FireRock Golf Club to host PGA Women’s Championship of Canada

March 19, 2014

by: PGA of Canada

ACTON, Ontario - The PGA Women’s Championship of Canada presented by Nike Golf will be held July 29-31 at FireRock Golf Club, just outside London, Ont.

“We are very excited to have the opportunity to host the PGA Women ‘s Championship of Canada presented by Nike Golf here at FireRock Golf Club,” said Duane Swinkles, FireRock’s director of golf. “This is a highly prestigious national championship and we are honoured to be part of it.”

Opened in 2004, FireRock was designed by famed Canadian golf course architect Thomas McBroom. This will mark the first PGA of Canada national championship for the venerable club.

“FireRock is explosive by nature and stunning by design,” said McBroom. “One of the first elements that struck me at FireRock was the nature of the disturbed land – it had a really fascinating feel to it for us to explore. It presented a unique situation for us to build on and around the sand and gravel features.”

The course is famed by natural grasses and trees, captivating land forms and ragged handmade bunkers. The routing of the course flows effortlessly over pastureland, across environmentally significant Savannah grasses and the Oxbow River valley, intertwining with existing gravel spoil piles.

“FireRock’s layout will present a challenge with the old gravel spoils that appear on 10 holes, a prevailing breeze as well as undulating and elevated greens making club selection a real test,” said Swinkels.

The PGA Women’s Championship of Canada presented by Nike Golf was first played in 1987 and past champions include Cathy Sherk, Gail Graham, Nancy Harvey, Lorie Kane, Alena Sharp and last year’s winner, Jessica Shepley.

“The PGA of Canada is excited to be heading to FireRock Golf Club and the golfing hotbed of London, Ont.,” said Gregg Schubert, PGA of Canada president. “There’s no doubt the week will showcase a number of the best women golfers from across Canada, the United States and the rest of the world.”

The MedThree Insurance Pro-Am kicks off championship week on July 29th with proceeds of the event going to Solider On.

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