Paul Barjon wins 2019 Osprey Valley Open

CALEDON, Ont. – Paul Barjon proved Sunday why he’s been so tough to beat this year.

With his second victory of the season, Barjon sits on top of the Order of Merit with a focus on the Korn Ferry Tour that’s as sharp as his play was this week.

The native of Dumbea, New Caledonia shot a 5-under-par 67 Sunday at the Osprey Valley Open presented by Votorantim Cimentos – CBM Aggregates to win by three shots over Canadian Taylor Pendrith.

“I knew 25-under would have a pretty good chance out here and it worked out,” said Barjon. “My putting was good, everything, overall, was pretty solid. Nothing incredible, but nothing was poor either … just made the putts towards the end at the right moments.”

Barjon and Pendrith traded birdies on the par-5 No. 1 before Barjon flinched first, making a bogey on the par-3 No. 7. He bounced back with an eagle on the par-5 No. 8 and added another birdie on the par-4 No. 9. From there, Pendrith had to play catch up, despite being buoyed by the near-hometown crowds Sunday.

“It was awesome … all the support out here. A lot of my buddies, family and friends and a lot of local support too,” said Pendrith, who is from Richmond Hill, Ont., less than an hour from TPC Toronto at Osprey Valley. “It was definitely a fun week and I played pretty good. I have to be happy.”

It wasn’t good enough to top Barjon this week, however. Barjon made three birdies in the last eight holes, combined with a handful of clutch par saves.

Pendrith made two birdies on Nos. 13 and 15 but made a costly bogey on the par-4 No. 17 after hitting his tee shot into the trees on the right side of the fairway. That was the difference, in the end.

“Honestly I played really well, I hit the ball great. I didn’t make a bogey until No. 17, which was kind of unfortunate, but it’s a hard hole. I thought I could miss the tree with my back swing but I kind of got it and didn’t hit it how I planned to and made an unfortunate bogey,” said Pendrith. “Overall I played really well, so I have to be happy with the result. It was pretty fun.”

Barjon had a two-shot lead heading into Sunday but he wasn’t resting on his laurels. He said he had some tension Saturday night and had trouble sleeping. He alluded to Greyson Sigg, who shot 59 in the final round of the GolfBC Championship as an example of how anyone can have a chance to win on the Mackenzie Tour.

“It was a little stressful, but you’re ahead. But I felt good. It was different than chasing someone,” said Barjon, who heaped the praise on Pendrith after Sunday at TPC Toronto at Osprey Valley turned into a match-play scenario between the two.

“I’ve never played with him before but people told me ‘oh yeah, he hits it a mile.’ He does hit it far and he’s got great hands around the green. I was playing behind him yesterday and I was like, ‘this guy is scary. He can make a lot of birdies. But it was fun. We had a good match.”

With the runner-up finish, Taylor Pendrith wins his second Canada Life Canadian Player of the Week Award of the season.

Next week the Mackenzie Tour heads to Halifax, Nova Scotia for the inaugural HFX Pro-Am presented by Steele Jaguar.

KEY INFORMATION

  • This is the first time in the PGA TOUR-era of the Mackenzie Tour that there have been two players with two victories in the first half of the season.

  • Jake Knapp (69-65-66-67) finished third, but was bumped to second on the money list by Paul Barjon. Barjon joined Knapp as golfers with two victories in 2019.

  • Barjon joins Tyler McCumber and Dan McCarthy as the only two golfers in the PGA TOUR-era of the Mackenzie Tour with three or more total victories (Barjon also won the 2016 Canada Life Championship along with his two wins in 2019).

  • Monday Qualifier Ashton Van Horne, playing his first Mackenzie Tour event of the season, finished T11 and has earned status for the remainder of 2019.

  • Van Horne was tied with Carr Vernon for the round of the day Sunday, a 7-under-par 65.

  • Golf Canada National Team member Joey Savoie finished T30, the lowest finish by an amateur at any Mackenzie Tour event so far this season.

  • After a 3-under-par 69 on Sunday, David Pastore moved to 20-under, and finished in solo fourth – his best finish of the season.

