Thursday, October 25, 2018

Craigowan & Grey Silo -- to welcome top women golfers

National amateur women's golf tournament to be staged just north of Woodstock in July
Oxford Golf & Country Club is magnificent Craigowan
By Mark Schadenberg
The best Canadian amateur female golfers will be north of Woodstock this summer at Craigowan.
The best women pro golfers in the world will be at Grey Silo Golf Course in Waterloo next month.
Top Amateurs At Craigowan
The Canadian Amateur Women's Championship at Craigowan (Huntingford) is July 22-25. A field of 156 players will vie for the national title. After the first two rounds, the competition will be narrowed down to the top 70 (plus ties).
Craigowan (Oxford Golf & Country Club) held its official grand opening back in September of 1959, so after 50 (plus) years the course has matured and has been improved to be considered one of the best in southern Ontario.
"Craigowan is a fabulous place where it would be impossible to get bored. Everyday would be a great day on this course. There is a great mix of holes - long, short, left, right, up and down. The golfers will need to bring all their shots for this one," says Bob Weeks, Editor Scoregolf Magazine in a notation on the course's website.
Craigowan hosted the Ontario Men's Amateur in 2009.
The 2014 national women's amateur will be very prestigious for this seasoned tree-lined 18-hole course.
Now is the time to register as a volunteer for the Craigowan (519 462-2743) event, which has its own organizing committee as chaired by Sharon Rice.
The tourney is hoping to have upwards of 200 volunteers to assist in many areas, including walking the course as scorers and transportation for the players to and from Woodstock.
To volunteer, contact Adam Hagen – Craigowan GM – ( and your name will be placed on a list and later contacted by the event's committee.
Rice – in a story posted on the Heart FM ( website -- says this event is terrific for all of Oxford County, especially Woodstock.
Rice expects the tournament to draw more than a thousand of people to Woodstock, offering an economic impact of "upwards of a million dollars," through the patronage of local hotels, restaurants and tourist attractions.
"It will be a spectacular . . . (with) spectators coming into the area and that will provide a huge economic boost into the region."
In the What's On Woodstock magazine (link below), Rice complimented the community for its ability to welcome such events.
“In 2005 Craigowan hosted the Canadian Junior Boys Championship and then in 2009 they had the Ontario Men’s
Amateur Championship,” says Rice. “Golf Canada wanted to bring a women’s championship here as well because of Craigowan’s quality course and facilities and because Woodstock has been such a great community in hosting past prestigious events.”
For fans of the sport, the best part is admission is free.
“The more spectators we get, the better,” says Rice. “We want as many people there as possible to watch this prestigious national event.”
Canada's national amateur winner receives a bye to the U.S. Women's Amateur and the women's pro Canadian Open on the LPGA Tour. Therefore, the Craigowan field will include a few qualifiers from the U.S., Europe and even South America.
The defending champion is Brooke Henderson (see story and picture below) from Smith Falls, Ont., who was just 15 at the time.
Manulife Classic
Inbee Park of South Korea is the world's No. 1 ranked player on the LPGA Tour. She will compete at Grey Silo  in Waterloo, along with Canada's best – LorieKane, Alena Sharp, Jennifer Kirby, Rebecca Lee-Bentham, Brooke Henderson, and other top-ranked players like Michelle Wie, Natalie Gulbis, Stacy Lewis, Lydia Ko, 2012 champ Brittany Lang, and defending champ Hee Young Park.
Kirby is local talent as she calls Paris home and has an impressive resume with six amateur tourney wins in 2009 (Canadian Women's Amateur and national juniors in same year) and qualifying for the LPGA Tour full-time through placing fifth at the 2013 Q-School. She was also a member of the Alabama Crimson Tide NCAA championship squad.
The Manulife Financial LPGA Classic is June 4 – 8 at Grey Silo and is now in its third year as Canada's second LPGA stop – 72 holes with a total purse of $1.5 million (U.S. funds), and full field of 144 players.
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“We are thrilled to bring this world-class event to Waterloo Region,” said Marianne Harrison, President and CEO, Manulife Canada. “The community’s support of the tournament has been outstanding, bringing in over 60,000 spectators each year and the support of over 1,000 dedicated volunteers. Fans have also been treated to exciting golf with two sudden death playoffs.”
As with all pro golf tournaments, the beneficiary is charity. At the Manulife Classic, proceeds will be directed to Kitchener's St. Mary's General Hospital Foundation.
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