The word is that we will hear who the new executive director of the Canadian PGA is about a month from now.
As mentioned in the News Now story on the GNN home page, the association has short-listed the candidates and, according to Canadian PGA president Lindon Garron, there are some worthy candidates.
As Garron explained in that story, the chosen candidate need not come from within the association, but it would be preferable if that person had a working knowledge of the golf industry.
That would make sense since the job has evolved over the years and all matters the person will have to deal with will not be CPGA-exclusive. One of the strengths of the departed Steve Carroll was his ability to work closely with the National Allied Golf Association on issues facing the entire industry.
Carroll has since landed with the Royal Canadian Golf Association, which is also a story still up on the GNN home page, but he came to the national association after 13 years with the PGA of British Columbia as executive director and had a solid knowledge of internal Canadian PGA issues.
CPGA members that I chatted with after Carroll resigned in August were lamenting his exit, but does that mean a background within the association is a prerequisite for whoever is hired for the position?
Besides working with other golf associations within NAGA, is there something to be said for fresh ideas from outside the CPGA in terms of marketing efforts or even the structure of the national office in Acton, Ont.?
On the other hand, would it be helpful to have a CPGA background to understand the complicated relationships between the national office and the provincial/regional zones?
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It’s a battle of former Boise State Broncos at the PGA Tour qualifying school at Bear Lakes Country Club in West Palm Beach, Fla., where Graham DeLaet of Weyburn, Sask., trails leader Troy Merritt by two strokes.
DeLaet was two-under through 12 holes of his fifth round when play was called due to darkness. He will also play his final round on Monday.
The top 25 plus ties will get their PGA Tour cards, which leaves Ted Brown of Peterborough, Ont., on the bubble. Brown was even through 16 holes of his fifth round and was tied for 20th at nine-under.
At the LPGA Tour qualifying school, Montreal’s Lisa Meldrum continued to contend for her card as she shot a 68 on Sunday and was tied for fourth at four-under with the fifth and final round to be played Monday.
Adrienne White of Red Deer, Alta., was tied for 14th at two-under after shooting an even-par 72 in the fourth round on Sunday.
The top 20 players get their full-time LPGA Tour cards.
What’s Playing In The GNN Forum
The Golf Management Institute of Canada has some new online classes beginning in January. See the Coming Events section.
Also in Coming Events, a look at some of the education seminars being offered at next month’s PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando.
In Job Postings, Cedarhill Golf and Country Club in Ottawa is looking for a superintendent.
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