Golf is one of the industries still assessing what to expect from a new federal government after Monday’s election, which saw a Conservative majority replaced by a Liberal majority, led by Justin Trudeau. The Liberals picked up 184 seats, while the Conservatives will be the opposition with 99, which means the landscape has changed dramatically for the National Allied Golf Association in its efforts to have golf classified as a legitimate business expense for companies entertaining clients. Jeff Calderwood of the National Golf Course Owners Association, who is spearheading NAGA efforts, says he’ll delay comment about what’s ahead until after a strategy meeting on Nov. 4 … Trudeau did hint at a reduction in taxes for small businesses, but the very definition of a small business comes into question after Trudeau told Peter Mansbridge of the CBC “We have to know that a large percentage of small businesses are actually just ways for wealthier Canadians to save on their taxes and we want to reward the people who are actually creating jobs and contributing in concrete ways. So, there’s a little tweaking to do around that.” … Calgary’s Lisa “Longball” Vlooswyk finished fifth at the World Long Drive Championship’s women’s competition in Thackerville, Okla,, on Monday … Tristan Mullally, national women’s team coach for Golf Canada, and wife Yelena have announced the birth of their son Connor … National men’s team coach Derek Ingram was recently named the PGA of Manitoba’s coach of the year … Graham DeLaet, Adam Hadwin, David Hearn and Nick Taylor are the Canadians in the field at this week’s Shriners Hospital for Children Open in Las Vegas. Last year, Hearn tied for seventh and Hadwin tied for 10th in Vegas … Canadians to advance to the second stage of Web .com Tour qualifying school thus far include Lucas Kim of Toronto, Austin Connelly of Irvin, Tx. (dual citizen), Devin Carrey of Burnaby, B.C., Marc-Etiennes Bussieres of Boisbriand, Que., Sonny Michaud of Rouyn-Noranda, Que., Danny Sahl of Sherwood Park, Alta., Matt Hill of Brights Grove, Ont., Ben Silverman of Thornhill, Ont., Max Gilbert of Saint-Georges, Que., Michael Gliglic of Burlington, Ont., Ted Brown of Peterborough, Ont., and Cam Burke of New Hamburg, Ont. Play continues this week at three U.S. sites … There’s been some mixed messages in various reports I’ve read about Canadians on the Symetra Tour who earned direct access to the final stage of LPGA qualifying school through the development circuit’s money list. The top 15 outside the top 10 do go directly to the final stage, so that includes Augusta James of Bath, Ont., (12th), Maude-Aimee Leblanc of Sherbrooke, Que., (14th) and Samantha Richdale of Kelowna, B.C. (19th). Then, you also have to remove those who already had access to final stage, which means that players who finished as far down as 33rd also get a pass. That adds Jessica Wallace of Vancouver (26th), Sara-Maude Juneau of Fossambault, Que. (28th) and Sue Kim of Langley, B.C. (32nd) to the list … I found this letter to be extremely questionable as it described an incident in which a coyote pup was left suffering on a green at an Ontario golf course for several days. First of all, that wouldn’t be good for business and secondly, golfers and staff members are human beings more likely to report an injured animal laying on the golf course, if not for kindness, then for safety reasons. That’s why I decided to put it to readers in this week’s GNN Poll, which is backing up my original thought as of this writing. At that point, 92 per cent of respondents said golfers and staff members look forward to seeing wildlife, while eight per cent said they tolerate wildlife. Nobody voted that they get complaints about wildlife. There’s still plenty of time to cast your vote on the GNN home page.
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