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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Highland Country Club Prepares For 2017 Freedom 55 Financial Championship   [Download .doc version]


March 21, 2017 (London, ONT) - As Highland Country Club in London, Ont. prepares to host the Freedom 55 Financial Championship, added opportunities for corporate sponsors and fans, in addition to continued community support, promise to make this year's tournament an overwhelming success.

This year's tournament, September 11-17, marks the third straight year (2015-17) for Highland CC as host, and fifth year for London as host of the Mackenzie Tour - PGA TOUR Canada's season-ending championship. Tickets, weekly clubhouse passes and sponsorship opportunities are now available.

France's Paul Barjon posted a final-round 2-under 68, winning the 2016 Freedom 55 Financial Championship by a stroke over French Polynesia's Vaita Guillaume at 22-under 258, a Mackenzie Tour record. Order of Merit standings saw 'The Five' earn full status on the 2017 Web.com Tour: Americans Dan McCarthy, Brock Mackenzie, Taylor Moore and Aaron Wise; and Adam Cornelson of Langley, B.C., winner of the Dan Halldorson Trophy as Freedom 55 Financial Canadian Player of the Year.

The Mackenzie Tour season begins with the Freedom 55 Financial Open (May 29-June 4) at Point Grey Golf and Country Club in Vancouver, B.C., with purses of $175,000 for the first 11 events and a $200,000 purse for the season-ending Freedom 55 Financial Championship at Highland CC.

"Our host organizations have done tremendous work to establish our tournaments for this season, and thanks to the support of our sponsors we have a wonderful slate of events from coast to coast again this year," said Mackenzie Tour President Jeff Monday.

The host committee at Highland CC is unveiling exciting additions to this year's tournament, including:

  • A return to the original 18-hole layout, beginning with traditional hole No. 1, a 510-yard par-5;
  • Hole No. 18 grandstand offering value-added hospitality and viewing opportunities;
  • Three Pro-Am tournaments: a closed King's University College tournament on Monday, Sept. 11; a Women's Pro-Am morning of Tuesday, Sept. 12; and traditional Tuesday afternoon Pro-Am. All Pro-Am participants are welcomed to attend a Monday evening reception at the tournament host hotel, Four Points by Sheraton London;
  • The Women's Pro-Am, chaired by Ontario Golf Hall of Fame inductee Patty Howard, also includes a dinner and fashion show following the Pro-Am tournament;
  • Additional corporate sponsor opportunities, outlined at the tournament website;
  • Continued free junior passes, available at the gate on tournament day;
  • Continued support of Thames Valley Children's Centre as the tournament beneficiary.

In 2015 and '16 at Highland CC, the Freedom 55 Financial Championship raised more than $125,000 for Thames Valley CC. The tournament has raised more than $260,000 for local charities since 2013. Charitable donations by Mackenzie Tour events in 2016 totalled $1,054,181.

"The success of the Championship increases each year. Not only are we excited about the calibre of players we're seeing, we're also seeing attendance increase year over year," said Mike Cunneen, Senior Vice-President, Freedom 55 Financial. "And the best part is the support we can provide to Thames Valley Children's Centre."

Mike Silver, tournament director with the Highland CC host committee, said strengthening community ties, and enhancing the golf experience, go hand in hand this year. "This isn't just Highland's tournament. It's London's tournament," Silver said. "When you think about how Augusta National stages the Masters Tournament year after year, that is the kind of legacy we are building here at Highland. It's all about the community, and Thames Valley Children's Centre."

Volunteers may register online at freedom55financialchampionship.com. Purchase $10 anyday grounds tickets, $20 weekly passes and $40 weekly clubhouse passes at the Highland CC office, 1922 Highland Heights, London from Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tickets will also be available at the gate during tournament week. Sponsorship, pro-am and ticket information is also at the tournament website. Follow us on Twitter @F55FChamp and Facebook @freedom55financialchampionship.

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For more information, contact Mike Silver 519/871-8251 or msilver@highlandcountryclub.com.

About Highland Country Club
Highland CC (est. 1922) is hidden away within the heart of London, Ont., and has been quietly building London's finest member-owned private club for 95 years. Highland's challenging golf course, designed by renowned course architect Stanley Thompson, has the most talked about view in the city. With a six-sheet curling rink boasting the best ice and top ice-making team in Canada, as well as extensive clubhouse renovations, plus unparalleled hospitality and service, Highland is a secret worth exploring.
Twitter: @Highland_CC_
Facebook: Facebook.com/Highlandlondon
About the Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada
The Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada is a series of tournaments played across Canada each summer, where tomorrow's stars begin the path to the PGA TOUR. The leading five money winners at the end of each season earn status on the Web.com Tour for the following season, and the Tour's alumni include 10 PGA TOUR players and 66 Web.com Tour players since 2013. The Mackenzie Tour's mission is to deliver a PGA TOUR experience for our members, fans, volunteers and our partners in order to develop the future stars of professional golf & enrich the communities we visit.
Twitter: Mackenzie Tour - @PGATOURCanada
Facebook: Facebook.com/MackenzieTour
About Freedom 55 Financial
Freedom 55 Financial, a division of London Life Insurance Company, offers financial security advice and planning to Canadians through its 3,760 financial security advisors across Canada. Freedom 55 Financial offers London Life's own brand of life insurance, savings and investments, retirement income, annuities, and mortgage products to Canadians. For more information visit Freedom55Financial.com.
Twitter: @F55F
Facebook: Facebook.com/Freedom55Financial




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