Saltus, 30, has caught fire in 2001, winning the San Francisco Open
and a $20,000 first-place check in early May, after taking third at the
Tommy Bahama Newport Beach Open in April at Newport Beach Country Club.
In the three-round San Francisco Open at Palo Alto Municipal Golf
Club, Saltus shot a blazing 67-68-65--200, tying a course record on the
final day and winning by four shots.
The former Big Canyon Country Club caddie, whose home course is Costa
Mesa Golf & Country Club (Los Lagos Course), is excited about his initial
stint on the Canadian Tour, which will have its tournaments, with purses
usually $150,000 or $200,000, televised this year by The Golf Channel.
"I'm really looking forward to being up there and playing on TV," said
Saltus, who will sponsor himself this summer, paying the $200 entry fees
at each stop, while hoping to bank a winner's check or two, which are
$20,000 to $30,000.
"Some big things are going to happen up there I think," said Saltus,
who finished one shot off the lead in the $10,000 Newport Beach Open, in
which Mike Fergin beat 43-year-old Fred Stamey in a three-hole playoff.
Saltus is trying to become the second Newport-Mesa golf professional
to win the Order of Merit, the Canadian Tour's leading money winner.
Eric Woods, a Corona del Mar High product, captured Canadian Tour
money titles in 1993 and '94, after winning the South American Tour Order
of Merit in 1992.
Woods, who owns and operates The Swing Lab in Costa Mesa, is also
scheduled to play the Canadian Tour this summer.
Some of the world's greatest hidden treasures are golf courses in
British Columbia, with arguably the most stunning golf landscapes man has
I've seen the course hosting the Canadian Tour stop this weekend: The
Shell Payless Open at Gorge Vale Golf Club in Victoria, B.C., on
Vancouver Island. It's surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and a forest of
green, with bright colors seemingly detailing every corner. Just
The Junior Amateur Golf Scholars Tour, a year-round tour for boys and
girls 13-18, has scheduled seven 36-hole tournaments with no cut for the