The good people at and around the Point Roberts Golf and Country Club have been great with me since I won the Titleist and FootJoy Canadian PGA Club Professionals Championship last November to earn an exemption into next week’s RBC Canadian Open.
So many of our players are repeat and loyal customers. They actually held a raffle for me to raise a little money so I can get out there. Everyone who comes in wishes me the best of luck. They’ve been really supportive.
I’m not one to do it myself, but the staff here has loaded the place up with pictures and framed stuff and magazine articles from when I won the Club Professionals Championship.
I’ll be standing at the counter and hear, `Hey, you’re that guy.’
I’ll reply, `Yeah, I’m that guy.’
Then, I’ll hear, `You’re that guy who made the 10.’
I’ll say, `Yeah, I did indeed.’
For those of you who haven’t heard – and it sometimes seems like everybody has heard about this – I shot a 10 on the 18th hole of the PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla., during the first round of the Club Professionals Championship last year.
It was actually my ninth hole of the day, due to reverse nines, and I rebounded to shoot a 73 that day and eventually won the tournament in a playoff, but that 10 is going to stick with me, I think. I’ve got to find a way to change that, maybe by doing something special at the Open next week.
It’s all good-natured fun and that’s typical of the type of people around Point Roberts, which is actually in Washington State, directly south of Tsawwassen, B.C. and just a short drive from the Vancouver airport. I’m a Canadian born and raised in B.C.
Point Roberts is only accessible from Canada, so if you live in Seattle, you can’t get here without going through Canada, even though we’re in the United States.
In the winter, there are maybe 1,000 residents, but in the summer, that grows to about 4,000 and most of them are Canadians coming down for their cottages.
It’s very secluded. We’ve got no stop lights, but we do have two flashing reds. Our tag is `Big City Golf, Small Town Attitude,’ and it’s appropriate because the golf course can hold its own anywhere, but when you cross that border, you feel like you’re in the country.
The people are so good-natured and easy-going that I know I take their good wishes with me as I make my way to Glen Abbey on Saturday. Before I take off, I will check in with another blog on Friday.
Kyle German is hoping his game is as sharp as his quick sense of humour when he tees it up in his first PGA Tour event next week at the RBC Canadian Open. He qualified to play at a muscled-up Glen Abbey after winning the Titleist and FootJoy Canadian PGA Club Professional Championship last November in Port St. Lucie, Fla. He will offer his unique perspectives on the Open on Wednesday and Friday this week, then check in daily once he arrives at Glen Abbey on Sunday and throughout Canadian Open Week.