CP Women’s Open Cancelled For Second Straight Year; Shaughnessy To Play Host To Event In 2023
By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf
For the second straight year, the CP Women’s Open scheduled for Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club in Vancouver has been cancelled.
The LPGA event, which had been set for Aug. 26-29, is once again a casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic and the current border and quarantine restrictions.
Golf Canada and tournament sponsor Canadian Pacific made the announcement late Wednesday afternoon.
“I am not sure anyone has planned for an event twice,” said Shaughnessy General Manager Brian Mossop. “We tried and there are so many different moving parts and key partners in trying to make it work and of course the border is the biggest thing.”
Shaughnessy did receive some good news. It will play host to the event in 2023. The 2022 tournament has already been awarded to Ottawa’s Hunt and Golf Club. “It is unfortunate that we couldn’t do it this year,” Mossop said. “But we are trying to look at the positives and now we can finish what we started two years ago when we are hopefully out of COVID.
We can have fans at the event in 2023 and have more member participation at the event two years from now. Who knows what would have happened at the the end of August this year.”
Golf Canada said in a release it had been working with local, provincial and federal government health officials towards a comprehensive health operation plan for the tournament. But the border and quarantine issues were too big a hurdle to allow the tournament to be played this summer.
“Even with our extensive health and safety plan, we continued to face a number of significant logistical challenges that led to this unfortunate decision for the second year,” said Golf Canada CEO Laurence Applebaum.
CHIP SHOTS: Canadian Pacific has extended its sponsorship of the tournament by one year through 2024. . .Canada’s national women’s open has been contested on five previous occasions in British Columbia, most recently in 2015 at Vancouver Golf Club in Coquitlam.