Canadian Tour charity event in jeopardy

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:32 PM ET

The Jane Rogers Championship -- which raised more than $200,000 over four years to fight cancer -- has been dropped by the Canadian Professional Golf Tour because of a lack of sponsorship.

The tournament also raised awareness of colorectal cancer, with support from celebrities, golf fans and media. The tournament was held at Lakeview Golf Club in Mississauga its first two years and for two years at Greystone Golf Club in Halton Hills, Ont.

"We are saddened that we are not able to continue," said Elliott Kerr, president of the Landmark Group of Toronto, and husband of the late Jane Rogers. "We were just not able to secure a title sponsor for 2011.

"We will continue this search and we will not give up. If we can bring this event back we will. The Canadian Tour was near and dear to Jane's heart."

Kerr and tour commissioner Rick Janes created the event following Roger's death in 2007. Rogers had raised funds for a cancer clinic at the Trillium Hospital in Mississauga while battling the disease. Rogers who was an avid golf fan and enjoyed watching Canadian Tour athletes develop their careers.

Landmark donated its management services, so all proceeds from the event could go to the Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada and the Trillium Hospital's Oncology Unit. The tour helped support the event financially.


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