Young Canadian golfers are looking good

IAN HUTCHINSON, Special to QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:00 AM ET

It’s tough to overlook the accomplishments of rising Canadians such as Matt Hill of Bright’s Grove, Nick Taylor of Abbotsford, B.C., Cam Burke of New Hamburg or Jennifer Kirby of Paris even if don’t notice homies until they get to the PGA or LPGA Tours.

It’s a Canadian malady to complain about the lack of representation from this country on the tours when all it would take is a quick check of NCAA, amateur or Canadian Tour results to see that a golden age may be coming that has a double benefit on the tours and with Olympic golf coming up in 2016.

There have been indications recently that the Canadian talent pool may be deepening behind the names that we have already come to know. On the weekend, for example, Rebecca Lee-Bentham of Richmond Hill made it to the semifinals of the prestigious British Women’s Open Amateur Championships in Yorkshire.

That came after the Canadian development team of Corey Conners of Listowel, Albin Choi and Richard Jung of Toronto and Adam Svensson of Surrey, B.C., posted the low round on the final day of the recent Toyota Junior Golf World Cup in Japan and tied for third in team standings.

Conners, 18, shot a 66 on the final day and finished as co-medallist in individual standings

It’s still too early to predict major championships, solid tour careers or Olympic gold medals for these rising Canadians, but despite the peaks and valleys, the future could be shaping up better than first thought.

The short game

Dave Barr and longtime Quebec pro Daniel Talbot have been given exemptions into the Montreal Championship, an inaugural Champions Tour event that gets underway this Friday in Blainville, Que., with a field that includes Fred Couples, Hale Irwin, Tom Lehman, Mark Calcavecchia, Loren Roberts, Craig Stadler and Canadian Jim Rutledge, among others … Barr and Rutledge will also be in the field for the Mr. Lube-Canadian PGA Seniors Championship, which gets underway next Monday at RattleSnake Point in Milton. One of the recent additions to the CPGA field is Ontario Golf Hall of Fame member Warren Sye, more renowned for his amateur career. Sye will attend Champions Tour qualifying school later this year … Hollywood star Samuel L. Jackson and comedian George Lopez will headline the Mike Weir Charity Classic prior to the RBC Canadian Open at St. George’s Golf and Country Club on Monday, July 19. Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf will be joined by other NHL players such as Steven Stamkos, Rick Nash and Martin Brodeur, Tom Cochrane and Damon Allen will also play as well as several PGA Tour stars including Stephen Ames of Calgary. Net proceeds from the event will go to the Mike Weir Foundation … If you’re wondering how Taylor and Oshawa’s Derek Gillespie got into last week’s Travelers Championship on the PGA Tour, Taylor earned an exemption as 2010 winner of the Ben Hogan Award as outstanding collegiate player in the United States, while Gillespie won a four-way playoff in Monday qualifying … Seven-time WWE women’s champ Trish Stratus has introduced a Yoga for Golfers program at her Stratusphere yoga school in Vaughan. The Diva of the Decade is also organizing a golf and yoga retreat at Deerhurst Resort, July 16-18. For more information, see the website, www.stratusphereyoga.com.


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