Canadian Olympians highlighting Synergy 8 event

Synergy 8 Community Builders have announced the special guests that will appear at their annual fundraising golf tournament.

The group released a statement on Tuesday announcing that Canadian PGA Tour players Corey Conners and Mackenzie Hughes will highlight the day in August. Synergy spokesman Troy Davies said the group is ecstatic to bring two current PGA players to Saskatoon to headline the “Drive for Kids Campaign 2022.”

“We’re very excited to have the line up we have this year,” Davies told Golf Saskatchewan. “For the first time in our history we’re bringing in current PGA Tour players and they also happen to be Canadian Olympians, and two really good guys who are willing to play each other at our event. It’s a completely different opportunity for us.”

In years past Synergy 8 featured John Daly, Feed Couples, Nick Price, Tom Watson, Colin Montgomerie, and many others. Davies said the group has high praise for the Champions Tour veterans that have helped them raise funds over several years, but he said the plan to bring current PGA players in has been a work in progress for a couple years.

“They really like the cause we have this year, so they thought that was important. That’s how we got it done and to add that they were in the Tokyo Olympics together is an added bonus,” Davies said.

Joining Hughes and Conners at the Aug. 30 event will be Saskatchewan Roughriders quarterback Cody Fajardo, and Fox Sports personality Taylor Cusack.

The funds raised at the golf tournament at The Willows and coinciding dinner at Prairieland Park in Saskatoon will go towards battling mental health in youth as part of the Saskatoon Tribal Council (STC). Davies said the group’s mobile health bus has seen great success and Synergy 8’s members expect the same from this year’s campaign.

“We’re funding two mobile vans that will be running in Saskatoon, basically they will have outreach and mental health workers working within the core neighbourhood schools and also within the STC Wellness Centre. That directly aligns with our mandate to help kids. Unfortunately, mental health has veered it’s ugly head, especially through COVID. This is something we want to support,” he said.

Davies said the golf tournament will sell out very quickly and could be as of the time this article is published. Tables for the dinner can be purchased without playing in the golf tournament. For more details visit the group’s website.