L’Île-Bizard, QC – Montreal’s Caroline Ciot will make history this week at the Mackenzie Investments Open. In the field on a sponsor exemption, Ciot will become the second female to play the PGA TOUR-era Mackenzie Tour, with the first being Jacqueline Bendrick at the 2016 GolfBC Championship.
It’s also important to note that in the pre-PGA TOUR era, Isabelle Beisiegel impressively earned a Tour card in 2011.
Ciot, now 25, started playing golf at age 17 after competing as a high-level gymnast until then. She played at the University of Montreal from 2012-2015 and won eight of the 12 university tournaments she played in Quebec. She was first on the Golf Quebec Order of Merit in 2015 and turned professional in 2017.
Freedom 55 Financial Canadian Player of the Year Race
The top Canadian on the Mackenzie Tour following the Freedom 55 Financial Championship will claim the Dan Halldorson trophy, along with a $25,000 bonus. Last season, Jared du Toit claimed the trophy as the 23rd ranked player on the Order of Merit, with Ryan Williams the runner-up at spot 31.
The race is likely to come down to the wire this season, as Michael Gligic holds the lead in the 13th spot on the Order of Merit with $37,720 with Riley Wheeldon being his closest chaser at $31,408.
Meanwhile, du Toit folds into the 31st spot at $17,442 with Taylor Pendrith right behind him at 32 with $17,352.