Matthews keeping an Open mind

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 3:16 PM ET

Terry Matthews wants the Canadian Open for his Brookstreet Resort.

The engaging entrepreneur knows about getting big events for his world-class facilities.

He has his hands full getting ready to host the Ryder Cup in 2010 at his Celtic Manor resort in Wales, but once that project is squared away, he said he will turn to raising the profile of his Brookstreet Resort, which includes The Marshes Golf Course.

The next event at The Marshes is the $55,000 BreconRidge Canadian PGA Seniors Championship next month in what will be the second year of a potential 10-year deal to host Canada's top pros 50 and over.

The 54-hole tournament will be played July 27-29 with the CAA Pro-Am taking place July 26, along with the Lumiere Gala Celebration, a charity event that benefits CHEO

In the plans for The Marshes are an additional nine holes to complement the existing championship layout and the nine-hole walking course.

Matthews was asked yesterday if he would like to host the Canadian Open in the future.

"I think so," he said. "We would need to spend some money increasing the size of the golf facilities. I don't like to do anything second rate. First, I have to get the Ryder Cup course completed. There are still three holes to complete and I have to get a new clubhouse under my belt before I can put the focus over here (on Brookstreet)."

Matthews then reached into his pants' pocket and turned it inside-out.

"There are limits to how far the pocket goes down," he chuckled.

Hocan Olsson of Mount Bruno Country Club in Quebec will be back to defend his title won at The Marshes last year.

Former PGA Tour winners Dan Halldorson and Dave Barr will also be in the field as well as Carleton Golf and Yacht Club's Graham Gunn.

"We love to play, we're passionate about playing and we can still play," said Gunn.

Olsson had rounds of 69-70 last year for a two-shot win over Terry Miskolczi of Toronto.


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