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Freedom 55 Financial Open Coming to Vancouver in 2016

Last Updated on Monday, 26 October 2015 05:01 Monday, 26 October 2015 04:56

2016 Freedom 55 Financial OpenThe Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada’s season-opening event will return to Vancouver in 2016 and will continue through 2020 with a new name and under new management. The Freedom 55 Financial Open will take place at Point Grey Golf & Country Club from May 23 to 29, 2016.

The announcement sees Freedom 55 Financial – which is also the title sponsor of the season-ending Freedom 55 Financial Championship as well as Canadian Player of the Year and Canadian Player of the Week awards – expand its support of the Mackenzie Tour and Canadian golf with agreements through 2020.

Linx Marketing, which operates the ATB Financial Classic and Syncrude Boreal Open presented by AECON, will serve as the host organization for the event. David Lee-Fay, a partner at Linx Marketing, will serve as tournament director.



Mackenzie Tour Member Q-School Tracker

Last Updated on Friday, 16 October 2015 20:57 Friday, 16 October 2015 20:53

Doug LetsonDozens of Mackenzie Tour - PGA TOUR Canada members are competing at Tour Q-School this fall in a bid to make the next step on the path to the PGA TOUR. Track their progress below, starting with the First Stage. Click here for full scores from all stages.



Six Former Mackenzie Tour Members Earn PGA TOUR Cards

Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 October 2015 23:02 Tuesday, 06 October 2015 22:59

Lucas LeeSix former Mackenzie Tour - PGA TOUR Canada members punched their ticket to the PGA TOUR, each earning one of 50 cards available through the Tour and Tour Finals. Below is each player along with a brief summary of their time in Canada.



Staal Foundation Open Generates $4-Million Economic Impact

Last Updated on Sunday, 04 October 2015 21:55 Sunday, 04 October 2015 21:52

Staal Foundation OpenIn July of 2015, when the Mackenzie Tour - PGA TOUR Canada played the Staal Foundation Open presented by Tbaytel at the Whitewater Golf Club in Thunder Bay, Ontario, the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance (CSTA) worked with City of Thunder Bay – Tourism to conduct an economic impact study on the event. The Sports Tourism Economic Assessment Model (STEAM) found that the combined spending of visitors and event organizers in producing the event reached more than $1.8 million in initial expenditures, which supported an estimated $4 million of economic activity in Ontario and $2.8 million in Thunder Bay alone.

The event supported 25 jobs in the province paying $767,000 in wages and salaries, and total federal, provincial and municipal taxes supported by the event reached $728,000. In total the net economic activity (GDP) was $2.0 million in the province, of which $1.2 million was in Thunder Bay.



J.J. Spaun Earns Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada Player of the Year Honours and The Five Earn Tour Status for 2016

Last Updated on Monday, 21 September 2015 05:45 Monday, 21 September 2015 05:36

J.J. Spaun, C.T. Pan, Sam Ryder, Taylor Pendrith, and Albin ChoiLONDON, Ontario (Joel Schuchmann/PGATOUR.COM) — Los Angeles, California’s J.J. Spaun wrapped up Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada Player of the Year honours on Sunday, finishing with $91,193 in earnings on the season to top the Order of Merit and lead five players who earned status on the Tour for 2016.

Spaun, who posted seven top-10 finishes including a win at the Staal Foundation Open presented by Tbaytel, will be fully exempt on the 2016 Tour after finishing $11,297 ahead of No. 2 C.T. Pan of Taiwan. Joining Spaun and Pan in The Five were No. 3 Taylor Pendrith of Richmond Hill, Ontario, No. 4 Sam Ryder of Longwood, Florida and No. 5. Albin Choi of Toronto, Ontario, who was fifth in the Order of Merit heading into the week, finished T13 and was knocked out of the top five by the Freedom 55 Financial Championship winner Jason Millard of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.



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