Dakota Dunes Casino Open Festivities Kick-off July 4 in Saskatoon

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“The Dakota Dunes Golf Links has been rated Saskatchewan’s best, and we’re confident Beisiegel and the other players will enjoy this course,” says JoAnne Wasko, Director of Markets, Advertising & Media with Tourism Saskatoon.

Saskatoon’s Dakota Dunes Golf Links will play host to the fourth Dakota Dunes Casino Open – a Canadian Professional Golf Tour event – Thursday, July 7 to Sunday, July 10. Tourism Saskatoon is pleased that Isabelle Beisiegel – the first woman to earn a card on a men’s pro tour – will be playing at the Dakota Dunes Casino Open for the first time. A former LPGA player, Beisiegel will compete in Saskatoon with the other Golf Pros for $200,000 in prize money.

Leading up to and running concurrently with the Dakota Dunes Casino Open, Golfest kicks off Monday, July 4 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. with the Conexus Pro Celebrity Drive the River Challenge at River Landing in downtown Saskatoon. Several local celebrities will join a group of Golf Pros to drive golf balls at a target located across the South Saskatchewan River.

The official opening ceremonies of the Dakota Dunes Casino Open will take place Monday, July 4 at 11:30 a.m. at River Landing. A First Nations cultural component will highlight the event. Also at River Landing on Monday, July 4, the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce is hosting the Canadian Tour Tee-Off BBQ. Proceeds raised go to Beads of Courage, a new charity in Saskatchewan for kids facing life-threatening illnesses. An autograph session with the Canadian Tour Pros will wrap up the day’s activities.

Other Golfest Saskatoon Events throughout the week include the Pro Am Tournaments Tuesday July 5 and Wednesday, July 6 plus men’s, women’s, and junior golf clinics throughout the week. A Hole-in-One Competition for a Porsche is open to all amateur golfers and fans of the Canadian Tour, and will take place Saturday, July 9 and Sunday, July 10 at the Dakota Dunes Golf Links.

“The Dakota Dunes Golf Links has been rated Saskatchewan’s best, and we’re confident Beisiegel and the other players will enjoy this course,” says JoAnne Wasko, Director of Markets, Advertising & Media with Tourism Saskatoon. [Saskatoon golf courses bring in novice to advanced golfers from around the province and beyond. We’re very proud of what we have to offer them.”

Admission to the Dakota Dunes Casino Open is $10 for one day, or $25 for a four-day tournament pass. New this year, limited tickets are available to the Hospitality Tent on the 18th Green at a cost of $20 each, which includes tournament admission.

Dakota Dunes Golf Links is located 25 minutes south of the city centre.

For a complete list of Canadian Tour players, visit http://www.cantour.com. For more information about the tournament, visit http://www.dakotadunescasinoopen.com.

For more information, please contact:
Kelly Bertoncini
Manager, Media Relations
Tourism Saskatoon
Direct: 306-931-7585

JoAnne Wasko
Director of Markets, Advertising & Media
Tourism Saskatoon
Direct: 306-931-7572

Hugh Vassos
Executive Chair
Dakota Dunes Casino Open
Direct: 306-222-5392

About Tourism Saskatoon
Tourism Saskatoon is a membership-based, non-profit visitor and convention bureau marketing Saskatoon and region as a destination of choice for leisure and business travel. Services include convention and events attraction, media relations, and membership services and advocacy. One of a few destinations in Canada, Tourism Saskatoon holds Destination Marketing Accreditation by Destination Marketing Association International. Nicknamed “the hub city” for its numerous domestic and international transportation connections, Saskatoon is known for its expansive parklands and admired for its arts and culture scene, festivals and major sporting events. For more information, visit http://www.tourismsaskatoon.com.

About Beads of Courage
Beads of Courage is a non-profit organization, based in Tucson, Arizona, focused on arts-in-medicine programs geared toward helping children cope with serious illnesses. Patients are given beads to represent significant treatment milestones during their journey. Beads of Courage programs have helped thousands of children and their families at over 90 hospitals in the U.S., Japan and New Zealand. More information is available at http://www.beadsofcourage.org.


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