At a media day on Wednesday The Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA), host organization for The Great Waterway Classic, announce their sponsor exemptions into this year’s Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada event.
Derek Gillespie (Oshawa, Ontario), Matt McQuillan (Kingston, Ontario), Andrew Jensen (Ottawa, Ontario), Mark Hoffman (Thornhill, Ontario), David Markle (Shelburne, Ontario), and Danny Sahl (Sherwood Park, Alberta) were extended an exemption to participate in this year’s event, set to take place August 27-30 at Loyalist Golf & Country Club in Bath, ON.
“We are delighted to reward these individuals with the opportunity to participate in this year’s event,” said Tournament Director Brad Parkins. “We had an extremely accomplished list of players reaching out to us, and we would like to thank each and every one of them for their interest in our event. It is a difficult task, but we are very pleased with the individuals we selected.”
All the aforementioned players have been gone through the CJGA junior program.
Kingston’s McQuillan, 34, was a PGA TOUR member in 2011 that included three top 10 finishes, including a third place finish at the John Deere Classic. He had conditional status during the 2012 season. As a junior, McQuillan captured the last CJGA junior event held at the club, the Eastern Canadian Championship.
Jensen, 31, is returning to the event after receiving an exemption into the 2013 edition that took place at Upper Canada Golf Course in Morrisburg, Ontario. In 2015, Jensen and the CJGA partnered to create Andrew’s Long Drive, a season long campaign speaking and educating junior golfers about mental health and the personal challenge he went through in his life.
Jensen, who was on hand at the media day, spoke with Flagstick.com about his opportunity and year-long work with the CJGA.
Gillespie, 37, is a two-time Mackenzie Tour winner who has also played on the Web.com Tour and PGA TOUR Latinoamérica.
Hoffman, 28, is a former Mackenzie Tour member with four top-25 finishes to his name who had a standout career at the University of Illinois.
Markle, 30, played collegiate golf at Kent State and finished T23 at the 2013 Great Waterway Classic, one of 21 career Mackenzie Tour starts.
Sahl, 35, is a former Mackenzie Tour winner who caddies for Mike Weir on the PGA TOUR and finished solo second at the ATB Financial Classic earlier this season.
The two remaining sponsor’s exemptions for The Great Waterway Classic, which go to members and alumni of Golf Canada’s National Amateur Team, will be announced at a later date.
The Great Waterway Classic gets under way Thursday August 27. Tickets are available online or at the Loyalist Golf & Country Club Pro Shop or the L&A Hospital Foundation Office. Walk-up tickets will be available during the week at the admissions. Tickets are $10 a day or $25 for a 4 day pass, excluding taxes.