The mind is weak and the thoughts are fractured with another work week upon us, but most who know me would say that’s the case most days. Keep the GPS on as the thoughts wander from one subject to another this Monday morning.
DON’T BE SHY: A week ago, we introduced the GNN Forum, which was designed to create a sense of community within the Canadian golf industry.
There’s been some good traffic through the Forum, but most seem to be tippytoe-ing around in there anonymously, which isn’t unusual with the proceedings just getting underway.
There have been some postings and we would obviously like to see the chatter expanding beyond the subjects that have already been touched on.
Oddly enough, when we asked in a GNN Poll what would most interest readers in the Forum, over 50 per cent responded that they would like to fire questions to industry leaders, but so far, nobody has made the first step.
Discussions on timely issues was also looked forward to among readers before the Forum was launched and that, so far, has been the most popular category.
Forum discussions don’t necessarily have to revolve around controversial issues of the day. The Forum is designed to be constructive, with categories such as solutions to common problems, job postings and coming events.
I’ve just taken the liberty of posting some positions opening up to Canadian Golf Superintendents Association members in the Forum, but if your facility is looking for a food and beverage manager, head or assistant pro or whatever job, the opportunity is there to announce it. A couple of new coming events have also been added.
Readers can check out postings on the GNN Forum without registering, but in order to comment, you need to register and it’s really quite simple. See the story “How to Sign Up for the GNN Forum,” in our archives.
When you get in there, don’t be shy. Make your presence known by starting new discussions or replying to existing topics.
Your opinion needs to be heard as well.
THE FUTURES MARKET: It’s been eight long years since a Canadian won on the LPGA Tour, a dry spell that Hamilton’s Alena Sharp and Charlottetown’s Lorie Kane will be trying to end this year.
Jessica Shepley of Oakville, Ont., and Samantha Richdale of Kelowna, B.C., also have tour status, but will spend most of the season on the Duramed Futures Tour, where at least 18 Canadians will be competing to take that next big step in their careers.
Joining Shepley and Richdale when the tour gets started next week in Winter Haven, Fla., will be Montreal’s Lisa Meldrum, Kira Meixner of Richmond, B.C. and Calgary’s Cindy Pasechnik, among others.
One of those Canadians will be Lindsey Edmunds of London, Ont., who was the individual women’s champ at the 2005 Royal Canadian Golf Association university championship and is coming off a rough season in 2008.
It started last May when a routine shot during a tournament in Florida injured her wrist when her club hid a hidden root. “It caught me pretty good, so I fractured the bone in my right wrist,” said Edmunds, whose Futures Tour season was limited to one tournament in 2008.
Then, last fall, a car hit her as she crossing the street while out for a run in London.
“The ambulance was called and I was taken to the hospital and the initial tests that were done showed no breaks, which was a really good thing,” said Edmunds, 25.
“I was really worried. My knee felt awful at the time and my ankle was swollen, so we were really happy to hear there were no breaks,” added Edmunds, who dislocated two ribs, severely sprained her left foot and suffered swelling in the right knee.
An ultrasound showed that a blood clot had formed in her knee and she was forced on to blood thinners. Edmunds is recovering now, but is still having difficulty walking courses. She plans to attend her first LPGA Q-school later this fall.
CONSUMER SHOWS STILL VIABLE?: Despite the popular opinion that consumer golf shows are dying, that isn’t necessarily true, according to the latest GNN Poll.
Results so far show that 63 per cent of GNN readers who responded think that the shows are still a good way to market products/services, while 37 per cent say the shows don’t work.
THE CHARITABLE OPEN: RBC and the RCGA have called a press conference in downtown Toronto today to announce what is being called a “tournament enhancement” for the RBC Canadian Open, which will be played later this year at Glen Abbey in Oakville, Ont.
Sources say this enhancement will be a charitable component that could revolve around Mike Weir, who will be present for today’s announcement.