COPETOWN – Brantford PGA tour professional David Hearn is doing his best to maintain his trademark poise as he paces himself through a grueling marathon of important tournaments.
Two weeks ago, he was having the time of his life swinging in his first British Open in Hoylake, England.
This past weekend, Hearn was competing in the RBC Canadian Open just outside Montreal.
On Monday he was leading off 144 golfers in the David Hearn Golf Classic to raise $100,000 for the Hamilton, Halton and Brant chapters of the Alzheimer Society, at the Beverly Golf and Country Club southeast of Copetown.
And beginnig Aug. 7 there’s the PGA Championship looming in Louisville, Kentucky.
Hearn’s impressions of the British Open and the Canadian Open were the mainstay of chatter for the media and golfers who turned out to the fundraiser’s kick-off breakfast.
“The British Open was a lot of fun for me because it was my first time playing links,” the 35-year-old Hearn said in an interview.
“I learned that the ground over there is a lot firmer than anything we have in North America. The hardest thing was learning how far the ball runs out once it’s on the ground.”
Before crossing the Atlantic, Hearn said he had been told to appreciate the hard terrain’s effect on the ball, and he spent a week learning how to adjust his play accordingly.
Those efforts paid off in a 32nd place finish. It was the second-best Major performance of his career, and put him ahead of such weekend players as Jordan Spieth, Henrik Stenson and Tiger Woods.
“I was quite proud of the result,” Hearn said, “and I hope to play there again next year.”
Hearn was also open about his disappointment over his finish in the Canadian Open. Of the Canadian players in the tournament, Graham DeLaet of Weyburn, Sask., Taylor Pendrith of Richmond Hill and Ottawa’s Brad Fritsch turned heads, while Hearn, Adam Hadwith and Mike Weir finished back in the pack.