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The International 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.