A week after Jason Day was declared the man in golf all by himself after his win at the Players Championship, the tone seems considerably different after Rory McIlroy won the Irish Open on this past weekend. That’s not the winds of change at golf’s elite level, but the hot air wafting in a different direction from those who lose perspective after each victory week to week. Oh, by the way, despite what they’ll tell you, there’s still no word on when Tiger’s coming back … Steve Wood of the
Rossmere Country Club in Winnipeg
officially became PGA of Canada president last week at the association’s annual general meeting in Montreal. Wood replaces Constant Priondolo of Montreal. Mark Patterson of Elbow, Sask., becomes vice president, while Vancouver’s Tom Monaghan is the new secretary. Kevin Thistle (Alberta) Teejay Alderdice (Ontario) and Dave Levesque (Quebec) were made national directors. Thistle has a unique distinction as he also served as a director while in Ontario … The PGA Assistants’ Championship of Canada will be played at the Golf Club at Lora Bay in Thornbury, Ont., Sept. 12-15. Brad Kerfoot of Maple Downs in Maple, Ont., is defending champ … The Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada will use ShotLink for scoring, statistics and tournament updates this season, beginning with this week’s Freedom 55 Financial Open at Vancouver’s Point Grey Golf and Country Club. “In addition to our other digital and social media properties, we want people to be able to closely follow every event. Adding new statistical information and live updates will produce an enhanced fan experience, and we look forward to seeing it in action this week in Vancouver,” said Mackenzie Tour president Jeff Monday. Statistics will include driving accuracy, greens in regulation, scrambling and putting average …The Canadian University/College Championship begins next Tuesday at Morningstar Golf Club in Parksville, B.C. The University of British Columbia is defending men’s champ, while Université de Montréal is defending women’s champ … It’s tempting to make a joke about nooses and marriage, but we’ll refrain and wish the best to Adam Hadwin, who proposed to Jessica Dawn via a game of hangman this week.
Former NHL players Mike Commodore and Ray Whitney will join Graham DeLaet and Theo Fleury at the Graham Slam, which will be played on Monday, June 20th, prior to the SIGA Dakota Dunes Open, a Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada event being played Dakota Dunes Golf Links, near Saskatoon. Both are from Fort Saskatchewan, Alta. The Graham and Ruby DeLaet Foundation will used the funds for a pediatric ambulance for the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan … Hadwin, David Hearn and Nick Taylor are the Canadians in the field at this week’s PGA Tour stop, the Dean and DeLuca Invitational at Colonial in Fort Worth, Tx. … No tournament on the Web .com Tour this week … The LPGA Tour is also in Michigan, with the LPGA Volvik Championship being played in Ann Arbor, Mich., where Brooke Henderson, Samantha Richdale, Alena Sharp and Maude-Aimee Leblanc are in
the field, along with SooBin Kim of Coquitlam, B.C. … Henderson is now 10th on the LPGA money list with $462,357 and sixth in the world rankings. Alena Sharp is ranked 119th in the world … Henderson is also tied for second in LPGA birdies this year with 190 … Leblanc is second in average driving distance at 279.238 yards … Sue Kim, Jennifer Kirby, Brittany Marchand, Megan Osland, Anne-Catherine Tanguay, amateur Elizabeth Tong, Augusta James, Jessica Wallace and Sara-Maude Juneau are at the Symetra Tour’s W.B. Mason Championship in Brockton, Mass. … Despite playing in a few LPGA Tour events recently, Richdale remains second on the Symetra Tour money list with $32,220, while James moved up a spot from seventh to sixth with $27,214. Wallace ($20,040) is 12th and Toronto’s Rebecca Lee-Bentham ($16,924) is 19th this week. The top 10 on the money list at the end of the season graduate full time to the LPGA Tour … Last week’s GNN Poll asked readers for their opinions on the Canadian uniforms for this year’s Summer Olympics that were unveiled recently and 57 per cent said they disliked them, while 28 per cent liked them and 15 per cent said they don’t care … This week’s poll asks now that the May 2-4 weekend is over, how readers see business in 2016 shaping up at their places of employment. There’s optimism out there as 44 per cent, as of this writing, expects business to be above average compared to the last five years, while another 36 per cent see it as status quo, with only 12 per cent expecting it to be below average. Another eight per cent say it’s too early to tell. You can still cast your vote on the GNN home page.