The Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada will play an event outside the Canadian border in 2020. Cragun’s Golf Resort, Brainerd, is set to host the inaugural Cuyuna Regional Medical Center Championship, to be formally recognized as the CRMC Championship, on Aug. 17-24, as part of a 6-year deal.
“We’re thrilled at the opportunity for the Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada to play an event south of the border,” said Mackenzie Tour Vice President Scott Pritchard. “Brainerd is a community that we feel is a perfect fit for one of our tournaments and will be for many years to come.”
“Our gratitude goes out to Ron Sanders, who led the effort to bring a PGA TOUR-sanctioned event to the region, as well as the Cragun family and the resort and golf team for hosting and organizing the tournament,” continued Pritchard. “This event would also not have been possible without the support of Cuyuna Regional Medical Center. Having a partner like CRMC, which takes great pride in helping the Brainerd Lakes economy thrive while also assisting residents in their times of greatest need is a perfect fit for this event,” added Pritchard.
The 156-player event is intended to carry on the legacy of the CRMC Brainerd Lakes Tour Showcase, an event started by Sanders in 2017. CRMC served as the title sponsor and official charitable partner in 2019.
“CRMC is proud to support this tournament which will benefit the community as a whole,” said CRMC CEO Kyle Bauer. “CRMC takes great pride in helping the Brainerd Lakes thrive economically while also assisting residents in their times of greatest need. We realize that when we go home, our family, friends and neighbors are also our patients which is why we strive to support our community whenever we can.”
Cragun’s Resort has been owned by the Cragun family for more than 80 years and will act as the host organization with Director of Golf Chuck Klecatsky serving as Tournament Director. The resort’s two championship golf courses, Cragun’s Legacy Courses, are both designed by renowned architect Robert Trent Jones Jr.
“We’re fortunate to host an event of this caliber at Cragun’s Golf Resort. The event should generate millions of dollars in economic activity to benefit the community,” said Klecatsky “The course itself should prove to be a formidable test for the players, who we know will be thrilled with the conditioning thanks to our hardworking agronomy team.”
Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada players will play the Dutch Legacy course, which measures out at just under 7,000 yards. The course was ranked ninth on Golf Advisor’s list of top courses in Minnesota in 2016.
The full 2020 Mackenzie Tour schedule will be announced in the coming months.