Freedom 55 Financial as thrown its support behind WebDotCom Tour player Mackenzie Hughes and the Canadian Junior Golf Association.
Freedom 55 is already the sponsor of the Tour Championship of Canada, a marquee event for PGA Tour Canada.
“We’re thrilled to partner with Mackenzie and are excited to watch him evolve as a professional golfer,” said Mike Cunneen, senior vice president of Freedom 55 Financial.
“As a Canadian organization that focuses on supporting individuals in achieving their goals and dreams, it’s a privilege for us to help up-and-coming Canadian golfers pursue their own aspirations,” he added.
As a CJGA National Partner, Freedom 55 Financial will also take the title rights to the Clinics for Kids program.
Held during CJGA events, Clinics for Kids is designed to invite and encourage youth from local communities to learn the foundations of golf through fun and informative clinics run by certified CJGA staff and PGA of Canada professionals.
A member of the CJGA Alumni Association, Hughes will become an ambassador for the Clinics for Kids programs.
“I owe a lot of gratitude to the CJGA for kick-starting my career. It was always so amazing and humbling how the CJGA was so driven to provide a supportive avenue for kids to hone their golf skills and develop a love and respect for the game,” said Hughes.
As the Clinics for Kids ambassador, Hughes will be involved in the program from coast to coast.
“Our association with Mackenzie and the CJGA Clinics for Kids program is a great fit with our brand values of inspiring freedom, confidence and optimism for the future,” said Cunneen.
“Together, these sponsorships will help us reach young people across Canada to help them achieve their freedom, whatever that may be,” he said.
A former member of Golf Canada’s national team, Hughes is a two-time Canadian Amateur Champion. Hughes is also an alumnus of Kent State University.
During his rookie season on PGA TOUR Canada, Hughes recorded four top-10 finishes, including a victory at the Cape Breton Celtic Classic.
Hughes captured the Freedom 55 Financial Canadian Player of the Year award as PGA TOUR Canada’s top Canadian player. Finishing first on the Order of Merit, Hughes gained fully exempt status on the WebDotCom Tour in 2014.
Freedom 55 Financial’s sponsorship of Hughes and the CJGA will extend through the end of 2016.