Graham DeLaet says his decision to withdraw from U.S. Open sectional qualifying in Columbus, Ohio, on Monday was a preventative measure with plenty of rain first forecasted for the area.
“There was some weather coming in and 18 holes is hard enough on my body these days, but a 36-hole qualifier might have been a little difficult, especially in some rain,” said DeLaet, who has had a variety of injuries, including neck problems at the beginning of this season.
DeLaet, an avid hockey fan, did get to Chicago for game three of the Stanley Cup Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning, where he engaged in a random act of kindness with a stranger who shared his passion.
“I was waiting in Will Call for my tickets and I saw him. He was just holding a sign. One of my buddies was going to come down from Saskatoon, but the flight schedule just didn’t work out, so I had an extra ticket,” said DeLaet, who has become an ambassador for the Golf in Schools program.
“My plan was to give it to someone and try to make their day and it was just the perfect opportunity. It was almost as it was meant to be, he was holding a sign right beside me,” he added.
“It said he needed a ticket. He had driven down from Wisconsin. He said it was like a three-and-a-half hour drive and he said that his buddies all thought he was crazy,” said DeLaet.
“His plan was to go and wait around and hopefully somebody would give him a ticket and it worked out for him. It was pretty cool to be able to do that for him,” he said.
As posted here on Monday evening, David Hearn and Brad Fritsch will represent this country at the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay in a couple of weeks, but it was nearly three Canadians playing.
Mackenzie Hughes of Dundas earned first alternate status at the Tumble Creek Club in Washington, where he double bogeyed his final hole to miss one of the three available spots by one shot, but hurt as it did, he’s taking a positive attitude forward.
This one will hurt for a while, but I play for those moments. Next time I'll be better. Proud of the way I fought in tough conditions.
— Mackenzie Hughes (@MacHughesGolf) June 9, 2015
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Kevin Thistle, now working with the Windmill Golf Group in Calgary, reports that 270 memberships for the Hamptons have been sold in just under three months. That brings the number of members to 395, leaving that operation sold out and fully private. Windmill is just beginning to sell the new Mickelson National, where the goal is another 395 members … DeLaet confirmed that he and his wife Ruby are expectant parents … After two events on the Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada this year, Toronto’s Albin Choi, who won the Bayview Place Island Savings Open on Sunday, leads the Order of Merit with $35,875, followed by Drew Weaver ($35,525), Adam Svensson of Surrey, B.C. ($24,617), North Vancouver’s Eugene Wong ($13,067) and Jason Millard ($13,067). The top five at the end of the season earn playing privileges on the Web .com Tour this year … Svensson also leads the Swingthought Tour money list with $60,000, while Choi is third with $40,000. Svensson has won three times on that circuit, while Choi has won twice … Svensson is playing on the Web .com Tour this week at the Rust-Oleum Championship in Westlake, Ohio … Augusta James of Bath, Ont., who played in last week’s Manulife LPGA Classic on the LPGA Tour, is third on the Symetra Tour’s money list with $34,387, while Maude-Aimee Leblanc of Sherbrooke, Que., is ninth with $26,934. The top 10 on that list at the end of the season graduate to the LPGA Tour … The majority of respondents to last week’s GNN Poll indicated they felt a tough Canadian economy would have minimal effects on a golf operation, with 56 per cent saying golfers may cut back a little in rounds played and/or money spent in the pro shop or on food and beverage. Another 40 per cent said it would have a major effect, with golfers cutting back a lot on rounds played or money spent in other aspects of the operation. Four per cent said it would have no effect … Throughout June, members of the PGA of British Columbia will play from sunrise to sunset at golf courses around the province. The PGA of B.C. Golfathon for ALS is celebrating its 10th anniversary after 180,044 holes have been played, eight holes-in-one have been made and $1,022,240 has been raised. For more, watch this video.