Mike Kelly was named executive director of the Golf Association of Ontario last week, certainly a post to be respected within that province, but gosh darn it, I suspect I won’t be the only one who might slip up and call him “Mr. Knickers,” a character he played while introducing golf to kids within th Golf in Schools program. I’m sure Mr. Knick.., oops Mr. Kelly, will laugh it off. He’s known for his sense of humour … Quebec City’s Anne-Catherine Tanguay will be the lone Canadian moving from Stage II to the final stage of LPGA qualifying school. Tanguay tied for 56th at 12 over at the Plantation Golf and Country Club in Venice, Fla. The top 80 and ties advance to the final stage, Dec. 2-6 at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla. Brittany Marchand of Orangeville, Ont., Christina Foster of Toronto, Natalie Gleadall of Stratford, Ont., Megan Osland of Kelowna, B.C., Taylor Candler of Kincardine, Ont., and Laura DeMarco of LaSalle, Ont., will have Symetra Tour status next year. Brittany Henderson of Smiths Falls, Ont., withdrew … Also last week, Adam Cornelson of Langley, B.C., Seann Harlingten of Vancouver, Matt McQuillan of Kingston, Ont., and Montreal’s Beon Yeong Lee made it through the first stage of Web .com Tour Q-school in Garland, Tx., while Eric Hawerchuk of Barrie, Ont.., did the same in Dayton, Nev. The second stage will be held at three locations Nov. 10-13 and two more locations Nov. 17-20. The final stage goes Dec. 10-13 at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. … Some of Canada’s most accomplished female golfers, all Canadian Golf Hall of Fame members, got together at Ladies Golf Club of Toronto, including from left (below), Cathy Sherk, Gayle Borthwick, Marlene Streit, Jocelyne Bourassa and Sandra Post. Bourassa was inducted as a builder into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame last week.
One glaring omission from Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame is Mike Weir, but the 2003 Masters champ isn’t officially retired yet, although he is on a leave of absence from the PGA Tour to spend time with his family. Members of the hall need to be retired from major championship competition for four years … Montreal-based Sunice is celebrating being named the No. 1 outerwear brand on the PGA Tour, according to the Darrell Survey. “These professional athletes need equipment for the body that provides maximum protection and freedom of movement to allow them to perform at the highest level. Their choice was clear – Sunice,” said company president Conrad Tappert. “It’s a rarity for golf brands to ever find themselves in this position of No. 1. Premier golf shops choose to carry the No. 1 ball on tour, the No. 1 driver on tour, and now they can have confidence in carrying the No. 1 outerwear on tour. This is a major game changer for the Sunice brand.” … Nominations for the 2016 Canadian Golf Superintendents Association board of directors will be accepted until Nov. 14. Click here for more information … The PGA of Alberta has presented four bursaries of $750 each to candidates for membership, including Jeff Daniels of Royal Mayfair Golf Club, Jordan Fenwick of GolfTEC Calgary, Kris Zubiak of Picture Butte Golf Club and Craig Gibson of Sirocco Golf Club … GNN readers believe that staff and golfers have a healthy respect for wildlife, despite a story to the contrary recently. In last week’s GNN Poll, 91 per cent of respondents said golfers and staff members look forward to seeing wildlife on the golf course, with another nine per cent saying golfers and staff members tolerate wildlife. Nobody said that complaints about wildlife are a common occurrence … This week’s GNN Poll asks readers what percentage of their overall buy will be done at a buying show this year and early returns, as of Monday afternoon, indicated one to 25 per cent being the popular answer. While 61 per cent went with that, another 28 per cent said 25 to 50 per cent of their buy would be done at a show, while 11 per cent of respondents said 50 to 75 per cent of their buy. At that point, nobody had voted above 75 per cent. You can cast your vote on the GNN home page.