Just a few notes as we hit mid-week between the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open.
A Recurring Theme
With all of the recent talk about Pinehurst No. 2 being a sign of things to come in golf, it reminded me that the GNN Poll asked a relevant question to this topic four years ago in August, 2010. The specific question was, “In the year 2060, will North American golf be rustic and natural, or will the emphasis be on maintenance/near-perfect conditions?” At the time, 80 per cent of respondents said golf courses would feature more natural conditions instead of the well-maintained conditions that golfers have become accustomed to in recent years. It now appears the natural look will come well before 2060 … If golf course operators do get down with brown, it will not only be interesting to see how golfers react, but also those who think they’re qualified to judge golf courses through rankings. I said interesting – not that it matters … As for this week’s GNN Poll, 58 per cent of respondents said, as of this writing, that if golf obtained a 50 per cent deduction for people entertaining business clients, it would have a huge positive effect on the operation where they work. Another 37 per cent said the effect would be somewhat positive, while only five per cent said it would have no effect. Yet, the week before, 77 per cent of respondents said they weren’t aware of formal plans by the industry, either individuals or associations, to approach their local MPs over this matter, so there appears to be a disconnect over the efforts being made by the National Allied Golf Associations in Ottawa and what’s going on regionally and locally. If it will have such a positive impact on golf associations, it’s time to either take the matter into your own hands or approach associations in your area to ask what is happening. NAGA plans to return to Ottawa in the fall to pursue the matter.
Not All Flood Memories Are Bad Ones
Blogger Tiffany Gordon says the folks at Cottonwood Golf and Country Club near Calgary will recognize the effort, not the devastation, that occurred when the flood hit a year ago this Saturday. A barbecue will be held for the folks who chipped in. Tiff kept track of everybody who helped out, including suppliers and members, in a daily log. On top of rolling up their sleeves, people also contributed food to the effort. “It was overwhelming,” said Tiff yesterday … I’ve seen kids referred to as the next Tiger Woods. I’ve seen undue attention paid to Cheyenne Woods because she’s Tiger’s niece. Michelle Wie has been compared to Tiger and so have any number of male players who have done something outstanding on the PGA Tour, but can’t we let longevity decide before writing pieces such as this one on newly-crowned U.S. Open champ Martin Kaymer? … Having said that, who wins the career grand slam first? Phil Mickelson, who is three-quarters of the way there (Masters/British Open/PGA Championship) or Kaymer, who is halfway (U.S. Open/PGA Championship)?
PGA Tour Canada Event Kind To Canadians
The PGA Tour Canada season resumes this week at the Syncrude Boreal Open in Fort McMurray, Alta., an event that began in 2011 and has since had all Canadian winners, including Danny Sahl of Sherwood Park, Alta. (2011), Cory Renfrew of Victoria (2012) and Riley Wheeldon of Comox, B.C. (2013) … Brad Clapp of Chilliwack, B.C., is fifth on the PGA Tour Canada Order of Merit with $13,530. The top five at the end of the season will gain Web .com Tour status … Corey Conners of Listowel, Ont., and Taylor Pendrith of Richmond Hill, Ont., are the Golf Canada national team members who earned sponsor exemptions into the Fort McMurray event. Pendrith won the Monroe Invitational last week near Rochester, N.Y. … Other sponsor exemptions this week include Adam Svensson of Surrey, B.C., Stuart Anderson of Fort McMurray, Wilson Bateman of Edmonton, Matt Hill of Brights Grove, Ont., Andrew Parr of London, Ont., and Jason Vaughan of Fort McMurray … Robbie Greenwell of Georgetown, Ont., made it into the Syncrude event after shooting a 67 at Monday qualifying at the Fort McMurray Golf Club. Monday qualifiers at the Links at Spruce Grove include Calgary’s Wes Heffernan (68) and Scott Stiles (71), Seann Haringten (72) and Kevin Spooner (72), both from West Vancouver … Adam Cornelson of Langley, B.C., is in the field after winning the Vancouver Open last week.