A deep squad of Canadians, all from Ontario and Alberta, will be in the field this week for the 4th of five Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada qualifying schools.
This one will be played in south Florida at the PGA Golf Club’s Wanamaker course in Port St. Lucie on April 18-21.
120 players are in the Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada USA East Q-School #2 and forty will earn some level of status after 72 scheduled holes of play.
A breakdown of what they are chasing:
|Medalist||Exempt for 2017|
|2nd through 5th (no ties)||Exempt for first eight events and subject to second re-shuffle|
|6th through 16th (no ties)||Exempt for first four events and subject to first re-shuffle|
|17th through 40th (plus ties)||Conditional status|
The competitors will be playing a course that has previously hosted various stages of the TOUR’s they are hoping to build up to in the future – the Web.com Tour and the PGA TOUR. It has also hosted the PGA Club Professional Championship of Canada. It did so on four occasions (2008-2010, 2012).
Among the Canadians competing is Chris Hemmerich of Kitchener, Ontario. The former University of Guelph standout secured his Mackenzie Tour status for 2016 in Port St. Lucie but struggled throughout the season. His lone bright spot was a t-16 finish in Thunder Bay.
Adding a fun element to the field will be former long-drive champion Jamie Sadlwoski of Alberta who is now playing full-time. The 2008 and 2009 RE/MAX World Long Drive Champion has made several cuts in past appearances on the Web.com and the Mackenzie Tour.
The other Canadians in the field include: Elliott Whitley (Hamilton, Ont.), Brett Cairns (Courtland, Ont.), Sean Bozuk (Burlington, Ont.), Michael Blair (Ancaster, Ont.), Barret McCarthy (Burlington, Ont.), Ryan Borg (Caledon, Ont.), Michael Garner (Mississauga, Ont.), Michael McAdam (Red Deer, Alta.), and Steven Lecuyer (Edmonton, Alta.).