The real question that needs answering about the PGA of Canada taking over day-to-day business of the Quebec zone after financial difficulties is why the review of other zones? Is it just a precaution or are there other concerns? While it’s almost certain that somebody will accuse the media of trying to stir things up, that’s a legitimate question being asked within the golf industry that wasn’t answered in the email the national association sent out last week … Just saying the Quebec situation is an internal issue doesn’t make it so in this age of social media and other forms of instant communication, but then again, when did anything remain a secret for very long in the golf industry? … When Martha Burk, that champion of women’s issues, criticized the USGA for hosting next year’s U.S. Women’s Open at Trump National in New Jersey, she sounded mighty sexist herself, particularly with this gem: “Nothing new here – the good girls of golf have always been afraid to cross the guys.” Burk is once again protesting controversial comments made by Donald Trump, the man who may be her president come November, which is admirable, but isn’t insinuating that LPGA players are Stepford Wives in essence the sign of a bully, who wants her way, even though it’s a USGA decision and not the players, who Burk wants to roll over for her instead and blow off the possibility of a career-defining moment? Ever hear of a ballot box Martha? That’s the field of play in matters such as this … I actually like Mackenzie as Brooke Henderson’s middle name, but TSN’s Bob Weeks has admitted previously that use of the intial “M” in her name by the LPGA Tour is a pet peeve of his and you can ask him yourself because I have no clue about the reason. Weeks apparently unclenched when he posted the following on Twitter during last weekend’s U.S. Women’s Open.
Small victories for @BrookeHenderson this week. She is no longer listed as Brooke M. Henderson.
I jokingly replied to Weeks that it was a victory for him, not Henderson, but upon further review of the LPGA website, they’re still using her middle initial, so it all I can assume is that it was wishful thinking on his part. Don’t tell him though. If he re-clenches, he’ll have trouble walking at this week’s British Open and we want Weeks to enjoy his induction into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame next week … Speaking of Henderson, she will be up for the ESPY Award as Best Female Golfer on Wednesday in Los Angeles, although she will be in Sylvania, Ohio, for the Marathon Classic. She’ll be up against Lydia Ko, Inbee Park and Ariya Jutanugarn … It seemed a anti-climactic, seeing all the stories about the Canadian Olympic golf team being named. It became official on Monday, but it’s been known for a long time that Henderson and Hamilton’s Alena Sharp would comprise the women’s team. Graham DeLaet and David Hearn seemed shoo-ins too for the men after the Greenbrier Classic was cancelled due to flooding and Adam Hadwin not playing on tour the week before that, which eliminated him from contention … Two-time Masters champ Bernhard Langer has committed to play the Pacific Links Championship, a Champions Tour event to be played mid-September at Victoria’s Bear Mountain Golf Resort. “As one of the final Regular Season events on our schedule, it will be a key week leading into the Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs,” said Langer … An update on this week’s GNN Poll, which asks if you see golf courses continuing efforts to become more sustainable. It’s close as of this writing, but 52 per cent say yes and 48 per cent say no. You can still vote on the GNN home page.