There’s no point in grousing about the lack of Canadian mainstream media coverage of what Lydia Ko accomplished in the final round of the Evian Championship on Sunday because it sounds whiny and petty considering my own occupation.
I’ll just say that her first major victory at the age of 18 was exquisite from a sporting perspective, with her final round 63 to win by six.
She is the epitome of what Canadians like to talk about – born in South Korea, raised in New Zealand and playing all over the world, she is culturally diverse and there’s a definite Canadian hook to the story since her first LPGA Tour win was in Canada, where she’s won three times including this year’s CP Women’s Open.
We could go into a long list of her accomplishments at such a young age, but her age really means nothing anymore compared to her multitude of successes, which will continue and perhaps one day wake up Canadian organizations that supposedly celebrate the accomplishments of female professionals, be it athletics or otherwise.
— Brooke Henderson (@BrookeH_Golf) September 14, 2015
Ko became the youngest person to win a major championship at 18 years, four months, 20 days. If you’re figuring Brooke Henderson might have a chance, forget it. She turned 18 last Thursday and will be past Ko’s mark when the next women’s major is played … Some might argue that Young Tom Morris is the youngest major champion after taking the 1868 Open Championship at 17 years, five months, eight days, but it’s an era so far gone that it doesn’t apply today … For years, Sandra Post of Oakville, Ont., was considered the youngest person ever to win a major, that coming at the 1968 LPGA Championship when she clinched that title in playoff against Kathy Whitworth. Post was just a few days past her 20th birthday at the time … Ko also became the youngest winner in LPGA Tour history when she won the Canadian Women’s Open for the first time in 2012, when she was 15 years, four months and two days old when she clinched that title as an amateur … He fell just short of a victory, but Taylor Pendrith of Richmond Hill, Ont., led the field in birdies, with 28 over the 72 holes at the Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada’s Cape Breton Celtic Classic on the weekend … Pendrith did, however, move into fourth place on the tour Order of Merit, where he now stands fourth with $54,926, followed by Toronto’s Albin Choi in fifth with $51,017. The top five at the end of the season earn Web .com Tour status and only one event remains. The entire list is here … Adam Svensson of Surrey, B.C., had just one bogey over his final 39 holes in Cape Breton, where he tied for fourth … Augusta James of Bath, Ont., is the lone Canadian in the top 10 on the Symetra Tour money list who will their cards at the end of the season. James stands eighth with $49,628. Maude-Aimee Leblanc of Sherbrooke, Que., is 12th. The entire list is here … Ian Doig added his first TaylorMade adidas PGA of Ontario Senior Championship to his collection last week, winning by three at Flamborough Hills Golf and Country Club … The Canadian Golf Superintendents Association has announced that its 50th Fall Field Day national championship will be held at Royal Montreal in Ile Bizard, Que., on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016 … This year’s Fall Field Day will take place Sept. 21-23 at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge in Jasper, Alta. The event is sold out, but sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information or to be put on a waiting list, call (416) 626-8873 or 1-800-387-1056, ext. 225 …Last week’s GNN Poll asked if self-driving golf carts became reality, what type of investment would readers’ places of employment make in them? It appears there’s little interest in them at this point as 81 per cent said there would be no interest at all and 19 per cent said the operations where they work might purchase a few such carts. Nobody said there would be a big investment … This week’s poll asks if increasingly severe weather has specifically caused readers’ places of employment to discuss, update or implement new business practices, policies or procedures? In the early going, the no votes have a slight lead as of this writing, at 55 per cent. You can cast your vote on the GNN home page.