There was no shortage of storylines at this year's RBC Canadian Open held at the breathtaking and historical Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club in Vancouver.
And here are just a few locals.
- Adam Hadwin. There's not much more you can say about the 23-year-old golfer from Abbotsford and his performance at the national tournament on a course less than two hours west of his hometown.
He finished tied for fourth, was within one shot of the leaders with two holes remaining and collected a paycheque of more than $200,000. Not bad.
But what was most impressive was the process, the incredible four-day journey and struggle he embarked on when he teed off Thursday.
And when Friday's dust settled, his following of a few dozen fans here and there amalgamated into thousands upon thousands - all hoping he would become the first Canuck to win the Canadian Open since 1954.
It was, right up until the final hole, a distinct possibility.
It didn't happen. There are reasons it didn't happen, but there is plenty of evidence that suggests this weekend wasn't a fluke.
His meltdown on the parthree eighth hole on Sunday - a four-putt for double bogey that, in retrospect, axed his chances of winning the tournament - has been well documented.
He could've given up, but he didn't. He collected three birdies in a row in his final nine holes to jump back into contention, which is something that no one expected him to do, especially after he fell to plusone for the tournament and was on pace to shoot a final round of at least five-over par.
Call it courage, call it determination, call it overcoming the nerves. Heck, call it luck.
No matter how you slice it, Hadwin has suddenly given golf fans across Canada some reason to believe he could be this nation's next big thing.
- Abbotsford's Nick Taylor did not make the cut at the Canadian Open for a second straight year.
The hype surrounding his future in golf is palpable considering he's the 2010 Ben Hogan Award winner as NCAA's top male golfer, but he's a prime example of an unkempt youngster who is discovering his game. This takes time.
And who is to say he won't accomplish at next year's Canadian Open what Hadwin did this year.
- Vancouver's reputation as a world-class city was dragged through shattered glass on June 15 with the eruption of the Stanley Cup riot.
One can't help but think it was patched up a little over the weekend when shots of stunning Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club were plastered on television to an American audience.
This weekend has also started talks that Vancouver should become a full-time stop on the PGA Tour like it was prior to 2002. Having Hadwin and Taylor competing no doubt brought people from the Fraser Valley out to Vancouver.
Abbotsford doesn't have the resources to host a PGA Tour event, but one can't help but think if the tour made a regular stop on the southwest coast of B.C., people from this corner of the province wouldn't go to support the best golf has to offer.
- Cam Tucker is a freelance sports columnist for the Abbotsford-Mission Times. Follow him on Twitter at http: //twitter.com/camabbytimes.