(Edmonton, AB) – Oilers Entertainment Group (OEG) announced today that Oilers legend and Hall-of-Fame goaltender Grant Fuhr has been selected as the Honorary Tournament Chair for the Oil Country Championship, a new official event on the Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada, which will be played at Edmonton’s Glendale Golf and Country Club on July 25-31, 2016.
“I’ve made a lot of great memories in Oil Country, and this community has been really exceptional to me and my family so the opportunity to serve as Tournament Chair for the Oil Country Championship is another privilege for me to experience,” said Grant Fuhr. “It will be a fun week to be part of and I’m looking forward to representing Oilers Entertainment Group and not only watching some great golf, but participating in many of the great community events associated with the tournament.”
The tournament will be in support of the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation (EOCF), which continues the legacy of giving back by contributing its resources and financial support to charitable organizations that serve the communities of Northern Alberta. With a focus on education, health and wellness for youth in Oil Country, the EOCF is dedicated to building strong, vibrant and safe communities by demonstrating philanthropic leadership.
“Grant Fuhr will be an exceptional Tournament Chair for the inaugural Oil Country Championship and this is just the first of many exciting announcements,” said OEG CEO and Vice Chair Bob Nicholson. “While he has had great success with the Oilers, including, five Stanley Cups – he also has a great passion for the game of golf and giving back to the community. It will be a great week all around for spectators and our Oil Country family.”
The tournament week will kick off with a ticketed event on Monday, July 25, 2016 for spectators and guests to enjoy a Celebrity Pro-Am featuring existing Edmonton Oilers players, Oilers Alumni and other sport and entertainment celebrities who will be announced in the coming weeks. This event will be followed by a specialty event, a Celebrity Horse Race, which will see 10 teams competing in a fun, crowd-pleasing alternate shot, elimination format that will provide loads of entertainment for all sport fans. Each team will consist of a celebrity and a Mackenzie Tour professional. The official Oil Country Championship tournament days will run from July 28-31, 2016. Daily tickets can be purchased for $20 or a weekly pass will be available for $75. Children 14 and under will receive complimentary admission.
The Oil Country Championship organizing committee is looking for 500 volunteers and caddies to support this inaugural event’s success, creating a unique opportunity for the community to become engaged. There is a nominal fee of $50 to volunteer for the event and each volunteer will receive their tournament uniform, meals and snacks during their shift, a volunteer recognition dinner and two tickets to the Edmonton Oil Kings home opener at Rogers Place in September 2016.
Registration for caddies is now open and those selected will be paid $35 per round. This is a tremendous opportunity for avid golf fans to be part of the action. Online registration for both caddies and volunteers is now open at oilcountrychampionship.com.
Stay tuned to oilcountrychampionship.com for more announcements as the full calendar of events gets released.