The first thing I thought of when I read about the new Canadian PGA player rankings is that I’m one of the worst for not worrying about my game and not playing in many competitions.
As an assistant, I played in all of the events, but I’m so caught up in the business of golf, which I love, that I sometimes lose sight that we got into golf because we love the game.
I haven’t played a professional event in years and, as soon as I saw the list, I thought I should play just to get into the rankings.
Let’s say you’re 300th on the list, but think you’re a better player than that because you haven’t played enough events. This might motivate the guys who are decent players, but just haven’t taken the time to play much the past couple of years.
A lot of Canadian PGA members are great players, so it’s one thing to say a person is a CPGA pro, but another to say that person is a great player.
Now, we have these rankings and I think it’s nice that if you have a good player at your course, the members, I think, will keep track throughout the year. They love to rally around a guy and it’s a source of conversation.
It’s also easy to announce to the public to come to our golf course and take a lesson from a top 100 player because a lot of the good players are also good teachers. It shows the public that the person is a great player and has been around the game long enough to be that high in the rankings.
I think members, the public, other Canadian PGA members and the media will bookmark the ranking and check back regularly to see if it’s changed.
I think this is great for our association and I’m very excited about it. I can’t see a downside to it.