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Rubenstein, Montreal Gazette Confirm Champions Tour Event in Montreal

It appeared here first, but Lorne Rubenstein at the Globe adds details to the talk of a Champions Tour event in Montreal. He says the event will go forward at Le Fountainbleau, a ClubLink course.

Here’s Rubenstein’s take:

Well, the rounders will return to Canada July 2-4 in a new Champions Tour event at Club de Golf Fontainebleau in Blainville, Que.

The older fellows havent played a Champions Tour event in Canada since 2002, which marked the end of the AT&T Canada Senior Open. That tournament had started in 1998, and marked the third incarnation of a Champions Tour event in Canada. The Peter Jackson Champions was held from 1981-1983 and the du Maurier Champions from 1984-1997.

The Globe and Mail has learned that the official announcement of the new tournament will be made during a media conference on Thursday Feb. 4 at a downtown Montreal hotel. ClubLink Corporation, based in King City, Ont., owns Fontainebleau. ClubLink will own the food and beverage revenue for the clubhouse and also the sponsor hospitality areas.

Synchro Sports, a Montreal-based sports management company, will conduct the tournament. The company runs the Canadian Tours Desjardins Montreal Open. Stephane Quintal, who played 16 seasons in the NHL for six teams, including the Montreal Canadiens, is the companys vice-president.

What’s more, Rubenstein gives it a chance of succeeding:

Will the tournament succeed? Given the name recognition for players on the Champions Tour versus PGA Tour players, its reasonable to believe the round bellies should be an attraction this summer.

The Montreal Gazette also weighs in.

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A bestselling author and award-winning columnist, Robert Thompson has been writing about business and sports, and particularly golf, for almost two decades. His reporting and commentary on golf has appeared in Golf Magazine, the Globe and Mail, T&L Golf and many other media outlets. Currently Robert is a columnist with Global Golf Post, golf analyst for Global News and Shaw Communications, and Senior Writer to ScoreGolf. The Going for the Green blog was launched in 2004.

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