As I mentioned here earlier this week, a new process for World Golf Hall of Fame selection won’t end controversies over inductions. As a matter of fact, the new process itself isn’t without controversy. Read what Doug Ferguson of Associated Press, one of the best in the business, had to say about it here … Another source of controversy is that the minimum age for induction wasn’t raised from 40 to say. 50 years old. Bob Harig of ESPN wrote about that here. The feeling is that a player can still add to his/her credentials in their 40s, but accomplishments can be added to a hall of fame resume quite easily. If they deserve to go in, they should go in and if that’s at 40, then so be it … A yes vote to allow women into the all-male membership of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club doesn’t guarantee that the British Open won’t be played at single-gender clubs in the future, according to R&A chief executive Peter Dawson in this story by John Huggan for Golf Digest. That means the issue will likely carry on after all the controversy over the years about Augusta National, which finally allowed women in, and the debate that went on about Muirfield, the site of last year’s British Open, being an all-male membership. The fall vote at the Royal and Ancient will be preceded by plenty of debate and opinion and after that, the all-male membership at Royal Troon, the 2016 Open venue, will heat up, no matter what happens with the fall vote … Depending on how the vote goes, it could be a whole new world for another reason, since Sept. 18 is also when the referendum on an independent Scotland will be held … The majority of respondents to the current GNN Poll believe Canadians aren’t even on the radar of potential American tourists. That’s the opinion of 59 per cent of those who had voted as of this writing, while 37 per cent believe Canada is at least a consideration among other destinations. Only four per cent believe Canada is at or near the top of the list for Americans. There’s still time to vote at the GNN Poll on the home page … Graham DeLaet will be honoured Friday evening by Boise State. A video of DeLaet’s career highlights from his days as a Bronco to the present will be shown and he will be interviewed on stage before taking questions from the audience. DeLaet will play in next week’s Shell Houston Open before moving on to his first appearance at the Masters … Longtime British Columbia rules official Russ White died recently at the age of 93. The PGA of British Columbia has his obituary here.
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