It’s a good thing because that sleeve is now home to a Vancouver Canucks logo.
The Canucks and Hadwin announced Thursday they’ve entered into a promotional partnership that will see the 24-year-old Abbottsford product support Canucks Sports & Entertainment’s charitable initiatives by participating in signature Canucks for Kids Fund events. In return, he’ll display his team’s primary logo on his apparel while on tour and in other sanctioned PGA events.
“Does this make me an honorary Canuck?” laughed Hadwin, during an exclusive phone interview with Canucks.com.
“It’s going to be really cool and a lot of fun to be a part of that organization in a sense and represent them wherever I go, and kind of be able to show off my favourite team as I travel the country and play.
“I really think it’s going to be a great combination. It’s something I’ve never seen before either and that’s very exciting to me.”
Hadwin said the pride of sporting the Canucks logo is immense, despite the fact he never actually played hockey. Truth be told, he’s never even skated before.
Listen up current Canucks, Hadwin has an offer for you: “I’d definitely trade golf lessons for hockey lessons, I’d love to jump onto the ice. I’m thinking I’d be quick, but that I can’t stop, so I’d need help with that.”
As a whippersnapper Hadwin gravitated towards baseball, but with his father working as a golf pro at Morgan Creek Golf Club in Surrey, he grew up surrounded by golf, meaning it was only a matter of time before he was on the links, club in hand.
He didn’t get serious about golf until he was 14; do the math and Hadwin went from teenage amateur to professional golfer in less than 10 years. He didn’t trade his soul with anyone, it’s been steady progress every year for Hadwin and although he’s still a youngling compared to many of the pros he competes against, he’s certainly holding his own.
Hadwin appeared and made the cut in five PGA Tour events in 2011: U.S. Open, RBC Canadian Open, Frys.com Open, McGladrey Classic and the Greenbrier Classic. He was awarded the Rivermead Trophy for being the Low Canadian at the RBC Canadian Open in 2011 and 2010 and won the 2011 Pacific Colombia Tour Championship.
In 2010, he was named as the Canadian Rookie of the Year after winning the Desert Dunes Classic and finishing in the Top-10 in his first three Canadian Tour Events. He received an exemption to play at the 2011 RBC Canadian Open PGA Tour Event and earned Nationwide Tour status at Qualifying School.
The pinnacle of Hadwin’s career so far was undoubtedly his fourth place finish at the 2011 RBC Canadian Open at the Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club in Vancouver, but even though he played the tournament at 2-under and had the opportunity to showcase himself in front of friends and family, it didn’t end as he’d hoped.
“It wasn’t quite a dream come true because I didn’t win,” said Hadwin. “I was disappointed I didn’t win, but I was pleased with my overall performance. It was a great experience putting myself in a final group in only my third PGA tour event; I learned a lot that week for sure.”
Hadwin has played eight events already this year visiting Bogota, Panama and Chile, and he’s in line for another 17 tournaments that will have him travel to Indiana, Kansas, Utah, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, Texas and Mexico.
Although admittedly disappointed, like all of us, at how the season ended for the Canucks, Hadwin is now able to focus solely on his golf game instead of sweating out games with updates through his phone.
Instead it’ll be Canucks fans getting updates on Hadwin as he continues to work his way up the official World Golfing Rankings this summer.