Brian Jung of Langley, B.C., tied for eighth at the final stage of Asian Tour qualifying school in Bangkok to earn playing rights after finishing with scores of 71-65-66-66 to finish at 20 under. The top 35 and ties earn playing privileges … Last week, I mentioned radio personality Bruce “Barks” Barker, who covered golf in Toronto and surrounding area and held a charity tournament every year, having a stroke. The results of an MRI showed he has an ischemic stroke deep in the left side of his brain, but he’s now in speech therapy and will be attending an after stroke care clinic, with his partner Wendy Douglas providing support. So far, a GoFundMe page has raised $25,706 for expenses and medications. You can make a donation here … Another GoFundMe page has raised $34,564 for the family of the late Ward Stouffer in B.C. The original goal was $5,000 … After his tie for 27th at the Sony Open in Hawaii, Mackenzie Hughes remains on the verge of breaking into the top 100 in the World Golf Rankings. Hughes has moved up one spot to 104th in the world this week. David Hearn is the next Canadian at 165th … Hughes also remains fifth in FedEx Cup season points, with Adam Hadwin 48th this week. Hughes is also fifth on the money list with $1,354,838 … The LPGA Tour season kicks off next week with the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic. Brooke Henderson goes into 2017 ranked eighth in the world. Alena Sharp is currently 75th, Maude-Aimee Leblanc 214th and Jennifer Ha 939th … The first PGA of British Columbia education series takes place next Monday at the Richmond Country Club from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, click here … Graham DeLaet, Brad Fritsch, Adam Hadwin, David Hearn and Nick Taylor are the Canadians in the field for this week’s CareerBuilder Challenge in La Quinta, Calif. … GNN readers have no more than a passing interest in signing season for player endorsements. The majority, or 54 per cent, described their interest level as passing, while another 22 per cent said they had no interest at all. On the other hand, 24 per cent said they were very interested in player signings … This week’s poll asks if the image of females in golf is alienating women, and ultimately families, from the game? As of this writing, 79 per cent said no, while 21 per cent said yes. You can still cast your vote on the GNN home page.
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