  • Making his first Mackenzie Tour season start since 2016 Jared Wolfe finished T5, and will play the rest of the Mackenzie Tour season. Wolfe is second on the 2019 PGA TOUR Latinoamerica Order of Merit after a victory in March and two other top-10 finishes.

QUOTABLE

“We’re halfway through and I have a second and two wins. Obviously I’m very happy with the way I’ve played. You’ve got so many tournaments left, Jake (Knapp) might win two more and that’s hard to catch … but then anybody could win two more. It’s halfway through. We’ve played nine holes and I’ve shot a pretty good score on the first nine.” – Paul Barjon

“There was a couple times in the round when the momentum was going my way and he was grinding for pars. He made a lot of nice 5-8 footers for par so he played awesome. He hit the ball well and was just very steady all day.” – Taylor Pendrith

“I’ve been playing really well for the last year I’d say, and it’s only a matter of time before I get my chance. I played great this week and I had a chance on Sunday with a few holes left, and that’s all you can ask for. Hopefully I’ll have a few more of those going forward.” – Taylor Pendrith

“I figured it was the two of us up top, but I didn’t know until 17 and then I needed an eagle, and he needed to make par, but he hit a great shot in there to 15-20 feet. It was going to be difficult. But I hit a good putt, it had a chance to go in but hit the lip. I kind of thought it was just me and him at the top, but it was fun playing with Paul.” – Taylor Pendrith

“This week just reminded me that you don’t have to have your best game to play really well. Last week on the Korn Ferry Tour I was playing really well but I didn’t make it to the weekend, the putts just didn’t go in. This week I felt like I was playing OK, I had a lot of good shots, good putts, it reminded me I don’t have to have my best game I just have to have a good attitude and expect good things to happen. I’ll go to Halifax and see if we can make a run.” – Jared Wolfe

“The whole week was great. I played well at times, and other times I didn’t but I got lucky with chip-ins and bounces and things like that. I started (today) with a double bogey and that put me in a bad mood but I was acting like a child for a few holes. Then things turned around, I started making some birdies. I made another bogey on the back nine and was at 1-over. I thought, ‘let’s try to have some fun coming in. It’s not going to do me any good staying mad the rest of the day’ coincidently I made eagle, birdie, birdie, then made a par, then birdie-birdie.” – Jared Wolfe

“It was kind of an effortless round today, everything was working well, hitting a lot of greens, maybe the most comfortable I’ve been all week, so it was good to find a groove and stay in it the whole round.” – Elliott Paylor

“I’ve been trying to stay as patient as possible. I’ve been shooting around even par but I thought it was trending last week with some decent rounds and then to make only one bogy in the first round I knew it was close and I continued being comfortable the whole week.” – Elliott Paylor

FINAL-ROUND WEATHER: Sunny. High of 28. Wind up to 14 km/h

Votorantim Cimentos – CBM Aggregates to support Osprey Valley Open as presenting sponsor

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Votorantim Cimentos – CBM Aggregates to support Osprey Valley Open as presenting sponsor
Tournament officially re-named Osprey Valley Open presented by Votorantim Cimentos – CBM Aggregates as part of multi-year agreement

Caledon, Ont. – The Osprey Valley Open announced today that Votorantim Cimentos – CBM Aggregates will support the Greater Toronto Area’s own Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada event as a presenting sponsor starting in 2019. 

A global building materials supplier with historical roots in Ontario dating back to 1912 and two cement plants operating under St. Marys Cement Inc. (Canada), Votorantim Cimentos – CBM Aggregates will officially partner with the tournament as part of a multi-year agreement, with the tournament officially re-named the Osprey Valley Open presented by Votorantim Cimentos – CBM Aggregates. 

“We are pleased to be partnering with Canada Building Materials to support the Osprey Valley Open presented by Votorantim Cimentos – CBM Aggregates in 2019 and for years to come. We have a shared vision to ensure meaningful contributions to the beneficiaries of this very exciting event,” said Osprey Valley President Chris Humeniuk.

“CBM Aggregates is thrilled to be a part of the Mackenzie Tour event at the Osprey Valley Open,” said Edilson Chimilovski, President, Ready Mix and Aggregates, Votorantim Cimentos North America.  “We also look forward to contributing to the local community through our involvement over the next number of years.”

