Former Georgia All-American golfer Lee McCoy claimed the first professional victory of his career on Sunday, winning the MacKenzie Tour’s Freedom 55 Financial Open at Point Grey Golf and Country Club.
McCoy, making his first appearance on the MacKenzie Tour – PGA Tour Canada, finished at 20-under 268 with rounds of 66, 69, 67 and 66. He was eight shots clear of Hunter Stewart and Jordan Niebrugge. That is the largest margin of victory ever in a MacKenzie Tour event.
McCoy’s former Bulldog teammate, Greyson Sigg, who capped his collegiate career last month, finished eighth in his professional debut. Sigg was 10-under, including a third-round 68.
After concluding his amateur career last year, McCoy looked primed to head straight to the Web.com Tour and was preparing to compete at the second stage of Q-School. He had just finished 41st while playing on a sponsor’s exemption at the PGA TOUR’s Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, but got into a car accident on the way to the course, fracturing his wrist in two places and ending his season. He was able to avoid surgery, instead wearing a cast for two months.
“To sit at home and know that my game just disappeared in the matter of two or three seconds was really tough,” McCoy told PGATOUR.com. “It was tough because my game was really starting to come back around at that point.”
Now, with a clean bill of health and his game firing on all cylinders, the Georgia alum looks to make the first step back toward the Web.com Tour following his win this week in Vancouver.
“Once I got the cast off after two months, it was pretty easy. I did therapy for like two weeks, and right now it feels like I never broke it, so it’s a total, 100 percent non-issue. I’m really lucky to not have had surgery or anything like that,” said McCoy.