New National Post Column: Baryla and Parry Poised for Breakthrough

Here’s the column I wrote for this morning’s National Post after two Canadians, Chris Baryla and Bryn Parry, ended up in a playoff on the Nationwide Tour. The article is here.

Here’s a taste:

Canadians showing the right stuff
Baryla and Parry fall just short on Nationwide Tour
Robert Thompson, National Post
Published: Monday, April 30, 2007
Richmond, Va., isn’t the most likely spot to see the future of Canadian professional golf. And Henrico County isn’t where you would expect to hear about any sort of breakthrough.

But that’s exactly what happened yesterday as Vernon, B.C.’s Chris Baryla and Vancouver’s Bryn Parry battled as part of a four-way playoff on the Nationwide Tour’s Henrico County Open.

Ultimately neither would win. That honour would go to Nick Flanagan, the Australianborn former U.S. Amateur winner who has suddenly rediscovered his game.
Despite that, both Canadians made huge strides forward, demonstrating that either could shortly find themselves on the PGA Tour.

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Robert Thompson

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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