CanTour increases support for Canadian pros

Interesting to see a press release earlier this week about the Canadian Tour increasing its Canadian Tour bursary five fold to $50,000. The money will give 10 players enough money, essentially, to enter Q-School.

For any sport to grow and remain healthy, it needs figures such as Mike Weir, Wayne Gretzky and our Olympic athletes as inspirational role models, stated Janes. Were often asked where the next Mike Weir is coming from when the real question is how many Mike Weirs have fallen through the cracks for lack of funding?

Most surprisingly, the press release never says where the additional cash is coming from. That’s odd, considering the amount of effort Canadian Tour commissioner Richard Janes has placed on the bursary.

I used to think Janes’ remarks about missing a new Mike Weir were a touch of hyperbole. However, it is far tougher for Canadian golf pros to raise the money needed to crack the tour. Almost every young pro has some sort of financial assistance, but not everyone is Andrew Parr, the London, Ont. native who raised a boatload as he prepared to turn pro, largely from London Hunt and Country Club members. Canada simply doesn’t have as deep a country club system as exists in the U.S. That’s not saying it is a lot easier in the U.S. to raise cash — but there are a lot more potential sources. In other cases — that are rare these days — Richard Scott has obtained some corporate funding, as has James Lepp. But they are the exception — not the rule.

The full Canadian Tour news release is here.

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A bestselling author and award-winning columnist, Robert Thompson has been writing about business and sports, and particularly golf, for almost two decades. His reporting and commentary on golf has appeared in Golf Magazine, the Globe and Mail, T&L Golf and many other media outlets. Currently Robert is a columnist with Global Golf Post, golf analyst for Global News and Shaw Communications, and Senior Writer to ScoreGolf. The Going for the Green blog was launched in 2004.

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  • I don’t think any Mike Weirs have fallen through the cracks because of lack of sponsors. ANY person who can work enough on their game to be outstanding, and then work harder, can make it to a Tour. That might sound cruel but its a fact. If you start shooting 63s and winning Screen Door Opens or whatever, people will notice and you’ll get your chance. Win tournaments, set course records, work at a golf course, you have to be very good to play professionally. Show me the talent, then the callouses and the achievements and you’ll get a chance.
    I like the idea that the Bursary is for qualifying school expenses.
    What happened to all the provincial opens – is there an Ontario Open anymore? A lot of good players got their start by winning small events.
    Too many wannabe gurus around too – too much free advice from never anygoods – this ruins more young players as they rely so much on poor advice instead of finding their own game and making it work. Jim Furyk is lucky his Dad did not send him to Leadbeater, we would never have heard of Jim. Imagine what Jim McLean could have done to a young Moe Norman. For every 1000 kids who can hit it 300 yards there’s 1 who can PLAY the game.
    Learn to score and win and the money will find you.

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