Sources are indicating that eight Golf Town locations have closed, five in Ontario, including the original store in Scarborough, Brampton, Milton, Sudbury and downtown Toronto, although the downtown store is believed to be due to a prior lease agreement. Two closings are in Quebec, including Vaudreuil-Dorion and Candiac, with one in St. John’s, Nfld. … Ladies Golf Club of Toronto members last week voted 65 per cent in favour of exploring the option of selling a parcel of its land in Thornhill, Ont., to developers … Graham DeLaet, Brad Fritsch, Mackenzie Hughes and Nick Taylor are at the Sanderson Farms Championship in Jackson, Miss., an event won by Taylor two years ago … There are no Canadians in the field at the WGC-HSBC Champions event in Shanghai, China … On PGA Tour Champions, Stephen Ames and Rod Spittle are at the PowerShares QQQ Championship in Thousand Oaks, Calif. … Brooke Henderson, Alena Sharpe and Maude Aimee Leblanc will play this week’s Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia event in Kuala Lumpur … Henderson continues to lead the LPGA Tour in birdies with 421, but she’s just four ahead of Ariya Jutanugarn, who now leads the tour money list. Henderson is third on the money list with $1,690,242. … Henderson’s eighth-place finish at last week’s Blue Bay LPGA event in China was her 15th top-10 finish, more than anyone on tour. Those top 10s have come in 28 events thus far, leaving her at 54 per cent, fourth-best on tour … Corey Conners of Listowel, Ont., is fourth on PGA Tour Latinoamerica’s Order of Merit and if he stays there he will receive status next year on the Web .com Tour. Last week’s GNN Poll asked readers what they thought would be the effect of a $15 an hour minimum wage on the golf industry and 74 per cent of respondents said it would mean less jobs and increased workload for people receiving it. Just 26 per cent said it would enhance the lives of all minimum wage workers … This week’s poll asks readers to describe the mood of the golf industry in their areas going into 2017. As of this writing, 39 per cent of respondents say the prevailing attitude is proceed with caution, while another 11 per cent said people want to hide under the bed for a total of 50 per cent. On the more positive side, 29 per cent of respondents say they’re optimistic, while another 21 per cent say the attitude is no better or no worse than most years. You can cast your vote on the GNN home page.
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