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Alan Thomas Sumner Whitewater Open

    We are pleased to announce the Alan Thomas Sumner Whitewater Open at the Whitewater Golf Club, Thunder Bay, Ontario  July 13 - 17, 2011  and followed by July 12 - 16, 2012 and July 10 - 14, 2013. The event  proceeds will go to the Alan Thomas Sumner Foundation to support 
junior golf in NW Ontario as well as other activities to benefit  people in the name of Barbara Patricia Sumner.

   “ The Alan Thomas Sumner Whitewater Open would assist in promoting  our community to the world. It would certainly bring people here that  have never been here before and hopefully enjoy the hospitality that  both Thunder Bay and Whitewater will provide for them. Hopefully they  will come back and visit both Thunder Bay and Whitewater and all the  other tourism attractions. Together with the “  Fort William  Historical Park” these are world class attractions that we have that  nobody really knows exist. I think this golf event would help the  people of Thunder Bay.”
Silvio DiGregorio, President of Whitewater Golf Club
www.whitewatergolf.com

    The biggest plus for this event would be the fantastic,  championship  Whitewater Golf Course ( a 7300 yard Tom McBroom design) which would certainly be good for both players and spectators alike.  It will offer exceptional view points for golf enthusiasts and a 
definite challenge for the 156 professional golfers from around North  America who will be here to compete. They will be members of the  Ontario PGA, Manitoba PGA and Minnesota PGA. In additional all those  that feel they can compete will have the chance to enter and win the 
first prize of $10,000 plus


Event Profile

The Alan Thomas Sumner Whitewater  Open  will be hosted by the  Whitewater Golf Club, designed by Thomas McBroom for the first year  July, 2011.

The local host organizing committee, under the leadership of  Executive Chair Scott Sumner, intends to create the success of this  event over the next 3 years. This year the prestigious event will  take place July 14th to July 17th. The actual tournament will run  Thursday July 15th – Sunday July 17th, 2011.


Event Background

   The Alan Thomas Sumner Whitewater Open will host an independent  professional event at the Whitewater Golf Club in Thunder Bay,  Ontario.  This event will give the golfers of Thunder Bay,  Northwestern Ontario, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Manitoba the  opportunity to see a high level 3 round professional golf event at  the world class Whitewater Golf Club, designed by top Canadian  Architect Tom McBroom and open since July of 2004. The event will  feature a full week of activities including practice rounds, Pro Am  were the public can play with a professional, Junior, Women and Men’s  golf Clinic’s as well as 3 rounds of championship play with the prise  purse being  $50,000 plus
    Thunder Bay has 10 excellent golf courses and offers the  potential to attract the travelling golfer from proximate markets in  NW Ontario, Manitoba, the midwest US and beyond. The Alan Thomas  Sumner Whitewater Open will provide an opportunity to showcase the  area to a broad audience    The purpose of the event will be to  showcase Thunder Bay as a tremendous outdoor city with much to offer  the visitor including golf activities. The completion of the $25 
million Whitewater Golf Club development has definitely positioned  Thunder Bay as a world class golf destination. The three year time  frame of the  Alan Thomas Sumner Whitewater Open will go along way  towards showcasing the potential of Thunder Bay and area. The 
adjoining Northern part of the state of Minnesota is also fortunate  to have several high level golf courses fairly close to Thunder Bay.   Superior National at Lutsen, Giants Ridge with 2 courses The Legend  and The Quarry at Biwabik as well as Fortune Bay at Tower MN  and 
many others represent a great golf offering to the travelling golfer  especially from Minneapolis. The goal is to attract these golfers to  make the crossing into Canada to experience some great golf and  hospitality.
    The Alan Thomas Sumner Whitewater Open  has been in the planning stages since mid July 2009. The  Alan Thomas Sumner Whitewater Open  will be a three year project that will build each year and put  Thunder Bay on the golfing map. Our goal is to start the event with a  purse of $50,000, and then build to $75,000 in the  second year and $100,000 in the third year. We also plan to increase  the activities in the event to include two pro ams in the week  attracting more out of town golfers and sponsors of the event as well  as increase community involvement to increase the festival approach.  Once the first years’s event happens it will be easier to attract  more corporate sponsors and offer more concrete evidence of how the 
event has become successful with the local organization ability and  the superb nature of the venue. 