Taking place July 8-14 at TPC Toronto at Osprey Valley, the Osprey Valley Open presented by Votorantim Cimentos – CBM Aggregates is the sixth event of the 2019 Mackenzie Tour schedule, where players compete to advance one step closer to the PGA TOUR by earning status on the Korn Ferry Tour.

 “We’re delighted to have the support of a respected multinational organization with local ties to the Caledon area like Votorantim Cimentos – CBM Aggregates for the GTA’s own Mackenzie Tour event,” said Tournament Director Brad Parkins. “This partnership will help us continue to grow the event both in terms of scope and community impact as we enter our second annual playing this week at TPC Toronto.”

Taking place July 8-14, the Osprey Valley Open presented by Votorantim Cimentos – CBM Aggregates is the sixth event of the 2019 Mackenzie Tour schedule, where players compete to advance one step closer to the PGA TOUR by earning status on the Korn Ferry Tour.

The 156-player field will compete for a $200,000 purse on TPC Toronto’s North course, with the 72-hole competition concluding on Sunday, July 14. 

Last week, the tournament announced that it will once again support three local charities – the Bethell Hospice Foundation, Caledon Community Services and the Credit Valley Conservation Foundation – again in 2019 after donating $50,000 via Community Charitable Trust the previous year.


2019 Osprey Valley Open to continue support of three local charities

2019 Osprey Valley Open to continue support of three local charities
Event proceeds to be directed to endowments through Community Charitable Trust


Caledon, Ont. –
The Osprey Valley Open announced on Wednesday that it will support three local charitable organizations – the Credit Valley Conservation Authority, the Bethell Hospice Foundation and Caledon Community Services –  once again in 2019.

The three causes will each benefit from funds donated to Community Charitable Trust, with donations supporting endowments for each organization and distributing funds on behalf of the Osprey Valley Open, an official Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada event taking place July 8-14 at TPC Toronto at Osprey Valley

“Supporting these charities and the important work they do in our communities is priority for our organization, and we’re pleased to have proceeds from the Osprey Valley Open going towards Community Charitable Trust and supporting these causes once again,” said Osprey Valley President Chris Humeniuk.

In 2018, the inaugural Osprey Valley Open contributed $50,000 as an initial donation to Community Charitable Trust, with funds being distributed through endowments to the three charitable organizations.

Mackenzie Tour tournaments have made charity a priority since the Tour launched in 2013, with more than $1 million donated by its events in each of the last three seasons. Today’s announcement puts the Osprey Valley Open in company with other tournaments who have given more than $4.1 million and helped dozens of causes across Canada since 2013. 

“Giving back to the communities where we play is a key priority for every tournament under the PGA TOUR umbrella. We are thrilled with the support the Osprey Valley Open has provided to some outstanding charitable organizations and look forward to seeing this year’s tournament make a positive impact again this year,” said Mackenzie Tour Vice President Scott Pritchard.

Credit Valley Conservation Foundation is a registered environmental charity working to help protect and conserve the lands and waters of the Credit River Watershed. The Foundation accomplishes this by raising funds in support of the valuable conservation projects carried out by Credit Valley Conservation.

Bethell Hospice is the only residential hospice serving all of Caledon, Brampton and Dufferin County.  Bethell Hospice receives only partial government funding and relies on the generosity of donors to keep its door open and offer its exceptional palliative care at no cost to residents, program participants or their families. 

Caledon Community Services (CCS) has focused on community building since 1971. CCS meets the needs of Caledon residents through all life stages in a multitude of important areas: Seniors’ Health and Wellness, Employment, Specialized Transportation, Youth Training and Support, Poverty Reduction | Food supports and Services for Newcomers. All programs offered by CCS rely in part of donations from the community to maintain service delivery meeting the needs in Caledon. 

The Osprey Valley Open also announced on Wednesday three additional sponsor’s exemptions for the event, with Toronto, Ontario residents Daniel Kim and Sebastian Szirmak joining the field along with Cumming, Georgia’s Chris Petefish.

