got its start in the summer of 1972. Headed up by Herb Dick (Winkler)
and Dr. Dick Goertz (Morden), the Inaugural International Golf Tournament
took place the weekend of August 26th and 27th, coinciding with
Morden’s Annual Corn & Apple Festival. The two-day tournament
drew 300 golfers, most of whom were from Winkler, Morden and neighbouring
North Dakota, USA, thus making it a truly international event.
In 1975, in just
its third year of existence the International expanded to three
courses. Seeing as the tournament was drawing so much interest south
of the border, it was only natural for that course to be the Walhalla
Country Club in North Dakota. This years tournament was held the
weekend of July 26th and 27th, and due to the addition of the third
course, the field was expanded accordingly to 360 entrants, which
made it the largest two-day golf tournament in the world.
The 5th Annual International
brought on more expansion, as another course was added to the tournament,
once again south of the 49th parallel. The Cavalier Golf and Country
Club was added, making it the four-course event it is today. Once
again the field grew, this time to 416 participants, with half the
field taking to the links in Winkler and Morden on day one, and
the other half in Walhalla and Cavalier.