Canadian golf and the young hearts of Saskatchewan win big at the 2018 CP Women’s Open
The CP Has Heart program helped raise $2 million for brand new facilities in the pediatric cardiology unit at the Jim Pattison Children's Hospital. The total donation is the result of several fundraising efforts of the CP Has Heart campaign. Through CP Birdies for Heart, CP contributed $5,000 for each birdie made by a player on the 17th hole during tournament play. A total of 95 birdies represents a $475,000 donation. CP also matched all donations made online from February 14 to the end of the tournament.
“CP is very proud to partner with the Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital for the 2018 CP Women’s Open,” said Keith Creel, CP President and CEO. “This is a natural partnership as CP is focused on heart health through our community investment program, CP Has Heart, and the Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital is focused on helping the youngest hearts across the great province of Saskatchewan – a province that has been integral to our network for more than 130 years.”
As one of only two provinces in Canada without a dedicated children’s hospital, Saskatchewan’s new Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital will be a provincial hub for families, mothers-to-be, and the over 200,000 children living in Saskatchewan.
Scheduled to open in 2019, the hospital will be home to the province’s first dedicated pediatric surgical suites and first pediatric catheterization lab, which will be used to diagnose and treat many cardiac abnormalities without the need for open-heart surgery. It will also feature the province’s first pediatric sleep lab, hemodialysis room, outdoor play space, and a theatre.
The 2018 CP Women's Open took place at the Wascana Country Club in Regina, August 20-26.
Canada's National Women's Open Championship has traditionally featured one of the strongest fields on the LPGA Tour vying for a total purse of $2.25 million USD, one of the largest purses on tour.
For a complete overview of the CP Women's Open including volunteer opportunities, ticket sales and corporate hosting, visit www.cpwomensopen.com
You would never know it to look at him, but 10-year-old Benjamin Fizzard’s heart has been on shaky ground.
An active, sports-loving kid, Benjamin suffered a shocking cardiac arrest in 2014 while playing tag at school during recess. His parents, Andrea and Sheldon, only had a hint of forewarning a year earlier when Ben collapsed after suffering flu-like symptoms. While he bounced back quickly, he remained very tired.
Andrea, a critical care nurse in the adult coronary unit in Regina, and Sheldon, a respiratory therapist, took him to see Saskatchewan’s pediatric cardiology team in Saskatoon. There, pediatric cardiologists determined he had a slow and irregular heart. As a precautionary measure, they inserted a loop recorder under his skin to monitor his heart rate and rhythm. That loop recorder was what told emergency doctors exactly what had happened to Ben. He and his family spent several days in pediatrics in Saskatoon before being transferred to the Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton where he was fitted with a pacemaker and defibrillator.
While happy, healthy and thriving now, Benjamin remains a regular visitor to pediatrics in Saskatoon for monitoring and care. He is one of the many children who will, on occasion, call the new Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital home.
Canadian golf prodigy, Brooke Henderson
LPGA Tour professional Brooke Henderson is CP's newest ambassador for the CP Women's Open. The Canadian prodigy, born in Smiths Falls, Ontario, has multiple wins on the LPGA Tour, including the 2016 KPMG Women's PGA Championship. Henderson is also a graduate of Golf Canada's National Amateur Squad and Young Pro Squad supported by CP, which marked the beginning of her relationship with the railway.
She is being recognized for her outstanding season and has been honored with the Canadian Press Bobbie Rosenfeld Award (her second win in only three years); named Ottawa's The Athletic Person of the Year; and awarded Postmedia's Female Athlete of the Year.
"On behalf of everyone at CP, I'd like to congratulate Brooke on the well-deserved accolades she has received these past couple weeks," said Keith Creel, President and CEO. "I am immensely proud to call her a part of the CP family. The impact she has made and will continue to make across Canada (and beyond) is inspiring to me, our employees, and thousands of Canadians and young athletes. We look forward to following her achievements in 2018."
LPGA Tour professional Lorie Kane has triumphed on the golf course, represented Canada and is recognized as a leader for the sport. As a CP Ambassador, she embodies our ongoing support of women's golf through the CP Women's Open, and helps us elevate CP Has Heart as we continue to raise money and awareness for heart health.
$6.5 million has been raised in support of children's heart health in the first four years of CP's title sponsorship of the event.
Ottawa Hunt & Golf Club, August 2017Champion: Sung Hyun Park$2M raised for the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario
Priddis Greens & Country Club, August, 2016Champion: Ariya Jutanugarn$2M raised for the Alberta Children's Hospital
The Vancouver Golf Club, August, 2015 Champion: Lydia Ko$1.2M raised for BC Children's Hospital
London Hunt and Country Club, August, 2014Champion: So Yeon Ryu$1.3M raised for the Children's Health Foundation