Eugene Wong of North Vancouver withdrew from last week’s PGA Tour China event due to a sore back. Wong shot a first round 80, but WD-ed prior to the second round. Wong will have time to rest the back as the schedule doesn’t resume until mid-November … With three tournaments remaining, Wong is fourth on the Order of Merit and Justin Shin of Maple Ridge, B.C., who tied for fourth last week, is fifth on the money list. The top five earn status on the Web .com Tour next year … This week marks the 15th anniversary of the launch of the Titleist Pro V1 at what was the Invensys Classic in Las Vegas … The Golf Business Canada Conference and Trade Show, hosted by the National Golf Course Owners Association of Canada, will be held Nov. 18-20 at the Hilton Mississauga/Meadowvale in Mississauga, Ont. To register, click here. For a list of educational workshops/seminars, click here. … Hamilton’s Alena Sharp is in Taipei for this week’s Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship and she tweeted that she got early notice that it could be a rough ride.
A little bit of everything here in Taiwan! Earthquake shake this morning and typhoon on the way later in the week ?
— Alena Sharp (@AlenaSharp) October 19, 2015
It was a strange year on the Symetra Tour, where Canadians won three times, including a win by Sue Kim of Langley, B.C., at Florida’s Natural Charity Classic, Augusta James of Bath, Ont., at Chico’s Patty Berg Memorial and Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls, Ont., at the Four Winds Invitational, yet none were among the top 10 on the money list who earn status on the LPGA Tour next year. To be fair, Kim played 11 tournaments on the LPGA Tour this year and only five on the Symetra Tour, including one WD. It’s no secret of course that Henderson spent most of her time on the LPGA Tour, where she’s already earned status through her win at the Cambia Portland Classic in August. Only James was a full-timer on the Symetra Tour, where she played 21 times this year, but an untimely cut at the Symetra Tour Championship last week knocked her out of the top 10. It was only her fifth missed cut of the season and she finished 12th on the money list, less than $1,000 away from the top 10 … Casey Grice of College Station, Tx., was named the winner of the 2015 Heather Wilbur Spirit Award on the Symetra Tour. The award was established in 2003 in honor of Moncton’s Heather Wilbur, died of leukemia in 2003. Wilbur was also the first recipient of the award. The award honors the player who exemplifies dedication, courage, perseverance and love of the game and spirit toward achieving goals as a professional golfer … Last week’s GNN Poll indicates the foot golf does have a presence among Canadian golf operations. The poll asked readers if the golf operation they worked for had held any discussion about introducing foot golf, 60 per cent said no, but 20 per cent said yes and another 20 per cent said the operations they work for already had foot golf. This week’s poll question asks what the general attitude is among golfers and staff members at their operations towards wildlife. You can cast your vote on the GNN home page.