Weir impressed with young talent

STEVE BUFFERY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:28 AM ET

Mike Weir walked off the back nine at the Angus Glen course yesterday, site of this week's Canadian Open, and declared to the assembled scrum that he was pumped.

Yes, about his game, having come off back-to-back top-10 finishes, including tying for eighth at last week's British Open at Carnoustie, Scotland.

But what had Weir especially upbeat was the time he spent on the course with three of Canada's top young players: Derek Gillespie of Oshawa, Andrew Parr of London and Victor Ciesielski of Cambridge.

"It's the state of Canadian golf," said Weir, of his enthusiasm. "These guys are going to be the guys that are going to do if for years to come and there's a lot of talent there. Whether it's this week (at the Open) or down the road there's a lot of talent, not only those guys (he played with yesterday) but a lot of Canadian guys. It's exciting to have that many good players in the field. It's the best I've seen Canadian talent in a while."

Weir and fellow Canadian PGA Tour regular Stephen Ames of Calgary try to make it a point to mentor young Canadians at the Canadian Open, or anywhere else they might run into their fellow Canucks.

AMSLER DIES

The Canadian Open begins on a sad note this week with the loss of Ernie Amsler, the director of agronomy at Angus Glen and the Canadian Open captain.

Amsler, who passed away yesterday at 66 following a brief illness, has been with Angus Glen since 1991, overseeing the transformation of the property from a cattle farm to a PGA Tour stop.

"He built the golf course and under his tutelage we had two Canadian Opens, we had a Telus Skins Game and we had an LPGA event. Not many courses in the world can (match) that," said Angus Glen president Kevin Thistle. "He was the hardest working, nicest guy you ever met. He would work an 18-hour day and he would be smiling and laughing."

Amsler will be commemorated on Golf Channel, TSN, CBS and Global this week.


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