Maddie Szeryk played her way onto the LPGA Tour for the second straight year through the Q-Series.
The 26-year-old London, Ont., native finished the eight-round marathon series with a -17, good enough for T-17. The top 45 and ties from the Q- Series receive their cards for the 2023 season. This year saw 46 players advance.
Hae Ran Ryu of South Korea finished first with a score of -29, with American Bailey Tardy two shots behind in second at -27.
Two courses from the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail in Alabama were the site for the Q- Series this year. The first four rounds occurred at Crossing Course from Dec. 1-4, with the second set of 72 holes hosted at Highland Oaks from Dec. 8-11.
While Szeryk started off the first round of the Q- Series shooting even par, she came out hot in round 2. After starting with a birdie on the first hole, Szeryk would convert seven more birdies and no bogeys to shoot -8. She finished her final two rounds at Crossing Course with scores of -4 and even par.
The second set of four rounds proved to be slightly more challenging, but Szeryk more than rose to the occasion. She shot -2 in the fifth round and -4 with the help of an eagle in the sixth round. Szeryk closed out the seventh and eighth rounds with 1-over par and even.
The T-17 finish for Szeryk improves on her finish in last year’s Q-Series, where she finished T-35. The improvement is significant, as the top 20 finishers this year will receive higher priority than the rest of the field who qualified.
Throughout her rookie season on the LPGA Tour in 2022, Szeryk made five cuts in 14 starts. Her career best finish is T-24 at The Ascendant LPGA benefiting Volunteers of America. She has made over $47,000 in career earnings on the LPGA Tour so far.
Playing at home for the first time as an LPGA Tour member this year, Szeryk used two bogey-free opening rounds to make the cut for the first time at CP Women’s Open. Szeryk would go on to finish T-26, the second best Canadian in the tournament.
Szeryk turned pro in 2018 after playing collegiately at Texas A&M. While in college, Szeryk was a three-time All-American and holds the SEC record with 32 career top-10 tournament finishes.
Since turning pro, Szeryk has earned $80,197 on the Epson Tour, where she has five top-10 finishes. She is also a winner on the Women’s All Pro Tour, capturing the 2020 Kingwood Island Championship.
After the tournament of champions kicks off the season in January, the LPGA Tour will go to Thailand for the Asian swing of the calendar. The CP Women’s Open is scheduled for Aug. 24-27 in Vancouver.
OAKVILLE, Ont. (Golf Canada) – Golf Canada is pleased to announce the 10 athletes who have been selected to represent the 2021 Team Canada Young Pro Squad. Comprising the 2021 Women’s Young Pro Squad will be returnees Brittany Marchand (Orangeville, Ont.), Jaclyn Lee (Calgary, Alta.), and Maddie Szeryk (London, Ont.). After becoming a first-time mom in July, Golf Canada is also pleased to welcome back Anne-Catherine Tanguay (Quebec City, Que.) to the Young Pro Squad as she makes her return to the LPGA Tour.
The 2021 Men’s Young Pro Squad features a six-pack of familiar athletes led by Taylor Pendrith (Richmond Hill, Ont.). Other members of the Men’s Young Pro Squad for 2021 include Jared du Toit (Kimberley, B.C.), Chris Crisologo (Richmond, B.C.), Stuart Macdonald (Vancouver, B.C.), Joey Savoie (La Prairie, Que.), and Hugo Bernard (Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Que.).
For the bulk of the athletes returning to the Young Pro Squad, 2021 is an opportunity to build of off the adversity of 2020 and take a next step in their developing careers.
“This is a very exciting time for young professional golfers in Canada, and we are really looking forward to seeing their continued success in 2021,” said Golf Canada Chief Sport Officer Kevin Blue. “For most of the athletes returning to the Squad, the COVID-19 pandemic had a significant impact on scheduling, training, and competition in 2020. With the support of our key partners and the drive these athletes have to overcome adversity and succeed, I’m positive we’ll see even more great results from this talented group of athletes.”
Men’s and Women’s National Team coaches Derek Ingram and Tristan Mullally – both award-winning PGA of Canada members – will continue as head coaches for the Young Pro Squad.
Now in its eighth year, the Team Canada Young Pro Squad helps to bridge the gap for top-performing amateurs transitioning into professional golf. Click here to read Team Canada Young Pro Squad player bios.
EMERGING PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD
The Golf Canada Foundation has also announced the creation of a new award – the Emerging Professional Player of the Year Award, presented by Andrew Cook. The inaugural recipients of the award are Young Pro athletes Taylor Pendrith and Maddie Szeryk who will each receive $10,000 towards their continued development in professional golf.
Andrew Cook, a proud Trustee of the Golf Canada Foundation and past President with Golf Canada, established a $20,000 fund to annually recognize a top male and female emerging Canadian professional golfer from the Young Pro Squad having success on golf’s developmental.
“I am very pleased to partner with Golf Canada and Golf Canada Foundation to launch the Emerging Pro Player of the Year Award, as an additional incentive to Canadian professionals around the globe,” said Cook. “As a long-time volunteer of the game, I appreciate the power our heroes have in inspiring the next generation of young players, and my wife (Anne) and I are excited to help continue the tremendous success of the Young Pro Program.”
“We are so excited to announce Taylor and Maddie as our first Emerging Professional Players of the Year,” said Martin Barnard, CEO of the Canada Foundation. “Thanks to the continued generosity of Andrew Cook, we are able to reward these two deserving young professionals with additional financial support that will have an important impact as they chase their dreams.”
Pendrith, a long-time part of Golf Canada’s National Team as an amateur and now a professional, had a breakout year on the Korn Ferry Tour. He currently sits second on the Korn Ferry Tour’s Season Long Points List thanks to five top-3 finishes in 2020. Pendrith also finished T23 at the U.S. Open (finishing as Low Canadian) and jumped from 399th to 128th in the Official World Golf Ranking – all of this just one year after he played on the Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada.
Szeryk notched her second win as a professional in 2020 in her second year as a pro. In 2020, she also recorded her career-low Symetra Tour finish (T11, FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship) and ended the year as Top Canadian on the Symetra Tour. There were only 10 events on the Symetra Tour last year and the gap between men’s and women’s professional golf opportunities widened during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Current and former team members of the Young Pro Squad, which was established in 2014, have accounted for 43 wins across various professional golf tours including a record nine LPGA Tour wins by Brooke Henderson along with PGA TOUR wins from Mackenzie Hughes and Corey Conners.
Funding for this program, in large part, comes from the Golf Canada Foundation with generous contributions from founding partners RBC and Canadian Pacific, as well as supporting partners Citi Canada and Bear Mountain Resort – the Official Training Centre of Golf Canada’s National Team program.
“RBC is proud to support the next generation of Canadian golfers through the Young Pro program” said David Agnew, CEO, RBC Wealth Management Canada, “It’s exciting for us to watch golfers we supported as amateurs, like Corey Conners, Brooke Henderson and Mackenzie Hughes, succeed as professionals.”
“From the CP Women’s Open and our deep involvement with Team Canada to ambassador partnerships with Brooke Henderson and Lorie Kane, CP is proud to support these talented athletes representing Canada on the world stage,” added James Clements, Canadian Pacific. “As the best team in the railroading business knows, precision and excellence require a strong team. We are extremely proud to be part of the great team supporting these young professionals in their golf journey.”