Bayview Place Island Savings Open presented by Times Colonist to run through 2016

PGA TOUR Canada – PGA TOUR Canada event to stay in Victoria

(July 25, 2013 – Victoria, B.C.) – The Victoria Open Golf Society is proud to announce that Bayview Place and Island Savings have stepped forward to solidify Victoria’s PGA TOUR Canada event from 2014 through 2016.The Bayview Place Island Savings Open presented by Times Colonist will see Bayview Place and Island Savings support the tournament to continue as the longest continuous tournament on the PGA TOUR Canada schedule, with the Victoria Times Colonist continuing to take a prominent role and continue its longstanding support as presenting sponsor.

“We are thrilled to solidify our future in Victoria,” said PGA TOUR Canada president Jeff Monday. “We welcome Bayview Place to the PGA TOUR Canada family and are excited to continue our ongoing relationship with Island Savings and Times Colonist. With their support and the tournament continuing to be held at Uplands Golf Club, there is no doubt that the future of the tournament is incredibly bright.”

The tournament will continue to not only be a highlight of the PGA TOUR Canada schedule, but a catalyst for economic development in the Victoria area.

“This is an extremely proud day for all of us throughout the Capital Region who have been committed to building this tournament over the past 33 years,” said Keith Dagg, Tournament Director emeritus of the Bayview Place Island Savings Open presented by Times Colonist. “Because of the generosity and the vision of Bayview Place and Island Savings, the dedicated volunteers who join me to make this event happen can now focus on maximizing the many benefits that flow from our privileged opportunity to host this exciting tournament.”

“The Bayview Place Island Savings Open presented by Times Colonist is not just about world class golf, it is a catalyst for millions of dollars of direct and indirect spending in the Capital Region,” said Dagg.

As part of the PGA TOUR Canada schedule, the Times Colonist Island Savings Open presented by Times Colonist will see 156 PGA TOUR prospects return to the historic Uplands Golf Club in hopes of kickstarting their careers and putting themselves in position to earn one of the five Tour cards available at season’s end.

“Patricia and I are thrilled to invest in this superbly organized PGA TOUR Canada event, and to share this opportunity with Island Savings,” said Bayview Place owner. “We have been contributing sponsors to this event for the past four years and we have seen first-hand the broader value that this tournament brings to the community and to the development of the sport of golf. Patricia and I consider Victoria our home – we love golf – and we are pleased to be in a position to help keep this important event in Victoria.”

“This tournament is extremely important to the south island – not just to golfers but to all residents and business owners in the Capital Region,” said Rod Dewar, President and CEO of Island Savings, who have been co-title sponsors of the event with the Victoria Times Colonist for the past four seasons. “PGA TOUR Canada has enabled us all to raise the profile of this tournament and as a result increase significantly the positive community impacts of the event including the growth of the youth golf program and the charitable giving component that Island Savings is proud to manage through its GIFT program. We look forward to helping this tournament grow, along with our new title partner, Bayview Place.”

“The Times Colonist is proud to have been a longstanding champion of this first class event and we are excited to continue our participation in this PGA TOUR Canada tournament as the presenting sponsor of the Bayview Place Island Savings Open,” said David Whitman, Director of Sales and Marketing at the Times Colonist.

The 2014 Bayview Place Island Savings Open will take place June 2 – 8 at the Uplands Golf Course.

For more information, please contact:
Bayview Place Island Savings Open
Keith Dagg
Mobile: 250-888-0915

Bayview Place
Karina Perkins

Island Savings
Lisa Cotrell

About Bayview Place
Bayview Place is a 20-acre urban neighbourhood located on the Songhees Peninsula of Vic West in Victoria, BC. The development vision is to create a vibrant, complete community incorporating a mix of uses to welcome residents of all ages and to serve as a focus of community gathering and retail activity for the local Victoria West neighbourhood. The property is characterized by its hilltop location adjacent to the waterfront of Victoria’s harbour and by the historic landmark formed by the Esquimalt &Nanaimo (E&N) Railway Roundhouse buildings – both unique features that distinguish Bayview Place from anywhere else. From its industrial past, a new neighbourhood centre will emerge to showcase sustainable development and Brownfield revitalization. Bayview Place – at the heart of a great City.

About Island Savings
Island Savings is the Islands’ most recommended banking experience. As a Top 50 Best Employer in Canada, its neighbourhood experts offer financial, insurance and investment advice and products to over 100,000 Islanders. Managing a total portfolio of $2.8B under administration, Island Savings is investing $15M from 2012-2015 to expand their branch network and all service delivery platforms. Since 2010, their successful Growing Island Families Together (GIFT) program has proudly given over $7.0M back to the community.

About PGA TOUR Canada
PGA TOUR Canada is a series of $150,000 events to be played across Canada this summer. The leading five money winners at the end of the season will earn highly placed status on the Tour in 2014.

PGA TOUR Canada’s mission is to deliver a PGA TOUR experience for our members, fans, volunteers and our partners in order to develop the future stars of professional golf & enrich the communities we visit.


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