Cougar Collins to receive sponsor exemption into Osprey Valley Open
Local golfer and NCAA standout to compete against professionals in July
Local standout golfer Cougar Collins will receive a sponsor’s exemption to compete against Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada professionals this July in the inaugural Osprey Valley Open, it was announced on Monday.
Collins, a Caledon native who recently completed an outstanding Freshman season at Eastern Michigan University and plays out of Osprey Valley, will compete as an amateur against some of the world’s top up-and-coming professionals in the July 19-22 event.
“Being able to play in the Osprey Valley Open is an incredible honour for me. Being able to compete against a field of this caliber is a huge opportunity to test myself and gain valuable experience, and I can’t wait to play against these players next month,” said Collins.
Collins, 19, produced three top-25 finishes in his first season at Eastern Michigan and has posted several impressive finishes in amateur tournaments over the past two seasons, including multiple top-10 finishes on the Golf Ontario circuit.
“Cougar has proven himself as an outstanding up-and-coming player and we’re happy to award him an exemption. We look forward to seeing him compete against Mackenzie Tour players in July and hope to see many members of the local community come out to cheer him on,” said Osprey Valley Open Tournament Director Brad Parkins.
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.