Kim has held conditional status on the Mackenzie Tour since 2017 and owns a career-best finish of T2 at the 2017 Mackenzie Investments Open, while Szirmak owns six career top-25 finishes on the Mackenzie Tour and has spent the 2019 season competing on PGA TOUR Latinoamérica. 

Petefish, a Georgia Tech alumnus, also holds conditional status on the Mackenzie Tour this year after teeing it up four times on Tour in 2018, including a T16 finish at the Players Cup.

The Osprey Valley Open is the sixth event of the 2019 Mackenzie Tour season, after which the top five players on the Order of Merit will earn status on the Korn Ferry Tour. Counted among past Mackenzie Tour players are seven PGA TOUR winners including Corey Conners, Tony Finau, Aaron Wise, Mackenzie Hughes, Nick Taylor, Adam Long and C.T. Pan.

Comedian and actor Gerry Dee to compete in Osprey Valley Open

Comedian and actor Gerry Dee to compete in Osprey Valley Open
Long-time competitive golfer to play in Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada event at TPC Toronto at Osprey Valley

Caledon, Ont. – Stand-up comedian and actor Gerry Dee has accepted a sponsor’s exemption to compete in the 2019 Osprey Valley Open, the Greater Toronto Area’s own Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada event.

Dee, a lifelong competitive golfer and supporter of Canadian golf, will tee it up alongside some of the world’s top up-and-coming PGA TOUR prospects July 8-14 at TPC Toronto at Osprey Valley in Caledon, Ont.

“I’m really excited to play in the Osprey Valley Open this year and play alongside so many incredibly talented professionals who will be the next stars on the PGA TOUR,” said Dee, who recently finished his 20th anniversary tour of his stand-up comedy in cities around the country.  “I have so much respect for the professional game and hopefully I can help provide increased exposure for the players and the Osprey Valley Open to show how talented they really are at this level.”

Beloved by audiences across Canada for his standout comedy series Mr. D and critically acclaimed standup routine, Dee has kept his golf game sharp through the years by playing in high-level amateur tournaments despite filming his sitcom every summer for the last seven years. The final season of Mr. D was shot last summer, closing the books on one of the most successful sitcoms in Canadian television history.

“Gerry is a name that people recognize across Canada for his hilarious comedy work, but he’s also a skilled player. We’re ecstatic to have him playing in this year’s event and look forward to having some fun with Gerry during the week, raising some awareness for the Osprey Valley Open and TPC Toronto and introducing more fans to the Mackenzie Tour in our second year,” said Osprey Valley Open Tournament Director Brad Parkins.

The Osprey Valley Open also announced on Monday sponsor’s exemptions for Bath, Ontario’s Austin James and Langley, B.C.’s James Allenby. James, a former Golf Canada National Amateur Team member who holds conditional status on the Mackenzie Tour this season, was born in nearby Orangeville and will compete in the event for the second consecutive year.

Allenby, a longtime Mackenzie Tour member who began the 2019 season without any Tour status, earned his way into the field at the season-opening Canada Life Open and finished tied for second, then followed that performance by Monday Qualifying into the RBC Canadian Open. 

The Osprey Valley Open is the sixth event of the 2019 Mackenzie Tour season, after which the top five players on the Order of Merit will earn status on the Korn Ferry Tour. Counted among past Mackenzie Tour players are seven PGA TOUR winners including Corey Conners, Tony Finau, Aaron Wise, Mackenzie Hughes, Nick Taylor, Adam Long and C.T. Pan.

Michael Gligic announced as Honorary Chair of Osprey Valley Open

Caledon, Ont. – Web.com Tour winner and Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada alumnus Michael Gligic has been named the Honorary Chair of the second annual Osprey Valley Open, it was announced on Thursday.

Gligic, who began playing on the Mackenzie Tour at the age of 18 and graduated to the Web.com Tour after teeing it up at the inaugural Osprey Valley Open in 2018, earned his first Web.com Tour win this year at the Panama Championship and is currently seventh on the Web.com Tour Regular Season Points List, in position to earn a PGA TOUR card at season’s end.

