Golf

CP Women's Open cancelled for September; Shaughnessy remains host for 2021

The 2020 CP Women's Open, scheduled for the first week for September at Vancouver's Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club, has been cancelled. Shaughnessy will host the event in 2021.

Previously scrapped were all Canadian national championships, RBC Canadian Open

Canada's Brooke Henderson won't get the chance to regain her CP Women's Open title from Jin Young Ko in September after the tournament was cancelled due to travel and border restrictions from the COVID-19 pandemic. (Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images/File)

There will be no CP Women's Open in 2020.

The Canadian women's professional golf championship was scheduled for the first week of September at Vancouver's Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club but Golf Canada announced on Tuesday that the event had to be cancelled.

Organizers had hoped that the tournament would be able to go ahead as planned, but travel and border restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic made it impossible.

"It really was a decision that was out of our hands and made for us with the quarantine act and the border closure," said tournament director Ryan Paul. "It's the right decision, it's the safest one, everyone's health and safety is always first and foremost, it's just disappointing."

It's the first time that the LPGA Tour event — started in 1973 as La Canadienne — has been cancelled.

Vancouver will still get its opportunity to host the CP Women's Open, with Golf Canada announcing that Shaughnessy has already agreed to host the event in 2021.

Provincial championships held on case-by-case basis

"We can now look ahead to hosting an exceptional CP Women's Open next year in the world-class city of Vancouver," said Golf Canada CEO Laurence Applebaum in a statement. "I also applaud the swift and supportive response from our friends at Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club as well as the Province of British Columbia and Sport Hosting Vancouver who continue to be tremendous hosts and partners in welcoming the LPGA Tour back in 2021."

Golf Canada had already cancelled all of its national championships at the junior and amateur level. Provincial championships are being held on a case-by-case basis.

WATCH | Jin Young Ko claims 2019 CP Women's Open:

LPGA Wrap: Ko bests Henderson to claim CP Women's Open title

3 years ago
Duration 1:43
World No. 1 Jin Young Ko fired a final round of 8-under 64 to claim the CP Women's Open title. Smiths Falls, Ont., native and defending champion Brooke Henderson finished tied for 3rd at 19-under.

The RBC Canadian Open, Canada's men's professional championship, was cancelled in mid-April. It was to be held at Toronto's St. George's Golf and Country Club and Islington Golf Club in early June. There are tentative plans for the same venue to host the only Canadian PGA Tour stop next year.

Paul spoke with world No. 7 Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls, Ont., Hamilton's Alena Sharp, and Charlottetown's Lorie Kane — all of whom planned to play at the CP Women's Open — about the tournament's cancellation before it was announced.

"It's just as disappointing for the Canadians as it is for all the LPGA members," said Paul. "The CP Women's Open is always one that gets circled on the calendar right away."

Paul said that, to the best of his knowledge, the LPGA Tour does not intend to schedule a new event in the time slot previously held by the CP Women's Open.

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