Brian Decker – PGA Tour Canada
September 15, 2013, London, ON (ISN) – Mackenzie Hughes of Dundas, Ontario was named the Freedom 55 Financial Canadian Player of the Year on Sunday at the Sunningdale Golf & Country Club, finishing as the top Canadian on the 2013 PGA TOUR Canada Order of Merit and earning a $10,000 prize courtesy of Freedom 55 Financial.
The 22-year old finished with $52,114.29 in earnings on the season, highlighted by a victory at the Cape Breton Celtic Classic. Hughes finished first overall on the Order of Merit and will have exempt status on the Web.com Tour in 2014.
“All the competitors in the tournament are remarkable athletes,” said Mike Cunneen, Senior Vice-President, Freedom 55 Financial. “As a Canadian organization that focuses on supporting Canadian families in achieving their dreams, it’s been a privilege to help up and coming Canadian golfers pursue their own aspirations with our Freedom 55 Financial Canadian Player awards. “
“We’re thrilled to see Mackenzie Hughes put on a great performance this season to earn the Freedom 55 Financial Canadian Player of the Year,” said PGA TOUR Canada President Jeff Monday. “Our thanks and gratitude go to Freedom 55 Financial for their support of the Canadian Player of the Year and Players of the Week. Thanks to them, these players are able to take a big step forward in achieving their goals and dreams.”
Freedom 55 Financial established the Canadian Player of the Week award to recognize top Canadian players on PGA TOUR Canada. At each PGA TOUR Canada tournament, Freedom 55 Financial presented this award to the Canadian player who had the lowest total score. Winners also received $1,500 to use toward attaining future goals.
“PGA TOUR Canada is a great fit with our brand values of inspiring freedom, confidence and optimism for the future,” Cunneen said. “This Tour inspires competitive golfers and fans alike across the country. It’s been a great summer and we look forward to doing this all again next year.”
Max Gilbert of St. Georges, Quebec won the TOUR Championship of Canada presented by Freedom 55 Financial and was named Freedom 55 Financial Canadian Player of the Week.