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PGA TOUR

Bryson DeChambeau made a par-saving bunker shot on the final hole to set up a four-foot putt to win the U.S. Open for the second time in his career. He joins Jack Nicklaus, Ernie Els, Tiger Woods and Brooks Koepka as the only players since at least World War II to win the major more than once at the age of 30 or younger. Rory McIlroy, who did not miss a putt under four feet through his first 69 holes, missed two over the final three holes to finish runner-up for the second straight year. He was looking for his first major title win since 2014. McIlroy held a two-shot lead when he made bogey on No. 15 but remained one stroke up after DeChambeau missed a four-footer on the same hole for his first three-putt of the week. The Northern Irishman fell back into a tie for the lead on the next hole when he missed a 30-inch putt and then fell out of the lead after missing a four-footer on the final hole. From the scoring tent, he watched as DeChambeau navigated his way out of a difficult lie following his tee shot at No. 18 before blasting a near-perfect shot out of the bunker to set up the winning putt. DeChambeau becomes the second LIV Golf player to win a major, joining Brooks Koepka who captured the PGA Championship last year. Patrick Cantlay finished tied for third with Tony Finau. World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler, who made the weekend cut on the number, finished tied for 41st after a final round 72 which marked the first time in his career he’s finished all four rounds over par at a major championship. …Corey Conners, who made the cut for the first time in six U.S. Open appearances, finished tied for ninth which moved him past Adam Hadwin to claim one of two spots for Canada at the upcoming Summer Olympics. He was one of only 11 players to finish the tournament at par or better. …Taylor Pendrith posted his career-best result at the U.S. Open, making the cut for only the second time in four starts. He also earned his way into the final PGA Tour Signature Event of the season.

POS SCORESTOTAL
T9Corey Conners69-70-71-70E
T16Taylor Pendrith71-70-70-72+3
T56Adam Svensson70-70-74-75+12
MCAdam Hadwin74-73 
MCNick Taylor74-74 
MCAshton McCulloch (a)75-75 
MCMackenzie Hughes72-82 

NEXT EVENT: Travelers Championship  (Jun 20)

CANADIANS ENTERED: Corey Conners, Adam Hadwin, Mackenzie Hughes, Taylor Pendrith, Nick Taylor

KORN FERRY TOUR

Taylor Dickson overcame a four-stroke deficit to win the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Wichita Open. It’s his second career Tour victory and he is just the third player to record two wins this season, joining Tim Widing and Harry Higgs. Sam Stevens, who was making his first start of the year, led by three shots entering the final round but bogeyed his last two holes to finish in a tie for second place with William Mouw, who recorded his career-best tour result.  

POS SCORESTOTAL
T68Jared du Toit72-65-67-72-4
T73Étienne Papineau67-69-69-72-3
T79Sudarshan Yellamaraju70-66-72-74+2
MCMyles Creighton74-68 

NEXT EVENT: Compliance Solutions Championship (Jun 20)

CANADIANS ENTERED: Wil Bateman, Étienne Papineau, Sudarshan Yellamaraju. Jared du Toit (alternate)

LPGA TOUR

Lilia Vu made a five-foot birdie putt on the third extra hole to defeat Lexi Thompson and third-round leader Grace Kim and win the Meijer LPGA Classic. It was the fifth career win for Vu who was playing for the first time since March when a back injury forced her to the sidelines. Thompson, who has said that this will be her last year playing a full schedule, was looking for her first LPGA win in five years. Vu started the final round eight shots behind Kim but birdied four of the last six holes in regulation to join the playoff. The eight-stroke comeback is the largest of the season and comes a week after Linnea Strom erased a seven-stroke deficit to win. Nelly Korda missed the cut for the second straight week after a stretch that saw her win six times in seven starts. …Two-time tournament champion Brooke Henderson’s third-round 73 was only her fourth round over par at the event since 2016 (30 rounds). Her second round 69 was the 19th round in the 60s this year – third most on the LPGA this season.

