Carter Looking for Canadian Golf Trifecta

By Golf Channel NewsroomSeptember 4, 2003, 4:00 pm
HAMILTON, Ontario (AP) -- Tom Carter is trying to complete a Canadian hat trick.
The former Temple University star played his way into the Canadian Open on Sunday, winning the Nationwide Tour's Alberta Calgary Classic to sweep the circuit's two Canadian events and earn a promotion to the PGA Tour as a three-time winner.
'Everybody is telling me that I've got to buy property up here now,' Carter said Wednesday as he completed preparations for the start of play Thursday at historic Hamilton Golf and Country Club.
'My goal at the beginning of the season, like most Nationwide Tour players, was to finish in the top 20 and graduate to the PGA Tour. Now that I'm here a little earlier than expected, I've just thought about trying to keep the same frame of mind that I had out there and just continue to do what I've done the last 2 1/2 months.'
He began the run in July with a playoff victory in the Canadian PGA in suburban Toronto and also won three weeks ago in Springfield, Mo. In his last nine events on the developmental tour, he had two other top-four finishes and was 113-under par.
'The Nationwide Tour really prepares you for almost everything out here,' said Carter, the tour's money leader with $358,709 in 21 starts. 'It's just a little bigger scale out here. ... Physically, there's a lot of talent on the Nationwide Tour. Mentally, the guys out here might be a little sharper and a little more confident.'
Carter is comfortable on the hilly, tree-lined Hamilton course, the tournament site for the first time since 1930.
'I called home last night and a couple of my buddies asked me what the course is like. I said it reminds me of Philadelphia and growing up playing the courses there,' he said. 'I think it's awesome.'
Young star Charles Howell used the same words to describe the 87-year-old course.
'It's awesome with the trees and the way the holes are shaped,' Howell said. 'There's not one bad hole. I don't think you'll hear one complaint.'
Masters champion Mike Weir agreed.
'I'm looking forward to playing a great golf course,' said Weir, trying to become the first Canadian winner since Pat Fletcher in 1954.
'You're not going to see a lot of guys standing up bombing drivers. You have to really shape the ball. There's a lot of doglegs and there's some serious rough out there. The premium is on accuracy.'
Divots: Tiger Woods, the 2000 winner at Glen Abbey in Oakville, is skipping the tournament for the second straight year. He played the previous three weeks. ... In 1930, Tommy Armour beat Leo Diegel in a 36-hole playoff after finishing regulation with a 6-under 64. The Silver Scot's grandson, Tommy Armour III, is in the field. ... The tournament will return to Glen Abbey next year for the national championship's 100th anniversary. The 2005 event is set for Shaughnessy in Vancouver, British Columbia.
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