As I mentioned in Monday’s contribution, we’re shutting GNN down for a couple of weeks over the holidays to take a breather, but keeping an ear to the tracks in case anything breaks, which is always a possibility.
News doesn’t take a breather and 2010 was a good illustration of that point, with many breaking stories, some expected and some surprises, demanding our attention, but which one stands out the clearest for you?
T’is the season for news organizations to pick their stories of the year, but here at GNN, we look at such a topic as a discussion more than a contest, so think back or go into our archives to consider your pick and what future ramifications that story might have on the golf industry in this country.
To get you started, I’ve put a random list of stories that stand out to me below:
- The official roll-out of the Golf Canada rebranding effort and membership drive by what once was the Royal Canadian Golf Association.
- The passing of the PACE (Professional Advancement, Career Enhancement) program by Canadian PGA membership and what that will mean to golf professionals in the future.
- The growth of ClubLink, be it through its renovation/introduction of Bethesda Grange, snapping up golf courses in Florida and/or the rumoured acquisition of Glendale Golf and Country Club in Hamilton and possible expansion outside Ontario and Quebec.
- The release of the white paper “Bridging the Gap,” and the task force created by Golf Canada, the Canadian PGA and Canadian Tour to make the transition from amateur to professional golf smoother for Canadians.
- Reed Exhibitions handing the Ontario PGA show back to the association and talk that the show may soon move to the summer from its current fall dates. What effect, if any, will that have on the rest of the shows across the country?
- Introduction of the HST in British Columbia and Ontario. Will the harmonized tax be coming to other currently unaffected provinces soon?
- Through various avenues, six Canadians – Mike Weir, Stephen Ames, Graham DeLaet, David Hearn, Chris Baryla and Matt McQuillan – scheduled to play regularly on the PGA Tour in 2011. Is that a boost for the industry?
- Uncertainty in the overall economy and how that affected participation.
- Gary Bernard named Canadian PGA executive director. The RBC Canadian Open being played at St. George’s for the first time since 1968. The introduction of the Montreal Championship on the Champions Tour. Stephanie Sherlock of Barrie, Ont., earning her LPGA Tour card at Q-school. Jamie Kureluk of the Cottonwood Golf and Country Club shooting a 25 on the back nine at the Alberta Open.
Those are just a few ideas to get you started, but you may have different thoughts. As mentioned above, a look through the GNN archives will help as well. Be sure to offer your thoughts in the Comments section below.