The Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada season resumes this week with the inaugural Syncrude Oil Country Championship, in partnership with Oilers Entertainment Group, at Glendale Golf and Country Club in Edmonton.
Former Oilers goalie and Hockey Hall of Fame member Grant Fuhr will serve as the tournament’s honourary chairman and play in the tournament on a sponsor exemption.
Syncrude Canada Ltd. and AECON Group Inc. stepped in as sponsors of the Oil Country Championship after wildfires in Fort McMurray forced cancellation of the Syncrude Boreal Open in that city .
All net proceeds from the event will go towards wildfire recovery efforts in Fort McMurray as the community rebuilds following those fires.
PGA Tour China players Eugene Wong and Justin Shin will make their first Mackenzie Tour starts of the season this week in Edmonton.
Wong, a two-time Mackenzie Tour winner from North Vancouver, B.C., is exempt this season after finishing 44th on the 2015 Order of Merit.
Shin, a native of Pitt Meadows, B.C. finished sixth on last year’s China Order of Merit and is in the same position this year thanks to three top-10s in six starts.
Canadians receiving sponsor exemptions this week include Devin Carrey of Surrey, B.C., Fuhr, Wes Heffernan of Calgary, Toronto;s Lucas Kim and Edmonton’s Adam Bruce.
Canadian Monday qualifiers include Calgary’s Sang Lee and Scott Secord, Brian Jung of Langley, B.C., Zack Kempa of Brantford, Ont., and Sean Bozuk of Burlington, Ont.
A total of 35 Canadians are in the field, which you can see here.
For an interview Hutch did with Fuhr earlier this year, click here.