    Our Target Markets will be  Thunder Bay, Northwestern Ontario,  Minnesota, Wisconsin, Manitoba and beyond. The Thunder Bay market has  tremendous accessibility in terms of airlines with Air Canada, West  Jet, Porter, Delta and Bearskin Airlines. For instance the market of  Chicago is easily accessible to Thunder Bay by Porter Airlines at a  very reasonable airfare. We anticipate working closely with media  sponsors as well as other attractions such as the Fort William  Historical Park to purchase media and create publicity for the  event.   We will be spearheading complete packages for the event  including airfare if needed, hotel, golf and restaurants for the  visitor. The media and publicity will provide positive exposure for 
Thunder Bay and area with a well known international event that  showcases our ability to compete with much larger urban centers. It  will present the opportunity to publicize the new vibrant, academic  and high technology economy of a changing city of Thunder Bay.
    Thunder Bay is and continues to become the regional centre of  Northwestern Ontario. The Alan Thomas Sumner Whitewater Open will be  held in the municipality of Oliver Paipoonge and attract visitors  form the entire Northwestern Ontario community to both attend and 
volunteer at the event. Golf is a stong activity in all the  surrounding smaller communities of Northwestern Ontario which all  have their own local golf courses. We hope to bring new people to the  region who may not only love golf but enjoy other activities such as  fishing, hiking, camping out, canoeing, mountain biking and other  outdoor activities especially attractive in a pristine northern  setting. We will work with local and regional tourism industry 
partners to develop the ability to capitalize on the presence of some  new visitors to the area in the broader region.
      The event will require some 100 volunteers throughout the weeks  events. Volunteers will get  a free Shirt and Cap, plus 1 green pass  for  Whitewater. The  admission  fee of $5 per day or weekly at  $10  will ensure everyone will be able to attend and see some world class  golf!
      The golf professional will travel from the southern Ontario  area, Manitoba and Minnesota areas. They will pay an entry fee of  $375 each which will be repaid as part of the purse in total. We will  accept the first 156 players in the event. An amateur can participate  if their handicap is under 4. The prize purse will also be increased  by the tournament organizers to ensure at least a prize purse of  $50,000 with a $10,000 first place.The professionals will have the 
chance to participate in the Pro Am and earn $200. The event will  offer special airfare rates from Porter Airlines as well as hotel  accommodation from th Valhalla Inn.
     There will be a Pro Am event on July14th where up to 40 teams of  3 people and a professional will compete for prizes followed by a  Opening Dinner. The Pro Am cost per person will be $250. A practice  round is available on July 13th. The 40 acre two sided range practice  facility will be open throughout the event. There will be a concert  event on site on Friday night.

PROFESSIONAL ENTRY FORM


PLEASE PRINT CLEARLY


Name: ____________________________ PGA Affiliation:  ______________________

Mailing Address: _________________________________________

Postal Code: ___________________ Email Address: ____________________________

Telephone: ________________

Cell: __________________ Fax: __________________

Entry Fee: ___________$375____________________ Includes HST

Comments: ___________________________________________Date:  ______________

Please invoice. We will pay by cheque to S. A. Sumner And Associates 
Inc.


We will pay by credit card: 


Name:__________________________

Credit Card # __________________________________Expiry Date:____________


Payment Instructions

To enter please complete this form and Fax to  S.  A. Sumner And Associates Inc.  at (807) 623-7515 or email to 
tbaytel%23net|nspinc




Cheques for the full amount may be mailed to:

Alan Thomas Sumner Whitewater Open
S. A. Sumner And Associates Inc

Attention: Scott Sumner

1402- 590 Beverly Street
Thunder Bay, Ontario P7B 6H1

Or…A Whitewater Open  representative can pick up your  completed  form and payment if preferred. Please call 
628-7095

Thank you!
Scott A. Sumner
President
S.A. Sumner And Associates Inc.
1402- 590 Beverly Street
Thunder Bay, Ontario
P7B 6H1

Sponsorship Invitation


Your company is invited to participate in this prestigious sporting  event as one of our valued sponsors. A comprehensive menu of  Sponsorship Opportunities is available for you to choose from, each  providing quality viewing and hospitality options. The Alan Thomas  Sumner Whitewater Open is your chance to host clients, associates, or  your golf buddies at a special professional golf event. For further information on sponsorship opportunities contact Scott 
Sumner at 807-628-7095 or tbaytel%23net|nspinc



Sponsorship Opportunities Menu

Hospitality Packages

PAR Package - $3,000


One team entry of 3 players plus 1 Pro in the Pro-Am on Thursday at the Whitewater Golf Club. Includes Tee Gifts, Prizes and Dinner.

