Jared du Toit Returns To Glen Abbey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wilson Golf Reed On The Greens
by Jeffrey Reed, Editor, LondonOntarioGolf.com
July 22, 2017

Venezuelan Jhonattan Vegas may have captured the 2016 RBC Canadian Open at Glen Abbey Golf Club, but it was a little-known amateur golfer from Kimberley, B.C. who captured the hearts of Canadian golf fans.

Jared du Toit of the Arizona State University Sun Devils gave Canadians from coast to coast something to cheer about, as he posted a 9-under 279 (67-71-70-71) to finish tied for ninth at last year’s tournament. He earned low amateur honours, and was the first Canadian amateur to record a top-10 finish since B.C.’s Doug Bajus in 1954.

Catapulted by a Saturday eagle putt made at 18, du Toit received rock star status while in the final round Sunday with 2013 RBC Canadian Open winner Brandt Snedeker. Glen Abbey became the scene of a love-in, featuring our nation’s newest star of the links.

Photo: Bernard Brault/Golf Canada.

“Each day, the crowds got bigger,” du Toit remembered “On Sunday, every green I walked off of, the fans were reaching for high fives, and I was just eating up every minute of it, trying to hit as many hands as I could. Even on Sunday when things weren’t going my way, people were clapping all around me. It was a moment I’ll never forget.”

Born in Calgary, du Toit found much success on the links in his new B.C. home, where he captured the 2013 B.C. Junior Boys and 2015 B.C. Men’s Amateur championships. The former member of Canada’s national amateur squad attended the University of Idaho for his first two seasons of college golf before transferring to Arizona. There, he played with PGA Tour star John Rahm, and fellow Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada member Max Rotluff.

In early-June, du Toit, then the World No. 15 amateur, turned pro and earned sponsor exemptions to compete at the Bayview Place Cardtronics Open presented by Times Colonist at Uplands Golf Club in Victoria, B.C.; and the GolfBC Championship at Gallagher’s Canyon Golf and Country Club in Kelowna, B.C.

Playing as a single during the third round of the GolfBC Championship, du Toit shot a 10-under 61. He finished the round with nine birdies, an eagle and one bogey, and finished the tournament tied for ninth. At the Bayview Place event, captured by his friend Rotluff, du Toit finished tied for 29th. At the Players Cup in Winnipeg, du Toit finished T45.

This week, du Toit is competing in the Mackenzie Investments Open presented by Jaguar Laval at Montreal’s Les Quatres Domaines Golf Club. He posted a first-round 2-under 68.

“I’m very excited,” said du Toit of turning professional. “I didn’t really know if I was going to have this option when I was playing high school and junior golf. So to be where I am now and to have it be a reality is something I’m very excited about.

“Looking (at the PGA Tour) and seeing guys like Mackenzie Hughes (of Dundas, Ont.) and Nick Taylor (of Abbotsford, B.C.), all those guys worked their way up through the Mackenzie Tour, and I think that’s the gritty way of doing things. It’s something I’m looking forward to as well,” du Toit said.

Photo: Bernard Brault/Golf Canada.

A 2017 Second Team All American selection, du Toit returns to Glen Abbey for this year’s RBC Canadian Open, and he can’t wait to tee it up. In fact, he hasn’t stopped thinking about last year’s dream tournament.

“During the moment, it was pretty crazy. I had never been asked for an autograph before. But most of the time, the coolest thing was I didn’t really know what was going on,” du Toit said. “I just went out and had a good time. I was in a great mood, and it was almost like a dream.

“All of the Canadians were phenomenal,” du Toit added. “Graham DeLaet (of Weyburn, Sask.) is a first-class guy, on and off the course. Adam Hadwin (of Abbotsford, B.C.), Nick Taylor – same thing.”

Looking back at 2016’s tournament, du Toit remembers another “cool” moment which highlighted his performance to millions of television viewers.

“I remember watching the highlights after the event and you could hear Brandt in the booth and (golf analyst) Jim Nantz talking and it was just crazy. Not only to hear Brandt was cool, but Jim Nantz! That’s a guy you hear and see growing up as a kid so it was great to be recognized and known by those guys,” du Toit said.

And now, du Toit knows there’s lots of work ahead of him if he’s going to cut it as a professional golfer. But he said he has good role models in golfers like Rahm.

“It’s cool seeing what it takes first hand. Seeing (Rahm) day in and day out, seeing his habits on and off the golf course and how they paid off for him. I’ve learned a lot,” du Toit said. “It’s cool seeing someone that you’ve been so close to find success, and see how it works and what it takes to get to the next level.”

Yet no one will blame du Toit if he stops and smells the roses at this year’s RBC Canadian Open. Said du Toit, “It was a fairytale, looking back. I still kind of get goose bumps. That week was very cool.”

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Reed On The Greens is a back-to-back winner of the Best Website Feature Column Award from the Golf Journalists Association of Canada. Jeffrey Reed is a long-time nationally-published golf writer, and is currently writing a book on the history of the Canadian Seniors’ Golf Association. Write him at jeff@londonontariogolf.com.

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