Let’s not react as if the sky is falling in B.C., but let’s hope something does begin to fall from the sky in the near future and continue to come down to restore the area’s reputation for rain.
According to blogger Kyle German in this discussion I had with him on Wednesday, it would need to come down for an extended period of time to get reservoirs back to where they were before drought set in during a season that began so early with glorious weather.
As GNN has reported, fires have been a big concern, as has drought, highlighted by the fact that the Sunshine Coast north of Vancouver is going to Stage 4 water restrictions, which means if you’re a golf course on the municipal supply, no watering.
At Vancouver’s Point Grey Golf and Country Club, where German works, they are at least allowed to water tees and greens, which leads to the concern that the Vancouver area may up the water restrictions from Stage 3 to 4, although the city said recently there were no such plans for the foreseeable future.
There is, however, understandable anxiety in the golf industry, but the CP Women’s Open, which will be played next week at the Vancouver Golf Club, has apparently dodged a bullet.
“We’re very fortunate out here in the fact that the Vancouver Golf Club uses no city water. They have their own reservoir that they’re using sparingly. The conditions – the tees, fairways and greens – are outstanding, so no concerns from our end on that,” said tournament director Brent McLaughlin.
Brooke’s Not A Surprise, Says Lydia Ko
When the CP Women’s Open gets going next week, Lydia Ko, the No. 2-ranked player in the world, returns to the site of her first LPGA Tour victory, which came when she was a 15-year-old amateur.
She successfully defended that title a year later.
Ko chatted about that first win at the Vancouver Golf Club in 2012 and I also asked her about somebody she became familiar with during her amateur days.
Ko says 17-year-old Brooke Henderson, who will also be teeing it up next week in Vancouver, has been no surprise with the progress she’s made in the Canadian’s first year as a pro.
To listen to that conversation, click Play below.
Field Grows For CP Women’s Open
Henderson headlines a list of 13 exemptions named for next week’s tournament.
Joining her will be Michelle Piyapatra of Corona, Calif., Lauren Mielbrecht of Gulf Stream, Fla., and Seul-Ki Park of Northbrook, Ill., who earned their exemptions through the Canadian Women’s Tour.
Others to receive exemptions include amateurs Maddie Szeryk of London, Ont., and Brittany Marchand of Orangeville, Ont.
Symetra Tour players Augusta James of Bath, Ont., Maude-Aimee LeBlanc of Sherbrooke, Que., Samantha Richdale of Kelowna, B.C., and Jessica Wallace of Langley, B.C., were also given exemptions as were LPGA Tour non-exempt players Sue Kim of Langley, B.C., and Jennifer Kirby of Paris, Ont.
Mariel Galdiano of Pearl City, Hawaii, also earned a spot by winning the 2015 Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship two weeks ago.
Lee-Bentham WDs From Women’s Open
Toronto’s Rebecca Lee-Bentham, the 2011 Canadian Women’s Amateur champion, was also offered an exemption, but announced on Twitter that she is withdrawing from next week’s event and this week’s Portland Classic due to a hip injury.
Due to a hip injury, I have withdrawn from the Portland Classic this week and the Canadian Open next week. — feeling bummed
— Rebecca Lee-Bentham (@RLeeBentham) August 12, 2015
— Rebecca Lee-Bentham (@RLeeBentham) August 12, 2015
PGA Championship Primer
If you think the summer has gone by way too fast, you’re not alone with the final men’s major of the season about to go on Thursday at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisc.
Former PGA Tour player and Canadian Golf Hall of Fame member Richard Zokol sets up the PGA Championship in a discussion I had with him here.
To find out when Hearn, Taylor and the rest of the field are teeing off, click here.
Megan Osland of Kelowna B.C., Laura DeMarco of LaSalle, Ont., Christina Foster of Concord, Ont., and Brittany Marchand of Orangeville, Ont., finished inside the top 60 last weekend at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif., to get through Stage I of LPGA qualifying school. Stage II will be played in October at Plantation Golf and Country Club in Venice, Fla. For the final Stage I leaderboard, click here … Freedom 55 Financial has signed Symetra Tour player Augusta James of Bath, Ont., to its roster of brand ambassadors, which also includes Albin Choi, Matt Hill, Mackenzie Hughes, Taylor Pendrith, Adam Svensson, Damian Warner and Jen Cotten … Michelle Kim of Surrey, B.C., won the Canadian Junior Girls Championship last week at Deer Park Golf Course in Yorkton, Sask., after finishing at six under, two shots ahead of another Surrey golfer, Hannah Lee, who finished solo second. Lee won the Juvenile division in Yorkton … At the Canadian Junior Boys’ Championship at Summerlea Golf and Country Club in Vaudreuil-Dorion, Que., Charles-Éric Bélanger won in a playoff against Maxwell Sear of Unionville, Ont., to take both the Junior and Juvenile titles. His victory was the first by a Quebec golfer at that event since 1976. Bélanger is the seventh champion to capture both the Junior and Juvenile titles in the same year.