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.