It turns out that this summer’s U.S. Amateur qualifier at Marine Drive in Vancouver won’t be the first in Canada, as previously reported here on GNN. On Aug. 8, 1988, a U.S. Amateur qualifier was held at Cherry Hill near Fort Erie, Ont., according to the USGA, but it was listed officially as being played in nearby Buffalo. Apparently, Cherry Hill was a member of the Buffalo District Golf Association and an international member of the USGA with so many American members, which explains the confusion. Thanks to a couple of pros, Bob Culig and Jeff Roy, for the heads-up … I kind of wish it was my line, but I heard someone pointing out that a Canadian can get into a U.S. Amateur, but can’t get onto Jeopardy! even though host Alex Trebek was born in Sudbury, Ont. … One of the most enjoyable weeks ever came a few years ago playing golf at so many of the outstanding golf courses around Phoenix/Scottsdale in the morning and taking in a few Cactus League games in the afternoon … Roland Deveau of Bedford, N.S., will be introduced as Golf Canada president at this week’s annual general meeting taking place at the Prince George Hotel in Halifax. Deveau will replace 2015 president Paul McLean of King Township, Ont. It will be interesting to see how Golf Canada has recovered after showing a loss of just over $1.4-million last year, but we’ll find out once the financials are released. … Graham DeLaet, Adam Hadwin, David Hearn and Mike Weir are the Canadians in the field as the PGA Tour moves to from the west coast to Florida for this week’s Honda Classic … Brooke Henderson is a sponsor’s exemption at this week’s Ladies European Tour event, the RACV Ladies Masters in Australia, as is Lorie Kane. Also in the field this week are Kyla Inaba of Kelowna, B.C., and veteran Nancy Harvey of Swift Current, Sask. … Henderson is sixth on the LPGA Tour’s money list with $176,666 in three events that have included a second place finish and a tie for ninth on the weekend in Australia. Henderson also moved up a spot on the world rankings to 11th place … Hamilton’s Alena Sharp, who isn’t playing this week, is 122nd in the latest world rankings … Richard T. Lee of Vancouver is in the field for this week’s European Tour stop, the ISPS Handa Perth International in Australia … With four top 10 finishes by Canadians in last weekend’s Symetra Tour season opener in California, you might think Jessica Wallace, Sue Kim, Samantha Richdale and Augusta James had established some nice momentum so early in the season, but the schedule won’t resume until April 8, when Florida’s Natural Charity Classic takes place in Lake Wales, Fla. By the way, Kim is defending champion at that event … Last week’s GNN Poll finished about the same as in 2010 when we also asked readers if they felt they could retire comfortably at age 65. Back then, the split was 60 per cent saying no and 40 per cent saying yes. When we updated last week, 56 per cent said no with 44 replying in the affirmative … This week, the GNN Poll is focused on the high cost of fruits and veggies and whether rising prices are close to maxing out. In the early going, 64 per cent predicted more price pain ahead for food and beverage departments, with 36 per cent saying we’re close to maxing out. You can cast your vote on the GNN home page.
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