The four semifinalists are set at the Women's Amateur and half are from north of the border. Jennifer Kirby and Stephanie Sherlock each are hoping to become the first Canadians to win this championship since Cathy Sherk in 1978. World Golf Hall of Fame member Marlene Stewart Streit is the only other Canadian to have claimed this prestigious title. She also happens to be the last Canadian to win a USGA title when she won the Senior Women's Amateur at Barton Creek in Austin, Texas, in 2003. A couple of Canadian men have come close in the last decade. Nick Taylor was the runner-up at the 2009 U.S. Amateur Public Links and was the low amateur at the 2009 U.S. Open. Richard Scott fell in the 2001 U.S. Junior Amateur final.
Asked if a victory would be played up big by the Canadian press, Sherlock said, "Probably not as much as if we were to win something in [ice] hockey. But I think some people would start to pay more attention to golf. I think it would shed some light on the women’s game up there for sure."
As many people know, the Canadians went bonkers wen both their men's and women's ice hockey teams claimed the golf medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
Some Canadians have performed well on the golf course. Mike Weir won the 2003 Masters and has been a fixture for the International Team at the Presidents Cup. For years, Lorie Kane has carried the Canadian flag on the LPGA Tour, but she never won a major title.
"We don’t have many golfers on the LPGA and PGA tours," said Sherlock, "so obviously the RCGA (Golf Canada) is working hard to change that." -- David Shefter