b'The first time my sons score bettered mine was the day before he returned to school to start seventh grade. That summer he had won the B.C. Bantam championship with a pair of 68s to finish 4-under par. On this day, A.J. birdied the last three holes to shoot 67 from the white tees at Westwood Plateau. I shot 1-under 71 that day and lost by four strokes to a better golfer. He was 12 years old.Five years ago A.J. agreed on a four-year scholarship arrangement at Arizona State with coach Tim Mickelson. Three months later Mickelson resigned from ASU and went on to caddie for his brother Phil. The new coach at ASU wouldnt honor the commitment made to A.J., saying, A.J. was good, but not that good and he would have to come back to ASU and renegotiate the scholarship.After that disappointment with the new coach at ASU, A.J. was somewhat disillusioned with college golf andteams in the nation with Coach StobsSo, on this special day, I asked said he would turn professional whenas one of the best college coachesNicklaus for more advice.he finished high school. That year hein the game. After three years A.J.This week, A.J. will play in the RBC finished No. 1 on Golf Canadas Juniorhas made All-American each season.Canadian Open, I said. It will be his Order-of-Merit, won his first AJGADuring that time, he has won 10 collegefirst start in a PGA TOUR event. Can you tournament and was ranked No. 42 ontournaments and helped his team, theoffer him some advice?the World Junior Golf Rankings. Barry Buccaneers, retain their top- Every golf course in every Then, after a year on the sidelines,ranked status in the U.S. tournament there are four or five shots A.J.s attitude towards college changed.Recently, A.J.s path brought himyou need to avoid, Nicklaus said. If you Team Canada Junior Developmentto Dublin, Ohio and Jack Nicklausplay those shots conservatively youve Coach, Robert Radcliffe, explained thatMemorial Tournament on the PGAgot the rest of the course you can pretty Barry University in Florida had a goodTOUR, where he was presented Thewell attack. Make sure you just play program with a good coach who wasJack Nicklaus Award as the NCAAaway from those dangerous places. Get interested in A.J. Division II Player-of-the-Year. Thisto understand those three or four shots A phone call to Coach Jimmy Stobspast season, playing in his sophomorewhere you dont hurt yourself. Then you at the No. 1-ranked Division II Barryyear at Barry, A.J. finished first sevencan go be aggressive on the rest of the University went as follows; times and lost two playoffs in 10 collegegolf course.Coach Stobs, this is Brad Ewart.tournaments. It gets a little easier being a golf Father of A.J. Ewart. How are you? His season stroke-average was 69.40parent when the greatest player in the Mr. Ewart. Ive been waiting for thisand he finished the year on top of thehistory of the game offers his advice.phone call for a while. Nice to hear fromNCAA Division II individual rankings.Thank you, Mr. Nicklaus.you. Lets find a way to get A.J. intoAfter finishing second in last years Barry University. Canadian Amateur and with his stellar(This article originally appeared on And that was how A.J. arrived atcollege season this year, he also earnedthe Lower Mainland Golf News website. Barry University. A Division II schoola sponsors exemption into the RBCUsed by permission.)consistently ranked among the top golfCanadian Open.SEPT 2022 |PACIFIC NORTHWEST GOLFER23'