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Athlete Modern

Woodcock, Mike


SPORT | Golf


(1966 - )

Mike Woodcock, born in Sarnia and raised in Chatham, did not dedicate himself to golf until he was 19. Since then, he has won over 45 tournaments across southwestern Ontario, and over 20 pro-am events. Mike is considered one, if not the best golfer to ever come out of Chatham.
He has played in several pro series including the Great Lakes Tour, Canadian PGA Tour, PGA Nationwide, over a 25-year span while running his local business - Absolute Sound. Mike has also competed in the U.S. Amateur and qualifiers for the Canadian Open, Buick Open, U.S. Open and U.S. Senior Open golf tournaments.

Career Highlights

1984 – Took up golf seriously at a relatively late, 19 years of age.

1992 – Won the 36-hole Highland Amateur championship in London, ON
1993 – Won the Maple City Country Club men’s championship at 27 years of age.

1994 – Won second straight MCCC championship;
Qualified for the U.S. Amateur, the top event in the world for amateur golfers, which was won
by an 18-year-old Tiger Woods.

1995 – Won third straight MCCC championship setting a competitive record of five-under 66, a mark
which stood for 15 years. Mike has also shot as low as 11-under 61 on three separate occasions
in non-competitive rounds.

1995 – Qualified for the USGA Mid-Amateur Championship by shooting a 68 at Ironwood Golf
Club in Detroit, at the time a competitive course record.

1995 – Mike shot a national low-round 67 in the second round of the USGA Mid-Amateur
Championship - making the cut to advance to match play with the top sixty-four players.

1995 – Competed in the WGA Western Amateur Golf Championship, the third ranked amateur
tournament in the world at that time.

1996 – At age 29, Mike turned pro by winning the Canadian Tour Qualifying School (Q-school)
tournament in Toronto, making him ineligible to continue his MCCC championship streak.

1997-2002 – Played on CPGA Tournament – three years with an exempt status and three years in which he had to qualify.

2002-2004 – Qualified and played in three tournaments on the Nationwide Tour (one level down from the PGA)

2002 – Made the cut in the Samsung Canadian PGA Championship (Nationwide Tour) and tied for 34th

2004-2013 – Played on Great Lakes Golf Tour - winning five tournaments

2016-present – Mike competes in Canadian PGA Senior events and qualifier tournaments for the
U.S. Champions Tour (formally called the Senior Tour).
2016 – Tied for 2nd place in the CPGA Senior Championship - three strokes behind the winner.
2018 – Out of approximately 78 golfers, Mike placed 30th in the CPGA Senior Championship.

A 'self-taught' golfer, Mike has achieved greatness despite a smaller stature (5'7” and 140-pounds) than other professional golfers. Mike comes from an athletic family – his father, Terry Woodcock also won the MCCC men’s club championship three times and the senior club championship eight times. His grandfather Joe played football for the Sarnia Imperials who won the Grey Cup in 1934 and 1936.

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