Growth predictions by GNN readers are evenly split so far, with 51 per cent not expecting to see a period of sustained, healthy growth in participation within their lifetimes. The good news is that 49 per cent do expect to see an extended period of growth. There’s still time to vote on that subject at the GNN Poll on the home page … International Women’s Day took place last Sunday, the same day that two Canadians – Dawn Coe-Jones and Lorie Kane – earned top 10s on the LPGA Legends Tour. The day after International Women’s Day, little attention was paid to it in the Canadian media. Would that have been the case if a pair of Canadians finished top 10 on the Champions Tour, the male equivalent to the Legends Tour? Scanning down the leaderboard from that event, prominent names from women’s golf – Juli Inkster, Rosie Jones, Pat Hurst, Amy Alcott and Nancy Lopez, to name a few – were in the field, so it would seem some recognition was appropriate, even in a note in a column. Coe-Jones and Kane have seven PGA Tour wins between them. You can read more about that event here … To be fair, the media likely wanted to get in another witty line on the form used by Rory McIlroy in dumping his club in the lake at Doral and how he got a free pass that Tiger Woods wouldn’t have received. Anytime you can get Rory, Tiger and Donald Trump into the same story, it’s gold, right? … Speaking of Tiger, PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem was talking about the tour without Tiger and how other stars need to develop. “We need other stars to develop. They are going to develop more without Tiger dominating television coverage and media coverage,” he said. Television and media coverage? I hope the good commissioner is including the tour’s own website, which is all Tiger, all the time when he’s in the field and, to a certain extent, when he isn’t … I don’t need a task force to decide that if there’s ever an All-Hutch team, Eric Banks of Truro, N.S., and Dustin Barr of Thunder Bay, Ont., are the first two automatic selections. Having a bad day at work? Read about the obstacles Banks faced here and what Barr was up against here … If the 2016 RBC Canadian Open is played at Coppinwood in Uxbridge, Ont., and perhaps again in 2017, it will be interesting to see how the Toronto market reacts with the event being played farther out of the GTA than usual. The other influence on the crowd could be the lack of major highway access to anywhere near the golf course northeast of the city.
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