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Area Golf: Gertens to sponsor CRMC Championship

CRMC to be the first PGA Tour Canada event to be played outside of Canada.

Golfers stop in at the Legacy Clubhouse at Cragun’s Legacy Courses. (Kelly Humphrey, Brainerd Dispatch)
Golfers stop in at the Legacy Clubhouse at Cragun’s Legacy Courses. (Kelly Humphrey, Brainerd Dispatch)
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BRAINERD — The CRMC Championship announced Gertens will become the presenting sponsor for the first-ever PGA Tour Canada event held outside of Canada.

The CRMC Championship presented by Gertens is set for Aug. 22-28 at Cragun’s Resort in East Gull Lake.

It will be the ninth of 11 official tour events scheduled for 2022.

“This is a historic moment for PGA TOUR Canada, taking this Tour and our players outside of Canada for the first time,” PGA TOUR Canada Executive Director Scott Pritchard said. “In Gertens, we couldn’t have found a better partner and as we make this move to Cragun’s Resort, we are so pleased that this will happen with Gertens’ support.”

Preceding the Thursday-to-Sunday tournament is the Northern Pacific Center Pro-Am Aug 24.

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“Gertens, a family-owned business in Minnesota for more than 100 years, is extremely excited to be a part of the PGA TOUR Canada’s first-ever event in the United States,” Gertens’ owner Gino Pitera said. “Gertens partners with golf courses over the upper Midwest to keep their properties in pristine playing condition and we look forward to partnering with Cragun’s to create this championship event.”

Gertens is a full-service lawn and garden, landscaping and outdoor-living company that maintains a 2.5-acre, state-of-the-art greenhouse that helps maintain company founder Frank Gerten’s motto to “buy from the grower.”

In addition, PGA TOUR and PGA TOUR Champions player and former U.S. Ryder Cup captain Tom Lehman is the tournament’s Honorary Chair. Besides being onsite during tournament week, the Lehman Design Group is leading the $10-million golf course renovation and expansion project that began in April 2021.

Cuyuna Regional Medical Center is a community-built facility that serves approximately 30,000 people in the Brained Lakes area. Net proceeds from the event will be used to further the mission of CRMC’s Charitable Fund to care for everyone in the community from their first breath to their last regardless of their financial ability.

“CRMC is proud to support this tournament, which will have a significant economic impact on the Brainerd Lakes area and benefit the community as a whole,” CRMC CEO Amy Hart said.

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