Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada pros to team up with current and former NHLers in Kelowna

Hockey and golf will combine on the fairways in Kelowna this spring, with the GolfBC Championship Charity Skins Game featuring current and former NHL Stars which will kick off the inaugural GolfBC Championship at Gallagher’s Canyon Golf and Country Club.

The all-new event will see past and present NHL stars, including two-time All-Star Wade Redden, partner up in teams with Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada players and compete in a skins game format for a $5,000 charity purse.

“Our goal with the GolfBC Championship is to engage the community and give people something to come out and watch while raising money for charity,” said Tournament Director Hugh Vassos. “With so many current and former NHL players calling the Okanagan Valley home, it made sense to add a hockey element and have some fun with it.”

The event will take place Wednesday, June 8 at Gallagher’s Canyon immediately following the GolfBC Championship’s 3p.m. opening ceremonies, kicking off the Mackenzie Tour’s first-ever event in Kelowna. Playing in an alternate shot format, the NHLers and Mackenzie Tour player with the most skins after five holes will each earn $2,500 towards a charity of their choice.

“When I heard about the opportunity to get involved with the event, I couldn’t have been more excited to tee it up. Hopefully we can get a good number of people out, have a good time and raise some money for a good cause,” said Redden, a veteran of more than 1,000 regular season and 100 playoff NHL games.

“We are excited to be a part of the Skins Challenge and hope it will create more enthusiasm around the GolfBC Championship while further building on the tournament’s vision to make this a week long golf festival,” said Andy Hedley, vice president of golf operations for GolfBC Group. “Given Kelowna’s passion for sports, we believe this fun event will offer up a different experience for the players, fans, volunteers and the community, while providing additional fundraising opportunities for charity. We are also thrilled to announce that the Chan Family Foundation, GolfBC’s charitable arm, will be matching the charity purse with a $5,000 matching donation to benefit the BC Cancer Foundation, for a total of $10,000 committed to charity through this event,” he added.

The remainder of the field will be announced in the coming weeks.

The inaugural GolfBC Championship will be played June 6-12 at Gallagher’s Canyon Golf and Country Club.