Sponsorship recognition on Signage Board

Note: Team Entries in Pro-Am are limited in this category. First come - first served.

BIRDIE Package - $5,000



Two Team Entries - 6 players plus 2 Pros in the Pro- Am Thursday at the Whitewater Golf Club Includes Tee Gifts, Prizes and Dinner.

Sponsorship recognition on Signage Board

Option to caddy for one of the Pros.

Note: team Entries in Pro-Am are limited in this category. First come – first served.



EAGLE Package - $10,000


Three Team Entries - 9 players plus 3 Pros in the Pro-Am Thursday at the Whitewater Golf Club. Includes Tee Gifts, Prizes and Dinner.

Sponsorship recognition on Signage Board

Option to caddy for one of the Pros.

Note: team Entries in Pro-Am are limited in this category. First come – first served.


ACE Package - $25,000


Four Team entries 12 players plus 4 Pros in the Pro-Am Wednesday at the Whitewater Golf Club. Includes Tee Gifts, Prizes and Dinner.

Sponsorship recognition on Signage Board

Option to caddy for a Pro

Two 3’x8’ signs

Note: team Entries in Pro-Am are limited in this category. First come – first served.


Presenting & Naming Rights Sponsorship Packages


Opportunities


Pro-Am $10,000

Tee-Off Luncheon $5,000

Pro-Am Dinner $5,000

Volunteers $5,000

Caddies $5,000

Junior Golf Clinic $5,000

Ladies Golf Clinic $5,000

Men’s Golf Clinic $5,000




Gift-In-Kind Opportunities (Benefits allocated according to value – No Pro-Am)


Communications Equipment – , Internet, telephone, and two-way radios

Power generator

Shuttle vehicles – SUVs and Vans

Hospitality tents, chairs, & tables

Signage

Printing – tickets, passes, accreditation, etc.

Volunteer uniforms

Volunteer food & beverage

Trailers for Players Lounge, Media Lounge, and Event Office

Players Lounge, Media Lounge, and Office Furniture

Beer

Water – 5,000 bottles

Fruit (bananas & apples)

Granola or energy bars for Pros on course & lounge

Tee Gifts for Pro-Am players

Prizes for Pro-Am

Trophy

Photography




SPONSORSHIP FORM

PLEASE PRINT CLEARLY


Sponsor: ____________________________ Contact Name: ______________________

Mailing or Ticket Delivery Address: _________________________________________

Postal Code: ___________________ Email Address: ____________________________ Telephone: ________________ Cell: __________________ Fax: __________________

Sponsorship: _______________________________ $ Value: __________ Includes GST

Comments: ___________________________________________Date: ______________

Please invoice. We will pay by cheque to S. A. Sumner And Associates Inc.


We will pay by credit card: ______________Name:__________________________

Credit Card # __________________________________Expiry Date:____________

We accept the option to renew for next year

Payment Instructions

To become a sponsor please complete this Sponsor Form and Fax to S. A. Sumner And associates Inc. at (807) 623-7515 or email to nspinc@tbaytel.net

Invoices will be issued. Cheques for the full amount may be mailed to:

Alan Thomas Sumner Whitewater Open
S. A. Sumner And Associates Inc

Attention: Scott Sumner

1402- 590 Beverly Street
Thunder Bay, Ontario P7B 6H1

Or…A Whitewater Open sponsorship representative can pick up your completed sponsorship form and payment if preferred. Please call 628-7095

Thank you!
Scott A. Sumner
President
S.A. Sumner And Associates Inc.
1402- 590 Beverly Street
Thunder Bay, Ontario
P7B 6H1

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