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Calgary lands 50th edition of Canadian national women’s golf championship

The CP Women’s Open is returning to Calgary.

Golf Canada named Earl Grey Golf Club in the city’s southwest corner as the 2024 host of the Canadian national women’s golf championship on Tuesday. Tournament director Ryan Paul stated Calgary is the perfect location for the 50th edition of the Women’s Open.

“We’re very excited and we’re very proud of what we do with the CP Women’s Open and the alignment with Canadian Pacific Railway to keep bringing this great golf tournament across the country and showcasing the world’s best golfers to all Canadians,” said Paul, pointing out that CP, the event’s main sponsor, is headquartered in Calgary.

“There’s so many great Canadian golf markets and Calgary certainly is one of them. We know it’s going to be a great show and to be in CP’s headquarters for our 50th playing, it’s just fitting that we’re going to be back in Calgary.”

Earl Grey will host the event July 22-28, a month earlier than its usual slot on the LPGA Tour calendar.

This year’s tournament is scheduled for Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club in Vancouver from Aug. 21-27.

“Hosting this historic tournament gives us the opportunity to share our championship golf course to challenge the top players in the world,” said Earl Grey Club president Marion Burnyeat in a statement. “The local golf community will come together in 2024 for this world-class tournament supported by the volunteer spirit for which Calgary is known.”

Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn won the Women’s Open by four strokes in 2016 when Calgary last hosted the tournament at Priddis Greens Golf & Country Club. Paul said fans in southern Alberta will notice how much the event has grown since then.

“We’re very proud of our tournaments. They’re more than just golf tournaments,” said Paul. “They’re outdoor festivals, they’re sports and entertain properties and golf tournaments, all rolled into one.

“Those who were with us in 2016, I think, will be very surprised and love what we’ve done over the last several years.”

That involves a food festival that Paul said will have fare from several local restaurants, family zones and kids activities, and more accessibility at the closing holes.

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