As it is with any dress code debate, be it at the local golf course or on one of the tours, there will always be differing opinions on what’s acceptable and what isn’t. Some samples of different opinions on the most recent LPGA Tour edict to players are here … Personally, I find most of the ensembles on that tour more athletic than revealing, but I do understand the concern with the tour not wanting cut-offs or jeans with holes in them at pro-am parties. The one line causing the most jokes is the one that says skirts, skorts and shorts must be long enough to not see your bottom area (even if covered by under shorts) at any time, standing or bent over. What more do you see in under shorts than regular shorts? I haven’t seen or heard of any incidents of mooning, but I may just be cheeky saying that … The other aspect of this LPGA proclamation is its timing. It came out at the same time as tour players were being wrongly slammed by self-serving critics as being subservient to a perceived boys club for not boycotting the U.S. Women’s due to remarks made by the proprietor of the host site at Trump National, who also happens to be president of the United States. Players are now being told how to dress professionally when they should be commended for putting a loud distraction aside and focusing on their own goals and success … It would appear that Royal Birkdale will be serving up “British Open” weather this week, with the early report predicting rain in the forecast for every round but the opener on Thursday and temperatures in the high teens. Variable winds are also expected to be a factor … Robbie Greenwell, originally from Georgetown, Ont., but now living in Victoria, B.C., put up some impressive scores in winning the Southern Ontario Open on the weekend at Hidden Lake in Burlington, Ont., where he finished with a 64 on Saturday. Greenwell, who shot a 62 in the final round last year, opened with scores of 63-72-66 this year to win by two and claim $8.000 in prize money and an exemption into the Mackenzie Investments Open, a Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada event … David Sanders of Mt. Laurel, N.J., set a new course record at Hidden Lake with a 10-under 61 in the third round and had a hole in one on the third hole in the final round, but finished two shots back in second place … Brendan Leonard of Cambridge, Ont., missed the cut, but as leader of the Great Lakes Tour Order of Merit at the conclusion of the Southern Ontario Open, he also earned an exemption into the Mackenzie Investments Open in Mirabel, Que., this week. For the final leaderboard from the Southern Ontario Open, click here … With Adam Hadwin and Austin Conelly at Royal Birkdale for the Open Championship, Brad Fritsch and David Hearn are at the Barbasol Championship in Alabama … On the Web.com Tour, Albin Choi, Corey Conners, Ben Silverman, Roger Sloan, Adam Svensson and Ryan Yip are at Pinnacle Bank Championship in Omaha … PGA Tour Champions is off for a week as the senior set heads to Wales for the Senior Open Championship at Royal Porthcawl … The LPGA Tour is at the Marathon Classic in Sylvania, Ohio, where Jennifer Ha, Brooke Henderson and Alena Sharp will tee it up. Sam Richdale of Kelowna, B.C., and Augusta James of Bath, Ont. are up from the Symetra Tour and veteran Lorie Kane is also in the field … The Symetra Tour is at the Danielle Downey Credit Union Classic in Rochester, N.Y., where Brittany Marchand, Brogan McKinnon, Megan Osland, Christina Foster, Sara-Maude Juneau, Anna Kim, Anne-Catherine Tanguay, Taylor Kim, Elizabeth Tong and Jennifer Kirby will tee it up … Last week’s GNN Poll asked readers if weather and other reasons for a slow start would lead to reduction in staffing and hours where they’re employed. A strong majority, or 69 per cent said yes, with 31 per cent saying no … This week’s poll asks if rising interest rates will affect spending on green fees, memberships, pro shop goods, food and beverage and other golf-related purchases? As of this writing, 54 per cent of respondents said it would affect spending slightly, while 23 per cent said it would affect spending in a big way. Another 23 per cent said it wouldn’t affect spending at all. If you haven’t already, you can cast your vote on the GNN home page
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