Word is circulating that ClubLink could soon have a major announcement, not about Glen Abbey, but on the future of several other of its properties. Stay tuned … Of course, Glen Abbey could sometime in a few years become a residential/commercial development, but Jhonattan Vegas, who won his second consecutive RBC Canadian Open on Sunday, doesn’t want to hear that. “I’m going to be one of the biggest voices to keep this course open, especially if I keep winning here, so I’ll definitely make a statement on trying to keep Glen Abbey going.”… Vegas was all smiles not only because of his back-to-back wins at the Abbey, but also because close family members were there to watch him do it. In his home country of Venezuela, it’s a completely different picture with violence, unrest and protests against the government and accusations of a sham election.
“It’s been on my mind. It’s always on my mind. I have family that live there. It’s my country of birth. You know, I mean, it hurts. It hurts a lot, seeing the country the way it is, seeing a government that treats people that way when they don’t deserve it, just to remain in power, and all the suffering that even my family and friends are having right now. It’s just not fair, so obviously I got up early this morning, even got on Twitter to see what’s happening.”
As of this writing, nothing has leaked about the sudden departure of tournament director Brent McLaughlin from the RBC Canadian Open, so it appears that Golf Canada is sticking to its guns about keeping the matter confidential, which isn’t a surprise considering the possibility of legal ramifications, depending on the reason … An “Optimizing Sport Motor Skill” learning seminar featuring Dr. Gabriele Wulf of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and Dr. Rebecca Lewthwaite of the University of Southern California will be held Saturday at the Richmond Hill Golf Club in Richmond Hill, Ont., from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. followed by a barbecue lunch. Cost is $99. Call (416) 220-5547 or e-mail email@example.com for more details … Gary Bernard left this Facebook note as he officially left his position Monday as CEO of the PGA of Canada.
Well its offical. As of 4:30 PM EST today, I am now retired from my position as CEO with the PGA of Canada. It has been an honour and a privledge to have worked on behalf of the 3700 members everyday for over 20 years with an awesome board and staff. Now off to the next chapter and new adventures. Thank You to all who supported me over the years.
The PGA of Alberta is now taking nominations for members and industry representatives who may be candidates for one of the association’s annual awards. You can make an online nomination for any of the association awards here … The PGA Tour stops this week, not only in Akron for the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational, where the field includes Adam Hadwin and Mackenzie Hughes, but also in Reno, Nv., for the Barracuda Championship, where Graham DeLaet, Brad Fritsch and David Hearn are in the field … At the Web.com Tour’s Ellie Mae Classic in Hayward, Calif., Albin Choi, Corey Conners, Michael Gligic, Justin Shin and Ryan Yip will tee it up … Stephen Ames will be at PGA Tour Champions’ 3M Championship in Blaine, Minn. … Brooke Henderson and Alena Sharp are at a major, the Ricoh Women’s British Open at Kingsbarns in Scotland. Henderson goes into this week’s event ninth in the latest world rankings, while Sharp is 80th … The Symetra Tour’s PHC Classic will start Friday in Milawaukee where Brittany Marchand, Brogan McKinnon, Augusta James, Anne-Catherine Tanguay, Anna Kim, Elizabeth Tong and Taylor Kim are in the field, along with Calgary’s Jennifer Ha, who usually plays the LPGA Tour … Memories of the 2017 Canadian golf season will not be pleasant from a business perspective in the industry, according to last week’s GNN Poll that asked readers how they would rate this season compared to all others in their careers. Most, or 43 per cent, said it’s below average, with another 31 per cent going as far as saying it’s the worst of their careers. Another 24 per cent said 2017 is par for the course, with just two per cent adding this season is above average … As of this writing, a high number of those who have responded to the current poll see the arrival of Topgolf locations in Canada as an opportunity to lure younger people into the traditional game. That’s according to 72 per cent of respondents, with 18 per cent saying Topgolf is just more competition for discretionary spending. Another 10 per cent said Topgolf’s arrival won’t have any impact. If you haven’t already done so, you can cast your vote on the GNN home page.