Ashburn Golf Club named host of tour event, Canadian PGA tour stars coming

Philip Croucher - Metro Halifax

Published on February 4, 2014

Ashburn Golf Club in Windsor Junction will be hosting Nova Scotia’s first-ever tour event this summer, the PGA Tour and SportBox Entertainment Group announced on Monday.

The tournament will be called the Nova Scotia Open and feature 156 golfers competing over 72 holes of stroke play from July 3 to 6.

The Tour is the considered the official development circuit for players to reach the PGA tour.

Tim Benton, PGA tour’s vice president of business affairs, was on hand for the event announcement at Ashburn Golf Club’s Halifax location, on Tuesday.

“These are elite players,” said Benton. “These players are players ranked anywhere from 100 to 400 on the world golf rankings. These are not amateur players or players trying to be professional. These are world class PGA tour quality players.”

All four rounds of the tournament will be televised in the United States on The Golf Channel. The players will be gunning for a purse totalling $650,000.

While the tournament is the highlight for Ashburn, the Open will be a week-long event, and will include what is being dubbed as The Canada Cup on June 30 featuring three Canadian PGA tour players – Mike Weir, Graham DeLaet and David Hearn – against three PGA tour players from around the world in an 18-hole stroke play event.

A member of the tour will also be on each team to round out the foursome.

A SportBox official said the Nova Scotia Open is expected to generate at least $4 million in economic spinoffs for the surrounding region. Halifax Regional Municipality contributed $300,000 to the 2014 and 2015 events, with an option to renew for 2016.

The provincial government also contributed a “comparable” amount.