A great story was told last week by Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun, who was congratulating former Vancouver Province columnist and golf writer Kent “Cookie” Gilchrist, who is to receive the Northwest Golf Media Association’s distinguished service award this week in Tacoma, Wash., after 37 years at the Province. Ziemer covered countless golf tournaments with Gilchrist and recalls a classic, almost Yogi Berra, line from him about their business. “`This is a great job,’ Cookie said to me at one tournament as we were hunched over our laptops. `Except for the writing part,’” wrote Ziemer … Brian McCann of the Brampton Golf Club shot 68-67 to win the PGA of Ontario’s Player of the Year Championship by six last week at Legends on the Niagara’s Battlefield Course. Jennifer Jaszek of South Muskoka shot 74-77 to win by two in Women’s Player of the Year play … The IOA Golf Classic in Longwood, Fla., which gets underway on Friday, is the second-last tournament on the Symetra Tour schedule and Augusta James of Bath, Ont., is the lone Canuck among the top 10 on the money list who graduate to the LPGA Tour. James is in a precarious situation in ninth spot. Maude-Aimee Leblanc of Sherbrooke, Que., is 14th, but close to $8,000 out of the top 10. The entire list is here … The PGA of British Columbia has announced its education component for the 2015 buying show in a couple of weeks at the Richmond Olympic Oval. For more information, click here … The PGA of Alberta has done likewise for its show, Oct. 20-23 at the Edmonton Expo Centre. For more on that, click here … The PGA of Canada has announced that headwear manufacturer New Era has joined its Retirement Advantage program … According to last week’s GNN Poll, the majority of golf courses are planning to stay open until the last half of October and beyond the beginning of November. Most respondents, or 36 per cent, said the operations where they work were planning to stay open into November, while another 31 per cent said they’ll close during the second half of this month. Another 16 per cent said their operations will let the weather decide when they close, while only 17 per cent said they will close in the first half of October … This week’s poll asks how the downward spiral of the loonie against the U.S. dollar will affect their winter golf getaways. In the early going, 60 per cent said they were cutting back as of this writing, while 16 per cent said they won’t take a trip due to the exchange and another 16 per cent said they’ll spend as much as usual and not worry about it. Eight per cent said they weren’t planning a trip anyway. You can cast your vote on the GNN home page.
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