As it stands right now, David Hearn and Graham DeLaet will represent Canada on the men’s side at the Olympics next summer in Rio, but Nick Taylor, currently ranked 321st in the world, hasn’t given up hope. “It’s a big goal,” said Taylor, who will defend his 2014 championship at this week’s Sanderson Farms Championship. “It’s going to be tough to get there to play it, but I think it’s a reasonable goal for me this year. Having six or seven months once June hits to try to move up the world rankings and get into that will be a huge goal of mine, so playing good golf will take care of a lot of things and winning will take care of that, too, so it’s definitely a top priority in my goals list.” … Taylor says he will shut it down for the season after this week and return for the Sony Open in Hawaii before playing the majority of West Coast events. He adds, however, that he’ll decide his summer schedule as it gets closer after all the changes that were made to accommodate the Olympics. You can hear my discussion with Taylor about defending at the Sanderson Farms Championship by clicking here … Taylor will be joined by DeLaet and Adam Hadwin in the field this week. Vancouver’s Richard T. Lee is the only Canadian in this week’s World Golf Championship – HSBC Champions event in Shanghai, China … After her tie for fifth in China last week, Hamilton’s Alena Sharp moved up 21 spots in the world women’s rankings to 128th. She is the only Canadian in this week’s Toto Japan Classic … Sharp and Brooke Henderson are the current candidates for the Canadian women’s team in Rio, a fact not lost on Henderson in this recent tweet
— Brooke Henderson (@BrookeHenderson) November 3, 2015
John Solheim, chairman and CEO of PING, was honoured with the distinguished lifetime achievement award at the HSBC Golf Business Forum in Shanghai, China. Solheim was recognized for his contributions to golf, achievements, leadership and innovation. “This prestigious award has been given to the game’s biggest names over the years, so I’m very honored to have the Solheim name next to many of golf’s legends. I accept this on behalf of my family and the entire company because achievement is always the result of teamwork. We have a lot of great team leaders at PING who make my job easier and, together we give PING the reputation it enjoys in the golf world,” said Solheim. Specifically, HSBC recognized the Solheim family, including John’s parents, PING founder Karsten Solheim and wife Louise, for creating the Solheim Cup in 1990 and for John’s role in elevating it in stature and creating the PING Junior Solheim Cup … The PGA of Ontario’s Golf Industry Expo gets underway Wednesday and continues Thursday at the Nottawasaga Inn Resort and Conference Centre in Alliston, Ont. The annual general meeting will be held Wednesday from 5:15 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Nottawasaga Inn. Here is a list of free education seminars available at the Expo … GNN Poll update: Despite recent headlines about golf courses such as Glen Abbey and others being replaced by residential or commercial developments, denizens of the Canadian golf industry remain confident about their individual places of employment, with 68 per cent as of this writing indicating that they’re not concerned about being replaced by a development. Another 28 per cent said they’re very concerned about that possibility and seven per cent said they were somewhat concerned. You can still vote on this week’s poll on the GNN home page.