Winnipeg Jets forward Mark Scheifele has been announced as the 2022 Manitoba Open Sponsor’s Exemption. This means he will join the field at Southwood Golf and Country Club next August for PGA Canada’s Mackenzie Tour, set to take place from August 15-21.
Having hosted the Manitoba Open 14 times, Southwood is no stranger to the event or the Jets’ alternate captain, who has been a member for a number of years.
“I am really excited to play in the Manitoba Open at Southwood next summer,” Scheifele said. “I had such a fun time competing against tour professionals in 2018 and I can’t wait to get back out there and better my scores. It’s a challenging course and I am sure it will be in great shape again and a real test.”
Having participated in the Manitoba Open a few years back, Scheifele admitted that it was the most ‘mentally exhausting’ round of golf he had ever participated in. 2022 should give that a run for its money. This time around, he will also be serving as the honorary chair of the tournament.
All net proceeds from the Manitoba Open will go to the True North Youth Foundation, with the money being directed to the Project 11 Mental Wellness Program, which will help children at Camp Manitou learn the game of golf.
“I am honoured and excited to do whatever I can as honourary chair to help grow and support this event because of the partnership with the True North Youth Foundation,” Scheifele added. “All of our players are very fortunate to see the great programming the Foundation has for children in Manitoba, and we love doing whatever we can to support them.”
Dating back to 2013, the Manitoba Open has raised more than $600K for local charities within the province.
“We are honoured to have Mark act as Honourary Chair and to help us build a full week of exciting and fun events that will promote golf in our province and support the important initiatives of the True North Youth Foundation,” Southwood VP and tournament chair Neil Taylor said. “He is such a tremendous person and a great ambassador for youth charities. His involvement provides increased momentum to our strong commitment to raising funds for worthy causes.”
Scheifele and the Jets will jump back into hockey action on Tuesday night from Canada Life Centre, as Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl and the Edmonton Oiler begin a two-game, home-and-home series with Winnipeg. Puck drop is set for 7:00 PM central on Tuesday, while Thursday’s game from Rogers Place in Alberta goes at 8:00 PM. Both matchups can be found live on TSN.
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