Mazatlan Tourism Trust

Mazatlan Tourism Trust

May 06, 2011 08:00 ET

Mexican PGA Championship Kicks-Off in Mazatlan

Canadian Players That Compete for the Purse Include Adam Hadwin; Jace Walker; and Brad Fritsch, Among Others

MAZATLAN, MEXICO--(Marketwire - May 6, 2011) -

The Mexican PGA Championship kicked-off yesterday at Estrella del Mar Golf and Beach Resort in Mazatlan, Mexico. It is one of only two events held in Mexico on the Canadian Professional Golf Tour's 2011 schedule. Mazatlan has hosted the Canadian Tour on 6 previous occasions at the El Cid Golf and Country Club. 149 golfers from around the world compete in Mexico's most important tournament for the $125,000 USD purse. Participating Canadian players include B.C.'s Adam Hadwin, Ontario's Jace Walker and Brad Fritsch - who is originally from Alberta.

Adam Hadwin, a favorite pick during his first appearance in Mexico, is current Canadian Tour 2011 money leader and number two 2010 Order of Merit. Brad Fritsch, who has previously played well in Mexico, is another favorite. A player to watch is Jace Walker who makes his debut on the Canadian Tour in Mazatlan. Other notable players include American Andy Matthews - defending champion; Esteban Toledo of Mexico who has played in numerous PGA Tour events; and Jorge Corral–Mazatlan resident and founding partner of the Pacific Golf Center.

"Sporting events are a big part of Mazatlan, and golf is particularly special to us as we boast excellent golf courses," noted Julio Birrueta, spokesperson for the Mazatlan Tourism Trust. Estrella del Mar is a 7,045 yard course designed by renowned architect Robert Trent Jones Jr. The course layout is parallel to 3.5 miles of pristine beach. El Cid Golf and Country Club features a new nine-hole layout designed by Lee Trevino. El Cid will host an international tournament in November. Marina Mazatlan features 18 holes designed by David N. Fleming.

The Mexican PGA Championship is the second international sporting event that has drawn Canadians to Mazatlan in the last two months. In April, Mazatlan hosted the Pacific Triathlon that saw Calgary's Jordan Bryden place 8th in the ITU Pan American Cup. Other high profile sporting events taking place in the following months include the Quiksilver Classic surf competition, the International Futures Tennis Tournament, Marina Mazatlan Fishing Tournament, El Debate Fishing Tournament, Marina El Cid Dorado Fishing Tournament and the Pacific Marathon. "Mazatlan is proud to host the Championship as well as the Canadian Professional Golf Tour once again. We look forward to seeing new and familiar faces enjoy the events of our beautiful city over the following months," concluded Birrueta.

About Mazatlan:

Mazatlan is located on Mexico's Pacific Coast at the foot of the Sierra Madre Mountains. Founded in the 16th Century, Mazatlan is Mexico's only seaside colonial city. One in every three travelers that visits Mazatlan is Canadian.

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