Five Sponsor Exemptions for Inaugural Mackenzie Tour Event Announced

The Windsor Championship is pleased to announce that five players have received invitations to play in the inaugural Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada event to be played July 5-8 at Ambassador Golf Club. Thomas DeMarco of Windsor, David Byrne of Windsor, Matt Hill of Sarnia, Kyle Mueller of Watkinsville, GA and Christian DiMarco of Longwood, FL have all been selected to participate.

DeMarco, who resides in LaSalle, is currently a junior at Northern Illinois. DeMarco’s name would be familiar to many Windsorites as he has performed well locally on the Jamieson Tour, as well as winning the WOSSA Championship in 2016. DeMarco also made a good run at the Ontario Amateur Championship, shooting an opening round 64 and finishing the tournament in a tie for 21st at Ambassador Golf Club in 2017.

Byrne, who resides in Essex, is a former Big Break winner and past member of the Mackenzie Tour. Byrne currently works as an assistant golf professional at Beach Grove Golf & Country Club, where he continues to hone his game in hopes of one day returning to playing professional golf full time. Byrne thrilled local crowds the last time the Mackenzie Tour was in Windsor and hopes to do the same this time.

Hill, who grew up in Forest, Ontario, now resides in Jupiter, FL where he is pursuing his dream of playing on the PGA TOUR. Hill is a former NCAA individual champion and holds the record for most wins (9) by an individual in one season on the NCAA circuit. Hill is a former member of both the Tour and Mackenzie Tour where he was the tour’s player of the year in 2012.

Mueller, who recently completed his senior year at the University of Michigan, hails from Watkinsville, GA. and just recently turned professional. Mueller plans to make his professional debut in Windsor. The Wolverine won five times during his collegiate career and was named First Team Big 10 Conference three-years in a row and was also a semi-finalist for the prestigious Jack Nicklaus award.

DiMarco, who hails from Longwood, FL, is the son to PGA TOUR player Chris DiMarco. The younger DiMarco plans to follow in the footsteps of his father, who also started his career on the Mackenzie Tour, winning the player of the year trophy in 1992. DiMarco is coming off a stellar senior year at the University of South Florida where he picked up an individual victory and was a unanimous All-Conference selection. Christian is a non-exempt member of the Mackenzie Tour.

Each Mackenzie Tour event receives 6 sponsor exemption selections. The Windsor Championship will release its final selection in the coming weeks.