The Mackenzie Tour–PGA Tour Canada and Freedom 55 Financial have announced that the trophy awarded to the Freedom 55 Financial Canadian Player of the Year will be named after the late Dan Halldorson.
Halldorson, who died in November at the age of 63, was known both for his success on the course, as well as his mentorship and guidance of following generations of Canadian professional golfers striving to reach the PGA Tour.
Halldorson, from Brandon, Man., was a two-time PGA Tour and seven-time winner on what was the Canadian Tour, which he also served as deputy commissioner.
“It’s an honour to name this trophy in recognition of Dan,” said Mike Cunneen, senior vice president of Freedom 55 Financial.
“Dan pursued his dreams and goals with great success and served as a mentor to many young golfers who followed him. These attributes align with our values and beliefs in helping young Canadians achieve their goals,” he added.
The Dan Halldorson trophy will be presented to the Freedom 55 Financial Canadian Player of the Year, the top Canadian on the Mackenzie Tour Order of Merit at the end of each season, along with a $25,000 prize.
“Dan cared deeply about Canadian players following their dreams of making it to the PGA Tour and always wanted to do whatever he could to help them get there,” said Halldorson’s wife Pat.
“Even though he played professional golf all over the world, Canada was always his home and he never forgot that. It means so much to our family that this award will continue in his name,” she said.
It is that spirit that led to the naming of the award, according to Mackenzie Tour president Jeff Monday.
“Dan devoted so much of his life to advancing Canadian professional golf, including the tutelage of generations after him, in their goal of reaching the PGA Tour. It’s appropriate that an award that aligns so closely with Dan’s legacy will bear his name,” said Monday.