The odds of two golfers growing up on the same golf course at the same time and ending up as winners on the PGA Tour can’t even be calculated. It seems nearly impossible, especially in Canada where we don’t have the luxury of playing the sport all 12 months of the year.
But that’s exactly what happened with Adam Hadwin and Nick Taylor. Growing up on Ledgeview GC in Abbotsford, BC, a place where Adam’s Dad Gerry works to this day, the two honed their games to a level befitting of not only successful, steady pros, but winners on the PGA Tour.
As the duo finish up their second rounds and head into the weekend in search of an elusive Canadian victory at their home open, they have to like their chances. At the halfway point both players are in the top-six, well within striking distance of leaders Matt Kuchar and Scott Brown (12-under). Adam is alone in sixth, three shots back at 9-under, while Nick finished the day in a tie for third, birdieing his final two holes to finish one stroke back of the leaders at 11-under.
I spoke with both of them as well as Adam’s dad Gerry to see how they’re handling this moment at Ledgeview and just how big of a deal a victory would be for one of their homegrown boys.
NICK TAYLOR: “I saw Hadwin up there playing well. Both growing up at the same golf course, Ledgeview Golf Club, so pretty cool out there to watch us, and all the Canadian fans that are here are so great. It’s been fun. “
ADAM HADWIN: “I didn’t sleep as well as I may have liked to. Just kind of thinking thing about the week, thinking about things; picturing walking up 18 with a lead on Sunday. Maybe a little too early to think about that, but it happened. I just grew up playing on golf courses like this back in, B.C. It’s just something that I’m comfortable with.”
GERRY HADWIN: “We will have a big watch party at the Ledgeview Restaurant. When Adam won at Valspar we had about 40 people in the restaurant drinking and eating, it was a big party and we’ll definitely do it again
I’ve only seen Adam and Nick once this year. Nick is back more often because his family is still here, but Adam married an American girl so he doesn’t come back as much. Adam and I text a lot, we don’t speak on the phone too often. His mom is there in Hamilton this week so if he does win he will give her a big hug behind the green. But if she weren’t there we would be his first call I think. But she represents me too, so I would probably hear from Adam on Monday morning if he won. We were all there in Shaughnessy when he was in contention and it was an amazing experience. Adam’s brother was very, very sick and had just undergone major surgery. The RBC and Canadian Open people were so great with us and helped us through everything and when Adam was coming up the 18th Bob Weekes let us in under the ropes and we were able to greet Adam right when he finished. It’s a great memory. So it would be absolutely HUGE for Abbotsford if one of those two can get the job done on Sunday. It’s obviously a long ways off from that but it would be amazing.
Not many, if any courses in the entire world where two successful PGA Tour players both grew up playing at the same time. It just doesn’t happen. But they’re both such great kids. We couldn’t be more proud of them. The course here is the longest 6100 yards anyone will ever play. Period. Augusta is Ledgeview on steroids. And that’s why they are where they are today.”