Three local charitable causes to benefit from Osprey Valley Open


Caledon, Ont. – The Osprey Valley Open announced today that three organizations – Credit Valley Conservation, the Bethell Hospice Foundation and Caledon Community Services – will benefit from the tournament’s charitable donations starting in 2018.

The three causes will each benefit from funds donated to Community Charitable Trust, with donations establishing endowments for each organization and distributing funds annually on behalf of the Osprey Valley Open, an official Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada event taking place July 16-22.

“Giving back to organizations that make a positive impact in our communities is a key priority for Osprey Valley and the Osprey Valley Open. We are very pleased to have identified three groups that do some wonderful and important work to receive charitable donations through the tournament starting this year,” said Osprey Valley President Chris Humeniuk.

$50,000 has been secured as an initial donation to Community Charitable Trust, with funds being distributed annually through endowments to charitable organizations in the local community.

Mackenzie Tour events have made charity a priority since the Tour launched in 2013, with more than $1 million donated by its tournaments in each of the last two seasons. Today’s announcement puts the Osprey Valley Open in company with other tournaments who have given more than $3.2 million and helped dozens of causes across Canada since 2013.

“No matter what level a tournament is played at, giving back to the local communities where we play is at the heart of what the PGA TOUR stands for. We are so pleased to see the Osprey Valley Open identify these causes and take the first steps to making a meaningful impact in its first season,” said Mackenzie Tour President Jeff Monday.

Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) is a local conservation authority established by the Ontario government in 1954 to protect, restore and enhance the natural environment of the Credit River Watershed. CVC creates connections between people and nature, knowledge and action. It inspires a deep appreciation for the role of nature in keeping people connected, healthy and happy.

Bethell Hospice is the only residental 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 Caledon’s needs in a multitude of areas: Seniors’ Health and Wellness, Employment, Business Development, Specialized Transportation, Youth Training, Poverty Reduction and Resettlement Services.

The Osprey Valley Open also announced on Thursday that former Golf Canada National Team member Austin James has received a sponsor’s exemption into the Osprey Valley Open. James, 22, recently completed his collegiate career at Charleston Southern University, where he was the 2016 Big South Player of the Year. James has conditional status on the Mackenzie Tour this season and recently earned his first career professional win on the Great Lakes Tour.

James was born in nearby Orangeville, Ontario and spent his early years in Shelburne, Ontario.

“We’re thrilled to have Austin joining what promises to be an outstanding field at the Osprey Valley Open,” said Osprey Valley Open Tournament Director Brad Parkins. “Through his time in collegiate and amateur golf into his first steps as a professional, Austin has proven himself as one of Canada’s most gifted young players and we look forward to seeing him compete here next month.”

The 2018 Mackenzie Tour season resumes next week at the Windsor Championship at Ambassador Golf Club in Windsor, Ont.

Cougar Collins to receive sponsor exemption into Osprey Valley Open

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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.

Lorne Rubenstein announced as Honorary Chair of Osprey Valley Open


Award-winning journalist and author to support inaugural playing of Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada event

Caledon, Ont. – Award-winning author and columnist Lorne Rubenstein has been named the Honorary Chair of the Osprey Valley Open and will aid the tournament’s inaugural playing in 2018, it was announced on Thursday.

Rubenstein, whose accolades as one of the golf world’s most distinguished voices include inductions into the Ontario Golf Hall of Fame (2006), Canadian Golf Hall of Fame (2007) and the PGA of America Lifetime Achievement Award in Journalism (2018), will lend promotional support to the Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada event taking place July 16-22 at Osprey Valley.

“I’ve watched many players over many years sharpen and develop their games on the Mackenzie Tour,” Rubenstein said. “Its well-run tournaments have provided strong competition and helped players gain confidence to move ahead in the game. I also like Osprey Valley so much that I hosted my own charity tournament there for many years. I can’t wait to see the players compete at what I consider one of the finest golf facilities not only in Canada, but anywhere.”