POS SCORESTOTAL
T34Brooke Henderson67-69-73-72-7
T80Alena Sharp70-72-76-76+6
MCMaddie Szeryk73-71 
MCMaude-Aimee Leblanc75-72 
MCSavannah Grewal76-75 

NEXT EVENT: KPMG Women’s PGA Championship (Jun 20)

CANADIANS ENTERED:  Brooke Henderson, Savannah Grewal, Alena Sharp, Maude-Aimee Leblanc (reserve), Maddie Szeryk (reserve)

EPSON TOUR

Savannah Vilaubi made a 12-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole to defeat Yahui Zhang to win the Otter Creek Championship. It’s her second career Epson Tour victory and both have come in playoffs. Vilaubi had four birdies which were offset by three bogeys but made a crucial par save on the final regulation hole to force the playoff. Despite the loss, Zhang has four top-10 finishes in six events this season. 

POS SCORESTOTAL
T64Brigitte Thibault69-74-76+3
MCLeah John74-74 
MCSelena Costabile78-73 
MCKate Johnston75-76 

NEXT EVENT: Island Resort Championship (Jun 21)

CANADIANS ENTERED:  Selena Costabile, Leah John, Maddie Szeryk,  Brigitte Thibault, Kate Johnston (reserve)

Amateur Inside Golf House

GJAC Virtual Summit presented by RBC: Economic Impact of Golf in Canada

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The Golf Journalists Association of Canada (GJAC) Virtual Summit presented by RBC: Economic Impact of Golf in Canada took place May 24, 2024, as part of an ongoing GJAC series intended to help membership stay connected, as well as to generate discussion and opportunities around important issues in the game.

GJAC Virtual Summits presented by RBC are recorded for public viewing. You can watch this recording below.

The format consists of a moderated question and answer period, followed by a brief opportunity for questions from attendees. 

Panelists for this Virtual Summit included:

Moderator: Dan Pino, Golf Canada

Amateur CPKC Women's Open

Jeremey MacRae named CEO of Mississaugua Golf and Country Club

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Jeremey MacRae

In an exciting development for the Mississaugua Golf and Country Club, Jeremey MacRae has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective July 8, 2024. This announcement comes with high anticipation from the Board of Directors and the Search Committee.

Jeremey J. MacRae, C.C.M., C.C.E., brings an impressive portfolio of over twenty years of leadership experience in the private club industry to his new role. His expertise spans across various domains of facility management, including golf, curling, tennis, wellness, aquatics, multi-unit operations, and food and beverage services. With a track record of elevating member experiences and operational efficiency, Jeremey is poised to lead the Mississaugua Golf and Country Club into a new era of success.

Prior to joining Mississaugua, Jeremey served as the Chief Operating Officer at Weston Golf and Country Club, a renowned establishment with a legacy dating back to 1915. During his tenure, he played a pivotal role in transforming Weston into one of Ontario’s premier golf courses. Under his leadership, member services, facilities, and overall operational efficiency witnessed significant enhancements.

Jeremey’s expertise in food and beverage operations is particularly noteworthy, honed through key roles at esteemed establishments. His journey includes successful stints as Food and Beverage/Clubhouse Manager at Brampton Golf Club and Beach Grove Golf and Country Club, where he focused on delivering exceptional dining experiences. Additionally, Jeremey served as Assistant Director of Food and Beverage at Inn at St. John’s Hotel Golf & Conference Centre in Plymouth, Michigan, where he contributed to substantial revenue growth and successfully hosted events for large gatherings.

Adept at leading and motivating teams, Jeremey currently manages a diverse range of amenities at Bayview, including an acclaimed 18-hole golf course, six year-round tennis courts, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and a bustling social and events calendar.

His commitment to excellence extends to industry education and professional development, evident through his certifications as a Certified Club Manager (C.C.M.) and Certified Chief Executive (C.C.E.), along with active participation in industry associations and prestigious conferences.

