Kudos and consternation
Pictured above: Taylor Pendrith, Richmond Hill, Ontario
Canadian men professionals are having a relatively good season on the PGA Tour so far.
Graham DeLaet is the top Canadian, in 83rd place on the current Money List, with about $769,000. Adam Hadwin is 98th, David Hearn 104th, and Nick Taylor 121st. Keep it up, guys!
On the LPGA, you’re undoubtedly aware that our rising superstar Brooke Henderson is currently in 10th place on the Money List, with over $460,000 in 12 events, in her first full season. Brooke’s compatriots on the Ladies Tour include Alena Sharp (73rd), Maude-Aimée Leblanc (134th), and, part-time, Samantha Richdale (145th). Richdale also plays on the Symetra Tour, where she’s currently ranked 2nd on that Money List. If she can keep that quality of play going, she’ll graduate to the LPGA Tour full-time next season.
Thanks to some of the online golf information services I subscribe to, I’m made aware every week of how other Canadians are doing on “lower” Tours, and I’m happy to say they’re doing pretty well, too. In fact, I doubt that there’s ever been a time when so many Canadians have been out there trying – and many succeeding – to earn a living by playing professional golf.
In the larger scheme of things, “Canadians earning a living playing golf” could rank pretty far down on the list of important things to know, I admit. But how many of us, especially if we follow golf, aren’t just a little bit pleased when we see that a Canadian has won, or finished in the Top Ten of a tournament?
The trouble is, unless you subscribe to the online services that I do, you’re pretty unlikely to know of these performances. In the old days – i.e., an earlier century – our newspapers used to print results when Canadians were competing, but when’s the last time you saw a Web.com or Symetra Tour leaderboard in a Monday edition of the Globe or the Star? (Certainly never online, and very rarely in the print edition.)
But I digress.
I wanted to use this space to make you aware of the following Canadians, where they’re playing, and how they rank on the most recent money lists I could find. You can thank me at your earliest convenience.
Brad Fritsch Web.com Tour 3rd
Roger Sloan Web.com 32nd
Taylor Pendrith Web.com 47th
Albin Choi Web.com 54th
Stephen Ames Champions Tour 28th
Rod Spittle Champions 51st
Jim Rutledge Champions 126th
Corey Connors PGA Latino-America 2nd
Augusta James Symetra Tour 6th
Jessica Wallace Symetra 12th
Rebecca Lee-Bentham Symetra 19th
Sarah-Maude Juneau Symetra 26th
Sue Kim Symetra 36th
Jennifer Kirby Symetra 39th
Brittany Marchand Symetra 50th
Anne Catherine Tanguay Symetra 51st
Lorie Kane Ladies Legends Tour 1st
Gail Graham Ladies Legends NA
I give all these names above full credit for their passion and perseverance. As glamorous and carefree as it may seem to those of us who either sit on our duffs looking at a computer screen all day, or work in physically demanding jobs that don’t pay much, it cannot be an easy ride for most of these young, and not-so-young Canadians. On the one hand, they’ve worked hard to be where they are, and they’re simply trying to capitalize on their God-given talent the way the rest of us are.
They face fierce competition, bad luck, tiring travel, and a lot of self-discipline; and for those further down the list, some real economic challenges week-after-week. And of course, they don’t get paid a salary… it’s sink or swim every time they tee it up.
So whenever I see a little Canadian flag on a leaderboard, on any Tour, I’m happy for the player, and I hope they’re making all of us proud with their attitude and demeanor.
Meanwhile, I’m so incensed at the decision of the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers for their decision not to allow women as members of Muirfield, that I’ve decided I’m going to start my own private golf club, WITH ONLY WOMEN MEMBERS. It’s time I took a stand, and made a statement to the World of Golf!
There already IS a club with only women members?! Where men aren’t allowed to join?
They can play as GUESTS, but they’re not allowed to join as members?
You’re kidding! Did they just start this club after the Muirfield decision?
Oh. 1924, hunh?
And they’ve been able to stay women-only since then? Hunh.
So, where is this restrictive club?
Thornhill, Ontario!! Like, just up the street, hunh?