The original goal of the Graham and Ruby DeLaet Foundation for Fort McMurray was $15,000, but it went beyond that. In five days, it raised $23,360 from 80 donors. DeLaet himself donated $5,500 on his $500 per birdie pledge from the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte, N.C., with all proceeds going to the Red Cross of Canada. Adam Hadwin contributed $5,000 on his 10 birdies, while Nick Taylor, who missed the cut, donated $3,000 on his six birdies over two rounds … DeLaet, by the way, tweaked his neck last week … People from outside Canada were making contributions to the relief effort, as well. One was Conrad Schindler of Dallas, who played at the Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada Q-school last week in Courtnay, B.C., who played the Syncrude Boreal Open in 2013 and was shocked to see what was going on in Fort McMurray. “It’s just devastating to see. I played up there in Fort Mac a few years ago and I stayed with a really nice family that week. I’m pretty sure their house is gone. I’m good friends with Jamie Sadlowski and we have some friends up there and their house is gone too. I just felt like it was the least I could do because when you see something like that it’s so much bigger than golf. When I played there a few years ago, I could really tell how much the people up there cared about their city, so this is the very least I could do,” said Schindler, who offered $10 per birdies and $25 per eagle from his final two rounds. The total came to seven birdies and one eagle for $95. Schindler rounded it off to $100 and his dad, who was caddying for him, matched him. Schindler tied for second to earn status through the first reshuffle. He’s the kind of guy we like to keep around Canada … Toronto’s Cedar Brae Golf Club opened its long-awaited new clubhouse last week. Here’s a look at the ribbon-cutting ceremony and the finished product.
DeLaet, Hadwin, David Hearn and Taylor are at this week’s Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass … Albin Choi, Brad Fritsch, Mackenzie Hughes, Taylor Pendrith, Roger Sloan, Ben Silverman, Adam Svensson and Ryan Yip are the Canadians who will play the Web .com Tour’s Rex Hospital Open in Raleigh, N.C. … Sloan is coming off a fifth and a T5 finish in his last two events … The Champions Tour is off this week as is the LPGA Tour … Rebecca Lee-Bentham, Brittany Marchand, Brogan McKinnon, Megan Osland, Laura DeMarco, Samantha Richdale, Christina Foster, Augusta James, Anne-Catherine Tanguay, Sara-Maude Juneau, Jessica Wallace, Sue Kim and Jennifer Kirby are at the Symetra Classic in Charlotte, N.C. … Richdale and James currently occupy the top 10 who will graduate to the LPGA Tour should they remain there until the end of the season. Richdale is second ($30,476) and James is eighth ($20,848). Wallace is 11th ($18,161) and Lee-Bentham is 15th ($15,915). For the entire list, click here … GNN readers don’t see this summer’s Olympics in Rio as having much grow-the-game potential. The majority, or 44 per cent, of respondents to last week’s GNN Poll said it has some potential, while 41 per cent said it had no potential. The other 15 per cent said it had huge grow-the-game potential … This week’s poll asks if your operation is properly prepared for a large-scale emergency in which fast evacuations are needed and so far, the news isn’t good. As of this writing, 83 per cent of respondents said no, while 17 per cent said yes. You can still cast your vote on the GNN home page.