Bear Mountain Golf Resort in Langford will get even busier this fall when the PGA Tour Champions Pacific Links Championship tournament is hosted there.

PGA Champions Tour golf event looks to assemble local team for Langford event

Bear Mountain Golf Resort to host Pacific Links Championship Sept. 19 to 25

While revealing the names of confirmed players for this September’s PGA Tour Champions event at Bear Mountain Golf Resort and Spa must wait until next week, David Skitt had a hard time containing his excitement about the projected field.

The Montreal-based tournament director for the $2.5-million 2016 Pacific Links Championship said there are “over 100 players committed to this tournament.”

While organizers are reluctant to publicize names too early – many players don’t do the official paperwork until much closer to the tournament date – he said many top professionals with multiple PGA Tour and Champions Tour victories will without a doubt be coming to Langford to play in the event, set for Sept. 19 to 25.

With players often more selective about which tournaments they play on this tour, he said, due to other life and family events, the final field often isn’t confirmed until late in the game. But with no tournament scheduled the following week on the 50-over Champions Tour, area residents and golf fans may well see some familiar faces around town in the days following the final round, Skitt said.

“Having the hotel on site at Bear Mountain will be conducive to players bringing their wives or family,” he said.

Among the extra-curriculars being planned for players are a salmon fishing trip and an auto racing activity at the new Vancouver Island Motorsports Circuit in Duncan.

“All those little things add up … but the most important things are how does this fit into their schedule?”

This will be Skitt’s 13th PGA tournament to be involved with and as such, he’s gotten to know many players personally. A number of those golfers he’s spoken to recently have indicated a desire to come to Victoria, including all-time great Tom Watson, who has a visit to the area “on his bucket list.”

While the list of players is an important draw for sponsors, the business of putting together a local volunteer committee is at the top of Skitt’s agenda these days.

“Right now it’s literally a sprint to the finish line,” he said. The decision to relocate this event from China to Canada and ultimately Bear Mountain, left organizers with far less than the year it usually takes to assemble their group. “We’re basically forming a complete team from scratch, comprised of volunteer leaders and positions. But we’ve got the (volunteer) registration site set up, it’s officially up and going.”

The volunteer component is imperative to the success of any tournament, he said. While many work behind the scenes on local sponsorships and other administrative tasks, others, from course marshals to information officials and player liaisons, are the face of the event outside the ropes.

“I find that golf, like the Olympics, counts on volunteers so heavily,” Skitt said. “For people who might be avid golfers to be able to walk inside the ropes and watch champion golfers in action, or marshalling a hole … It’s not only for avid golfers, it’s for people who want to make an impact in their community. In past events, we’ve had people volunteer for all kinds of different reasons. Our responsibility is to make sure we have good team leaders in place and everyone understands their role and they’re well trained.”

A PGA tradition sees the hundreds of volunteers walk behind the last group on the final hole, creating a wall of support that spectators can see and acknowledge, he said.

Getting the broader Greater Victoria community involved in the tournament, through things like hiring local suppliers and using local hotels, is part of organizers’ mandate. Also, An Adopt-a-Hole program encourages other golf courses to secure volunteers from their clubs for specific holes and time shifts.

For more information or to register as a volunteer, visit pacificlinkschampionship.com and select register to volunteer.

editor@goldstreamgazette.com

 

Just Posted

$775-million wastewater project on track to be completed on time, within new budget

Esquimalt Mayor Barb Desjardins praises public education aspect of project

Regional naturalists cook up four spook-tacular forest events

CRD’s kid-friendly events feature Halloween activites, costume contest, guided walks

Bates Motel recreated in Saanich for a haunting good time

Local artists, actors transform house into a free, ‘fun spooky’ Halloween attraction

Downtown Victoria Green Party office faces break-in

Racelle Kooy’s office saw thousands of dollars worth of equipment stolen

Delays expected on Interurban Road due to wastewater treatment project in Saanich

Traffic down to a single alternating lane until Sunday evening

YouTube video of Revelstoke grizzly bear goes viral

Why did the grizzly bear cross the railway tracks?

POLL: Do you think the day of the federal election should be a statutory holiday?

Increasing voter turnout has long been a goal of officials across the… Continue reading

RCMP members search shore along Stories Beach near Campbell River

Ground search not thought to be related to Oct. 16 homicide: RCMP

WATCH: Greater Victoria’s top stories of the day

A round-up of the day’s top stories

ELECTION 2019: Have Justin Trudeau’s Liberals really cut middle-class taxes?

Conservative Andrew Scheer vows to cut bottom bracket, NDP’s Jagmeet Singh targets wealth tax

Woman charged with numerous drug offenses stemming from a raid earlier this year at Island property

Police make arrest on an outstanding warrant dating back to January

B.C. RCMP officer suing the force for malicious prosecution

Cpl. Tammy Hollingsworth cleared of wrongdoing after misconduct hearing

Talk to your kids about vaping, B.C.’s top doctor says

B.C. health officials have discovered the first vaping-related illness in the province

Alberta truck convoy plans counter-protest at climate rally with Greta Thunberg

United We Roll organizer says similar protest planned for Swedish teen’s event in Edmonton

Most Read