PGA TOUR Canada is building yet another connection with a former member of the circuit, Corey Conners.
This week the TOUR announced that the winner of the 2019 Valero Texas Open and #32 ranked player in the world will served as the Honorary Chair for their season ending event on the Canadian schedule, the Fortinet Cup Championship.
The tournament will conclude the 12-event 2022 schedule and take place at the Deer Ridge Golf Club in Kitchener, Ontario on September 12-18. The event takes place just 55 kilometers from Listowel, Ontario, where Conners was raised.
As part of the affiliation, The Corey and Malory Conners Family Fund will become the official charity of the Fortinet Cup Championship. The fund has a focus of helping underprivileged children through sports and education.
“I loved my time playing on PGA TOUR Canada, and there have been so many like me who played on that Tour and gained valuable experience that allowed us to move to the Korn Ferry Tour and eventually the PGA TOUR. It’s truly a great feeling to once again be associated with PGA TOUR Canada through my involvement with the Fortinet Cup Championship,” Conners said. “I had big dreams when I was playing in Canada in 2015 and 2016, and I will always have fond memories of those tournaments I played and the cities I visited.”
Leading up the event, Conners will visit Deer Ridge Golf Club to promote the event. He will also lend his endorsement through his social media channels.
“To again be part of PGA TOUR Canada, this time as Honourary Chair, and to be associated with the Fortinet Cup Championship, the Tour’s season-ending event, is something I sincerely appreciate,” he added. “Malory and I are passionate about giving back, and we look forward to making a significant impact that will benefit many lives in the community.”
“Fortinet is excited to work with the teams at PGA TOUR Canada and the Fortinet Cup Championship,” said John Maddison, Executive Vice President of Products and Chief Marketing Officer at Fortinet. “The relationship with PGA TOUR Canada will benefit communities, customers and local nonprofit organizations. These initiatives further Fortinet’s vision to make possible a digital world that organizations can always trust by securing people, devices, and data everywhere.”
The limited-field Fortinet Cup Championship will bring the Tour’s best players to the Waterloo Region, with the top-10 point-earners off the season-long Fortinet Cup points list at the tournament’s conclusion earning 2023 Korn Ferry Tour membership. The Tour will present the top points-earner with the Fortinet Cup as its Player of the Year. Previous recipients of that prestigious honour are Mackenzie Hughes, Joel Dahmen, J.J. Spaun, Kramer Hickok, Tyler McCumber and Paul Barjon—all current PGA TOUR members.
“We are ecstatic that we will host PGA TOUR Canada’s flagship event in the Waterloo Region. Deer Ridge Golf Club will serve as a formidable test for players as they look to etch their names on the Fortinet Cup while taking one step closer toward the goal of playing on the PGA TOUR,” said PGA TOUR Canada Executive Director Scott Pritchard. “To have Corey and Malory involved adds another level of prestige to an event that will put an exclamation point on our 2022 season. We look forward to working alongside the Conners family, the event organizers and the team at Deer Ridge Golf Club to deliver a world-class tournament.”
The local host organization for the event is championed by Executive Director Leslie Gallacher, with support from a volunteer advisory committee led by local entrepreneur and philanthropist Ron Caudle.
“We so appreciate the Conners’ involvement in this tournament, and we are honoured to bring a prestigious event like the Fortinet Cup Championship to our community,” said Gallacher. “We expect this tournament will generate significant charitable, economic and community impact as we welcome the world’s top up-and-coming players along with their families and fans to the Waterloo Region.”
The Corey and Malory Conners Family Fund, the Deer Ridge Charitable Foundation and the Fortinet Cup Championship are designating charitable dollars raised this year to these local charities: Waterloo Regional Track 3 Ski School, Pride Stables, Independent Living Centre of Waterloo Region and Nutrition for Learning. Since PGA TOUR Canada began in 2013, it has raised $5.4 million for charities across Canada.
“Deer Ridge Golf Club and its Board of Directors are proud to host the Fortinet Cup Championship. Our members and community are providing sponsorship and volunteering to make this tournament the best-ever. There are great economic benefits for the Waterloo Region, and we will be helping out four local children’s charities,” said Alan Paleczny, Deer Ridge Golf Club President.