On a day in which we actually listen to rodents and name movies after that special occasion, which overgrown rat gets the final say on Groundhog Day? Since everyone’s into the act, I’m going with a consensus since most of the furry prognosticators predicted an early spring. I’m sure the rest of the golf industry would go along with that, with the possible exception of those down south, which is likely less than usual with the sad state of the loonie … Before the season does arrive, it would be prudent to stay updated on the spread of the Zika virus, which is transmitted by mosquitoes that breed in areas of standing water hazards. It may not affect Canada since the mosquitoes known to transmit the virus are not believed to be here, but we’re still learning about this one. A good supply of insect repellent in the shop or for use by employees is one preventative measure as is warning staff and golfers to wear long-sleeved clothing and long pants and keeping windows and doors closed if it should become an issue this summer. The main concern is travel by Canadians, particularly pregnant women, to affected regions … With an eye on fundraising for the Graham and Ruby DeLaet Foundation, Graham DeLaet’s annual charity tournament, the Graham Slam, will be played the Monday before the Mackenzie Tour’s SIGA Dakota Dunes Open in Saskatoon. The Graham Slam will feature DeLaet playing against three yet-to-be-named celebrities in a no ropes event, followed by a cocktail reception and live concert. Only a few hundred will witness the event, allowing attendees to be up close and interact with the celebrities, which are expected to be named in the next few weeks, along with the musical act … It’s not a bad bet to assume that a Thursday morning teleconference called by the Mackenzie Tour at Gallagher’s Canyon in Kelowna is all about a new tour event at Gallagher’s Canyon in Kelowna … There are varying levels of concern about the effects of climate change on the golf industry. Last week’s GNN Poll indicates that 36 per cent of respondents felt it will have some effect, while another 36 per cent say chill out because consequences of climate change will be minor. Another 28 per cent say climate change will have serious consequences … This week’s poll asks readers if they consider their respective provincial governments pro-business or anti-business and, as of this writing, 86 per cent said anti-business and 14 per cent said pro-business. There’s still plenty of time to vote on the GNN home page.
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