The Mackenzie Tour – PGA Tour Canada has announced that the Ontario Championship hosted by National Pines Golf Club, an official event to be conducted at National Pines Golf Club in Barrie, Ont., has been added to its 2017 schedule.
The 144-player event will take place September 4-10, leading into the season-ending Freedom 55 Financial Championship. The Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA) will serve as the event’s host organization, with Brad Parkins as tournament director.
“Thanks to the support of our partners, ClubLink and the CJGA, we’re confident this will be an tremendous week of golf at an outstanding venue this summer,” said Mackenzie Tour president Jeff Monday.
National Pines, a 7,013-yard Tom McBroom design located 45 minutes north of Toronto, was opened in 1992 and hosted the season-ending Freedom 55 Financial Championship in 2007 and 2008.
“We are extremely pleased the Mackenzie Tour has selected National Pines to host the Ontario Championship in 2017,” said Brent Miller, vice president of corporate operations and member services for ClubLink.
“It’s wonderful to have this thoroughbred layout challenge the future stars of the PGA Tour again. So many of our ClubLink Members already know that an extra 10 minutes in the car up Hwy. 400 provides them a day of golf that is quite simply, complete,” he added.
Among the players who competed at National Pines in 2007 and 2008 is current PGA Tour player and Olympian Graham DeLaet, who said he fondly remembers his experience competing at the course.
“I have great memories of competing at National Pines in 2008 and I know it will be an awesome host for a tournament like this,” said DeLaet.
“The guys that will be playing there are trying to make their way to the PGA Tour and this is going to be a great venue for those players to compete for a chance to make the next step in that direction,” said DeLaet.
The CJGA, which previously operated The Great Waterway Classic on the Mackenzie Tour from 2013-15, is a national junior golf association dedicated to providing competition and instruction to Canada’s junior golfers and operates tournaments throughout Canada.
“We are delighted to have the opportunity to conduct an official Mackenzie Tour event once again and to work with one of our partners in ClubLink makes it that much more special,” said Parkins, COO of the CJGA.
Following the event, the top 60 players on the Order of Merit will earn a spot in the season-ending Freedom 55 Financial Championship at Highland Country Club in London, Ont., along with securing exempt status for the 2018 Mackenzie Tour season.