*Image credit: Keith Graham/Vancouver Golf Tour
August 29th, 2014 – Vancouver, British Columbia (VIGolf.ca) – It seems like just yesterday when Abbotsford’s Adam Hadwin first strode down the fairways of his first Vancouver Golf Tour event at the Guildford Open. Although he didn’t win his first VGT Pro event it certainly didn’t take long before the then 22 year old showed he would be a force to be reckoned with on any tour. In fact, by the end of his maiden Pro season on the VGT, Hadwin had collected his first four (4) Professional wins and two runner-up finishes out of 9 events (see here). He would earn the “Cleveland/Srixon” Rookie of the Year Award on the VGT that year, nearly knocking off past Nationwide Tour Player Bryn Parry in his rookie season.
Not surprisingly, Hadwin’s first ever Pro victory came at the 2009 Ledgeview Open, at the course where he got his start in junior golf. Hadwin was quick to take the confidence from his inaugural Pro season on the VGT and quite easily earn his Canadian Tour card for the 2010 season. He would go onto have an exceptional rookie season on the Can Tour with 6 top 10’s out of the 8 events he played.
But it is important to note that Hadwin continued to use the VGT as a place to develop his game in the spring leading up to the ’10 Canadian Tour season. With three 2nd place finishes on VGT prior to his start out on the CDN Tour and then his biggest career pro win (at the time) at the Vancouver City Open. Hadwin would be quoted saying “VGT has allowed me to gain vital experience and confidence my first couple of years as a Professional and really helped me believe if I could pay (and win) against some of BC’s most tested Pros (Bryn Parry, Phil Jonas), then I could win out on the Canadian Tour, or any tour for that matter”.
“Hads” would cap off his Rookie of the Year season with his first of 2 Canadian Tour wins at the 2010 Desert Dunes Classic and earn Low Canadian honors at the 2010 RBC Canadian Open. He would earn Rookie of the Year status on the Can Tour and once again continue to gain confidence in himself and his game heading into what would be his breakout year in 2011 that included 5 PGA Tour events and 5 cuts made including a t39th finish at the US Open. His “Coming out party” and by far his most exciting tournament (for Canada) was at the 2011 RBC Canadian Open at Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club where he made a dramatic move on the back nine to finish in 4th place! Adam Hadwin was now a household name to all Canadians, and quickly becoming the face of Canadian Golf!