2020 will mark the 38th year of the MACKENZIE TOUR PGA TOUR Canada.
This will be the 13th year in a row that the event will be held at the historic Uplands Golf Club as top developing golf professionals
from around the world will compete at the DCBank Open in what is sure to be an exciting week of golf.
Mackenzie Tour players vote Uplands tournament best on tour
Victoria is the host with the most.
That’s what the golf pros on the Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada say. The DCBank Open presented by the Times Colonist at Uplands Golf Club was voted the best stop on the 2019 Tour. The inaugural Players’ Choice Award for best tournament was announced Wednesday at the PGA Tour’s annual meeting in Ponte Verda Beach, Florida.
There were 12 tournaments on the Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada this year. “This is great for Victoria, the sponsors and volunteers,” said DCBank Open tournament director Murray Thomas. “A lot of hard work has gone into it over the years. Uplands is always in meticulous shape for the tournament and everyone is welcoming to the players and they enjoy it here. I always tell the players: ‘It’s good to see you but I hope to never see you again except on TV at the next level [Korn Ferry Tour followed by the PGA Tour].’ ”
Since 2013, when the Canadian Tour became the Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada, several players from the Victoria tournament have gone on to the PGA Tour, including seven PGA Tour tournament winners in Tony Finau, Mackenzie Hughes, Nick Taylor, Aaron Wise, Adam Long, Corey Conners and C.T. Pan.
Canadian Tour alumni to play on the PGA Tour include the likes of Steve Stricker, Craig Parry, Brandt Jobe, Todd Hamilton, Ken Duke, Stuart Appleby, Mike Weir, Kirk Triplett, Chris DiMarco, Scott McCarron, Tim Clark and Tim Herron. Canadian tour alumni Weir, Hamilton and Michael Campbell have won majors. “It tell them they are always welcome back on holiday,” quipped Thomas.
The 38th Victoria tournament will be held June 4-6 at Uplands. “The players always tell us they love the Victoria tournament,” said Keith Dagg, one of four co-founders of the event nearly four decades ago, and a key member of the board of directors. “We have 250 volunteers and they continue to give.”
The Mackenzie Tour said it appreciates the efforts of the Victoria committee and volunteers. “The DCBank Open has made a conscious effort to improve its event year in and year out, and no better indicator of that is its charitable contributions over the last number of years,” said Tour vice-president Scott Pritchard. “The event this year contributed just under $200,000 for the Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island.”
Uplands Course Record History
Uplands, established in 1922, now has a new course record of 60 ( 29-31 ) set by Cody Blick of Alamo, California on Saturday June 10th, 2017, playing in the Bayview Place Cardtronics Open: an Event on the MacKenzie Tour PGA TOUR Canada.
Roger Sloan & Andrew Roque shot a nine under 61 (31-30) the lowest round in the 88 year history of uplands to take over the Course Record.
Sonny Skinner from Georgia shot a 62 (32-30) in the 1989 Victoria Open. This record wiped out the old record held by Canadian Legend Moe Norman who shot a 63 (34-29) in 1969.
DCBank Open 2020 Charity
The Salvation Army is an international Christian organization that began its work in the city of Victoria in 1897. As one of the largest direct-providers of social services outside of the government, its programs and services feed, clothe and shelter individuals and families in need every day, while helping others escape violence and addiction. Beyond helping with the basic necessities of life, The Salvation Army is transformational through its life-changing programs such as substance abuse recovery, housing supports, jobs and skills training, budgeting and education classes – all of which help people find a way out of poverty permanently. Youth and children partake in summer camps, back to school backpack programs and receive gifts at Christmas, which all provide hope and a helping hand for families struggling to make ends meet. The practical, kind and compassionate face of The Salvation Army continues to be a beacon of hope strengthening the community we all share.