Sunday will linger in golf history and go down as a shining moment in sports for the Queen City.
A 20-year-old Canadian golf champion was doused in champagne as the sound of people singing O Canada swept through the cheers of thousands, and it all happened in the heart of Saskatchewan.
“Brooke (Henderson) is arguably now the poster child for Canadian golf,” said CEO of Wascana Country Club Greg Dukart. “Regina should be proud.”
He said Regina is unique from other cities Golf Canada could have chosen to hold the CP Women’s Open because of the standout sports fans.
“I think they probably considered that fan base, and what happened with the turnout was probably anticipated,” Dukart said.
“There were some spots where the gallery was like 10 (people) deep and lining the fairway,” he said. “The fans came out of the mass.”
While he couldn’t provide exact numbers on Monday morning, he said he would be happy if he counted 40,000 spectators who turned out to watch the tournament on the grounds of the Wascana Country Club.
The tournament was broadcast on the Golf Channel and TSN, putting even more eyes on the Queen City. Golf fans from across North America responded praising the event and Henderson’s big win on social media.
That was the largest crowd and most awesome reception I've ever seen on the 72nd hole of any event I think I've ever covered–from tee to green. #SpineTingling. Awesome stuff @BrookeHenderson. #HowCanYouNotLoveCanada
— Jerry Foltz (@JerryFoltzGC) August 26, 2018