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TORONTO, Canada—Featuring a regular season that begins in early June and ends in mid- September, PGA TOUR Canada announced its 2022 schedule Tuesday for the Fortinet Cup as part of the season-long competition. Fortinet announced it will be the Tour’s Cup sponsor as the Tour awards points based on player performance, with a $100,000 bonus pool up for grabs for the top competitors.
PGA TOUR Canada’s regular season is offering a return to full-action and Korn Ferry Tour membership to the top players, a summer lineup of 11 tournaments beginning in Victoria, British Columbia, and concluding in Kitchener, Ontario. The Tour also will hold an official event outside Canada for the first time when players travel to Brainerd, Minnesota, late in the summer…for the CRMC Championship presented by Gertens. For the full press release and details, click here.
BRAINERD, Minnesota—PGA TOUR Canada will make history this summer when it hosts its first official event outside of Canada. The CRMC Championship presented by Gertens is set for here August 22-28, the ninth of 11 official events on the 2022 schedule.
Cragun’s Resort is the host site, with its Legacy Courses home to the 72-hole tournament. The Cragun family has owned the resort for more than 80 years and will act as the host organization. The resort’s Director of Golf and Minnesota PGA member Jack Wawro is serving as the Tournament Director.
In addition, PGA TOUR and PGA TOUR Champions player and former U.S. Ryder Cup captain Tom Lehman is the tournament’s Honorary Chair. Besides being onsite during tournament week, the Lehman Design Group is leading the $10-million golf course renovation and expansion project that began in April 2021.
“This is a historic moment for PGA TOUR Canada, taking this Tour and our players outside of Canada for the first time,” said PGA TOUR Canada Executive Director Scott Pritchard. “In Gertens, we couldn’t have found a better partner, and as we make this move to Cragun’s Resort, we are so pleased that this will happen with Gertens’ support.”
Preceding the Thursday-to-Sunday tournament is the Northern Pacific Center Pro-Am on August 24.
Gertens is a full-service lawn and garden, landscaping and outdoor-living company that maintains a 2.5-acre, state-of-the-art greenhouse that helps maintain company founder Frank Gerten’s motto to “buy from the grower.”
Cuyuna Regional Medical Center is a community-built facility that serves approximately 30,000 people in the Brained Lakes area. Net proceeds from the event will be used to further the mission of CRMC’s Charitable Fund to care for everyone in the community from their first breath to their last regardless of the financial ability.
“CRMC is proud to support this tournament, which will have a significant economic impact on the Brainerd Lakes area and benefit the community as a whole,” said CRMC, CEO Amy Hart.
Added, Peggy Stebbins, Director of Marketing and Public Relations at CRMC, “The CRMC Championship is a wonderful opportunity to raise money for CRMC’s Charitable Fund, which supports the most-critical needs for health care in this region and assists area residents dealing with medical issues.” Peggy Stebbins, Director of Marketing and Public Relations at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center.”
PGA TOUR Canada began in 2013 as the PGA TOUR’s second International Tour, following the lead of PGA TOUR Latinoamérica a year earlier. Prominent PGA TOUR alums who received their starts in Canada are, among others, Americans Tony Finau and Joel Dahmen, Canadians Corey Conners, Mackenzie Hughes, Michael Gligic and Nick Taylor, Chinese Taipei’s C.T. Pan, and Austria’s Sepp Straka.
Since its inception, the Tour has seen 11 of its alums win 13 PGA TOUR titles, while 45 past PGA TOUR Canada players have collected 48 total Korn Ferry Tour victories.
For more information about the CRMC Championship presented by Gertens, including schedule of events, volunteering and ways to get involved, visit: www.crmcchampionship.com
BRAINERD, Minnesota – In anticipation of the PGA TOUR Canada’s first venture into the U.S., the CRMC Championship announced that Tom Lehman will serve as the inaugural event’s Honorary Chairman.
Lehman, who is Minnesota’s most-decorated player—with five PGA TOUR victories to go along with 30 other professional wins—has spent the past 11 years on PGA TOUR Champions, with his most recent victory coming at the 2019 Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai in January.
“I am very humbled and honored to be asked to assume the role of Honorary Chairman of the CRMC Championship,” said the Alexandria native. “So many people have worked so hard to make this event a reality, and because of that I take this role very seriously.”
Cragun’s Legacy Courses is primed to host the CRMC Championship – the inaugural PGA Tour Canada coming to the US in 2022. This event will be the first PGA Tour Canada tournament to be played on United States soil and the second PGA-sanctioned event in the state of Minnesota.
Brainerd is a community that is a perfect fit for this tournament and will be for many years to come. The event should generate millions of dollars in economic activity to benefit the community.
Cragun’s Director of Golf, Jack Wawro, will act as Tournament Director for the CRMC Championship.
The PGA TOUR Canada is a series of tournaments played across Canada — and now Minnesota — with the top-10 money-winners at the end of the season earning Korn Ferry Tour status which is a step below the PGA Tour.
The full 2022 PGA TOUR Canada schedule has yet to be announced. Please refer to this website for updates.