So my friend Bryn Parry is No 1 in Canada?
I’m playing a two-man event with him later this year and I’ll never hear the end of it. Are you kidding me? I’m rooting for Danny King because he’s in Ontario – that way I don’t have to put up with so much grief.
I’ve got the `Danny No. 1’ signs all ready to go.
I’m kidding, of course, about the new national ranking being introduced by the Canadian PGA. I’d like the top 10 to be chock full of B.C. guys, but there are guys like Danny or Ben Boudreau in Quebec or many others who may have something to say about that.
When Jeff Dykeman, director of business development and brand for the Canadian PGA, informed me about the new ranking, he mentioned to me that I’m number seven on the initial list.
At the time, I didn’t know what the criteria was, so he mentioned that it goes on a three-year cycle, so when the final putt drops on the Club Professionals Championship, which I won in 2008, I could take a big hit in points.
He said, `You’re just going to have to play good this year,’ and he’s right if I want to stay in the top 10 and that’s one aspect I like about the new rankings, but there are more.
I think it will be good for a lot of members who can use a top 10 or top 50 ranking as a marketing or advertising tool. I’m not sure, but I think the PGA of B.C. will pick up on it, as well.
Another cool aspect of it is that a lot of guys will have more interest in playing their zone championships or the national championships and add them to their calendars, so it might do a lot of good for events at the zone and national levels.
When I first heard about it, the rankings came as a complete surprise to me and I’m really impressed that they’ve undertaken this project. I can only imagine the work that has gone into it and will continue to go into it.
But Bryn Parry No 1?
I guess it’s up to me and everyone else in the country to change that.