What is now the Canadian Women’s Tour was a focus for Canadian Golf Hall of Fame member Jocelyne Bourassa when she ran the du Maurier Classic, a major on the LPGA Tour, and what was the du Maurier Series back then. Bourassa was a believer in its development potential not only for tour pros, but club pros as well. Last week’s announcement that Canadian Pacific was taking over sponsorship of the Canadian Women’s Open did not include the development circuit, but Golf Canada executive director Scott Simmons said an announcement on expanded CP involvement that could include the development series could be coming soon. Many others hope so, as well … Lorie Kane, who won the Legends Championship at the end of September, finished one shot back of champion Laurie Rinker in a tie for second at the LPGA Legends Tour Open Championship in Palm Harbor, Fla., on the weekend … Still no word on the restructuring of the Fletcher Leisure Group. As you’ll recall from this GNN story, an announcement was expected last week.
The early response to the current GNN Poll is a definitive yes to the question “Does the golf industry in general promote mediocrity? At this writing, 76 per cent said yes, while 24 per cent said no, not exactly a ringing endorsement for the industry. That could change, however. If you haven’t voted, you can do so on the GNN home page … Nice to see Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun receive patron of the year honours from the PGA of British Columbia this year. Ziemer has been all over golf in the area for about 20 years and earlier this year, he received a distinguished service award from Golf Canada … TaylorMade has introduced its JetSpeed driver, fairway woods and hybrids, according to Golf WRX. For a sneak preview, click here. Prices mentioned in this article do not apply to Canada … Nomination/application deadline for the Canadian Golf Superintendents Association equipment technician award, environmental achievement award and student scholars award is Nov. 30. Application/articles for the Gordon Witteveen Award will be accepted between Dec. 1 and Dec. 31.