Brandt Snedeker’s timing in winning both the Tour Championship and FedEx Cup on Sunday was impeccable for the Americans at this week’s Ryder Cup at Medinah. Snedeker, a captain’s pick who is playing in his first Ryder Cup, quietly enjoyed a solid season before winning on the weekend and while other American teammates faded around him as the Tour Championship wound down, Snedeker could be a spark this week. That’s the topic of my recent Sun Media column, which you can read by clicking here.
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Mike Belbin of Edmonton’s Royal Mayfair was enjoying a hot streak before successfully defending his PGA of Canada Assistants’ Championship last week at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. Just before he did that, Belbin won the 2012 Trimark PGA of Alberta Match Play Championship at Red Deer Golf and Country Club. It’s a title he also won in 2009. Earlier this month, he also won the PGA of Alberta’s Fletcher Tour Championship with a course record 65 at Edmonton’s Blackhawk Golf Club … After the Assistant’s Championship, Brian McCann led the PGA of Canada player rankings followed by Belbin, Bryn Parry, Danny King and Brett Burgeson. Rounding out the top 10, respectively, were Bill Walsh, Dave Levesque, Lindsay Bernakevitch, Eric Laporte and Reg Millage. For the entire rankings, click here.
The CGSA Fall Field Day Championship golf tournament was held last week at the NK’Mip Golf Club in Oliver, B.C. The low gross champion was Ken Bruneski, the host superintendent ,with a score of 74. Low gross honours went to Greg Austin of the Revelstoke Golf and Country Club in Revelstoke, B.C. … Speaking of the CGSA, it reports that a company operating out of California, is calling exhibitors to get them to reserve accommodations for its Canadian International Turfgrass Conference and Trade Show in Toronto in January. The conference is not using any “official” outside agency and reservations can be made here. To register for the conference, click here.
The new GNN Poll is up now for your consideration. Last week, we asked “Do you see the NAGA consumer behaviour study having a significant impact on golf operations around the country?” As of Sunday, 83 per cent had responded no, with 17 per cent saying yes … The PGA of Manitoba Merchandise Show will be held Oct. 9-11 at Winnipeg’s CanadInns Regent Avenue Casino. For more information, contact Dana Todd at firstname.lastname@example.org … Meanwhile, the PGA of Saskatchewan will hold it’s annual general meeting on Oct. 29, beginning at 2 p.m. at Hall B, Prairieland Park in Saskatoon. The PGA of Saskatchewan Merchandise Show will run Oct. 29-30 at the same location, with the association’s awards dinner to be held Oct. 30, beginning at 6:30 (cocktails) at Willows Golf and Country Club. For more information, contact Ken Morrow at email@example.com.