“Tournaments like the Osprey Valley Open played a huge part in helping me get to this stage of my career. It’s awesome to have the Mackenzie Tour playing this close to home for me and Toronto, and I’m happy to play a part in helping the event out this year,” said Gligic.  

As part of his commitment to the GTA’s annual Mackenzie Tour stop, Gligic will assist with media promotion for the 2019 tournament, which takes place July 8-14 at TPC Toronto at Osprey Valley.

“Michael’s progression as a player over the years has been a joy to watch and we were so thrilled to see him break through for his win in Panama,” said Osprey Valley Open Tournament Director Brad Parkins. “We’re extremely grateful for his support and look forward to working with him to promote this year’s tournament.” 

Gligic’s accomplishments on the Mackenzie Tour run far and wide, including a win at the 2012 ATB Financial Classic and runner-up finishes in 2014, 2016 and 2018 to go with 15 career top-10s and 34 career top-25s. In 2018, he finished as the top Canadian on the Order of Merit and earned the Dan Halldorson Trophy as Canada Life Canadian Player of the Year along with a $25,000 prize. 

The 29-year old native of Burlington, Ont. will tee it up at the RBC Canadian Open next week after earning an exemption as the top 2018 Mackenzie Tour alumnus on the current Web.com Tour Points List. 

Through 13 of 24 events on the 2019 Web.com Tour schedule, Gligic ranks seventh on the Regular Season Points List, with the top 25 players earning PGA TOUR cards at the conclusion of the Regular Season.

Osprey Valley Open announces CAA Insurance as Official Pro-Am Title Sponsor

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Osprey Valley Open announces CAA Insurance as Official Pro-Am Title Sponsor


Caledon, Ont. –
The Osprey Valley Open announced on Tuesday a partnership with CAA Insurance Company as the Title Sponsor of the event’s Official Pro-Am.

Set for July 9, 2019 during the Greater Toronto Area’s only Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada event, the CAA Pro-Am offers amateurs and recreational players the opportunity to play with a future PGA TOUR player on TPC Toronto at Osprey Valley’s North Course during tournament week.

“We are delighted to have the support of a respected and well-known organization like CAA Insurance for our Official Pro-Am,” said Tournament Director Brad Parkins. “The Pro-Am is a one-of-a-kind chance to get inside the ropes alongside some of the game’s best upcoming players, and we’re thrilled to work with CAA Insurance and make this day an unforgettable experience.” 

With teams consisting of three amateurs and one Mackenzie Tour professional, the Pro-Am is the ultimate experience for golf fans. The day includes a round on TPC Toronto’s North Course in pristine tournament conditions, VIP prizing,  post-round reception and return passes to play any one of TPC Toronto’s three courses, each of which rank inside SCOREGolf’s Top 100 Courses in Canada.

“CAA Insurance is thrilled for the opportunity to sponsor such an amazing event for avid golf fans while giving us the opportunity to educate consumers on our commitment to provide industry leading lifestyle insurance options,” said Ian Papp, assistant vice-president of business development for CAA Insurance.

The second annual Osprey Valley Open takes place July 8-14 and is the sixth event on the 2019 Mackenzie Tour schedule, with players competing to earn promotions to the Web.com Tour in the season-long race for position on the Order of Merit.

A limited number of teams are still available to compete in this year’s CAA Pro-Am. To secure a team, please contact Tournament Director Brad Parkins at brad@ospreyvalleyopen.com.

For more information about the Osprey Valley Open including how to get involved with this year’s event, please visit www.ospreyvalleyopen.com.

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About the Osprey Valley Open 

The Osprey Valley Open is an official event played annually on the Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada, where the world’s top up-and-coming players compete to take the next step on the path towards the PGA TOUR. The event takes place July 8-14 at TPC Toronto at Osprey Valley’s North course. 

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About TPC Toronto at Osprey Valley

TPC Toronto at Osprey Valley is one of Ontario’s premier golf destinations and the only TPC facility in Canada, located 45 minutes outside of Toronto and featuring three Doug Carrick courses – the Heathlands, Hoot and North – all ranked in SCOREGolf’s Top 100 Courses in Canada.

