Routes2SK Becomes Host Organization for Official Fortinet Cup Event
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Written by PGA TOUR Canada Staff @PGATOURCanada
WASKESIU LAKE, Saskatchewan—Elk Ridge Resort is thrilled to welcome back the Elk Ridge Saskatchewan Open, a PGA TOUR Canada event, as part of the 2023 Fortinet Cup, the tournament announced Wednesday. As owner of Elk Ridge Resort, Routes2SK will serve as the host organization and operate the day-to-day tournament functions.
The future stars of the PGA TOUR will be playing in Northern Saskatchewan from June 19-25, as the Tour’s second tournament of the season.
This year’s Elk Ridge Saskatchewan Open features a unique re-branding that emphasizes the pride the tournament has in its province. As the only PGA TOUR-sanctioned event in Saskatchewan, the Elk Ridge Saskatchewan Open looks forward to showcasing the beauty in the province and providing a true “Saskatchewan” experience for PGA TOUR Canada players, sponsors, volunteers and fans.
“We are absolutely thrilled to be partnering with PGA TOUR Canada to bring high-calibre professional golf back to the province,” said Elk Ridge Resort Managing Partner and Tournament Director Ryan Danberg. “Our partnership group is extremely proud of Elk Ridge Resort, and we can’t wait to showcase the property to the world through our partnership with the PGA TOUR Canada.”
“It’s a distinct pleasure for us to partner with Routes2SK. We’re excited to work closely with Routes2SK and help its vision for the tournament come to fruition,” said PGA TOUR Canada Executive Director Scott Pritchard. “Elk Ridge is a beautiful golf course that I’m confident the players will not only enjoy but embrace. The Elk Ridge Saskatchewan Open will play a key role as players battle for Fortinet Cup points and what they hope is eventual membership on the 2024 Korn Ferry Tour.”
Elk Ridge Resort is a 27-hole golf facility, with three distinct, nine-hole courses, the Tamarack, Aspen and Birch. PGA TOUR Canada will use a combination of holes for the tournament. Making up the front nine of the tournament composite course is Tamarack’s No. 1 and Aspen’s Nos. 2 through 9. The back nine is the entire Birch Course.
“This is an incredibly exciting event, not just for the northern region but for our entire province,” said Saskatchewan Premier, Scott Moe. “Saskatchewan has amazing tourism and sporting opportunities, and we are happy to welcome this event that will help showcase what we have to offer on a national stage.”
Saskatchewan has a previous history of hosting PGA TOUR Canada tournaments. An event on the original 2013 schedule—the Dakota Dunes Open, was held in Saskatoon through 2016.
For the 2023, 2024 PGA Tour Canada event, all proceeds of the event will be donated to both Hockey Saskatchewan and several local junior golf programs in the Northern Region of the province.
“When you look at what the PGA TOUR Canada and the PGA TOUR are doing, it's so important to give back, and this has always been one of our goals. We will contribute to the sports of hockey and golf for the next couple of years and continue to provide the young people in these sports with more opportunities. A formal announcement on these two partnerships will be conducted soon,” said Danberg.
Elk Ridge Resort is Saskatchewan’s premier all-season resort, located in the surrounding areas of the Lakeland region and Prince Albert National Park and has been a part of the golf scene in this area since 1994.