As part of his commitment to the event, Rubenstein will speak at the Osprey Valley Open Pro-Am on July 17 in addition to providing some media support for the tournament, which marks the first Mackenzie Tour event to take place in the Greater Toronto Area since coming under the PGA TOUR umbrella in 2013. 

“We’re absolutely thrilled to have Lorne’s support for the inaugural Osprey Valley Open,” said Tournament Director Brad Parkins. “Lorne’s remarkable portfolio has made him one of the most respected voices in golf not only in Canada but around the world, and we’re honoured to have his assistance in launching this tournament in 2018.” 

Rubenstein, a Toronto native, has written about the golf world in a number of roles over the last several decades. In 1980 he became the first Editor of SCOREGolf and a regular columnist for The Globe and Mail, going on to cover more than 50 major championships and 40 RBC Canadian Opens.

His published books include A Season in Dornoch: Golf and Life in the Scottish Highlands; Mike Weir: The Road to the Masters; and Moe & Me: Encounters with Moe Norman, Golf Mysterious Genius. He also worked with several greats of the game on published volumes including George Knudson on The Natural Golf Swing, Nick Price on The Swing: Mastering the Principles of the Game and David Leadbetter on The Fundamentals of Hogan.  In 2017, he collaborated with Tiger Woods on his memoir “The 1997 Masters: My Story.”

The 69-year old is also a four-time Golf Writers Association of America award winner for newspaper/magazine columns, won a 1985 Canadian National Magazine Award and has won the first-place award from the Golf Journalists Association of Canada three times.

Mackenzie Tour storylines this week


The Mackenzie Tour’s sixth season begins this week at the Freedom 55 Financial Open at Point Grey Golf and Country Club in Vancouver, B.C. Here’s a look at the storylines from the week, including what’s at stake, players to watch and key notes.


Dates: May 31 – June 3
Course: Point Grey Golf and Country Club (Vancouver, B.C.)
Par/Yards: 36-36—72/6,801
Field: 156
2017 champion: Lee McCoy, -20
Purse: $200,000/$36,000 winner’s prize
Format: 72-hole stroke play
Twitter: @F55FOpen / #F55FOpen

Looking Back at 2017

The 2017 Freedom 55 Financial Open was Lee McCoy’s first win on the Mackenzie Tour - PGA TOUR Canada and helped propel him to a sixth-place finish on the year end order of merit. McCoy ran away from the field, capping off an eight-stroke win with one of the sauciest club twirls of the 2018 season.

The First Step on The Path to The PGA TOUR

The Mackenzie Tour represents the first step on the path to the PGA TOUR, with players competing to earn a promotion to the Tour and then on to the game’s biggest stage. Heading into its sixth season, the Mackenzie Tour counts 14 players on the PGA TOUR and an additional 72 with Tour status among its alumni, featuring TOUR winners Mackenzie Hughes, Nick Taylor, Tony Finau and most recently Aaron Wise.

The Tour’s Newest “Brockstar”?

Its been a whirlwind week for Brock Everett. The West Des Moines, Iowa, native set sail on the final voyage of his collegiate golf career last weekend. While the Augusta University senior’s modest four years included a few close calls - 17 top-10 finishes to be exact - he had never won an individual trophy … until his final expedition turned into a conquest. The 23-year-old made a 10-footer on his final hole of the event to finish at 7 under, good enough to claim the individual title at the NCAA Championship. Fresh off the exhilarating win, Everett tees it up for the first time as a professional in Vancouver, less than 72-hours removed from hoisting the collegiate trophy.


According to the Official World Golf Ranking, only 151 players on the planet are better than Lucas Herbert. While the name likely won’t raise any eyebrows on this side of the pond, the 22-year-old Australian has made a name for himself abroad, coming T3 at the European Tour’s Rocco Forte Sicilian Open. At the May 10-13 event, Herbert edged household name (depending on the house) Eduardo Molinari by five strokes and shot the same four-day 15-under total as Andy Sullivan.