About CAA Insurance 

CAA Insurance Company is a national property and casualty insurance company, providing home and auto insurance products distributed through CAA Clubs and select brokerages. Established in 1974, the company has roots in protecting motorists as part of the CAA Club Group of Companies, which includes two automobile clubs -- CAA South Central Ontario and CAA Manitoba, helping over 2.2 million members stay mobile, safe and protected.

Mackenzie Tour events raise more than $1 Million for charity in 2018

The Mackenzie Tour - PGA TOUR Canada announced on Thursday that its 12 tournaments combined to raise more than $1 million for charity in 2018, surpassing the million-dollar mark for the third consecutive season, bringing the total donated to charity since our 2013 launch to more than $4.1 million.

“Making a positive impact in the communities where we play is a significant focus of each and every tournament under the PGA TOUR umbrella, and we’re thrilled to see the work Mackenzie Tour events have done to make a difference in people’s lives,” said Mackenzie Tour President Jeff Monday. “Along with our umbrella sponsor, Mackenzie Investments, we’re proud to support each of these causes and would like to recognize the volunteers and local sponsors who've made it possible to surpass $1 million in donations again this year.” 

Each event on the 2018 schedule directed funds toward official charitable partners and was aided by the Mackenzie Tour, which made donations across all tournaments on behalf of Mackenzie Investments. 

“Community and philanthropy are at the core of Mackenzie Investments’ values, and we are so proud to once again see the tournaments raise more than $1 million dollars for Canadian charities,” said Barry McInerney, President and Chief Executive Officer, Mackenzie Investments. “This is our fourth season as the umbrella sponsor of the Mackenzie Tour and it continues to grow and evolve year-after-year, thanks to the hard work and dedication of the PGA TOUR staff, the tournament directors and all the amazing volunteers.” 

Leading the way once again in 2018 was the Staal Foundation Open presented by Tbaytel, which raised $189,000 for families battling cancer in Northwestern Ontario. The event was the top fundraiser for all 2018 tournaments and brings the Staal Foundation Open’s total amount donated since 2014 to more than $1 million.

Click here for a list of all charitable causes supported by Mackenzie Tour events in 2018:

Tyler McCumber wins Osprey Valley Open

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Though only a one-stroke victory, there was never much doubt during the final round of the 2018 Osprey Valley Open that Tyler McCumber would claim his first Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada win – as he did with a tap-in bogey on the final hole on Sunday afternoon.

Heading into the round with a 7-stroke advantage on the field, the largest ever 54-hole lead in Mackenzie Tour history, McCumber played steady golf, avoiding costly mistakes and making three birdies to post a four-day total of 25-under.

“I’m very happy with the week, and obviously happy with the result,” said McCumber, who jumps into the fourth spot on the Order of Merit with the win. “I’ve been working really hard on my game lately and the mental stuff too, and I felt like I really executed that well, so it was nice to put it together and sort of reap the rewards for it.”

For the duration of the day, unrelenting rain pounded the Toot course at Osprey Valley, soaking players and making for some of the hardest conditions of the year on TOUR.

“I changed shoes and socks at the turn and didn’t have a single dry towel, so it was a grind,” McCumber said. “I was kind of lucky because I had a tournament early in the year in Dominican where I was in the last group and I was in a similar weather situation, so I had something to draw back on to stay focused and to do the right stuff.”

While the last time he played in a downpour he finished T4, Sunday was McCumber’s day, as he made the walk from No. 17 to the final hole with a 4-stroke lead.

Laying up on the par-5 closing hole, McCumber looked as if he could stick-handle his way around the 18th green and still pick up the victory. However, Michael Gellerman, his nearest competitor, jarred his 100-yard approach shot for eagle, making the Ponte Vedra, Florida, native a tad perturbed.

“That was a really good wedge shot to that pin because the front of the green is severely slopped, and he landed it past the hole where long over the green is so bad,” reflected McCumber on Gellerman’s eagle. “It was a ballsy shot and I had to refocus and sort of try to get it in in three.”

The 27-year-old took care of business on the 18th hole, hitting his fourth up to the hole and two-putting his way to his fourth professional victory with a final-round even-par 72.

