The Vancouver area is getting some much needed rain as some regions were expecting up to 80 mm on Monday, but it comes after a windstorm on Saturday that brought down trees, scattered debris and left about 500,000 people without power. Early Monday morning, about 55,000 people were still without power. While rain was welcome due to the drought that hit the area, what was expected to be a deluge came during cleanup from the storm. While the rain was a good start, much more was needed before water restrictions were lifted for golf courses and other businesses and residents … Regina was reporting a low risk three on its air quality index on Monday morning after wildfire smoke had it much higher over the weekend. Meanwhile, an air quality statement was ended in Calgary after all the smoke that city experienced last week, but word was it could be back as the week progresses … Tuesday is the day we find out officially if Canada is in a recession … Nothing official again from ClubLink, even though the popular rumour that Glen Abbey had been sold emerged Monday on social media … The PGA of Saskatchewan will hold its merchandise show on Oct. 26-28 at Prairieland Park in Saskatoon. Call Ken Morrow at the zone office to register as a buyer or vendor. The phone number is (306) 860-7672. The zone awards banquet will be held Oct. 27 at Saskatoon’s Willows Golf and Country Club … Austin Connelly, who played in his first event as a professional at the Great Waterway Classic, where he tied for 30th at 14 under, will play again on a sponsor’s exemption at the Wildfire Invitational near Peterborough, Ont., where the field will include 30 Canadians … Other sponsor’s exemptions into the Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada event include Ted Brown of Peterborough, Jon and Jeff Mills of Belleville, Ont., Derek Gillespie of Oshawa, Ont., and Joe Panzeri of Meridian, Id. … Adam Svensson of Surrey, B.C., returns to the Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada after three starts on the Web .com Tour, including Sunday’s T13 in Portland. Svensson has top three finishes in all three of his starts this year and he’s currently 11th on the Order of Merit … Taylor Pendrith of Richmond Hill, Ont., is also returning from the Web .com Tour this week. Pendrith has a couple of runner-up finishes in playoffs on the Mackenzie Tour and is ninth on the Order of Merit … The top five players on the Order of Merit earn status on the Web .com Tour for next year and that top five currently includes Toronto’s Albin Choi in third place with $49,806 and Vancouver’s Kevin Spooner in fifth ($41,689) … We’re currently in the slow part of the summer season in golf, according to last week’s GNN Poll that asked if the last few weeks of August and early September are traditionally slower than earlier in the season to which 59 per cent said yes … This week’s GNN Poll asks if recent droughts and a sputtering Canadian economy will force changes in golf course conditioning faster than previously anticipated by the industry. As of this writing, 74 per cent said yes in the early going, but you can still cast your vote on the GNN home page.
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