In his role as CEO, Jeremey will oversee all aspects of Mississaugua Golf and Country Club’s day-to-day operations, fostering relationships with staff, members, guests, and the community. His collaborative leadership style and member-centric focus are set to usher in a new era of success and growth for the club, solidifying its reputation as a premier destination for recreation and camaraderie.

Jeremey, who resides in Oakville with his family, brings not only professional expertise but also a passion for sports and family. When he’s not on the golf course or tennis court, he can be found coaching his children’s baseball teams or spending quality time with his wife, Amy, and their two children, Avery and Clarke.

Mississaugua Golf and Country Club was recently announced as host of the 2025 CPKC Women’s Open.

Amateur Team Canada

Canadian Brooke Rivers’s cool head prevails to help Wake Forest win ACC championship

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An NCAA conference title was riding on Brooke Rivers’s putter, but she kept her mind clear.

Rivers, a Team Canada member from Brampton, Ont., sank a 12-foot putt on the 18th green to break a tie in her match and lift the Wake Forest Demon Deacons to the ACC conference final with a 3-1 win over North Carolina on Sunday. 

The championship match against the Clemson Tigers was called that night due to darkness. With Wake Forest ahead in three matches and the top seed in the tournament, the Demon Deacons won the title, a scenario that was set up by Rivers’s cool demeanour earlier in the day.

“I just thought of the putt at hand and no external factors,” said the 19-year-old Rivers. “So I tried to clear my mind of anything consequential and focus more on what I was doing in that moment.”

“The only thing running through my head was the putt that I had to hit and how I was going to actually hit that putt.”

Wake Forest won the eighth conference title in program history after the two rain delays, advancing the Demon Deacons to the regional finals as they look to defend their 2023 U.S. collegiate national title.

Rivers said that she likes how match play — the format used in the medal rounds of varsity golf — boils the sport down to its essence.

“You just control what you’re doing and what you can do instead of putting your focus and emphasis on another person,” said Rivers. “You just control what you’re able to control.”

Wake Forest women’s golf coach Kim Lewellen said that Rivers has shown in her freshman year that she knows how to rise to the occasion.

“Brooke is a competitor and when she’s out there, the tougher the situation, the better that she does,” said Lewellen. “She had to make a putt on the hole before that that was a left-to-right slider that was probably five, six feet, and she made that.

“When we really needed her to clinch that point she had that competitiveness come out and there was no doubt in her mind.”

Wake Forest will be one of six host sites for the 2024 NCAA Regionals in two weeks at Bermuda Run Country Club in North Carolina. In each regional, 12 teams and six individuals not on those teams will compete. 

The low five teams and the low individual not on those teams will advance to the finals. 

NCAA — Lauren Kim of Surrey, B.C., tied for third on the individual leaderboard to help the University of Texas women’s golf team win Big 12 Championship with a commanding 12 stroke victory on Saturday at the Clubs at Houston Oaks. The Canadian freshman earned a Big 12 All-Tournament Team honours.

LPGA TOUR — Rookie Savannah Grewal of Mississauga, Ont., is 62nd in the Race to CME Globe standings and is the top-ranked Canadian in the field at this week’s JM Eagle L.A. Championship. Maude-Aimee Leblanc of Sherbrooke, Que., is 137th and will also tee it up at Wilshire Country Club in Los Angeles.

EPSON TOUR — Selena Costabile of Thornhill, Ont., leads a group of four Canadians into the IOA Championship. Although she has yet to earn points on the second-tier Epson Tour this season, she is No. 773 on the Rolex women’s golf world rankings heading into play at Morongo Golf Club at Tukwet Canyon in Beaumont, Calif. She will be joined by amateur Leah John of Vancouver, Kate Johnston of Ayr, Ont., and Vancouver’s Tiffany Kong.

PGA TOUR — Nick Taylor and Adam Hadwin, who grew up together in Abbotsford, B.C., will team up at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans in Avondale, La. They are the highest ranked Canadians in the FedEx Cup standings at 21st and 33rd respectively. Best friends Corey Conners (55th) of Listowel, Ont., and Taylor Pendrith (99th) of Richmond Hill, Ont., will also be a team. Ben Silverman (103rd) of Thornhill, Ont., and Roger Sloan (189th) of Merritt, B.C., will be in different pairings at TPC Louisiana.

