'Hamilton Golf & Country Club is an excellent choice as the 2003 host club for this event,' said RCGA Executive Director Stephen Ross. 'The fact that the club members voted overwhelmingly in favour to host this Championship in 2003 is a sure sign that the club and the community will strongly support this event. In particular, the City of Hamilton has worked very hard to help attract this prestigious national championship to Hamilton and to give golf fans in the area the opportunity to see the world's best golfers in person.'
'Bell Canada is very proud today to announce that the 2003 Bell Canadian Open will be returning to Hamilton,' said Bob Lavelle, Senior Director - Event Marketing & Sponsorship (Ontario) of Bell Canada. 'As title sponsor of Canada's premier golf championship, we see this event as an exciting opportunity to bring the world's best golfers to a course rich with history and tradition. Bell Canada looks forward working with the RCGA, City of Hamilton and the members of the Hamilton Golf & Country Club to continue the tradition of excellence that has come to be associated with the Bell Canadian Open.'
'On behalf of the councillors and citizens of the City of Hamilton, I am very proud to welcome the Bell Canadian Open to our great community in 2003,' said Hamilton Mayor Robert E. Wade. 'We are delighted to have a championship event of this magnitude in Hamilton -- it will have many positive impacts. We're looking forward to the Bell Canadian Open to showcase Hamilton as one of Canada's best sporting cities.'
One of Canada's most prestigious and historic clubs, Hamilton Golf and Country Club is one of the 10-founding clubs of the Royal Canadian Golf Association. Opened for play in October 1894, the original 12-hole course was located next to the Hamilton Jockey Club.
The original 18 holes at the Ancaster site were designed by noted English golf course architect Harry Colt, whose other works include the Eden course at St. Andrews, Royal Portrush, Toronto Golf Club and St. George's CC. A third nine was added to the layout in 1975.
The illustrious history of Hamilton Golf and Country Club includes hosting many of Canada's premiere golf events: Canadian Open - 1919, 1930; Canadian Senior Open - 1996; Canadian Amateur Championship - 1922, 1927, 1935, 1948, 1977, 1994.
'On behalf of the members of the Hamilton Golf and Country Club, I too am honoured to welcome the Bell Canadian Open back to Hamilton,' said Bob Lees, President of the Hamilton Golf and Country Club. 'Our club has a long and storied tradition of excellence and a reputation that we are all very proud of. Without a doubt, hosting the 2003 Bell Canadian Open will add another chapter to that great history. I know that our members will continue to support this championship and volunteer with enthusiasm to ensure its success.'
Established in 1904, the Bell Canadian Open is the third oldest national championship in the world, behind the British Open and the US Open. The Bell Canadian Open is also the second-oldest tournament on the PGA Tour, following the Advil Western Open. The world's best professional golfers will compete at the Hamilton Golf and Country Club from September 1-7, 2003.
Scott Verplank captured this year's Canadian Open by three shots over Joey Sindelar and Bob Estes.
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