Not that headlines are their focus, but Brad Fritsch and Samantha Richdale continued a tradition of Canadians winning golf tournaments on busy news days, with major sporting events being played at the same time. Fritsch earned his first Web .com Tour victory on Sunday, while Richdale captured her fourth Symetra/Futures Tour championship at the same time as Danny Willett was winning the Masters at Augusta National. You may remember Ian Leggatt winning the Touchstone Energy Tucson Open, his first PGA Tour victory, on Feb. 24, 2002, the same day Canada defeated the U.S. in the gold medal hockey game at the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City … While Richdale moved to the top of the Symetra Tour with her victory, Fritsch jumped from 108th to fifth on the Web .com Tour money list. The top 10 on the Symetra Tour list at the end of the season graduate to the LPGA Tour and the top 25 in the Web .com money get a ticket to the PGA Tour … Granted, it’s still early, but after two Symetra Tour events this year, Richdale is joined by a couple of other Canadians in the top 10 on the money list, including Vancouver’s Jessica Wallace in fourth, and Toronto’s Rebecca Lee-Bentham, who tied for fourth on the weekend, in a tie for sixth. Augusta James of Bath, Ont., is just outside the top 10 in 11th place … After her win in Florida, Richdale missed her flight to Los Angeles on Sunday evening on her way to the LPGA Tour’s Lotte Championship in Hawaii this week, which she was originally scheduled to play. While she had considered staying in Florida to play this week’s Symetra Tour event, she decided to go to Hawaii … Remember last week when I pointed out the one paragraph given to the final round of the LPGA Tour’s first major, the ANA Inspiration, by the Toronto Star, that self-styled champion of women’s issues? At that point, I wondered how the Star’s Masters coverage would compare. Let’s just say we’d all guess correctly without even opening the Star’s sports section as writer Dave Feschuk was on the ground at Augusta National … By the way, what does the champion of the last two majors on the LPGA Tour do after winning the ANA Inspiration? Lydia Ko turned up to the Par 3 Championship prior to the Masters and caddied for Kevin Na … Graham DeLaet, Adam Hadwin, David Hearn, Nick Taylor and Mike Weir are in the field at this week’s RBC Heritage at Harbour Town … The Web .com Tour is off this week … On the Champions Tour, Stephen Ames and Rod Spittle are at the Mitsubishi Electric Classic in Duluth, Ga. … Brooke Henderson, Richdale, Alena Sharp and Maude-Aimee Leblanc are the Canadians in the field at this week’s Lotte Championship in Oahu and they’ll be joined by SooBin Kim of Coquitlam, B.C. … Lee-Bentham, Brittany Marchand, Brogan McKinnon, Megan Osland, James, Sara-Maude Juneau, Wallace, Sue Kim and Jennifer Kirby are in the field for the Chico’s Patty Berg Memorial in Fort Myers, Fla. James is the defending champion at that Symetra Tour event … People in the golf industry didn’t appear too concerned with early openings this year cutting into the time they would normally take to watch the Masters. According to last week’s GNN Poll, 80 per cent of respondents said work wouldn’t cut into their viewing time, while 20 said it would … This week’s poll asks readers how long they’ve worked for their current employers in the golf industry and, as of this writing, the majority have considerable seniority with 43 per cent saying more than 10 years and another 18 per cent saying five to 10 years. Another 28 per cent of respondents said one to five years and 11 per cent said less than a year. You can still cast your vote on the GNN home page.
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