a PGA TOUR card next season. Leading off the week on Sunday, June 29 the Junior Canada Cup, in association with the Canadian Junior Golf Association will feature twelve junior golfers as they compete in a head-to-head East vs. West battle for the Junior Canada Cup.

 

 

About GOLFest Nova Scotia

Held each year in Halifax during Canada Day week, GOLFest Nova Scotia is a celebration of all things golf in Canada. The festival will feature three anchor events - the Canada Cup, the Nova Scotia Open and the Junior Canada Cup. In 2014, GOLFest will occur between June 29and July 6 at Ashburn Golf Club – New Course. GOLFest Nova Scotia is proudly supported by the Province of Nova Scotia, the Halifax Regional Municipality, the Atlantic Golf Organization, FlyHalifax.com and Cobra Puma Golf.

 

Canada Cup

Kicking off the consumer experience on Monday, the Canada Cup will be a head-to-head Canada vs. The World battle of golf for international bragging rights. In 2014, Team Canada will be proudly represented by three PGA TOUR stars Mike Weir, Graham DeLaet and David Hearn, as well a top Canadian player on the Web.com Tour. On Monday, June 30, 2014, Team Canada will face off in an 18-hole competition against three International PGA TOUR stars and a top International Web.com Tour player. The Canada Cup will also feature a 9-hole morning pro-am event.

 

Nova Scotia Open

The Nova Scotia Open will be the Web.com Tour’s first official event in Nova Scotia and bring significant exposure to Halifax and Nova Scotia across Canada, the United States and around the world.  It is one of 25 Web.com Tour events that will identify the 50 Web.com Tour members who earn PGA TOUR cards for the 2014-15 season. The Open will feature a field of 156 golfers competing over 72 holes of stroke play (July 3-6) for a purse of $650,000.  Host Ashburn Golf Club’s New Course is a 7,014-yard par-72 layout that was designed by Geoffrey Cornish and opened in 1970. A pro-am will be played on Wednesday, July 2.

 

About Web.com Tour

Founded, owned and operated by the PGA TOUR, the Web.com Tour identifies those players who are ready to compete and win on golf’s greatest stage. As The Path to the PGA TOUR, its impact on the PGA TOUR is undeniable. Three out of every four PGA TOUR players have Web.com Tour roots. Web.com Tour alumni have amassed 378 PGA TOUR titles, including 18 major championships and four PLAYERS Championships.

 

About SportBox Entertainment Group

SportBox Entertainment Group is a sports management and marketing agency. The agency’s focus is on talent representation, event development, consulting and representing the marketing rights of sports organizations and properties. SportBox represents 11 professional golfers, including PGA TOUR stars Graham DeLaet, David Hearn and Mike Weir. For more information, visit sportboxgroup.com.

 

 

For further information please contact:

Amy Roberts

Coordinator, Business Partnerships

(647) 468-6700

aroberts@sportboxgroup.com