Calgary broke a 106-year-old record on Tuesday when the temperature reached a high of 27.1 C. The previous high had been 26.7 in 1910. While all of this is good news for golf courses looking to kick the season into high gear, there are other concerns that aren’t specific to golf that could cause at the very least uncomfortable playing conditions with smoke in the air. Wildfires could also conceivably threaten a golf course. We could be looking at a repeat of last year when wildfires caused smoky conditions across the west, as an early fire season appears to be shaping up. For a better idea, click here for what’s happening in British Columbia’s northeast, here for the situation in the Okanagan and here for what’s going on across Alberta. It may be early, but now may be the time to warn golfers of possible fire hazards while playing … As a contrast, parts of Newfoundland were expecting 25 to 35 cm of snow on Wednesday … I contacted Ken Cousineau, former executive director of the Canadian Golf Superintendents Association and he, too, says he left the association to pursue other opportunities, as a brief CGSA release last Thursday evening stated. Personally, I still wonder about such a sudden departure after 14 years, the brevity and after-hours timing of the release and the fact that the CGSA is restructuring … Austin James of Bath, Ont., playing for Charleston Southern, won the Big South Conference men’s individual title by four shots on Tuesday with an 11-under 205 over 54 holes, which is just one less than the record. He is only the second conference champ to post all three rounds in the 60s (68-68-69). James, the 2014 Canadian junior champion, earns an automatic berth into the NCAA Regionals and he was named to the all-conference team … The Brampton Golf Club in Brampton, Ont., will host a U.S. Women’s Amateur qualifier on Monday, June 27. Marine Drive in Vancouver will host a U.S. Amateur qualifier on Monday, July 18 … This may be wishful thinking on the part of a guy in the media, but newspaper writers are returning to their former employers to write golf this year. Former Edmonton Journal writer Curtis Stock will begin a notes column in the Journal and Edmonton Sun on Monday, while Garry McKay returns to the Hamilton Spectator to write a weekly column from May through August … Grant Fraser, founder of the Golf Management Institute of Canada has joined the board of directors of the Canadian Junior Golf Association. “I am pleased to join the board of the CJGA and look forward to working with Earl Fritz, Brad Parkins and the rest of the CJGA team to further develop junior golf opportunities and initiatives across Canada” said Fraser. “The CJGA has helped so many junior golfers across the country for over 20 years and I’m excited to help in growing the game with them.” … Samantha Richdale of Kelowna, B.C., who won Florida’s Natural Charity Classic two weeks ago before heading to Hawaii to play the Lotte Championship on the LPGA Tour, is now in second place on the Symetra Tour money list, one of four Canadians in the top 10. Vancouver’s Jessica Wallace is fifth, with Augusta James of Bath, Ont., right behind her in sixth. Toronto’s Rebecca Lee-Bentham is eighth. The top 10 in the money at the end of the season will graduate to the LPGA Tour. Click here for the entire list … We now have the field for this week’s El Bosque Mexico Championship on the Web .com Tour this week. It includes Canadians Albin Choi, Brad Fritsch, who won his first tour event last week, Mackenzie Hughes, Taylor Pendrith, Ben Silverman, Roger Sloan, Adam Svensson, Eugene Wong and Ryan Yip … This week’s GNN Poll asks if PGA Tour rookie Dawie van der Walt was completely out of line in his criticism of Mike Weir for his WD at the RBC Heritage or was van der Walt’s frustration at least somewhat understandable? As of this writing, 70 per cent of respondents said they understood van der Walt’s frustration, while 30 per cent said he was completely out of line. If you haven’t already, you can cast your vote on the GNN home page
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