Everything that made the 2018 Mackenzie Tour season spectacular
December 21, 2018
By Brendan Stasiewich, PGATOUR.COM
- December 21, 2018
- From incredible golf to heartwarming stories, we revisit some of our favourite moments from the 2018 season. (Claus Andersen/Mackenzie Tour)
We look back on the great finishes and heartwarming moments from 2018
With 12 tournaments from coast-to-coast across Canada each year, dozens of memorable moments happen every year on the Mackenzie Tour - PGA TOUR Canada. From incredible golf to heartwarming stories, we revisit some of our favourite moments from the 2018 season.
What they’re all playing for: After playing their hearts out during the season, five players had the opportunity to put on one of The Five jerseys, punching their ticket to the Web.com Tour in 2019.
Congrats to The Five for 2018! A nice “sel5ie” 🤳🏻 pic.twitter.com/Z3MoWOjmXm— Mackenzie Tour (@PGATOURCanada) September 16, 2018
Charity at the forefront: For the third consecutive season, Mackenzie Tour events were once again successful in raising over $1-million for charity, bringing the number to over $4.1 million since 2013.
For the third consecutive season, Mackenzie Tour - PGA TOUR Canada events have raised over $1 million for charities in local communities. This is truly what it's all about! https://t.co/ukWds2eXdU— Mackenzie Tour (@PGATOURCanada) November 1, 2018
We are in Canada, after all: Making a cameo appearance at the 2018 Canucks For Kids Ball Hockey Game, Jake Virtanen laced up his runners and hit the pavement with local kids who helped raise money for charity.
Let’s get this party started! @Jake_Virtanen is out playing some ball hockey @F55FOpen with some young up and comers who raised money in support of @Canucksforkids #GivingBack #Canucks pic.twitter.com/hiLrADoKMP— Mackenzie Tour (@PGATOURCanada) June 3, 2018
Alums don’t seem to forget: T.J. Vogel, who you may know as the record-holder for successful PGA TOUR Monday Qualifiers in a season, accomplishing the feat eight times this year, was seen sporting his Aruba Cup gear on the range.
In honour of the first round of the @PGATOURCanada season, Mackenzie Tour alumni T.J. Vogel is sporting his full Aruba Cup getup during a practice session. Keep the good times rollin, T.J! pic.twitter.com/weuvDEhuOB— Mackenzie Tour (@PGATOURCanada) May 31, 2018
The hard-working crews behind the scenes: Each week, talented and hard-working crews are out working before most people’s alarm clocks have sounded, maintaining some of the most spectacular golf courses Canada has to offer.
“The greens (@UPLANDSGOLFCLUB) are some of the best we play all year.” - @Jareddutoit, and seemingly echoed by all the golfers this week raving about the conditions.— Mackenzie Tour (@PGATOURCanada) June 10, 2018
Thank you @BrianYouell and the Uplands Golf Club grounds crew, you’re truly some of the best in the business pic.twitter.com/ei0DUMdN5q
First wins: The launching pad for perspective PGA TOUR careers, Jordan Niebrugge found the winners circle at the Freedom 55 Financial Open. Making it through Web.com Tour Q-School earlier this month, Niebrugge is just one of the many players who earned their first professional win on the Mackenzie Tour.
The Tourjectory: Does it get much cooler than being able to say you caddied for Tony Finau before his name became globally known? If you’re Jake Duvall, then yes, it does get cooler.
Five years ago, Jake Duvall caddied for @tonyfinaugolf at the @BPCOpenGolf at @UPLANDSGOLFCLUB. Yesterday, the Victoria, B.C. golfer shot a 66 in the same tournament #Tourjectory pic.twitter.com/3YM9velOgs— Mackenzie Tour (@PGATOURCanada) June 8, 2018
A little West-Coast fun: With 12 cross-country stops, there’s always plenty of opportunity to see everything the beautiful country has to offer. For Brock Everett, Jake Johnson and Scott Kelly, this meant ocean fishing off the coast of Victoria.
What a pull by @Brocandroll10 and @Jake_Johnson60 this morning off the Victoria shore! These guys are definitely #LivingUnderPar on the fishing boat with @DOUBLEJGLOBALBC for the third episode of This is The Mackenzie Tour @globaltvsports @TSN_Sports pic.twitter.com/6iNrSRTk9S— Mackenzie Tour (@PGATOURCanada) June 5, 2018
Let’s hear it for the volunteers: Week in and week out, the Mackenzie Tour wouldn’t be able to operate without the help from individuals in local communities. We can’t thank the volunteers enough for all of their efforts in 2018!
A Monday Qualifier can set up your year: After Monday qualifying into the GolfBC Championship, P.J. Samiere finished just two-strokes short of becoming the first Monday Qualifier to win on the Mackenzie Tour. The T2 finish set up his year on the Mackenzie Tour though, eventually sending him to the Freedom 55 Financial Championship in London.
Monday qualifying into the @gbcchampionship and finishing T2? That's definitely some #DeepSauce. The @mensgolfSDSU alum gets into the field at the @LethPCOpen with yesterday's finish #Tourjectory pic.twitter.com/PpMdsAoOmS— Mackenzie Tour (@PGATOURCanada) June 18, 2018
It’s a family affair: caddying for George Cunningham at every professional event he has played, father Tracy Cunningham received what we can only imagine is the best Father’s Day gift of his life: watching his son tap in for birdie to win his first professional tournament in just his third start.
It’s all about the kids: After what Will Register described as a disappointing round in Kelowna, there may have been nobody with a bigger smile at the GolfBC Championship, sitting down and making some kids' days with some autographs and conversation.
