The golf industry has begun rallying around Fort McMurray through fundraisers. Tiffany Gordon has informed us that Cottonwood Golf and Country Club near Calgary will be holding several fundraising activities this weekend and, from what I understand, several other operations in the area will be doing the same … As you read here, Graham DeLaet will donate $500 for every birdie he makes at this week’s Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte, N.C. and both Adam Hadwin and Nick Taylor have jumped in it, as well. From what I’ve seen on social media, their enthusiasm is contagious. The Graham and Ruby DeLaet Foundation has also set up a MyEvent page here to accept donations to raise funds. That should and has overshadowed politicians or those with an axe to grind who use such a tragedy to push their agendas, which is the case here and here. At least wait until it’s over, and we’re not sure when that will be, to get up on your soapbox … The Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada has also made a donation to the Canadian Red Cross in Alberta. “”Our thoughts and best wishes are with everyone affected by the wildfires at this time in Fort McMurray, home of the Syncrude Boreal Open presented by AECON. Over the last five years, the region has been a wonderful host for the Mackenzie Tour, displaying the strong community spirit and hospitable demeanour of the people there, particularly the volunteers and the staff at Fort McMurray Golf Club,” read the tour statement … Brooke Henderson and Lorie Kane pay homage to their moms – Darlene and Marilyn, respectively – in a new video from WestJet, an sponsor of the CP Women’s Open, that came out in time for Mother’s Day. Have a look:
The first instinct here is to call John Gordon a troll or Bill “Skip” Johns a fossil because, hey, that’s just what we do with colleagues we’ve known for decades. It’s a hard shell that masks the laughs each has provided on countless golf courses, 19th holes and media rooms, not to mention their unique contributions to golf, so this will be said once and never again and don’t ever bring up it up in future conversations. Both are damn deserving of the honours they received Wednesday evening when Gordon was inducted into the Ontario Golf Hall of Fame and Johns received the Lorne Rubenstein Award for media contributions. Just don’t tell them I said it … “The Senator” and “Skip” were inducted along with two other deserving inductees in former Golf Association of Ontario executive director Dave Mills and club professional Patty Howard … The odd thing about that ceremony is that Howard is the rose among the other three grizzly inductees and definitely the sweetest, yet she showed up with a boisterous bunch of her supporters in a London Knights bus, dubbed “Patty’s Party Bus,” by those who saw it … One thing I would like to know is why Gordon’s bio was an entire page in the evening’s program and the other three filled another page combined? Was it because of all his career accomplishments or was it his reputation for saying in 10,000 words what he could say in 10? As long as his speech was, it was quite entertaining, however. Had to laugh when Mills made it clear he was trying to make his even longer. It was a photo finish between the two of them … The good thing about Johns winning the Rubenstein Award is his dedication to a particular region of Ontario, in his case Kitchener-Waterloo, pointing out that he was happiest covering high school sports and golf … This week’s GNN Poll asks if the Olympics will have any grow-the-game potential and, as of this writing, 44 per cent of respondents said it will have some potential, 39 per cent said none whatsoever and 17 per cent believing it will have huge potential.