On April 10, 2016, Brad Fritsch of Manotick, Ont., won on the Web.com Tour and Samantha Richdale won on the Symetra Tour. In just over 11 months since then, including those victories, Canada has had two wins on the PGA Tour (Adam Hadwin, Mackenzie Hughes), two wins on the LPGA Tour, including a major championship and successful title defence by Brooke Henderson, two wins on the Web .com Tour (Fritsch, Hughes) and Richdale’s victory on the Symetra Tour … The last time two Canadians were victorious in one PGA Tour season was 2007 when Mike Weir won the 2007 Fry’s Electronics Open and Stephen Ames won the Children’s Miracle Network Classic … With Hadwin rescheduling his honeymoon in order to play in the Masters, it reminds me of an incident that took place after Ames compled a masterful final round to win the 2006 Players Championship. Like Hadwin, Ames had to juggle his schedule, in his case a planned family vacation, with the Masters suddenly on the horizon. When he said he needed to discuss the matter with his family, either by accident or design, Ames sent the media into a tizzy with the mere suggestion of not being at Augusta, which I don’t think was ever going to happen. The media bit on that one, but on the other hand, Ames didn’t seem to want to let them off the hook too quickly either. He eventually played … Sudden success also led Hughes to juggle his personal schedule. After he graduated to the PGA Tour for this season, Hughes decided along with his wife Jenna, who he married in October, to put off their honeymoon until after the fall portion of the 2016-2017 schedule. It turned out to be a good decision considering Hughes quickly won the RSM Classic in November and the cheque of more than $1-million made the trip to Thailand that much more enjoyable when they finally did take their honeymoon … Despite his success, Hadwin isn’t about to take a pass on this week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational, the first since the King’s passing. Joining him in the field will be Graham DeLaet, David Hearn and Hughes. Nick Taylor starts the week as an alternate at Bay Hill … There is no tournament this week on the Web .com Tour and, after a month off, PGA Tour Champions resumes on Friday at the Tucson Conquistadores Classic, where Ames and Rod Spittle are in the field. Spittle is coming off a tie for third at the Chubb Classic, where he had rounds of 68-68-69 to finish at 11 under … After a week off, the LPGA Tour resumes this week at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup in Phoenix, where Jennifer Ha, Henderson, Alena Sharp and Maude-Aimee Leblanc are in the field, along with Monday qualifier Augusta James … The Symetra Tour is off this week, but resumes next week at the IOA Championship in Beaumont, Calif. … With Florida’s Natural Charity Classic in Winter Haven, Fla., being the Symetra Tour’s season opener, nobody was leading the tour money list, but for a moment, you might have believed A.J. Eathorne of Penticton, B.C., was the leader since it was her photo on that stats page of the tour website. Then again, she had won $0, according to the money list, so let’s just say Eathorne was tied with everyone else, even though she’s been retired from full-time play for years. Eathorne wasn’t playing in Winter Haven, but was, in fact, in Arizona last week and celebrating the three-month anniversary of the birth of her daughter Macie. She’s actually teaching at Predator Ridge in Vernon, B.C. … Last week’s GNN Poll asked readers if the political climate/government policies in the United States right now would cause them to not travel there for a golf or business trip. The majority, or 64 per cent, said no, but 36 per cent responded with a yes … This week’s poll asks if a rolled-back golf ball with less distance a realistic concept on tour. As of this writing, 63 per cent of respondents voted yes, with 37 per cent saying no. You can cast your vote on the GNN home page.
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