Who doesn’t love a playoff? Two events in 2018 required more than 72 holes, the first being the Lethbridge Paradise Canyon Open, where TT Crouch triumphed over Chris Williams and Zach Wright. Blake Olson also claimed a playoff win over Go Vacaciones Cozumel Cup teammate Corey Pereira at the Mackenzie Investments Open.
Giving back: The players on the Mackenzie Tour take every chance they can get to give back to local communities. For Eric Onesi, it meant a special putting lesson in Edmonton, and for Chris Petefish it meant laying down a putting green in St. Justine Hospital in Montreal.
"They said he may not walk, he may not talk, and here he is; a 6 ft. 5 strapping guy out on the golf course, hoping to go into engineering." - Rick Vogel (@glenrosefdn)— Mackenzie Tour (@PGATOURCanada) August 16, 2018
Ethan Lockwood, who received a putting lesson from @Onesi3 at the @OilCountryChamp, has quite the story. pic.twitter.com/Kj8c0gWgVe
There’s nothing like shot-tracer. Some of the shots players hit in 2018 were absolutely nuts. From torched drives to head-high stingers, here’s a few of our favourites from the season.
This Jake Mondy stinger is worth a few looks 😳 pic.twitter.com/xYPYnSjEg8— Mackenzie Tour (@PGATOURCanada) July 20, 2018
Record were made to be broken: From 36-hole scoring records to course records to never before seen winning streaks, more than a few records were shattered in 2018, including Tyler McCumber who’s second win in as many weeks came at Petroleum Golf Club, a course his father designed in 1992.
Big year for alumni: 11 Mackenzie Tour alumni found the winners circle on the Web.com Tour in 2018, sending their careers to the next level as we now have the opportunity to watch 24 alums on the PGA TOUR in 2019.
Four of the past five @WebDotComTour events have been won by @PGATOURCanada alumni (@camdavisgolf, @garberjoey, @chfwrigh, @brady_schnell). @hank_lebioda is currently tied for the lead at the @LECOMHC and can become the eighth alum to win this season #Tourjectory pic.twitter.com/LdW8kxC9F1— Mackenzie Tour (@PGATOURCanada) July 7, 2018
Who doesn’t like a big trophy? In it’s inaugural season, the Windsor Championship did not disappoint with fairways lined with fans and a large trophy that eventually found the hands of Mark Anguiano.
Winning after Dad makes the trip: Standing on the 10th tee box, Ben Griffin looked over to the ropes to see that his dad had made the trip all the way from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, to see his son attempt to win his first profession event. Griffin did not disappoint.
Walk-off magic: They say that anything can happen, and for Michael Gellerman at the inaugural Osprey Valley Open, that meant a hole-out on his final shot of the day to solidify his final position at number two on the leaderboard.
Everyone wants a shot at the PGA TOUR: With an exemption into the RBC Canadian Open on the line, George Cunningham, Zach Wright and Sam Fidone found themselves in the top-3 positions on the Order of Merit following the Osprey Valley Open, garnering themselves a spot in the PGA TOUR event. Cunningham managed to place T29 in his TOUR debut, and you gotta see Zach Wright’s scorecard from his final nine of the week to place him T50.
Congratulations and good luck to @Mr_Wright20, @SamFidone and @george_wyatts, who will all be playing in this week's @RBCCanadianOpen due to their top-3 standing on the @PGATOURCanada money list pic.twitter.com/OvG63r8GlZ— Mackenzie Tour (@PGATOURCanada) July 22, 2018
Scheifele tees it up in Winnipeg: A fan favourite from the Winnipeg Jets, spectators came out to watch Sponsor Exemption Mark Sheifele play in the Players Cup. The NHLer had great things to say about the Mackenzie Tour players he was paired alongside.
"I got to like the 13th hole and was just wiped, like I need a nap right now. It's crazy, the mental fortitude they have. ... You’ve got to putt everything out, you’ve got to make every shot. They’re definitely special athletes." - @markscheifele55 on Mackenzie Tour players pic.twitter.com/58vay4jsds— Mackenzie Tour (@PGATOURCanada) August 16, 2018
Sponsor’s Exemptions with Stories: Caroline Ciot because the second female to play a Mackenzie Tour event at the 2018 Mackenzie Investments Open. Though she didn’t make the cut, Ciot held her own at a course playing at over 7,000 yards.
Caroline Ciot becomes the second ever female in the @PGATOUR era of the Mackenzie Tour to tee it up in a tournament.— Mackenzie Tour (@PGATOURCanada) September 6, 2018
On a Sponsors Exemption, the 25-year-old looks for a good week at the @MackenzieInvest Open presented by Jaguar Laval pic.twitter.com/ekkRlGcqk1
A little help from a friend: Heading into the weekend in contention at the Mackenzie Investments Open, Paul McConnell enlisted the help of young Rowan, who, with a carry bag nearly as big as he is, walked alongside McConnell, making a memory that will last a lifetime.
A well-earned reward: In December, 10 of the top players from the Mackenzie Tour took their talents to Mexico to compete against PGATOUR Latinoamerica in the Go Vacaciones Cozumel Cup. Though we didn’t come away with the victory, the players returned with more than a few amazing memories. Like Vogel, maybe we’ll see some decked out in Go Vacaciones Cup gear on the practice range in 2019.
How good is this #Squad @IanHolt32, @Ben_Griffin7, @coreyperalta, @Mr_Wright20, @MarkAnguiano29, @dannyjwalker, @BlakeOlsonGSU, @OUknowmike, @george_wyatts, @SamFidone... no shortage of #NicePlayers at the Go Vacaciones Cozumel Cup pic.twitter.com/zwKaDGc6nW— Mackenzie Tour (@PGATOURCanada) December 12, 2018