Two Monday Qualifiers Make It 16 From B.C. In Freedom 55 Field At Point Grey

Drew Weaver, The 2015 Freedom 55 Financial Open Winner, Recieves The Trophy From Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada President Jeff Monday On The 18th Green At Point Grey GC Last Year - Image Credit Bryan Outram 

by British Columbia Golf (with files from Mackenzie Tour - PGA Tour Canada)

The Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada season kicks off with Freedom 55 Financial Open The Mackenzie Tour’s fourth season begins this week at the Freedom 55 Financial Open at Point Grey Golf and Country Club in Vancouver, B.C.

Open Qualifying took place Monday May 23rd (Victoria Day) at Swan-e-Set Bay Resort & Country Club in Pitt Meadows. When the day was done, 10 more names were added to the final field for Thursday's start to the season with two more British Columbians and 3 Canadians in total among those to gain entry into the event.

Darren Hupfer and Darren Day, both from Victoria were successful in their bids, each carding a 3-under par 69 to make it in on the number.

Here is the full list of Monday Qualifiers:

(bold denotes Canadian, * = Mackenzie Tour member).
Kyle Peterman* (Savannah, Georgia) - 67
Mason Mallory (Morgan Hill, California) – 67
Trent Sanders (Scottsdale, Arizona) – 68
Steven Lecuyer (Grimshaw, Alberta) – 68
Jordan Massey (Winter Springs, Florida) – 68
Samuel Saunders* (Albuquerque, New Mexico) – 69
Jake Johnson* (Cameron Park, California) – 69
Darren Hupfer (Victoria, B.C.) – 69
Dylan Crowley (Studio City, California) – 69
Darren Day (Victoria, B.C.) – 69

Here’s a look at the storylines from this week, including what’s at stake, players to watch and key notes.

Key Info
Dates: May 23-29
Course: Point Grey Golf and Country Club (Vancouver, B.C.)
Par/Yards: 36-36—72/6,801
Field: 156
2015 champion: Drew Weaver (Playoff over Riley Wheeldon, Adam Svensson, Ross Beal and Taylor Pendrith)
Purse: $175,000/$31,500 winner’s prize
Format: 72-hole stroke play
Twitter: @F55FOpen / #F55FOpen

What’s at stake
Once again, players will jockey for position on the season-ending Order of Merit and look to gain access to the Tour in 2017. Below is a breakdown of the status available.

Order of Merit position Status
1 Exempt on 2015 Tour
2-5 Conditional status on Tour
6-10 Exemption into final stage of Tour Q-School
11-20 Exemption into second stage of Tour Q-School

Looking back at 2015’s exciting finish
The 2015 Freedom 55 Financial Open was decided after a wild Sunday that saw a five players – Drew Weaver, Adam Svensson, Ross Beal, Riley Wheeldon and Taylor Pendrith – make eagle or birdie on the 18th hole to get into a playoff for the title. After two extra trips through the par-5 18th, Weaver and Svensson were left standing and headed to the par-5 1st hole, where Svensson was unable to match Weaver’s birdie, giving the 2007 British Amateur Champion the title in his first Mackenzie Tour start.

Players Step Up In Support Of Fort McMurray
In addition to a $20,000 joint donation made by the Mackenzie Tour and Tour, players at this week’s Freedom 55 Financial Open are signing up to donate money per birdie and eagle to the United Way of Canada in support of Fort McMurray wildfire relief efforts. Fans are encouraged to match players’ contributions or make their own donation by visiting the PGA TOUR’s charity website at

Sponsor Exemptions
At each regular Mackenzie Tour event, two sponsor exemptions are awarded to current or former members of Golf Canada’s National Amateur Team. (Alumni of the team who have played on PGA TOUR Canada include Graham DeLaet, Adam Hadwin and Nick Taylor).

Below are those players teeing it up this week:
Stuart MacDonald, Vancouver, B.C.
Eric Banks, Truro, N.S.

Other sponsor exemptions:
James Allenby, Langley, B.C.
Devin Carrey, Surrey, B.C.
A.J. Ewart, Coquitlam,B.C.
Tony Gil, Vaughan, Ont.
Bryn Parry, North Vancouver, B.C.
Mitch Sutton, London, Ont.

CLICK HERE for tee times starting Thursday. 

Notes on the field
16 British Columbians are in the field this week: Brad Clapp (Chilliwack); Adam Cornelson
(Langley); Darren Day (Victoria); Brendan Dillon (Port Moody); Seann Harlingten (West
Vancouver); Thomas Hay (Langley); Darren Hupfer (Victoria); Stuart MacDonald (Vancouver);
Bryn Parry (North Vancouver); Cory Renfrew (Victoria); Kevin Spooner (West Vancouver); Riley
Wheeldon (Comox); Ryan Williams (Vancouver)

• 30 Canadians are in the field

• 2015 tournament winners in the field: Brad Clapp (The Great Waterway Classic), Daniel Miernicki
(ATB Financial Classic), Chris Ross (The Wildfire Invitational), Kevin Spooner (Syncrude Boreal
Open presented by AECON), Drew Weaver (Freedom 55 Financial Open)

• Defending champion Drew Weaver is in the field after playing in last week’s BMW Charity Pro-Am
presented by SYNNEX Corporation on the Tour. Weaver, who has conditional status
on the Tour, made his first cut of the season and finished T48 after sitting T5 through
36 holes.

• Former 'The Five' member and two time Mackenzie Tour winner Brock Mackenzie is in the field,
making his first Mackenzie Tour start since finishing fourth on the 2014 Order of Merit. Mackenzie
has conditional status on the Tour for this season

• Among the players making their first Mackenzie Tour start is Tadd Fujikawa, who finished T20 at
the 2007 Sony Open in Hawaii to become the second-youngest player to ever make the cut on
the PGA TOUR at the time (16 years, 4 days). Fujikawa finished T19 at the USA East Q-School
No. 1 to earn conditional status for 2016

• 2015 2nd team NCAA All-American Jonathan Garrick is making his professional debut after
completing his collegiate career with UCLA

Mackenzie Tour alumni notes
• 2015 The Five member Jason Millard finished T6 at the Tour’s BMW Charity Pro-Am
presented by SYNNEX Corporation to lead all alumni

• 14 Mackenzie Tour alumni, including seven members from 2015, are inside the top-75 on the Tour Money List and in position to make the Tour Finals

• Five players who played on the Mackenzie Tour since 2013 are members of the PGA TOUR this
season: Nick Taylor, Tony Finau, Mark Hubbard, Tyler Aldridge and Lucas Lee

Other Freedom 55 Financial Open Financial Open notes
• 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)

• The top three players on the Order of Merit through the first six events of the 2015 season will
earn exemptions into the RBC Canadian Open