Like many other burgeoning young golfers Matthew Broome of Barrington, Rhode Island, has his eye on winning the United States Amateur Championship in Tulsa, Oklahoma in a few weeks but in the meantime he has another trophy to chase.
The winner of the the 2008 New England Amateur and standout player for Furman University (school photo to left) is competing in Canada this week, trying to win the Canadian Amateur Golf Championship. While it seems like an unlikely warm up for the U.S. Amateur, his family roots makes it a lot more relevant.
You see, Matthew, who was a standout amateur at Barrington High School playing out of the Rhode Island Country Club, is the son of Peter (and Sandy) Broome, the Vice President of Business Partnerships for Acushnet. Yes, that Acushnet – the makers of Titleist & Cobra products, and dear old dad happens to hail from Canada.
On top of that, Peter used to be an assistant golf professional at the Beaconsfield Golf Club, a course not far from Le Blainvillier Golf Club, where the Canadian Amateur is being played this week.
“He really has a busy schedule…it’s good to be young,” said the proud papa via email earlier today.
Just last week Matthew got to explore his Canadian roots a bit by spending some time with family in Brockville, Ontario – the small city where his dad grew up playing golf at the Brockville Country Club. Matthew’s grandfather John Broome is a former mayor of the city and a prominent member at the club.
They all took a few laps together over the venerable Brockville layout that dates back almost 100 years and was designed by famed Canadian architect, Stanley Thompson. Playing alongside them for nine holes was regional Acushnet Rep, Gawain Corbeil, who was impressed by what he saw in 20 year old Matthew. “You could just tell that he is a really, really solid player,” said Corbeil who has seen a few in his time in the industry.
What many people don’t know is that Matthew was actually born in Canada as well, right in Montreal.
So don’t be surprised if you see Broome win this week at the Canadian Amateur. He has the heritage and pedigree that should actually make him a local favourite – even if they don’t know it. And what a story that would be if a young man born in Canada but raised in the United States could manage to win both country’s amateur golf championships!
With an opening round of 68 and sitting in a tie for 3rd place, Matthew Broome is on his way to making that a possibility. He’ll just have to deal with chasing NC State golfer and Canadian Matt Hill – who just recorded one of the greatest seasons in NCAA history.
Hill shot -7 on day one and leads the way but Broome looks like he is ready for the battle on his “home” turf.