“This is big for me, and obviously my team, it’s not just me, it’s all the guys I work with,” said McCumber, referencing his father, Mark, for helping him out with the mental side of the game and swing coach Rick Smith and friend Brett Stevens.

“Since I was injured a year ago, I had my shoulder redone and I haven’t really put it all together since, so it’s nice to put it together and I’ve had a good year. With a good event early in the year, and a lot of rounds in the 60s, it’s lifted my confidence and I’m going to try to keep it going.”

With the win, McCumber joins Patrick Newcomb and Sam Fidone as the only players to win on both PGA TOUR Latinoamerica and PGA TOUR Canada.

Meanwhile, the week was also the cut-off for the Canadian Open exemption, as the top-3 players on the Mackenzie Tour Order of Merit receive an invite to the PGA TOUR event hosted at Glen Abbey next week from July 26-30.

Zach Wright had already locked up the number-one position, but Sam Fidone’s T8 finish moved him from fourth to second on the money list and he will play his first ever PGA TOUR event this coming week.

Joining the duo is George Cunningham, who, despite missing the cut by a single stroke at Osprey Valley, draws into the third and final exemption spot and will also make his PGA TOUR debut in Oakville, ON, on Thursday.

Claiming Freedom 55 Financial Canadian Player of the Week honours is James Love, winning the award for the first time this season. Love placed T19 this at Osprey Valley with rounds of 67-68-67-73, including a third-round hole-in-one on the fourth hole.

Open Qualifying results

The following players earned spots in the Osprey Valley Open field via Open Qualifying, which concluded Tuesday morning:

1. Lucas Kim - 64
T2. Matt Hill - 66
T2. David Pastore - 66
T4. Chase Johnson - 67
T4. Justin Kim - 67
T4. Max Kollin - 67
T4. David Holmes - 67
T8. *Luke McClellan - 68
T8. *Stephen Stallings, Jr. - 68
T8. *Nick Kenney - 68

* = prevailed in a 9-for-3 playoff

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Final Exemptions announced for Osprey Valley Open

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 9, 2018

Final Exemptions announced for Osprey Valley Open
Former World Long Drive champion Jamie Sadlowski to tee it up next week

Caledon, Ont. – Former World Long Drive champion Jamie Sadlowski will be in the field for the inaugural Osprey Valley Open as one of four final sponsor exemptions for next week’s Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada event, it was announced on Monday.

Sadlowski, who hails from St. Paul, Alberta, will join Blair Hamilton of Burlington, Ontario, David Wetterich of Palm Beach, Florida and Drew Weaver of Atlanta, Georgia in the field for the 156-player tournament. The four players join Austin James of Bath, Ontario and Cougar Collins of Caledon, Ontario as sponsor exemptions already announced for the $200,000 event.

“We’re thrilled to have these four players competing in the Osprey Valley Open. Jamie, Blair, David and Drew have each proven themselves as exceptional competitors and will each add a dynamic element to an already outstanding field of Mackenzie Tour players next week,” said Tournament Director Brad Parkins.

Sadlowski, 29, has conditional status on the Mackenzie Tour in 2018, his second year as a full-time professional since making the transition from Long Drive. In 2017, he recorded four top-30 finishes, including a season-best T14 at the ATB Financial Classic.

Weaver, 31, is a former Mackenzie Tour winner, with a victory at the 2015 Freedom 55 Financial Open buffering a resumé that also includes a win at the 2007 British Amateur Championship and an NCAA All-American selection at Virginia Tech.

Hamilton, 24, is a former member of Golf Canada’s National Amateur Team. After competing on the Mackenzie Tour last year, the former NCAA All-American at the University of Houston has played well on PGA TOUR Latinoamérica this season, where he ranks 17th on the Order of Merit with one runner-up finish.

Wetterich, 26, has competed in dozens of events on multiple tours over the past five seasons, including three on the Mackenzie Tour in 2016 while driving a camper across Canada. His cousin is former PGA TOUR winner and Ryder Cup player Brett Wetterich.

The Osprey Valley Open is the seventh event on the 2018 Mackenzie Tour schedule, after which the top three players on the Order of Merit will earn exemptions into the PGA TOUR’s RBC Canadian Open.