For a change, it’s time for Brad Ziemer to have something written about him rather than Ziemer writing about a variety of athletes, golfers in particular, over his 30-year tenure at the Vancouver Sun, which is coming to a close. Actually, that’s not true. Ziemer has been recognized for his contributions as the PGA of British Columbia named Ziemer its Media Person of the Year last year and in 2013, he was the recipient of the Golf Canada Distinguished Service Award. That just tells you how highly thought of Ziemer is in B.C. Despite the thousands of miles between our home bases, the hard-working Ziemer was a regular read for me and I don’t mind admitting I’m a fan. It would be in the game’s best interests if Ziemer could somehow continue contributing at the speed at which he feels most comfortable, not an easy task considering the state of media these days … Several industry sources suggest we could soon hear about the departure of general manager John Sibley from Nike Golf Canada, although there has been no official company announcement … Lorie Kane, who was recently named a 2016 inductee into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame, hasn’t played so far this LPGA Tour season, but will see action when the Symetra Tour season resumes next week at Florida’s Natural Charity Classic in Lake Wales, Fla., a tournament won by Sue Kim of Langley, B.C., last year. Kim will be back to defend her title next week … That tournament will be followed by Chico’s Patty Berg Memorial in Fort Myers, Fla., where another Canadian, Augusta James of Bath, Ont., is defending champion … I’ve always thought that a hall of fame nomination should be based strictly on merit, not age, but many disagree, the World Golf Hall of Fame among them apparently. Candidates must now be 50 years old, which means Tiger Woods, who turned 40, the previous minimum age, in December will now have to wait another 10 years. Jack Peter, president of that hall of fame said “moving the age requirement to 50 ensures that we are able to celebrate their careers at the proper time.” When they earn it is the proper time to celebrate their careers with a hall of fame induction, even if they are still active and even playing at a high level. The LPGA Hall of Fame, which is part of the World Golf Hall of Fame, runs on a point system based on tournament wins, major championships and awards, with the only stipulation being that an inductee must have played at least 10 years on tour and have won either a major title or either of the Vare Trophy or Player of the Year. Age really isn’t a factor. Karrie Webb was 25 when she reached the 27-point mark, but didn’t go in until age 30. Se Ri Pak was 26 when she qualified, but didn’t go in until she was 29. Both kept playing, but would anybody argue with their selections? It’s tough to figure out why many in golf have an older-the-better attitude … This week’s GNN Poll indicates unease in the golf industry about personal finances, with 53 per cent of respondents, at last look, saying their concerned and another 16 per cent adding that they’s downright scared. On the flip side, 31 per cent of respondents say they are confident in their personal finances. You can still vote on the GNN home page.
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