By now, you’ve likely heard that Meg Mallon will be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame next year along with Davis Love III, Lorena Ochoa, Ian Woosnam and British journalist Henry Longhurst. Born in Massachusetts, grew up in Michigan and attended college at Ohio State, Mallon had a distinctly Canadian moment with the Parliament Buildings nearby as she was celebrating a major championship, a one-shot win at the 2000 du Maurier Classic at Royal Ottawa, an outcome that denied Canadian Lorie Kane, among others who had been in contention for the title. “I’m from Michigan, so I’m part Canadian I guess,” said Mallon, who then went about proving it, by making a passionate plea to Canadians to save the Classic, which was being threatened by federal anti-smoking legislation that banned advertising by cigarette companies. The event, highly regarded by players on tour, was saved despite losing its major status, and is now the CP Women’s Open … Given Mallon’s sense of humour, there are few on this side of the border who would argue with her claim to be part Canadian. In 2004, a crowd had gathered in the media tent at Legends on the Niagara in Niagara Falls, Ont., to fire questions at Mallon, who had just won the U.S. Women’s Open. Former LPGA Tour player Gail Graham was sitting beside me and after being handed the microphone to ask Mallon a question, I said, “Meg, on behalf of all Canadians, I’d like to apologize for Gail Graham,” which caused not only an elbow to the ribs from Graham, but also a beaming smile from Mallon, not to mention a stink face from a RCGA official for the monkey business. “Hey you two,” said Mallon, while grinning. “Don’t make me come down there.” Mallon would go on to win in Canada again that week … It could be argued that the Blue Bay LPGA event going on in China was the beginning of a roll for Hamilton’s Alena Sharp last year, when she tied for fifth, a career best on the LPGA Tour at the time before she finished fourth at this year’s CP Women’s Open, a season in which she has gone as high as 55th in the world. She is now 68th in the world rankings … Brooke Henderson went down one on this week’s world rankings to fifth … Mackenzie Hughes of Dundas, Ont., began the season 1063rd on the world rankings. Then, came a win this year on the Web.com Tour and an eventual finish in the top 25 on the money list, which earned him graduation to the PGA Tour. Hughes went into his debut as a tour regular in 336h on the world rankings and his tie for 13th at the Safeway Open left him 284th. He’ll stall for a bit in the rankings as Hughes will marry Jenna Shaw this week. It was also announced that Freedom 55 has extended his endorsement deal for another three years. “Mackenzie is a tremendous young athlete and it has been the utmost pleasure to witness his path from our event in London to achieving his dream of being a PGA Tour member,” said Mike Cunneen, senior vice president of Freedom 55 Financial. “Mackenzie serves as a great representation of the values we express as a company while also being a role model to Canadian youth as a member of Team Freedom.” … The Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada increased its charitable donations by 86 per cent to over $1-million in 2016. Since it became PGA Tour Canada in 2013, more than $2-million has been donated by the tour and it’s events … Still on the subject of charitable donations, the Shaw Charity Classic is set to announce a new high for the donations made by that PGA Tour Champions event this year at a gathering Thursday at its venue, the Canyon Meadows Golf and Country Club in Calgary … This week’s GNN Poll asks about the most realistic outcome of a $15 an hour minimum wage, which is being planned or discussed in several provinces. As of this writing, 75 per cent of respondents said it would mean less jobs and an increased workload for those who do receive it, while 25 per cent said it would enhance the lives of minimum wage workers. You can still vote on the GNN home page.
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