He IS the Real Wongster

The fourth ranked player on the then-named Canadian Tour in 2012, Eugene Wong looks to return to glory in his three guaranteed Mackenzie Tour starts this season. No stranger to BC golf, the Vancouver native has fond memories of Point Grey, finishing T2 at this event in 2014.

Nine other British Columbians join Wong in the field this week: Jared du Toit (Kimberly), Riley Wheeldon (Comox), David Rose (West Vancouver), Ryan Williams (Vancouver), Dave Zibrik (Vancouver), Devin Carrey (Langley), Kevin Stinson (Mission), Chris Crisologo (Richmond) and Jimmy Jones (Lake Cowichan).

Dahmen Uses Freedom 55 Financial Open as Springboard to Success

Joel Dahmen is in his sophomore season on the PGA TOUR, and his performance at the 2014 Freedom 55 Financial Open is a major reason why he is there. The Clarkston, Washington, native won at Point Grey four years ago and went on to earn Player of the Year honours and exempt status on the Tour for the following year. Dahmen just came T20 at the Fort Worth Invitational last weekend.

Sponsor Exemptions

Hugo Bernard, Mont-Saint-Hilaire, QC, Canada
Devin Carrey, Langley, BC, Canada
Chris Crisologo, Richmond, B.C.
Evan Holmes, Calgary, AB, Canada
Jimmy Jones, Lake Cowichan, BC, Canada
Tyler Pendrith, Richmond Hill ON, Canada
Kevin Stinson, Mission, BC, Canada
Dave Zibrik, Vancouver, B.C.

Monday Qualifiers

Open Qualifying took place at Swan-e-Set Bay Resort & Country Club.

T1 -   65           PJ Samiere           (Kailua, HI, USA)

T1 -   65           David Bradshaw   (Harpers Ferry, WV, USA)

T3 -   67           Gregory Eason     (Leicester, England)

T3 -   67           Byron Meth           (San Diego, CA, USA)

T3 -   67           Yannick Paul        (Boulder, CO, USA)

T3 -   67           Brooklin Bailey      (Waco, TX, USA)

T7 -   68           Zane Thomas       (Las Vegas, NE, USA)

T7 -   68           Chad McCann      (Wilmington, NC, USA)

T7 -   68           Andrew Funk        (Edmonton, AB, Canada)

T10 - 69           Ryan Porch          (Kalispell, MT, USA) 


Miscellaneous Notes

-       21 Canadians are in the field.

-       Taylor Pendrith looks to return to his 2015 form that saw him finish third on the year-end moneylist. One of the furthest drivers of the golf ball you will ever see, Pendrith came T55 in Vancouver last year, but finished T2 in 2015.

-       Other notable tournaments to be held at Point Grey Golf and Country Club include the RBC Canadian Open (1954) and Canadian Pacific Women’s Open (2003).

-       Alumni have recorded 7 top-3s and 46 top-10s on the Tour this season, with 8 players ranked inside the top-25, the mark needed at the end of the season to receive a PGA TOUR card.

-       Nine PGA TOUR era (2013-present) Mackenzie Tour alumni currently sit in Fedex Cup playoff spots: Tony Finau (11), Aaron Wise (19), J.J. Spaun (42), Corey Conners (109), C.T. Pan (110), Nick Tayor (116), Talor Gooch (118), Joel Dahmen (122), Ben Silverman (124)

-       Hunter Stewart and Jordan Niebrugge return to Point Grey after both finishing T2 at the event last season. Both 24 years old, Niebrugge fired a second-round 63 last season, proving he has the potential to go silly-low on the course.

-       Tyler McCumber, who finished second at this event in 2016, returns to Point Grey this year. Following McCumber will be his father Mark, who won 10 PGA TOUR tournaments from 1979-1994, including the Players Championship in 1988.


