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.