KORN FERRY TOUR — Edmonton’s Wil Bateman leads the Canadian contingent into the Veritex Bank Championship. He’s 18th on the second-tier tour’s points list. He’ll be joined at Texas Rangers Golf Club in Arlington, Texas, by Myles Creighton (27th) of Digby, N.S., Etienne Papineau (35th) of St-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, Que., Jared du Toit (76th) of Kimberley, B.C., and Sudarshan Yellamaraju (120th) of Mississauga, Ont.

CHAMPIONS TOUR — Calgary’s Stephen Ames is the lone Canadian in the field at the Mitsubishi Electric Classic. He’s fourth in the Schwab Cup standings heading into the three-day event at TPC Sugarloaf in Duluth, Ga., which tees off on Friday.

PGA TOUR AMERICAS — Matthew Anderson of Mississauga, Ont., sits atop the Fortinet Cup points list after winning last week’s 69th ECP Brazil Open in a 54-hole, wire-to-wire victory. He’ll be back in action at the Diners Club Peru Open in Lima on Thursday. Anderson is one of 13 Canadians in the field.

Amateur Team Canada

Canada’s Kim calm, cool and collected ahead of Augusta National Women’s Amateur

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EVANS, GEORGIA - APRIL 03: Lauren Kim of Canada plays her second shot on the 2nd hole during the first round of the Augusta National Women's Amateur at Champions Retreat Golf Course on April 03, 2024 in Evans, Georgia. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

If Lauren Kim is intimidated by storied Augusta National Golf Club, it doesn’t show.


The 19-year-old collegiate golfer from Surrey, B.C., is the lone Canadian in the field at the Augusta National Women’s Amateur this week. She said that her strategy at the elite amateur event is to take the tournament one shot at a time, a strategy that paid off as she had an even-par 72 in Wednesday’s opening round.


Kim was in an 11-way tie for 29th, six shots behind leader Hannah Darling of Scotland.


“The biggest thing is to try and get up in the top 30 and make it to the weekend,” said Kim after her practice round on Tuesday. “But that’s not really going to be on my mind, I’m just going to focus on the shot ahead of me and try and stay present. That’s the most important thing.”

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EVANS, GEORGIA – APRIL 03: Lauren Kim of canada plays her second shot on the 2nd hole during the first round of the Augusta National Women’s Amateur at Champions Retreat Golf Course on April 03, 2024 in Evans, Georgia. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)


Kim won the 2023 Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship on Aug. 4 to play at last year’s CPKC Women’s Open at Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club in Vancouver. She also won the women’s individual stroke play championship at the Jackson T. Stephens Cup in the fourth playoff on Oct. 11.


Now a freshman on the University of Texas’s women’s golf team, Kim had a practice trip with her teammates where she got to play at Champions Retreat Golf Club, which hosts the first 36 holes of the event on Wednesday and Thursday. She also got to practice at Augusta National, which will host the final round on Saturday.

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EVANS, GEORGIA – APRIL 03: Lauren Kim of canada tees off on the 3rd hole during the first round of the Augusta National Women’s Amateur at Champions Retreat Golf Course on April 03, 2024 in Evans, Georgia. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

Kim said that visit helped her determine what she had to work on ahead of the event.


“I’d say a lot of shots around the greens, like short game, and it’s quite important to obviously try and hit the green but when you don’t hit the greens out here, you’ve got to make sure that you try and make the up and downs,” said Kim. “So still a lot of short game practice and putting as well.
“And some shots around the trees and some of the fairways here are a little narrow with the trees and the branches.”


Salimah Mussani, Golf Canada’s women’s head coach, is in Georgia with Kim and helped her through her official practice round on Tuesday. Mussani said that as good as Kim’s ball striking is, it’s her intellect that will see her through to the weekend.


