2021 Honorary Co-Chairs
The 2021 Prince Edward Island Open was held on August 25th until August 28th at the Dundarave Golf Course. The Prince Edward Island Open Host Committee, in conjunction with PGA TOUR Canada, announced the names of the four (4) Honourary Co-Chairs for the inaugural tournament. To honour the decades of contribution to the growth and development of golf in Prince Edward Island, Harry and Audrey Simmonds, along with Jack and Marilyn Kane served as the 2021 Prince Edward Island Honourary Co-Chairs.
Some of the accomplishments of these individuals include:
Harry and Jack being instrumental in the development of the golf tourism industry on PEI.
In the 60’s Harry worked for the Province and secured most of the land that Brudenell was built on, he later became the GM of the course and park.
Jack was the first Golf Professional at Brudenell when it opened in 1969.
Harry was one of the founding members of the golf marketing association known as Golf PEI.
Jack was the GM of the four Provincially owned courses which included Brudenell, Dundarave, The Links at Crowbush Cove, and Mill River.
Harry oversaw the first Canadian Tour events on PEI in the late 80’s and early 90’s.
Throughout all these endeavours both Audrey Simmonds and Marilyn Kane were deeply engaged and active helping these accomplishments come to fruition.
Tournament Director Chris Larsen said, “These four individuals, more than any other individuals are responsible for the establishment of Brudenell River Golf Course, Crowbush Cove Golf Course and Dundarave Golf Course in the eastern part of the Province and Mill River Golf Course in western PEI. In addition, Harry Simmonds played a critical role in the establishment of Golf PEI as the province’s marketing arm to promote the Island as a premier golf destination”.
Scott Pritchard, Executive Director of PGA Tour Canada said “PGA Tour Canada appreciates the legendary contributions of these four PEI golf legends and we are grateful for their willingness to serve as Honourary Chairs as we bring professional golf back to the Island”.
Pictured from left to right: Harry Simmonds, Audrey Simmonds, Jack Kane, Marilyn Kane