Canadian Tour players get help from junior golf tour

New fund helps graduates in financial need who have a realistic opportunity of pursuing a career as touring pros

The Leaf Junior Golf Tour (MJT) announced on Tuesday that two players on the Canadian Tour will be the first beneficiaries of the MJT Touring Professional Development Fund.

The first two recipients are Devin Carrey, 23, of South , BC, and Mitch Gillis, 26, of Williams Lake, BC, who will each receive $5,000. Both were long-time members of the Leaf Junior Golf Tour.

Gillis, a University of Oregon graduate, advanced to the second stage of both PGA and European Tour qualifying and came within one stroke of advancing to European Tour final stage. He also finished in the top 20 on the Official CanTour Order of Merit the past two seasons.

Carrey, a 2009 graduate of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, had a stellar college career with three victories and a total of 17 other top-10 finishes. As a professional, Carrey had four top-25 finishes in nine starts and finished 27th on the 2010 CanTour Order of Merit.