The folks on the Lower Mainland of British Columbia got a good taste of winter on the weekend as you can read and see in this report from Global News.
I chatted on Sunday with GNN blogger Tiffany Gordon of the Cottonwood Golf and Country Club near Calgary and she talked about thigh-high snow and frigid temperatures there, although the long range is showing a positively balmy 10 C for this Sunday.
Meanwhile, wind chills in Saskatchewan were expected around minus 50 C on the weekend, according to this report from CTV News in Regina and I can report first hand that Ontario is in an icy grip as well. Certainly, the Atlantic provinces have been dealing with a lot this winter, too.
While snow accumulation and frigid temperatures are tough enough to deal with, it just seems that winter is unrelenting so far and the bad news is that it may not be over anytime soon for weather-weary Canadians, according to this report from CBC.
One thing is certain. There will be a pent-up desire for that first round of golf when spring finally does arrive, but will you be ready to answer the bell?
What would a quick melt do to your golf course. What about ice from a nearby river? Here in Southern Ontario, there was an ice storm just before Christmas and then the snow hit.
Winter’s fury could indeed mean more time to get the course ready for golfers who are eager to get out and play. A good majority of respondents to last week’s GNN Poll believe that winter will force the golf course where they work to open later than usual this year.
A delayed opening was expected by 74 per cent of those who responded.
This week’s poll asks how many golfers at the facility where you work actually play formal, competitive rounds and the early result is that less than 10 per cent play the serious events. There’s still plenty of time to cast your vote on the GNN home page.
Hall Of Fame Controversy Is Inevitable
As I mentioned here last week, controversy surrounding the 2014 Canadian Golf Hall of Fame inductees had nothing to do with Stephen Ames who deservedly did get in, but it did centre around who weren’t named this year.
That type of controversy is nothing new when it comes to Halls of Fame in any sport and an absence of controversy would signal apathy among followers of the game.
In hockey, for example, there’s been a desire among many to get Paul Henderson, the hero of the 1972 Summit Series between Canada and the Soviet Union, into that Hall of Fame as illustrated by this report in the Toronto Sun.
Before he posthumously won the 2013 Ford C. Frick Award, there was a passionate campaign to get Toronto Blue Jays announcer Tom Cheek into the Baseball Hall of Fame, including this page on Facebook.
Hall of Fame controversy goes with the territory no matter what method is used. It should be that way.