“Her strength is her golf IQ,” said Mussani. “I think on this golf course, it’s very challenging, it’s a tough golf course, but her level of thinking her way around the golf course and managing her golf ball is going to be a real asset, especially in these first two rounds before the cut.”


That cerebral approach is why it’s so important for Kim to remain unfazed by one of golf’s most famous courses.


“She loves the big stage,” said Mussani. “She thrives in these types of situations, the Canadian Am and earlier this season the college event.
“She’s cut out for these types of things and thrives in them and really looks forward to them and looks at them as opportunities. It’s the right mindset, for sure.”


LPGA TOUR — Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls, Ont., was sixth on the Race to CME Globe standings heading into the first round of the T-Mobile Match Play presented by MGM Rewards on Wednesday. Maude-Aimee Leblanc of Sherbrooke, Que., was 130th on the LPGA Tour’s points list before play began at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas.


PGA TOUR — Two-time Valero Texas Open champion Corey Conners returns to TPC San Antonio this week going for his third title at the event. Conners is the highest ranked Canadian in the field, sitting 47th on the FedEx Cup standings and the official world golf rankings. The product of Listowel, Ont., will be joined by Adam Svensson (78th) of Surrey, Ben Silverman (96th) of Thornhill, Ont., Taylor Pendrith (103rd) of Richmond Hill, Ont., and Roger Sloan (179th) of Merritt, B.C.


KORN FERRY TOUR — Edmonton’s Wil Bateman is ranked 15th on the second-tier Korn Ferry Tour’s points list heading into this week’s Club Car Championship. He will be joined at the Landings Golf & Athletic Club by Etienne Papineau (30) of St-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, Que., Myles Creighton (37th) of Digby, N.S., Jared du Toit (68) of Kimberley, B.C., and Sudarshan Yellamaraju (122nd) of Mississauga, Ont.

Amateur PGA TOUR Team Canada

Canadian golf reached new heights in 2023 with more wins than ever and a curse ended

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TORONTO, ONTARIO - JUNE 11: Nick Taylor of Canada celebrates with his caddie after making an eagle putt on the 4th playoff hole to win the RBC Canadian Open at Oakdale Golf & Country Club on June 11, 2023 in Toronto, Ontario. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

Nick Taylor’s putter flip after winning the RBC Canadian Open was the exclamation point on arguably the best year in Canadian golf history.

Taylor drained a 72-foot eagle putt to end a four-hole playoff with England’s Tommy Fleetwood at the Canadian national men’s championship on June 11, the first time a Canadian had won the title in 69 years. But Canada’s success on the course went beyond that, with Canadians winning at every level of the professional game including four wins on the PGA Tour and one on the LPGA Tour.

“I think the state of Canadian pro golf, especially on the PGA Tour, has never been better,” said Taylor, the first Canadian to win the RBC Canadian Open since Pat Fletcher did it in 1954. “Our goal, as players, with Golf Canada is to keep that number growing of Tour members.

“The more players that we can get out here, obviously, it gives us a greater chance of winning more and more.”

Taylor, from Abbotsford, B.C., joined Corey Conners of Listowel, Ont., Mackenzie Hughes of Dundas, Ont., and Adam Svensson of Surrey, B.C., as winners on the PGA Tour in the 2022-23 season. It was the most wins by Canadians in a single PGA Tour campaign to date.

“The camaraderie is great,” said Taylor, whose victory at Toronto’s Oakdale Golf and Country Club was the fourth win by a Canadian in the season. “I feel like we play a lot of practice rounds together, houses often have dinners together, so we all rally together.

“I think we push each other to be better and I think that’s why we’ve continued to get better and reach new heights.”

Conners, who won the Valero Texas Open for a second time on April 2, said that winning is the best feeling you can have in professional golf.

“That was definitely a highlight for me,” said Conners. “I think another highlight, and something that I’m always very proud of, was making it to Eastlake — the Tour Championship — and being in the top 30 of the FedEx Cup rankings and having a chance to win the FedEx Cup. 

“Looking back on the year as a whole I would have liked to improve on some things, but making it there is a nice bonus because it means you had a great year.”

Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls, Ont., won the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions on Jan. 22 for her 13th victory on the LPGA Tour, the most of any professional player in Canadian golf history regardless of gender.

“It was a little bit up and down year for me,” said Henderson, assessing her 2023. “But it was nice to try to defend my title at the Evian Championship with a runner-up finish this year, it was really fun to be back in contention. 

“Then same kind of thing to be in our Tour Championship in November, it’s always a big goal when you start the season is to be in contention to try to win that, that big money and the race, the CME Globe in November.”

Canadian success wasn’t limited to the PGA Tour and LPGA Tour, however.
Ben Silverman of Thornhill, Ont., and Roger Sloan of Merritt, B.C., both won on the second-tier Korn Ferry Tour to earn full-time PGA Tour status in 2024. That means there will be eight Canadians on tour with Silverman and Sloan joining Taylor, Conners, Hughes, Svensson, Taylor Pendrith of Richmond Hill, Ont., and Adam Hadwin of Abbotsford.

Hamilton’s Alena Sharp won an Epson Tour event and had five top-10 results on the second-tier tour, not missing a cut in 14 tournaments played. She also won Canada’s second-ever golf medal at the Pan American Games, winning bronze in Santiago, Chile. 

Sharp once again earned LPGA Tour status through final qualifying, as did Maddie Szeryk of London, Ont., and Savannah Grewal of Mississauga, Ont. They’ll join Henderson and Maude-Aimee Leblanc of Sherbrooke, Que., on the LPGA Tour in the new year.

Two more Canadians won on the PGA Tour Canada, a feeder circuit for the Korn Ferry Tour, with Etienne Papineau of St-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, Que., and Vancouver’s Stuart Macdonald each claiming a victory. Papineau finished fourth on the season-long points list to earn conditional status on the Korn Ferry Tour.

Myles Creighton of Digby, N.S., won on the PGA Tour Latinoamerica, another third-tier circuit in the PGA Tour system. Calgary’s Stephen Ames won a remarkable four times on the Champions Tour.

On the amateur side, Lauren Kim of Surrey, B.C. earned the 109th Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship and Ashton McCulloch of Kingston, Ont. won the 118th Canadian Men’s Amateur, marking only the third time both tournaments were won by Canadians in the same year since 2011. Monet Chun of Richmond Hill, Ont., became the first Canadian to make the cut at the Augusta Women’s National Amateur.

With the Paris Olympics coming in July and the Presidents Cup returning to Royal Montreal Golf Club in September, Taylor expects 2024 to be an even bigger year for Canadian golf.

“Those two are at the top of the list of things I want to be involved in, participate in, this coming year,” he said.

19th Hole Amateur

NGCOA Canada and CGSA launch sustainable golf program

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Photo: Bernard Brault, Golf Canada

The National Golf Course Owners Association Canada (NGCOA Canada) and the Canadian Golf Superintendents Association (CGSA) have announced an important new program which will extend further support and recognition to facilities for sustainability and climate action.

This long-term project is being delivered by the two Canadian associations in collaboration with the GEO Sustainable Golf Foundation, which is the international not-for-profit entirely dedicated to establishing golf as a leader in this field.

Core components of the initiative include:

“The rapid movement in sustainability is fundamentally critical to the future of golf, and in particular the ability to successfully operate golf courses”, stated Jeff Calderwood, CEO of the NGCOA Canada. “This initiative delivers new solutions supporting management efficiency, the popularity of our game throughout Canada, golf’s positive brand, and the long-term profitability of our golf businesses.”

“Climate change and loss of biodiversity are concerns across society and, as land managers, we have an important role to play,” added Dustin Zdan, President of the CGSA. “This program provides recognition for the stewardship work that our superintendents deliver, while our industry demonstrates to society and governments that golf is an effective environmental leader.” 

The GEO Sustainable Golf Foundation has been supporting golf in more and more countries around the world each year. Jonathan Smith, executive director of GEO, was very supportive of expanding their support in Canada. 

