PGA stars bound for Ottawa?

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 7:19 AM ET

Area golf fans have been treated to some great golf this summer and there are rumblings more could be on the way next year.

On the heels of the Quebec Amateur and the Canadian Women's Tour, fans will be treated to some top calibre play over the next three days as the BreconRidge CPGA Seniors Championship cranks up at The Marshes.

Meanwhile, there are rumblings that at least two area clubs are actively pursuing the Telus Skins Game, the popular exhibition which features PGA Tour stars.

Terry Matthews, the billionaire entrepreneur who owns The Marshes and the Brookstreet Hotel, has made no secret he wants high-profile events for his golf facility and hotel.

Matthews, who will host the Ryder Cup at his Celtic Manor in 2010, has toyed with the idea of bringing a European Tour event to The Marshes.

Could the Skins Game be on the radar?

Representatives of IMG, the management company which represents athletes and puts together the Skins Game, were on hand last year at The Marshes for events like Lumiere -- the charity event featuring gourmet food and fireworks at the Brookstreet -- and the CPGA Seniors at The Marshes.

One source indicated there have been discussions between The Marshes and IMG about the possibility of the Skins Game coming to Ottawa.

"No decision is made about next year until after this year's event is over," said one source familiar with the situation. "IMG will make a decision on where next year's Skins Game will be in September or October. But they do like to alternate between East and West and this is the second year it's been out West (this year's is in Banff). I'm sure they'd like to move it back East next year and Ottawa would seem to be a good market."

For the first time in its 14-year history, The Skins Game is featuring five players this year: Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman, John Daly, Sergio Garcia and Stephen Ames.

NOTES: The marquee grouping at the Seniors Championship goes this morning at 8:30 off the 10th tee with Hall of Famers Bob Panasik and Dave Barr with defending champ Hocan Olsson.


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