A theory that I’ve had since the beginning of the year seems to be proving itself in the Canadian golf industry and I’ve been accused of being anything but an optimist.
The reality is that there’s been a lot of understandable gloom and doom within the industry the past few years due to economic conditions, dwindling participation and weather, among many reasons, but in 2012, there seems to be a renewed sense of optimism.
It’s early in the week, so the results of the GNN Poll may yet change, but as of Tuesday, early returns showed a more positive outlook within the industry. We asked which statement best describes how the 2012 season is shaping up for readers’ businesses and 58 per cent said better than last year.
So, the majority of readers see somewhat of an upturn, but it goes beyond that for some as 17 per cent said the 2012 season is their best in five years and eight per cent said it was their best in 10 years, so a quarter of respondents see considerable improvement.
In direct contrast, however, 17 per cent said their business this year was status quo or disappointing.
So, good moods have apparently replaced grumpiness in the industry, but there is one kicker and I’ll probably get knocked for saying this, but it would be prudent to be somewhat guarded because the Canadian economy could be affected by world events and rising household debt.
Taylor, Hill Showing Positive Results
It wasn’t that long ago that Nick Taylor of Abbotsford, B.C., and Matt Hill of Bright’s Grove, Ont., were considered top Canadian prospects for the PGA Tour and rightly so.
After standout college careers, both Taylor and Hill seem to be emerging in the pros, specifically on the Canadian Tour. Taylor was 12-under, just two shots out of the playoff that decided last weekend’s ATB Financial Classic in Edmonton.
His T3 finish put Taylor on top of the race for Canadian rookie of the year honours. It was his second top 10 in as many events so far this season after Taylor tied for seventh at the Times Colonist Island Savings Open in Victoria, where he finished at six under.
Hill finished in a tie for eighth in Edmonton at 10 under and appears to be closing in on exempt status for the rest of the Canadian Tour season.
Hunter Mahan On Board
RBC has announced that Hunter Mahan has joined its roster of brand ambassadors. Mahan will wear the RBC logo on his apparel, outerwear and golf bag.
Mahan joins world No. 1 Luke Donald, Ernie Els, Jim Furyk, Matt Kuchar, Mike Weir, Stephen Ames, Graham DeLaet and David Hearn, as well as LPGA Tour player Morgan Pressel as RBC players.
“We have been following Hunter’s success on tour for a couple of years now and were first introduced when he supported our event at St. Georges in 2010,” said Andy Shibata, head of brand marketing for RBC.
“With a World Golf Championship and five wins already under his belt, we feel Hunter has a long and bright future ahead of him and are thrilled to be his official financial services provide,” he added.
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