The Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada announced its 2019 schedule today, featuring 12 events that will once again take the Tour from coast-to-coast.
The season will begin with the Freedom 55 Financial Open (May 20-26) at Point Grey Golf and Country Club in Vancouver, British Columbia. All regular events feature purses of $200,000 (CDN) and a $225,000 (CDN) purse for the season-ending Freedom 55 Financial Championship (Sept. 9-15) at Highland Country Club in London, Ontario.
“Thanks to the tremendous efforts of our host organizations, along with our great sponsors, we are pleased to announce the schedule for our seventh season,” said Mackenzie Tour President Jeff Monday. “We look forward to the players taking advantage of the opportunity to advance their careers and are particularly excited to add an event in Atlantic Canada.”
The inaugural HFX Pro-Am is set to take place in Halifax, Nova Scotia from July 15-21 at Oakfield Golf & Country Club and is part of a multi-year agreement with the Mackenzie Tour. The tournament will consist of 128 Mackenzie Tour professionals and 64 amateurs. Sports & Entertainment Atlantic (S|E|A), a leading production company for world-class sports and entertainment events in Atlantic Canada, will serve as the host organization.
Oakfield Golf & Country Club was designed by Robbie Robinson, who apprenticed under the legendary Stanley Thompson, and opened in 1962 before a redesign in 2003 by Graham Cooke. Oakfield has previously hosted the Men’s Canadian Amateur in 1989 and numerous provincial championships over the years, including most recently the 2017 Nova Scotia Men’s Mid-Amateur.
“The club is thrilled to play host to this wonderful event, and our membership and community alike look forward to showcasing our championship golf course this summer to both the professional golfers and amateurs,” said Oakfield Golf & Country Club General Manager Eric Tobin. “I am confident this event will be one of the highlights of the season for the players and will be one they look forward to year after year.”
“We are thrilled to bring a PGA TOUR sanctioned golf event back to Nova Scotia this summer,” said Sports and Entertainment Atlantic President and Founder Derek Martin. “This is an exciting opportunity to bring a fun and entertaining Pro-Am concept to the Mackenzie Tour and showcase our wonderful East Coast hospitality.”
Mackenzie Tour players will once again look to make the next step on the path to the PGA TOUR. The Order of Merit winner will be fully exempt on the Web.com Tour for the following season, with those finishing in the second-through-fifth positions earning conditional status. Players who finish in the Nos. 2-10 spots will also earn an exemption into the Final Stage of the Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament, while Nos. 11-25 on the Order of Merit will earn an exemption into the Second Stage of the Qualifying Tournament.
Players will attempt to follow in the footsteps of Mackenzie Hughes, Tony Finau, Nick Taylor, Aaron Wise, and mostly recently, Adam Long, who became the fifth alum to win on the PGA TOUR with his win in January, at the Desert Classic. In total, 31 alumni have gone on to earn their PGA TOUR cards, while more than 190 Mackenzie Tour players have earned Web.com Tour status, including 83 for the 2019 season.
Off the course, Mackenzie Tour events will look to build off a third consecutive season of more than $1 million raised for local charities across Canada, bringing the total since 2013 to more than $4.1 million.