My first reaction to hearing that Melbourne, Australia, had landed the 2019 Presidents Cup was that Melbourne last hosted that event in 2011, four years after it was played in Canada for the first and only time at Royal Montreal, an epic event that reached its peak when Mike Weir beat Tiger Woods in singles play, even if the Internationals did lose to the Americans. When Melbourne hosts the Presidents Cup in 2019, it will mark the third time it has been played there (it was also played there in 1998 when the Internationals picked up their only win). Any enthusiasm for Canada making another pitch was dampened when I heard this editorial by Tim Rosaforte on Golf World digital, who says the original asking price for the Presidents Cup was $29-million, even if Australia did get it for $25-million. Rosaforte, by the way, felt South Africa should get it with Ernie Els as captain of the International side, but it would appear cost sensitivity may shut out a lot of potential venues in the future … This year’s Presidents Cup provided plenty of drama as the U.S. edged the Internationals 15.5 – 14.5, but most golfers I chatted with on the weekend were more concerned with the Toronto Blue Jays in the playoffs, Thanksgiving, the federal election and getting in what could be their last rounds of the season. Of course, at this time of year any round could be your last and the time difference between here and Incheon, South Korea, was a major factor, but taped delayed coverage was reportedly way down compared to 2011, when it was played at Royal Melbourne … The Graham and Ruby DeLaet Foundation has teamed with Golf Saskatchewan to adopt 37 schools through Golf Canada’s Golf In Schools program. The funds were raised through the Graham DeLaet Charity Golf Classic. DeLaet has been a Golf In Schools ambassador since June. The Golf In Schools is now in 70 per cent of schools in Saskatchewan … The PGA of Ontario will host its Golf Industry Expo at the Nottawasaga Inn Resort and Conference Centre in Alliston, Ont., Nov. 4-5 … The Canadian Golf Superintendents Association has partnered with Barnhard and Company to present a cross-country series of seminars that will examine the impact of equipment maintenance on turf quality and the relationship between turf quality and integrated plant management, sustainability environmental integrity and turf maintenance costs. For the schedule and more information, click here … The plunging loonie will have an effect on GNN readers this year, as 53 per cent said in last week’s GNN Poll that they’ll be cutting back on spending on the road this year as a result and another 19 per cent won’t take a trip because of the exchange. On the other hand, 23 per cent say they’ll spend as much as usual and not worry about it, while five per cent said they weren’t planning a trip anyway … This week’s GNN Poll indicates that foot golf is catching on at Canadian operations. While 55 per cent of respondents, as of this writing, say there’s been no discussion of foot golf coming to the operations where they work, another 23 per cent say there has been talk of introducing it and another 22 per cent say they already have foot golf. You can cast your vote on the GNN home page.
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