It shouldn’t really come as a surprise that organizers of the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic are looking around for a new venue, apparently with Whistle Bear in Cambridge, Ont., and Kitchener’s Westmount Golf and Country Club being considered.
The well-attended LPGA Tour event will be played for the third time this June at Grey Silo in Waterloo, Ont., but as I pointed out here in the Toronto Sun during last summer’s tournament, the host course lacked the infrastructure and challenge needed for such an event.
Ontario operators have a nasty mix of winter weather to contend with over the next few days.
With so much snow on the ground, a mild spell has already set in that could see temperatures rise to about eight Celsius, depending on where they’re located. Adding to that is the possibility of 25 to 50 mm of rain, again depending on where they’re located and leading to an advisory about possible flooding. Thunderstorms are possible as is freezing rain at night.
If that isn’t enough, with the snow cover greatly diminished or gone and with all that moisture on the ground, a flash freeze is possible as temperatures are once again expected to plummet once again by the end of the weekend.
Galvin Green Expanding
Galvin Green has expanded its headquarters in Vaxjo, Sweden, and re-launched its website here to coincide with increasing North American demand and a formal launch into the United States.
The headquarters now includes an additional 1,000 square metres of warehouse space and 450 square metres of offices. Among the other features are in-house logoing capabilities and redesigned showroom, along with larger customer service and quality control areas.
A dedicated product development wing featuring special lux lighting that mimics daylight has also been added.
“Our new headquarters embodies the Gear Up mantra we’ve adopted for 2014,” said Jonathan Wong, president of Galvin Green Canada. “It provides the space and creative environment that will help our team be successful as we continue to strengthen our position in Canada and grow worldwide.”
PGM Students Get Behind Golf In Schools
Students in the third year of Niagara College’s business administration-Professional Golf Management program recently presented $1,500 to Golf Canada for the Golf In Schools program to be used to sponsor three schools in the Niagara Region of Ontario.
“The students and administrators with the Golf Management program understand the importance of investing in grassroots golf, introducing the game to young golf enthusiasts who we hope will develop an interest and passion for our sport,” said Golf Canada CEO Scott Simmons.
It marks the third year in which students have supported Golf In Schools, increasing their fundraising total each year.
“One of the key topics we discuss in our event management class is the importance of giving back and doing what we can to help grow the game of golf in the Niagara region. Supporting Golf Canada’s Golf in Schools program helps us do this,” said PGM professor Grant Fraser.
This week’s GNN Poll which asks if golf is a niche sport or can it appeal to the masses was slightly favouring those who believe it can be a game for the masses, but needs grow-the-game initiatives. As of this writing, 57 per cent had voted that way, while 43 per cent of respondents believes that golf is a niche sport and should be left as it is now. You can still cast your vote on the GNN home page … It’s amusing to see the media types from outside of sports who are suddenly front and centre for Olympic coverage and it will be the same at the 2016 Olympics when golf is played in Rio. In between, however, few will be found as the athletes continue their respective Olympic quests, not only in golf but any sport, unless a Canadian does something special such as winning a major or setting a world record … The PGA of Alberta spring seminar will be held March 3-4 at Calgary’s Carriage House Inn … The PGA of Alberta also has its consumer golf shows coming up March 8-9 at the Edmonton Expo Centre and March 22-23 at Calgary’s BMO Centre … The PGA of Manitoba will hold its annual general meeting and education seminar on March 3 at Winnipeg’s St. Charles Country Club.