Adam Hadwin set to defend title at Desert Dunes Classic
Thu, 03 Nov 2011 07:31:07
Adam Hadwin will be looking to cap off a strong year this week as he prepares to defend his title at the Desert Dunes Classic. The 23-year-old Abottsford, BC native has been the story of the year on the Canadian Tour. Playing in just five events on the PGA TOUR the two-time Canadian Tour winner made five of five cuts and earned $440,752 which was enough to earn him conditional status on the Nationwide Tour for 2012. Of course Hadwin, who recently earned a bypass into the final stage of PGA TOUR Q-School will be looking to better his position with a strong showing at PGA West which is located just 20 minutes from Desert Dunes.
"I think having some status on the Nationwide Tour will help my mindset," confessed Hadwin from his home in Abottsford, BC. "Having some Nationwide Tour status is a huge help and gives me another chance to prove myself at the next level," added Hadwin.
Hadwin's goal for the 2012 season, however is to play on the PGA TOUR. Hadwin is a perfect six for six in cuts made on the PGA TOUR dating back to his debut on the big tour in 2010 at the RBC Canadian Open. Since then Hadwin has amassed two top 10's and three top 40 showings accounting for just over $460,000 in earnings, not bad for a Canadian Tour member.
For now Hadwin will focus on defending his title at Desert Dunes and capping off his Canadian Tour schedule in solid fashion. Should Hadwin clinch victory it will be the first time a Canadian Tour player has successfully defended a title since 1999 when Brian Kontak won his second Alberta Open.
"I'm excited to get down there and defend my title. It's something I've never done before as a Pro," added Hadwin, who won the co-sanctioned Pacific Colombia Tour Championship earlier this season. "Last year's win was pretty special for me seeing as how it was my first win on a recognized tour and it definitely played a roll in my progress this year," admitted Hadwin.
120 players will tee it up in the first round of the Desert Dunes Classic which begins Thursday November 3, 2011. The limited field event is the final event of the Canadian Tour schedule for 2011.