Six players out of 29 will get into this week’s Shaw Charity Classic at Canyon Meadows Golf and Country Club in Calgary through Tuesday’s qualifier for the Champions Tour event. The tee times for that qualifier are here … Gord Courage of Cochrane, Alta., and Calgary’s Scott Allred were among five who made it through to Tuesday’s qualifier through a pre-qualifier held at the Hamptons Golf Club last week …The state of golf journalism: I heard and read more about Tiger Woods finishing 10 shots off the winning score at the Quicken Loans National on the weekend than I did about Inbee Park completing the career grand slam of women’s golf with her win at the Women’s British Open at Turnberry. At the age of 27, Park has seven major championships, two this year, and is halfway to Woods’ total of 14 … With seven events left on the Symetra Tour season, Augusta James of Bath, Ont., is fourth on the money list with Maude-Aimee Leblanc of Sherbrooke, Que., 10th. The top 10 at the end of the season graduate to the LPGA Tour. The entire list is here … James leads the Symetra Tour with her 89.3 per cent driving accuracy, while Leblanc is tops in tour average driving distance at 279.261 yards … James is also the leading candidate to four rookie of the year … The Symetra Tour is off for a couple of weeks until the W.B. Mason Championship is played Aug. 14-16 in Brockton, Mass. … Adam Svensson of Surrey, B.C.,has top three finishes in each of his three starts on the Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada this season and every one of his rounds have been under par … Toronto’s Albin Choi ($40,079) and Vancouver’s Kevin Spooner ($40,075) are third and fourth on the Mackenzie Tour’s money list, respectively. The top five at the end of the season earned status on the Web .com Tour, with the next five getting direct tickets to the final stage of Web .com Q-school. Svensson is currently eighth, while Ben Silverman of Thornhill, Ont., is 10th … The Golf Journalists Association of Canada made a donation of $1,000 to Ronald McDonald House Charities Canada after its writing and awards day at Toronto Golf Club. GJAC president Grant Fraser made the donation to Cathy Loblaw, president and CEO of RMHCC at Glen Abbey during the RBC Canadian Open. “On Monday of RBC Canadian Open week we held our annual GJAC Awards Day and used this opportunity to raise funds for this wonderful charity which supports children and their families during difficult times. Our members are pleased to have made this connection to RMHCC and know this donation will be put to great use,” said Fraser … The Thames Valley Children’s Centre has been named the official charity of the Freedom 55 Financial Championship, the season-ending event on the Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada season, which will be played Sept. 17-20 at Highland Country Club in London, Ont. The children’s centre will receive 55 per cent of ticket proceeds … If the RBC Canadian Open was to become a World Golf Championship or FedEx Cup playoff event, the participation by Canadians would be dramatically reduced, at least the way it stands right now. It’s no surprise then, especially after David Hearn’s strong showing a week ago at Glen Abbey, that 63 per cent of respondents to last week’s GNN Poll want the Open to stay the way it is. with Canadian content being essential in their minds. However, a surprisingly strong percentage of respondents, or 37 per cent, would like to see it become a WGC or playoff event … This week’s poll deals with recent reports that rounds are up in most parts of the country this year and asks if that’s due to weather, increased interest in the game or both. You can cast your vote on the GNN home page.
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