With the tremendous success of this year’s DCM PGA Women’s Championship of Canada, we’re pleased to announce that DCM and PGA of Canada will extend their partnership through 2021. DCM will continue its role as title sponsor of the tournament and expand its leadership in supporting women’s golf and providing opportunities for female athletes.
“We are thrilled to have DCM extend their partnership with the PGA of Canada through 2021,” said PGA of Canada’s CEO Kevin Thistle. “We’ve been so impressed by the management at DCM and their guests and they truly have injected unparalleled support for both the PGA Women’s Championship and the DCM Power Up initiative to help grow the women’s game here in Canada.”
In just a few short years, the DCM Championship has rapidly increased in size and quality of the field, gaining a growing audience – attendance has almost doubled – and heightened profile on the PGA tour. This year’s event was won by PGA of Canada Apprentice Professional Rebecca Lee-Bentham, who played through tight competition to finish with a final-round 9-under-par 63, setting a new course record at the Ladies’ Golf Club of Toronto.
First played in 1987, the DCM PGA Women’s Championship of Canada has hosted many of the greats in women’s golf including Brooke Henderson, Alena Sharp, Cathy Sherk, Gail Graham, Nancy Harvey, Jessica Shepley, and five-time winner Lorie Kane.
“Our partnership with the PGA of Canada is an important part of our commitment to helping women succeed,” says DCM CEO Greg Cochrane. “We’re very excited that our annual DCM PGA Women’s Championship will continue, giving talented female golfers more opportunity to showcase their skills and pursue professional golf careers.”
DCM Power Up Bursary Continues Support for Female Golfers
Furthering our commitment to women’s golf, DCM is also pleased to confirm its second year sponsoring the DCM Power Up Bursary program. The Power Up Bursary was launched to provide financial and professional support to women pursuing their dreams of competing at the highest levels of golf. We are delighted all five 2018 bursary winners competed at this year’s DCM Championship.
“Being part of the Power Up Bursary has enabled me to play the best I possibly can, and it’s given me a chance to build some great relationships, too,” says 2018 Power Up Bursary winner Jennifer Ha. Ha earned her LPGA card in 2017 and is now working hard to hone her game and play the pro circuit. Selena Costabile, another 2018 Power Up recipient, says: “I’m now able to cover entrance fees and other payments for tournaments, and that is allowing me to think more about my golf.”