Dundas, Ontario’s Chris Ross will receive a new bursary where the recipient is selected by the members of the Golf Journalists Association of Canada (GJAC).
The Mackenzie Investments-Golf Journalists Association of Canada Player Bursary is worth $3,000 and sees equal contributions from GJAC members and Mackenzie Investments. It is awarded to an aspiring player who does not already have significant financial backing in place.
This year’s vote identified Ross, who, at age 29, is playing his third full season on the Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada.
Ross won his first Mackenzie Tour event in 2015 at the Wildfire Invitational just outside Peterborough. His best finish in 2016 on the TOUR has been a 15th place.
“On behalf of the Golf Journalists Association of Canada, I would like to congratulate Chris Ross on being selected the first recipient of the first Mackenzie Investments-GJAC player bursary,” said GJAC president Grant Fraser. “Chris was selected by our members from across Canada and we wish him the best as he continues his professional career.”
Ross, who attended Eastern Michigan University, is married with one daughter.
“I’m so honoured to receive the Mackenzie Investments GJAC Player Bursary,” said Ross. “As a player, I’ve made my own path to try and achieve my goal of making it to the PGA TOUR, and I’ve certainly seen highs and lows in my journey so far. This award will help me continue to chase my dream, and my sincere thanks to out to Mackenzie Investments and the GJAC members for making this possible.”
“We are thrilled to partner with the Golf Journalists Association of Canada on this award, and continue our support to grow the game of golf in Canada”, said Court Elliott, Vice President Sponsorships, Mackenzie Investments. “Congratulations to Chris and we hope winning this award gives him the confidence he needs to strive to the next level.”
In 2017, the player bursary will be awarded to a member of the Symetra Tour. The bursary will continue to be awarded to Mackenzie Tour/Symetra Tour members in alternating years.