CANADIANS ON TOUR
by Barry Sharpe
June 2, 2003


For the second week in a row soft-spoken Kenny Perry has emerged as the best PGA TOUR player on the course and now can claim the honor of having defeated the two Number One golfers in the world back-to-back. On May 25 Perry set a tournament record 19-under par on his way to the Colonial championship, breezing past Annika Sorenstam, unquestionably the world’s top female golfer, who missed the cut in her bid to compete against male golfers. And now, June 1, Perry cruised to a (65-68-70-72—275) 13-under par two-shot victory at the Memorial Tournament, four strokes ahead of World #1, Tiger Woods (67-71-76-65—279). Lee Janzen was 2nd at 277. This was Perry’s 6th win in 17 years on TOUR and his second Memorial (1991). “I’m sure glad Jack built this golf course because I love it here,” said Perry, now the TOUR’s 5th leading money winner.

“When he gets hot, he can really go after it and go low.” said Masters Champion Mike Weir of Bright’s Grove, ON, who finished three back at (72-70-71-65—278) 10-under par and earned $340,000 ($3,705,025, 2nd) with his sixth top 10 finish in 11 tournaments. Ian Leggatt, Cambridge, ON T40 and finished (70-76-74-73—293) 5-over par for $19,500 ($92,010, T157).

This week the TOUR visits Potomac, MD for the Capital Open at Avenal, before heading for Olympia Field, IL June 12 for the U.S. Open. Defending champion: Tiger Woods.


Jim Ahern, the 1999 AT&T Canadian Senior Open champion, won for the third time in his professional career Sunday, setting a tournament record at the Music City Championship at Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, TN and collecting his biggest paycheck ever, $210,000. Ahern, leading from start to finish, closed at (64-63-69—196) 20-under par and four shots in front of Jose Maria Canizares. Prior to 1999 Ahern’s only other pro victory was the 1973 Yuma Open.

Kelowna’s Dave Barr had some kind of syncopated rhythm going on instead of his usual golf swing. The big guy with the 10-finger grip T22 at (71-67-72—210) 6-under but it was how he got there. Over 54 holes Barr wiped out 9-birdies with 9-bogeys but in between managed to bag an eagle each round and on a different hole each time. It all added up to $13,471 ($489,638, T14)


Annika Sorenstam, fresh from her 36-hole experiment with the PGA TOUR, returned to the LPGA TOUR in time to successfully defend her Kellogg-Keebler Classic title, one of 11 championships she won during her remarkable 2002 season. The history-making Swede scorched the Stonebridge course the opening round with a pair of eagles, eight birdies and two bogies to go 10-under par, finished her second round with five consecutive birdies to move to 16-under, then coasted home Sunday to post a 17-under (62-66-71—199) 3-stroke victory over Mhairi McKay worth $180,000. Sorenstam is now the leading LPGA TOUR money winner with $734,501. Canadians Lorie Kane and Nancy Harvey took dramatic nosedives after their opening rounds. Kane, three off the lead the first day, finished T58 (65-79-74—218) at 2-over par ($3,120, $227,777) while Harvey was (69-77-75—221) 5-over ($2,370, $25480). Gail Graham was cut.


Katherine Hull of Queensland, Australia signed up to play in her first professional golf tournament last Thursday and after just three rounds and two sudden-death playoff holes became a champion, winning the Aurora Health Care Futures Charity Golf Classic and a cheque for $9,800 in Sussex, WI. Hull (71-70-69—210) defeated Ju Kim of Korea (70-70-70—210) by sinking a 9-foot birdie putt. Top Canadian was Kimberly Adams of Fredericton, NB, T16, (76-71-73—220) who earned $1,064. Other Canadian money winners included, Isabelle Beisiegel, PQ, T20, $859 and Corina Kelepouris, Drayton Valley, AB T46, $290;


Ian Poulter of England, holing a 50-foot eagle putt on the 11th hole and a birdie on 18, secured his fourth title on the European Tour International Schedule, winning the Celtic Manor Wales Open by three shots with an 18-under par performance worth 347,360 euro dollars.