“Congratulations to the NGCOA Canada and CGSA for stepping forward and demonstrating this sustainability commitment,” said Smith. “The programs, tools and recognition are purely designed to help facility and association leaders to better review and quantify what they are already doing; to identify areas for further focus; to build more effective communication plans; and to accelerate their profile as a climate conscious community of golf businesses.”

In parallel to this golf course operations initiative, it should be noted that Golf Canada is also demonstrating leadership by working with partners such as GEO for sustainability programs at the RBC Canadian Open and the CPKC Women’s Open, as well as their own Amateur events. Collectively, the Canadian golf industry is positioning the sport and industry very effectively for the future of sustainability.

Golf course operators and superintendents are advised to watch for further details and participation opportunities being released by both the NGCOA Canada and CGSA.

Amateur NCAA Team Canada

Canada’s Ellie Szeryk wins Jim West Challenge for first NCAA individual title

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Canada’s Ellie Szeryk had the golden touch over the weekend, winning four different ways at the Jim West Challenge. Szeryk won her first individual NCAA title on Monday, which in turn helped Southern Methodist University win its first team championship of the fall, just days after the Mustangs also won the tournament’s pro-am. 

Things were going so well for Szeryk and her teammates that they even won the tournament’s karaoke contest.

“It was pretty special. I honestly wasn’t really expecting it this week, so it was a nice surprise,” said Szeryk of her victories on the course. “It was really special that I got to win with my team as well. On our drive back to campus we were all super excited. “It was just really amazing.”


Szeryk, from London, Ont., won by a stroke, finishing at 16-under overall. She played bogey free in her final round including an eagle on No. 5 to finish the day at 9 under. That tied her for the second lowest round in Mustangs history and gave her eight top-10 finishes since she started at SMU in the fall of 2022.


“I think the biggest thing is my putting,” said Szeryk on how she finally came out on top. “This past year I did really well and I had been close a lot of times, but my putting just didn’t really come through.”


“It wasn’t really connecting at the right times or I would have it for the first couple rounds and then that final round, when I really needed it, I was just missing some crucial putts”


The Mustangs went into Monday’s final round tied for first with Houston and Texas State at 15 under. SMU quickly opened up a 10-stroke lead on the day, and eventually finished at 23-under par. The 18-hole score shattered the previous SMU record of -14 set back at The American Championship in April.


Szeryk and her SMU teammates started the Friday-through-Monday event on a winning note when their Shrek-themed routine set to Smash Mouth’s “All-Star,” complete with costumes, won the tournament’s karaoke challenge.

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“You have to create this like dance routine, everything and so our team did Shrek and our team ended up winning,” said Szeryk, who dressed as the Gingerbread Man, laughing about the performance. “They have judges and the teams that win get more money toward their programs so we went all out for that.”


Szeryk gained professional experience competing as an amateur at the CPKC Women’s Open at Vancouver’s Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club in August. She was paired with her older sister Maddie Szeryk, an LPGA Tour regular, at the event.


The younger Szeryk, who also played in the 2018 Canadian Open in Regina, said the exposure to the LPGA Tour helped set up the victory at the Jim West Challenge.


“I took a lot from the Canadian Open and what I’ve learned golf-wise was putting was the biggest thing that hurt me on that golf course,” said Szeryk, who is a political science major. “So just a lot of managing my time and a lot of time sacrifices. 


“Rather than going out with my friends, or staying up late, it’s a lot of like, ‘hey, I need to work on my putting, so I’m going to stay and practice a bit longer.”


LPGA TOUR — Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls, Ont., is the lone Canadian in the field at the Maybank Championship in Kuala Lumpur. She’s 14th on the Race to CME Globe standings heading into the event at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club.


PRESIDENTS CUP — Mike Weir of Brights Grove, Ont., the captain for the International Team at the 2024 Presidents Cup at Royal Montreal Golf Club, has elected to have six captain’s picks as opposed to the traditional four. The 12-on-12 event sees the best male golfers from the United States take on the top players from around the world, minus Europe. Six captain’s selections may mean that Weir loads up on Canadian talent. Corey Conners of Listowel, Ont., and Taylor Pendrith of Richmond Hill, Ont., were on last year’s International team, the most Canadians to ever play in a Presidents Cup.

