The Titleist and FootJoy PGA Club Professional Championship of Canada gets underway next week at a new location, SunRidge Canyon in Fountain Hills, Az., with the winners of the last four in the field, including Adam Chamberlain (2013), Brian Hutton (2012, 2010) and Roger Beale (2011). The weather report is calling for mostly sunny conditions with temperatures in the low 20s Celsuis … Trivia Question: Who was the first champion of this event? The answer is at the end of this paragraph … The National Golf Course Owners Association is hosting its Golf Business Canada Conference and Trade Show in Montreal, Nov. 24-26. To register and for more information, click here … An overwhelming majority of respondents to this week’s GNN Poll believe junior golf would be better served if there was more of an emphasis placed on families. With 90 per cent having that belief as of this writing, you can still cast your vote if you haven’t already on the GNN home page … The Canadian Golf Superintendents Association is now accepting nominations for its board of directors. Deadline is Dec. 5. For more information, click here … The first winner of the Club Professional Championship of Canada was Frank Whibley in 1972.
After last week’s win at the Sanderson Farms Championship in Jackson, Miss., Nick Taylor is teeing it up at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba in Playa del Carmen in Mexico, along with Mike Weir, David Hearn, Adam Hadwin and Roger Sloan … As pointed out in this story earlier this week, Taylor made a big jump in several categories after his win. With Taylor in 10th on FedEx Cup standings, he’s followed by Hearn in 46th, Hadwin in 77th, Weir in a tie for 114th and Graham DeLaet, whose play has been limited with a neck injury, tied for 152nd … On the money list, Taylor is 10th, Hearn 38th, Hadwin 62nd, Weir 108th and DeLaet 173rd … DeLaet leads all Canadians in the world rankings in 48th, followed by Hearn at 114, Hadwin at 170, Taylor at 210, Weir at 296, Brad Fritsch at 330 and Sloan at 480 … DeLaet also leads Canadians in International team standings for the Presidents Cup, sitting seventh this week, followed by Hearn in 31st, Hadwin in 52nd, Taylor in 66th and Weir in 101st … The second stage of Web .com Tour qualifying school is underway and among the Canadians is Fritsch, who played on the PGA Tour last year, but is looking to improve his standing. Fritsch opened on Tuesday in McKinney, Tx., with a two-under 70 that included a hole in one on the par three fourth hole. He also eagled the 18th hole.