Todd Hamilton won his second title on the Japan Tour with a 3-shot victory in the Diamond Cup Tournament in Ibaragi at Oarai Golf club. Three weeks ago Hamilton won the Fujisankei Classic. He leads the JGT with 50,498,000 yen ($423,847 USD, approx)


He led from start to finish and showed no signs of tiring after 90 holes at the Dunes in Kamloops, BC so for his efforts 25-year-old Andrew Webster of Australia captured top honors at the Canadian Pro Golf Tour’s Spring Qualifying-School May 31. Webster’s 12-under par total was 5-shots ahead of the field of 73 players who were seeking playing privileges for the remaining eight events on the 2003 Canadian Tour. Kingston, Ontario’s Matt McQuillan was the best among four Canadians who earned exempt cards. Dustin Risdon of Calgary received the 15th and last exempt card by winning a playoff. There were also 13 players awarded non-exempt status, including five from Canada.

EXEMPT
Andrew Webster, Australia
Justin Snelling, Boise, ID
Michael Sabo, St. Louis, MO
Derek Fung, Hong Kong
Brad Hastings, Easton, MD
Jesse Hibler, Boise, ID
Matt McQuillan Kingston, ON
Daniel DeLeon, Mexico
Travis Inlow, Calgary, AB
Jeff McCammon, Jupiter, FL
Scott Cragg, Australia
Shane Dick, Australia
Ryan Ellis, Draper, UT
Shawn Walsh, Stratford, ON
x-Dustin Risdon, Calgary, AB
65 69 71 73 70 348
73 73 71 69 67 353
71 73 66 73 72 355
69 75 70 72 70 356
73 70 72 69 72 356
73 71 70 69 74 357
70 70 71 72 74 357
73 72 71 72 70 358
75 71 69 72 71 358
69 68 75 73 73 358
75 70 73 72 70 360
73 73 67 75 72 360
69 70 72 78 71 360
71 78 70 71 72 362
72 75 73 72 71 363

NON-EXEMPT
Todd Pence, Cheney, WA 363; Brian Flugstad, Seattle, WA 364; Chris Martens, Surrey, B.C. (73-72-74-73-74) 366; Dan Warburton, Coquitlam, B.C. (71-72-71-72-80) 366; Justin Wright, Livermore, CA 366; Gord Burns, Toronto, ON (78-70-72-74-73) 367; Fraser Mulholland, Vancouver, B.C. (74-71-70-76-76) 367; Tim Newbolt, Kihei, HI 367; Ben Gallie, New Zealand. 368; Mike Haraguchi, Richmond, B.C. (76 68 74 74 76) 368; Matt Philips, Aurora, ON (73 74 74 75 72) 368; James Stewart, Hong Kong 368; Chris Tsui, Hong Kong 368.

INAUGURAL
CANADIAN UNIVERSITY/COLLEGE CHAMPIONSHIP
It was four tournaments in one - - almost like staging the Canadian Men’s and Ladies’ Amateur championships and hosting two national team championships all on the same course at the same time. And when the first ever University/College Championship at Ontario’s Cambridge Golf Club concluded on Friday, May 30 the Royal Canadian Golf Association crowned three champions from British Columbia and one from Manitoba.

The University of Victoria men’s team of Todd Halpen, Brian Sluggett, Shelby Dreher and Justin Clews claimed a narrow one-stroke victory over Ontario’s Humber College (662-663) while the University of BC ladies’ foresome of Jill McCauley, Julia Pilliar, Jana Higgins and Sarah Moodie coasted to a 20-stroke victory over the University of Manitoba (735-755). The team championship involved four-player teams competing over 54 holes of stroke play and was open to universities, colleges and other post-secondary institutions (professional and technical schools) in Canada. Thirteen of the 20 teams entered were from Ontario.

The individual men’s champion was 24-year-old Gary Pike from Victoria, a communications student attending Abilene University in Texas, who managed to set two new course records and dominate his field with a (67-65-68-73—273) 15-under par score that was 12 shots better than Halpen.