Amateur

Caddie Program at Hamilton G&CC: A time-honoured tradition revived and thriving in 2023

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Back row – (left to right) – Caddie Master, Gary Hay and Keaton Flock. Front Row – Alex Min, Mia Vallonio, Everett Lou-Hing and Levi Kalampalikis

Caddies are as essential to the fabric of club culture today at Hamilton G&CC as they were more than a century ago when the program began.

Today’s Caddie Program is open to youngsters from 12 to 17 years of age and has been on the upswing after not operating in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and extensive golf course renovations.

In 2023, a pool of about 60 youngsters caddied in excess of 1,000 rounds at the club.

There are four levels of caddies C, B, A and AA with promotion based on performance and member input after each round with a caddie evaluation card that is filled out.

Caddie training is provided by the club and several members each spring with additional input from staff throughout the season.

Caddies make between $28 and $40 a round based on their skill level, plus optional member/guest tips.

Caddies are available at the club on weekends in May and June, daily throughout July and August, on weekends in September and October and upon special request from members.

The $8 Caddie Special is paid for by the member for each round including a Halfway House hotdog or sandwich with chips or chocolate bar and a drink.

Learn to golf lessons with Golfer Services Manager and Caddie Master Gary Hay, an Associate Professional and PGA class A professional for 24 years.

Annual Caddie Banquet at the end of each season for caddies who reach a minimum of 40 rounds with an added bonus of $10 per round plus donation from members including sporting tickets, gift cards and Professional Shop credit.

As they mature, top caddies are regularly promoted to the Golfer Services Team including the Back Shop and Practice Tee staff.

Caddies are able to play the Short Course and after successfully completing a playing ability they are able to play the championship courses.

“I believe the Caddie program is best in class due to the members and their continued support for the program. We are fortunate that members are providing caddies the opportunity to learn the game and the strong traditions here at HGCC. Having heard many members tell stories of their caddy days, they speak with a passion and pride that they are now helping these caddie understand and grow into,” says Gary Hay. “We are also fortunate for the young men and women who come out to caddie. With all that is available to them, to choose to caddie and to be with new friends and members has become a primary choice for them. They are very keen young people who are having fun working a caddie.”

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Hamilton Golf and Country Club will host the 2024 RBC Candian Open May 28-June 2. For more information, visit www.rbccanadianopen.com.

Amateur

Judith Kyrinis sets a record for the highest amateur finish at the U.S. Senior Women’s Open

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Portland, Ore. – Judith Kyrinis continues to enjoy a very successful season. This past weekend, Kyrinis was the lowest amateur in the 2023 U.S. Senior Women’s Open, finishing T6 at 2-over. 

This marks the best amateur finish since Martha Leach’s T-10 record finish. Kyrinis’ ball striking was consistent; she hit 46 out of 52 fairways, leading her to be T2 for fairways hit amongst the field. She shot 74-73-72-71 and was one of five players to shoot under par in the final round. Not far behind her, fellow Canadian Terrill Samuel finished T9 at 5-over.

This year’s 2023 U.S Senior Women’s Open took place at Waverley Country Club, a course familiar to Kyrinis, as she won the 2017 Women’s Senior Amateur on the same course.

She finds the course to be a pretty special place, “I have always said that. I obviously have very good memories here, and they flooded back once I got on the property. I just love it here.”

Her season has been going tremendously well, with two wins under her belt at the Canadian Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship and the Golf Ontario Women’s Senior Championship. She also achieved Top 5 finishes at the Golf Ontario Women’s Match Play and the Doherty Senior Women’s Amateur Championship.

This week, Kyrinis will be competing in the 2023 Canadian Women’s Senior Championship at the Mill River Golf Resort in Woodstock, P.E.I. She is a two-time winner of the national championship having won in 2019 and 2016.