A few notes as we move from a thrilling conclusion at the Ricoh Women’s British Open into British Open week and on to the RBC Canadian Open at Royal Montreal.
Canadian Golf Hall of Fame member Lorne Rubenstein reported recently on Twitter that standout junior Brooke Henderson approached the LPGA Tour about waiving its minimum age of 18, but was denied.
— Lorne Rubenstein (@lornerubenstein) July 10, 2014
PGA Launches Trade-In Network
The PGA of Canada has recently launched a Trade-In Network in which golfers can trade in used clubs at participating golf shops and apply the value against the purchase of new clubs. For more, click here … Tyler LeBouthillier of Silver Springs Golf and Country Club won his first PGA of Alberta Assistants title last week … The two-day Titleist and FootJoy PGA of Ontario Championship gets underway Monday at Deer Ridge in Kitchener, where London’s Brian Hadley opened with a 59 last year. Bill Walsh, the No.1 player in PGA of Canada national rankings and a runner-up at the recent PGA Championship of Canada, is also in the field … The PING Canada PGA of Alberta Club Professional Championship goes Wednesday and Thursday at Redwood Meadows … Tony Gil of Vaughan, Ont., and dual citizen Maddie Szeryk of Allen, Tex., will represent Canada at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China, next month. They’ll be accompanied by Robert Ratcliffe, who coaches the national development team. Szeryk, the 2013 Canadian Junior champion, has family ties in both Ontario and Texas and recently secured her Canadian citizenship.
LeBron Or Holly? No Decision Really
I hope he was kidding when a colleague and pal stated last week that he wasn’t sure if the day’s biggest story was LeBron James leaving the Miami Heat to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers or Holly Sonders leaving the Golf Channel for Fox Sports. Pardon the pun, but I think it’s a slam dunk that 99.9 per cent of sports fans, including golfers, will go with the NBA star on that one … A story is understandable about a high profile media person changing outlets, but beyond that, the media seems to be turning into the “me”-dia a lot these days. At what particular point did the media go from covering the story to being the story? … Does it seem strange that the Golf Channel used a report from Golfweek to announce Sonders’ departure? The story here even quotes a Golf Channel spokesperson using the traditional “wish her the best in her future endeavours” line.