Osprey Valley Open coming in 2018

Osprey Valley Open to become first Toronto area tournament in Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada history

The Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada announced today that its newly created Osprey Valley Open, the first Greater Toronto Area-based tournament in Mackenzie Tour history, will be played July 19-22 at Osprey Valley Golf Course in Caledon, Ontario. In conjunction with the addition of this tournament to the 2018 schedule, the Mackenzie Investments Open presented by Jaguar Laval is moving to a previously open date on the schedule, September 6-9, at Elm Ridge Country Club in L'Île-Bizard, Quebec.

Osprey Valley is a 54-hole facility, featuring three courses all designed by renowned Canadian golf course architect Doug Carrick — the Hoot, the Heathlands and the Toot courses. The Osprey Valley Open will be held at the Toot Course, a parkland-style layout that features rolling fairways, large landing areas and undulating greens. At its longest, the par-72 Toot measures 7,151 yards.

We’re certainly happy to be playing in the Greater Toronto Area for the first time, and we think our players will love what they see once they arrive on the property.
— Jeff Monday, Mackenzie Tour President

The Osprey Valley Open will be the seventh tournament on the schedule and features a $200,000 purse, with $36,000 going to the winner. The Osprey Valley Open will be played the week prior to the PGA TOUR’s RBC Canadian Open, Canada’s national open set for July 26-29 at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, Ontario. The top-three players on the Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada Order of Merit following the conclusion of the Osprey Valley Open will receive invitations to play in the RBC Canadian Open.

“We are delighted to be welcoming a Mackenzie Tour event to Osprey Valley. Hosting some of the world’s top up-and-coming players this summer provides us a wonderful opportunity to showcase what we believe makes Osprey Valley such a special place,” Osprey Valley President Chris Humeniuk said. “We are looking forward to working with the Mackenzie Tour and launching a successful event.”

When the Mackenzie Tour initially released its 2018 schedule, it had not announced the tournament that would fill in the September 6-9 dates. The Mackenzie Investments Open presented by Jaguar Laval moved to the early September dates to allow for a better flow to the schedule.

This will be Elm Ridge’s first year hosting the tournament, with Circuit Canada Pro Tour serving as the host organization. Members established Elm Ridge Country Club in 1924, with the current facility opening in 1960, with two 18-hole golf courses. The club’s North Course will be the site of the Mackenzie Investments Open. A year ago, Tour member Hank Lebioda won the inaugural tournament by eight strokes.

“Circuit Canada Pro Tour is very proud of the agreement reached with the prestigious Elm Ridge Golf Club. This club, with its rich history and possessing all the infrastructure needed to host an international golf event, will be a great challenge for players competing on the Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada,” said Jean Trudeau, President of Circuit Canada Pro Tour. “The Mackenzie Investments Open presented by Jaguar Laval will allow many spectators to tread, for the first time, the fairways of this private complex established in 1924.”

In late-May, early June, the Mackenzie Tour will embark on its sixth year, with the season beginning May 31-June 3 at the Freedom 55 Financial Open at Point Grey Golf and Country Club in Vancouver, British Columbia. The 13-tournament schedule concludes September 13-16 in London, Ontario, for the Freedom 55 Financial Championship.

Mackenzie Tour players will once again look to make the next step on the path to the PGA TOUR by leveraging their performances into advantages to reach the next level. The Order of Merit winner will be fully exempt on the Tour for the following season, with Nos. 2-5 earning conditional membership. Those players Nos. 2-10 will also earn an exemption into the Final Stage of the Tour Qualifying Tournament, while Nos. 11-20 on the Order of Merit will earn an exemption into the Qualifying Tournament’s Second Stage.

Players will look to follow in the footsteps of PGA TOUR winners Mackenzie Hughes, Tony Finau and Nick Taylor, along with rest of the 20 alumni who have gone on to earn their PGA TOUR cards. More than 160 Mackenzie Tour players have gone on to earn status on the Tour, including 72 for the 2018 season.