BDO Million Dollar Shootout At Highland Country Club


by Jeffrey Reed, Editor,

This year’s Freedom 55 Financial Championship at Highland Country Club offers golfers a chance to win $1 million, and a European cruise for two (maximum value $5,000).

The Mackenzie Tour PGA Tour Canada’s season-ending championship, with five Tour cards up for grabs, visits Highland CC for a fourth year from September 10-16. The new official charity is Childcan, which raises funds to provide responsive and compassionate support services to families facing the journey through childhood cancer – from diagnosis, through treatment, to recovery or bereavement.

Highland Country Club’s signature hole No. 10.

Benefiting Childcan, Highland CC as host club is staging the BDO Million Dollar Shootout on Saturday, September 15.

BDO Canada is  a leading accounting and advisory firm, with more than 100 offices across Canada serving large/mid-market companies, communities and non-profits across many industries

Here’s how the BDO Million Dollar Shootout works.

London and area clubs, as well as local practice facilities, can now host their own closest-to-the-pin competitions, with an August 31 deadline. Clubs may host up to three such events. Highland CC will host its own competitions – one prior to the deadline, and a final closest-to-the-pin contest during the F55F Championship Pro-Am on Tuesday, September 11.

Participants will pay an entrance fee of $10 each time they attempt to qualify for any of the club or practice facility closest-to-the-pin contests. Money will go to official charity Childcan.

The winner of each individual club and practice facility contest will be invited to the September 15 finals at Highland CC. The closest to the pin competitor from 150 yards at hole No. 9 at Highland CC will win a European cruise, plus will be entered in the BDO Million Dollar Shootout at Highland CC’s signature hole No. 10. The second- and third-place finishers in the closest-to-the-pin at No. 9 will also be entered in the BDO Million Dollar Shootout field.

If any golfer aces No. 10 during the BDO Million Dollar Shootout, then the $1 million will be split 50-50 between that golfer, and Childcan. The odds of making a hole-in-one are about 12,000-to-one. However, the contest at Highland CC will only award the big prize to the first golfer who makes an ace; that hole-in-one would immediately end the contest.

Rick Pero. Photo: Jeffrey Reed/

“The BDO Million Dollar Shootout is a great way for us as host club to further engage London and area golfers,” said Highland CC Director of Golf Rick Pero. “The competition allows us to connect more with local golf community, while at the same time showcasing this great tournament, and most of all benefiting our charity, Childcan.”

“Childcan could not be here for the families and children coping with childhood cancer were it not for the generosity of our community,” said Childcan Executive Director Kathleen Barnard. “While we don’t receive ongoing government funding, we do receive an outpouring of support from those who know and see the difference that their donations make. Initiatives like the Freedom 55 Financial Championship have an incredible impact on the financial, emotional, social and research programs we provide for our families.”

Volunteer registration is now open for the F55F Championship – click here for volunteer information.

Click Shoot For Million to download the BDO Million Dollar Shootout official rules and regulations.

2018 Freedom 55 Financial Championship
September 10-16, 2018
Highland Country Club, London
Top 60 players on Order of Merit
Purse $225,000, winner’s share $40,500
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