The just-concluded Chico’s Patty Berg Memorial, a Symetra Tour event in Fort Myers, Fla., also had a senior component to it as Legends Tour players held a competition of their own at the same time. Many of the players were wearing “DCJ” pins made by another Canadian, Gail Graham, as a way to offer a get well message to Canadian Golf Hall of Fame member Dawn Coe-Jones, who recently underwent serious surgery, which she explains here. Lorie Kane won the Legends Tour portion of the event … Great line I received from Coe-Jones when she retired in 2008. I asked her if she had plans for a second career. She told me she wanted to be a Zamboni driver and with the amount of time she spends watching hockey or at Tampa Bay Lightning games, that still may happen … As I said in a previous blog, I get the frustration Dawie van der Walt was feeling when he called out Mike Weir for WD-ing from the RBC Heritage last week, but social media is being used way too frequently as a hair-trigger (hair-twitter?) means of venting in public. It was only a year-and-a-half ago that PGA of America president Ted Bishop has his title stripped from him for an ill-advised tweet. Remember when players and association executives used to blame the media for too much public negativity? These days, media gets an easy story when players and executives start spitting venom … Kevin Chow of the Blackhawk Golf Club in Spruce Grove has been named president of the Assistants’ Board of Directors of the PGA of Alberta. Sean Thompson of the Calgary Golf and Country Club will serve as vice president. Also comprising the board are Oliver Brown, Rhonda Carter, Kurtis Foote, Craig Gibson, Dale Machesney and Paul MacLeod … Kyle Mulligan has been named president of Golf Saskatchewan for 2016-17 … If golf fans weren’t aware of Brooke Henderson from her days as the No. 1 amateur in the world, they got a quick lesson on the outstanding Canadian teen from Smiths Falls, Ont., at last year’s Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic in San Francisco. It was there that Henderson just missed a playoff between Lydia Ko and Morgan Pressel and settled for third just a few months into her professional career as Henderson chased full LPGA membership, which she got in August with her victory in Portland. Henderson returns to the Swinging Skirts this week, along with Canadians Alena Sharp and Maude-Aimee Leblanc … With seven consecutive LPGA Tour top 10 finishes (eight overall), Henderson has more top 10s than any other LPGA player this year. Next closest to Henderson’s seven is Ko with five. Henderson remains seventh in world rankings, while Sharp moved up three spots to 123 in this week’s rankings. Henderson is also eighth on the LPGA money list ($375,112), fourth in scoring average (69.656) and second in birdies (139). Leblanc is second in average driving distance at 284.036 yards …This week’s Symetra Tour stop is the Guardian Retirement Championship at Sara Bay in Sarasota, Fla., where Rebecca Lee-Bentham, Brittany Marchand, Brogan McKinnon, Megan Osland, Samantha Richdale, Augusta James, Sara-Maude Juneau, Anne-Catherine Tanguay, Jessica Wallace, Sue Kim and Jennifer Kirby are the Canadians in the field … David Hearn and Nick Taylor are the only Canadians in the field for this week’s Valero Texas Open in San Antonio … Also in the Valero Texas Open field this week is van der Walt. Think he may be asked for a few quotes? … The El Bosque Mexico Championship is up next on the Web .com Tour schedule, but no field had been posted by Tuesday afternoon … There are no Canadians in this week’s Champions Tour event, the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge, in Ridgedale, Mo. … With all the movement within the Canadian golf industry this year, it seems as if long tenures with one employer don’t exist anymore, but last week’s GNN Poll illustrated a different story. When asked how long readers had worked for their current employers in the golf industry, 40 per cent of respondents said more than 10 years, while another 23 per cent said five to 10 years. Another 26 per cent of respondents said they had worked one to five years at their current places of employment with 11 per cent adding they had been where they are now less than a year … This week’s GNN Poll asks if van der Walt was completely out of line in his criticism of Weir or was his frustration at least somewhat understandable? As of this writing, 73 per cent of respondents said they undertood van der Walt’s frustration, while 27 per cent said he was completely out of line. If you haven’t already, you can cast your vote on the GNN home page.
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