Judging by the number of posts I read on social media Monday night, the story wasn’t Rickie Fowler winning the Deutsche Bank Championship. The story was him bringing champagne to the media. Hope they weren’t too giddy meeting deadline … While Fowler has reason to celebrate, so does Brooke Henderson, who turns 18 on Thursday, the same day she opens the Evian Championship in France, the final major of the LPGA Tour season … Despite missing the cut at the Deutsche Bank Championship, David Hearn is still going in the FedEx Cup playoffs. He’s 59th and will play this week’s BMW Championship … The 54-hole PGA Assistants’ Championship of Canada gets underway Wednesday at Camelot Golf and Country Club in Cumberland, Ont., as Brian McCann looks to win this event for the third time since 2010 … The PGA of Alberta Senior Championship will be played Wednesday and Thursday at the Derrick Golf and Winter Club in Edmonton. Michael Hogan of Glencoe Golf and Country Club is defending champ … Augusta James of Bath, Ont., is now eighth on the Symetra Tour money list, with five tournaments remaining, including this week’s Prairie Band Casino and Resort Charity Classic in Mayetta, Ks. The top 10 at the end of the year graduate to the LPGA Tour next season. Maude-Aimee Leblanc is 12th. For the full standings, click here … One Canadian is left in the top five who receive Web .com Tour status by finishing in the top five at the end of the season on the Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada money list. Toronto’s Albin Choi is third, with Vancouver’s Kevin Spooner in seventh and Christopher Ross, winner of last week’s Wildfire Invitational, in eighth. For the full standings, click here. Two tournaments remain on the 2015 schedule, including this week’s Cape Breton Celtic Classic … Jack Hall of Savannah, Ga., took the Canadian Men’s Senior Championship at Desert Blume Golf Club in Medicine Hat, Alta., last week. Hall, 58, finished up on a rainy Friday with a one-over 73 to finish an event that was shortened to 54 holes due to windy conditions at seven under. “It was challenging, let’s say that for sure. I played with a couple of Canadians who said it was cold and that made my day. It was the right golf course to handle those kinds of conditions. I thought the weather made the tournament. We’re getting older, but we like challenges too,” he said … Calgary’s David Schultz was top Canadian at one under and George Stokes won the Super Senior division (70 years and older). Team Ontario, consisting of Michael Jackson of Collingwood, Michael Mealia of Richmond Hill and Lars Melander of Oakville won the Inter-Provincial team title … Another example of how the media won’t let Tiger Woods go, even when he isn’t playing. Is it really news that he and daughter Sam went to a U.S. Open tennis match from Rafael Nadal’s private box? … The Saskatchewan Golf Hall of Fame will hold its induction ceremony and banquet on Saturday, Sept. 26, at the Riverside Country Club in Saskatoon. Brian Bamford, Stan Homenuik and Barb Wilson will be inducted in the players category, while John Gaudet, Con Hammer and Bud Johns will go in through the distinguished service category. Tickets can be purchased here … Changes to golf course conditioning are coming faster than previously anticipated by the Canadian golf industry due to such factors as the economy and droughts. That’s the word from 85 per cent of respondents to last week’s GNN Poll on the subject … If that came to be, how would golf course rankers react to a change from the lush, green fairways that we’ve become used to in North America? Then again, you’d only wonder if you cared about rankings … This week’s poll asks readers if self-driving golf carts, if they became reality, would fly at the golf operations where they work. The majority, or 71 per cent, say there would be no interest at all in the self-driving cart, with 29 per cent adding their places of employment might get a few as of this writing. You can vote on the GNN home page.
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