Summer must be over. I just got an e-mail with instructions on applying for my credentials for the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando … You know you’ve been going to the show one or two years, or in my case, a couple of decades, when the process is a few computer clicks and you’re done before confirmation arrives in your inbox … The outdoor demo day takes place Tuesday, Jan. 26, at Orange County National with the show itself running the next three days at the Orange Country Convention Center … For those of you still needling me about my flight snafu to O-Town for this year’s show, I will be sure to double check the a.m./p.m. before I leave for the airport. With all the heat I took over that one, this is beginning to feel like a Seinfeld episode. If you really must refresh your memory on that incident, click here … Random company names out of past shows that will be missing (I assume) in January – Liquidmetal, V-Flyte, Top Flite, Tehama, Bite Shoes, Lynx … Lindsay Bernakevitch of the Victoria Golf Club won the Cleveland Golf/Srixon Canada PGA of B.C. Club Professional Championship earlier this week at the Richmond Country Club. Bernakevitch finished at four under to win $2,700, four ahead of Murray Poje of Tsawwassen Springs and Mark Strong of the host club, who each finished at even par to win $1,750 apiece … The PGA of Alberta will present four bursaries of $750 apiece to deserving candidates for membership or assistants. The deadline for 2015 applications is next Friday. For more information, click here … The Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance worked with the City of Thunder Bay’s tourism department on an economic impact study during the Staal Foundation Open, a Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada event in that Ontario city, and reports an estimated $4-million of economic activity in the province and $2.8-million in Thunder Bay. According to the report, the event supported 25 jobs in the province, paying $767,000 in wages, salaries and total federal, provincial and municipal taxes supported by the event reached $728,000. In total the net economic activity was $2-million in the province, of which $1.2- million was in Thunder Bay … Early bird registration for the Canadian Golf Course Management Conference in Toronto, being hosted by the Canadian Golf Superintendents Association also in January, is underway. For more information, click here. For a schedule of events, click here … According to the current GNN Poll, the majority of Canadian golf courses are planning to stretch the season into November. Asked when the golf operation that employs them planned to close, 38 per cent said opening day would be in November, while another 29 per cent said second half of October. Another 18 per cent weren’t exactly sure because the weather would be deciding their closing days, while only 15 per cent planned to close in the first half of this month. You can still cast your vote on the GNN home page.
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