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(March 11, 2016 – Calgary, AB) – The 2016 ATB Financial Classic will be held Aug 11-14 at the Country Hills Golf Club (Talons Course) in Calgary, AB. The ATB Financial Classic will be the ninth stop on the 2016 Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada schedule, and the third tournament in of three consecutive Alberta based Mackenzie Tour stops, including the Oil Country Championship (Edmonton) and Syncrude Boreal Open (Fort McMurray).
A field of 156 players from nearly 20 countries will be in Calgary for the $175,000 tournament with the hopes of gaining position on the season-long Order of Merit, where the season-ending money leader will earn exempt status on the Web.com Tour, part of the path to the PGA TOUR, for 2017.
Players will battle the tough 7,209 yard Tom McBroom Designed Talons Course at Country Hills located in Northwest Calgary. Known for its lightning fast greens, The Talons last hosted the ATB Financial Classic in 2012.
2016 marks the tenth year of the ATB Financial Classic, and year three of an agreement between ATB Financial and The Mackenzie Tour that will keep in the tournament in Calgary through 2017.
"ATB Financial is extremely pleased to continue our partnership with the Mackenzie Tour,” said John Windwick, Vice President Community Initiatives from ATB Financial. “The event provides Albertans with access to some of world's best golf and we're proud to be able to contribute to such an excellent event."
This year’s ATB Financial Classic is pleased to support Hockey Alberta Foundation’s Every Kid Every Community Program. This program is designed to provide kids in every community in Alberta the opportunity to participate in hockey programs that may not otherwise be able to do so.
“We are very excited to be the recipient of funds through the ATB Financial Classic this year”, says Tim Leer, Executive Director for the Hockey Alberta Foundation. These funds will help us to ensure that every kid in Alberta has a program in their community to play organized hockey and ensure the resources are in place to make those programs sustainable over the long term”.
Another big winner when The Mackenzie Tour visits Southern Alberta is the City of Calgary.
“Hosting the Mackenzie Tour and the 2016 ATB Financial Classic at Country Hills is an exciting opportunity that we are happy to support,” said Marco De Iaco, Vice President, Sales, Sport & Major Events with Tourism Calgary. “Events like this engage the community, inspire active living through sport, support the local economy and contribute to grassroots sport development. We’re thrilled to welcome such elite competitors and their fans to our city.”