Maddie Szeryk has a season’s worth of lessons on Symetra Tour

Maddie Szeryk has learned a lot about herself and the sport of golf in her first full season as a professional player.

The 23-year-old Szeryk made her Symetra Tour debut in March and has put together a strong debut campaign on the second-tier women’s circuit, remaining in contention for a full LPGA Tour card as the season winds down. There was still a steep learning curve for Szeryk, even though the dual Canadian-American citizen had won four NCAA tournaments over four years at Texas A&M.

“I think I’ve grown a lot, learned how to manage myself,” said Szeryk. “I thought I’d done pretty well over the years in college and amateur golf in the summer but it’s just a whole ‘nother level of travel.

“I think I’ve learned that the hard way, that maybe you need to take more breaks or some days you don’t have to spend every day out here all day. Have a few big days but then set a list of what you want to accomplish then leave.”

Szeryk has played in 19 tournaments since the SKYiGOLF Championship in March — 18 on the Symetra Tour and the LPGA’s CP Women’s Open — and will be in the field at this week’s Guardian Championship at Capitol Hill Golf Club in Prattville, Ala.

That grind of nearly a tournament per week has taught Szeryk to pace herself, including scheduling her heaviest gym days for Mondays and keeping the lighter workouts for later in the week.

Finding balance has paid off for Szeryk, who has been in the top 10 four times this season and sits 17th on the Volvik Race for the Card. Including the Guardian Championship, there are three tournaments left on the Symetra Tour schedule for her to crack the top 10 on the money list and earn a full LPGA Tour card for the 2020 season.

“I just need to focus on every shot. I can’t get too ahead of myself,” said Szeryk, who has earned US$55,604 this season.

Tenth-ranked Min Seo Kwak has $65,831 heading into play this week and No. 9 Jenny Coleman has won $66,851.

“I’ve worked hard for good results so hopefully that can show up for the next few weeks,” Szeryk said.

Szeryk joined Golf Canada’s young pro squad this season after four years on the amateur squad. She’s drawn some inspiration this autumn from seeing fellow Canadians Michael Gligic and Taylor Pendrith move up the men’s pro ranks.

“It’s awesome to see so many good Canadians moving up,” said Szeryk. “Sometimes it takes time to get to where you want to be. It’s all a learning experience and everyone has a different path but it’s definitely really cool and encouraging to see other players get there.”

PGA TOUR — Adam Svensson of Surrey, B.C., birdied on his first playoff hole on Monday to qualify for the Sanderson Farms Championship at the Country Club of Jackson, in Mississippi. He’ll be joined by fellow Canadians Corey Conners of Listowel, Ont., David Hearn of Brantford, Ont., Nick Taylor of Abbotsford, B.C., and Michael Gligic of Burlington, Ont.

MACKENZIE TOUR — Taylor Pendrith of Richmond Hill, Ont., was named Golf Canada’s player of the week after tying for 11th at the Canada Life Championship in London, Ont. He finished second on the Mackenzie Tour’s order of merit to earn a conditional card on the Korn Ferry Tour for 2020. He was also named Canadian player of the year on the Mackenzie Tour.

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