On the weekend, I couldn’t resist going back on old e-mails sent to me by the late Ted Maude and they were plenty. I didn’t even bother counting, but let’s just say at one point, they were at least daily and sometimes two or three per day. Although there were a gazillion topics, the one common thread was Teddy’s passion for the game and its people including Ontario Golf Hall of Fame members John Henrick, Doug Carrick and Herb Page, GNN blogger Mike Schurman, retired Toronto Star golf writer Dave Perkins and late golf professional Laurie Buckland, among others. The industry may change, but let’s hope the one thing that remains is caring for the people around you as Teddy exhibited in his missives … David Hearn finished the OHL Classic at Mayakoba with a one-over 72 that left him tied for 74th in Playa del Carmen in Mexico … The PGA of Canada send a tweet on Monday from its PGA Club Professional Championship in Arizona that’s worth noting.
Pretty cool scene here as Megan Chapman of Georgian Bay Club will be the first female in two decades to peg it at PGA CPC.
— PGA of Canada (@pgaofcanada) November 16, 2015
Call me old school, but I never thought we’d be discussing doobies seriously in a golf industry column, but it does promise to become an issue if legalization does take place as the new federal government has promised. It may not be as prevalent as beer, which you can get right off the bevvy cart, but you wonder how can you ban a legal substance such as pot and allow another such as alcohol? … As I write this, the early return on the GNN Poll indicates that 51 per cent of respondents believe golf operations can only wait until legalization takes place before taking any steps on how to deal with it, while 23 per cent believe we should be discussing it now. Another 26 per cent believe that even if it is legalized, pot won’t become an issue in golf. You can cast your vote on the GNN home page … On a lighter note, reader Bob Kennedy points to a new revenue source if marijuana use is allowed on a golf course. “Chocolate bar sales will be way up,” writes Kennedy in the Comments section, reminding me of this episode from Friends, in which Ross is selling girl guide cookies and realizes a great place to do it is university dorms around midnight.
I know one thing. In the past, I would have thought a doobie would have been necessary to believe it could be as warm as it was in mid-November around Toronto on Monday … Rounds are definitely up across Canada since Sept. 1, according to last week’s GNN Poll that indicated 44 per cent of respondents said rounds at their place of employment were up slightly and another 24 per cent said rounds were up significantly, with nine per cent saying they were about the same compared to the last five years. Another 18 per cent said rounds were down slightly, with another five per cent saying they were down significantly.