It comes as no surprise, as disturbing as it is, that the golf associations/groups involved in attempting to form a media monopoly as mentioned in my previous blog here, would think of themselves as “powerbrokers.” What is surprising, and even more disturbing, is that they would call themselves that publicly in a press release. Golf administrators are apparently getting caught in the same trap as politicians. It shouldn’t be about who’s governing, but about the constituents they represent … There was a time a few decades ago when the various associations in this country fought turf wars between themselves, driven by self interest. Now that Golf Canada, the PGA of Canada and Mackenzie Tour have cuddled up with ScoreGolf, the only difference is that they’re working together instead of separately to become a player in a profession outside of golf administration … One of the first things an invader does when it takes over a country is to assume control of the media, so it can spread propaganda, which appears to be the strategy of the “powerbrokers.” … Bubba Watson was being Bubba when he let the cat out of the bag, sort of, by hitting his new PING driver, reportedly called the G, off the carpet prior to the start of this week’s Hyundai Tournament of Champions at Kapalua, then spilling the beans on Twitter. The release will likely come sometime soon, but we do have these closeups of Bubba’s new driver that we’ll be hearing about soon.
Danny Lee, who won the 2015 Greenbrier Classic and tied for second at the Tour Championship has agreed to wear Devereux apparel, distributed in Canada by G&G Golf. Lee finished the season with eight top 10 finishes and was ninth in FedEx Cup standings … As Adam Hadwin pointed out below, he’s was a little early for the ace he had recently on the 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale. Had he sunk it during the Waste Management Phoenix Open in early February, you would have heard the roar from wherever you might be in Canada from the zany crowd that lines that par three. While he might not have received the cheers, Hadwin did have a wild trip from tee to green to claim his prize from the cup.
Gary Slatter, who teaches out of Redwood Meadows Golf and Country Club near Calgary, told the story on Facebook recently about when he was working at Paradise Island in the Bahamas in the late ‘90s and wouldn’t allow two ladies in bikinis to hit balls on the range, suggesting they return in more appropriate attire. There are more than a few guys who would give Slatter an earful for that transgression alone, but it got worse when actor Kurt Russell showed up in the pro shop and told Slatter, ” My wife Goldie (Hawn) and Kate (Hudson) came over and some guy wouldn’t let them hit balls. Can you imagine?” No Gary, we can’t, but that will forever be your burden … The final GNN Poll of 2015 asked readers in early December if there were any concerns about how golf courses in their area will come through winter, based on the weather to that point and 74 per cent said no, while 26 per cent said yes … This week’s GNN Poll asks readers about the pace they’ll be working at throughout January and it appears most will be easing into 2016. with 33 per cent saying they’re off for most of/all of January, 19 per cent saying it will be a busy but relaxed pace and 24 per cent adding that the pace will build as the month progresses. Meanwhile, 24 per cent of respondents said they’ll be going top speed from the beginning.