New event added in Quebec City for 2014

Courtesy of Britany Gilbert
Chip Beck hits a shot in the snow at La Tempete Golf Club in Quebec.
December 13, 2013
Champions Tour staff

LÉVIS -- Synchro Sports is pleased to announce that an official PGA TOUR’s Champions Tour event will be conducted Sept. 1-7, 2014 at La Tempête Golf Club in Lévis, Quebec.

The tournament, which has been played in Montreal the past four years, will move to the Capital city region next season and be known as the Quebec City Championship. Synchro Sports will continue to serve as tournament promoter to manage the first PGA TOUR sanctioned event to be conducted in the area since Billy Casper won the 1956 Labatt Open. The Remparts de Quebec organisation will join forces with Synchro Sports as official marketing partners of the event.

Collectively, the Champions Tour has the most recognizable and accomplished players in the game of golf with many of its 32 members of the World Golf Hall of Fame competing regularly in its events and numerous other major championship winners among its members.

“We realize the strategic importance of growing the Champions Tour brand globally and continuing to have a strong presence in Canada,” said Champions Tour President Mike Stevens.

“Following the success of the Champions Tour in Montreal and Calgary, our players could not be more excited to now visit one of the most historic and charming cities in North America next year,” added Mr. Stevens.

The 54-hole Quebec City Championship, featuring an 81-player star-studded field will post a $1.6 million USD prize purse with the winner earning $240,000 USD. All three competitive rounds will be broadcast on the Golf Channel to an international television audience in 205 countries and territories, reaching more than 145 million households.

“Our government is proud to support the regions of Quebec in their efforts to stimulate international investments, increase tourism revenues and attract international organisations,” declared the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec.

Former champions in Montreal, Larry Mize (2010), John Cook (2011), Mark Calcavecchia (2012) and Esteban Toledo (2013), will all attempt to become the first player to capture the championship for a second time when the Champions Tour best arrive in Quebec City next year.

“Welcoming the Champions Tour to the Quebec City region is a unique opportunity to demonstrate to the sports world the numerous attractive features of the city and will contribute to the national and international standing of the entire region,” stated the Mayor of Quebec City Regis Labeaume. “Sports tourism is the most rapidly growing tourism sector and we could not be more proud to showcase the capital city to the entire world next year,” concluded Mr. Labeaume.

Champions Tour events and players are the most accessible, approachable and fan-friendly of all major league sports and include exclusive fan features and programs such as Honorary Observers, Gallery in the Fairway, Caddy-for-a-Day, Birdies for Charity and Junior Day to name a few.

“As an organization we could not be more enthusiastic about bringing the Champions Tour to a city that is so passionate and adept at hosting major international sporting events,” said David Skitt, Championship Director and Vice-President, Synchro Sports.  “Golf fans in the entire region will be treated to a first class experience and we will take every measure possible to bring together the most elite field possible,” added Mr. Skitt.