Jill Hardy, a 22-year old from Winnipeg, put on an impressive performance for her grandparents who drove in to see her compete and helped to offset her University of Manitoba team’s 20-shot loss to UBC by taking the individual women’s title (74-75-77-75—301) by 20 strokes.

The individual championship was open to Canadians currently enrolled at a university, college or other post-secondary institution in Canada or abroad. The Canadian University/College Golf Championships will be used by the RCGA as a qualifier to send teams and individuals to the 10th bi-annual World University Golf Championships scheduled for 2004 in Nakhon Ratehasima, Thailand.

IT’S WHAT FRIENDS DO
Curt Feltrin graduated from Lake Cowichan Secondary School this past weekend and because of that Canada’s newest inductee into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame, Dawn Coe-Jones, paid a special three-day visit to her former Vancouver Island home and was guest speaker at the graduation ceremonies. Curt’s mother, Kelly Feltrin, and the former Dawn Coe grew up together in Duncan, spent endless hours playing the March Meadows Golf Course at Honeymoon Bay (thanks to former pro Norm Bowden) and have remained close friends. This year also marks the 20th anniversary of Coe-Jones winning the Canadian Ladies Amateur Championship, winning her second BC Amateur title, her selection as first team All-American while at Lamar University and qualifying for the LPGA TOUR.

A three-time LPGA winner, Coe-Jones has never lost her ties to the highly regarded nine-hole March Meadows course and for years has been the sponsor and host of a popular Junior tournament, scheduled this year for July 15. Dawn and husband Jimmy Jones, of Tampa, FL also own a private cabin nearby. Coe-Jones’ induction into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame is to take place July 7, on the evening of the first day of activities during the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women’s Open at Point Grey G&CC.


The city of Burnaby and the British Columbia Golf Association are working together on a pilot program that may someday see schools throughout the province adopting golf into the core curriculum of education in much the same way that basketball and gymnastics are today. It’s the latest in a number of programs designed recently to provide children and teenagers with a healthy form of recreation, offering young people a constructive alternative for their leisure hours and an appreciation for the etiquette and rules for playing one of the world’s most popular sports. Utilizing the BMO Financial Future Links Program, the city of Burnaby/BCGA joint initiative is introducing golf through the school system as an optional Phys-Ed program at selected Burnaby High Schools.

Hal Eremko, a member of the BC PGA and the Head Professional for the city of Burnaby, believes this program will prove to be a major success, partly because of the credibility and exposure golf has been receiving from the likes of Masters Champion Mike Weir of Canada and the impact of Tiger Woods. Eremko also points out that while teenagers may be the hardest group to attract to the sport they are the easiest to teach due to their exceptional advanced motor skills.

Meantime, Jack Croucher, Junior Development Manager for the BCGA, says the Association is particularly pleased to see so many girls enjoying the game of golf through this new program. “It seems if we are to interest the girls it needs to be a group program and it needs to start within the schools.” Croucher, who has worked with juniors through the BCGA for over a decade, adds: “The key to the program’s success is an affordable fee coupled with a higher student-teacher ratio which translates into immediate gratification.”

For years Burnaby has been a leader in promoting and introducing golf to youngsters through a variety of summer camps.

INSIDE THE ROPES: . . . . Kenny Perry bogeyed the first hole he played at Muirfield, then collected 14 birdies until his next miscue at the 16th in round three. He was 4-under through 12 the final round then bogeyed five of his remaining six holes but still finished with a 2-shot cushion . . . . second event of the 2003 BMO Canadian Women’s Tour series tees off June 2 at the Marshes Golf Club in Ottawa with a $30,000 purse up for grabs and an exemption into the Canadian Women’s Open at Point Grey . . . . Executive Director Kris Jonasson has a media outing planed for Westwood Plateau June 5 to discuss the BCGA’s upcoming provincial championships and release details regarding their Player Development Trust Fund. Next week, Capilano G&CC will host a media Day relating to this year’s Pacific Coast Amateur Championship scheduled for August 4-8 at Cap.

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