In response to Golf Canada operating last year under a $914,495 deficit, CEO Scott Simmons said in his letter in Golf Canada’s annual report that he would challenge the organization to become more efficient and, considering it’s the second consecutive deficit after a loss of $1,400,675 in 2014, there’s no reason to doubt Simmons. However, with the decline of the Canadian dollar and global investment markets offered as a main reason for the loss in 2015, is there any reason to believe those factors won’t be ongoing this year, which will continue to make it tough for Golf Canada to meet its ultimate goal of a break-even year. A sign of the times indicating the current environment is Golf Canada striking an outside partnership to sell its media properties and corporate hospitality/sponsorship sales for its professional championships and grassroots development programs … Both RBC and Golf Canada have also made it clear that Glen Abbey is, once again, if not the permanent home of the Canadian Open, pretty close to it due to the walk-up crowd. The Abbey’s future as either a housing development or golf course will be closely scrutinized and could become a major consideration for RBC as it considers a renewal in title sponsorship before the end of next year … Strange isn’t it that with all the buzz surrounding Brooke Henderson’s first LPGA Tour victory in Portland the week before, ticket sales for the CP Women’s Open fell short of budget? … With Roland Deveau of Bedford, N.S. taking over as Golf Canada president this year, Calgary’s Leslie Dunning becomes first vice-president and Charlie Beaulieu of Lorraine, Que., becomes second VP. The board of directors will also include Liz Hoffman of Thornhill, Ont., Dale Jackson of Victoria, Rob MacDonald of Winnipeg, Don MacKay of Bracebridge, Ont., Nick Marrone of Toronto, Pat Thompson of Kelowna, B.C., Allison Chisholm of Rothesay, N.B., and past president Paul McLean … If you haven’t seen it yet, the entire Golf Canada annual report, including financials beginning on Page 35, is here … If you’re not tired of hearing about Donald Trump already, do you think you might be by the time all is said and done at this week’s WGC-Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral in Miami? … No Canadians are in the field at Doral by the way … Henderson is at this week’s HSBC Women’s Championship in Singapore … The PGA of Alberta has announced that its Club Professional Championship will take place Aug. 2-3 at the Calgary Golf and Country Club. The championship is open to the first 70 head professionals, executive professionals and head teaching professionals and registration opened Monday at noon. For more information, click here … The PGA of Alberta’s inaugural Pro-Pro Scramble will take place June 8 at Ponoka Community Golf Course … The PGA of Alberta’s consumer shows get underway this weekend at Edmonton’s Expo Centre, Hall H, with its Calgary show planned for March 19-20 at the BMO Centre, Hall B … In last week’s GNN Poll, we asked readers if we are getting close to the limit for soaring fruit and vegetable prices or will the price pain continue for food and beverage departments. The majority, or 68 per cent, responded that there’s more pain ahead, with 27 per cent saying we’re close to maxing out and another five per cent predicting that prices will start to decrease … This week’s poll asks readers if they’re losing interest in social media as a business tool for marketing, communications etc., and, as of this writing, it’s close with 54 per cent saying no and 44 per cent saying yes. You can still can your vote on the GNN home page.
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