The Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada, which canceled its regular pro golf season this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, announced that it is going to host four tournaments for players residing in Canada.
The Canada Life Series will hold two 54-hole events at Bear Mountain in Langford on the mountain course from 10 to 12 and valley course from 17 to 19 of August and then followed by tournaments on Sept. 2-4 and Sept. 9-11 at TPC Toronto at Osprey Valley.
Each competition will provide a purse of $50,000 with fields of between 90 and 120, featuring Canadian pros and top amateurs and Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour members of any citizenship who are already in the country. The player who will be the series champion will also earn a berth into the RBC Canadian Open at St. George’s in Toronto in 2021.
It offers some salve in a lost season for aspiring Canadian pro golfers.
The Bear Mountain tournaments will be the second and third sporting events to be held on the Island after sport shut down due to the Covid-19 pandemic in March. The resumption started last week with the first race in the Sidney Velo Cycling Club’s 17.4-kilometer time trial series.
Meanwhile, the B.C. Football Conference, including the Vancouver Island and Raiders Westshore Rebels, and Western Hockey League, including the Victoria Royals, have announced beginning dates of Sept. 19 and Oct. 2, respectively. However, both are considered optimistic since they require socially-distanced spectators in attendance to be viable.
Golf was the first sport to resume in the world. The Canada Life Series will adhere to the safety guidelines being practiced in the sport’s coming back. Fans will not be allowed to watch the two Bear Mountain tournaments due to the current B.C. regulation banning gatherings of more than 50 people. There will also be no caddies and minimal volunteers.