Winnipeg’s plan to sell one of its golf courses and lease out four others to Ontario-based GolfNorth has passed its first hurdle, but still has a major obstacle to get over next week. Bartley Kives of the Winnipeg Free Press has the story here … Kives adds in this story that the leasing portion of the plan could very well fail when it goes before city council next week … As CBC points out here, the Winnipeg golf course controversy is having an impact on trust in city hall … In Brantford, Ont., they’ve removed golf courses from a list of items that council will consider for spending cuts. For more, see the Brantford Expositor story from Hugo Rodrigues here … Add Ernie Els, who won last year’s British Open with a long putter, to the list of players who see legal wrangling over the anchoring ban introduced by the USGA and R&A on Tuesday. For more, see this story in the Courier Mail in Australia … Webb Simpson, who won last year’s U.S. Open with a belly putter, called for bifurcation and more of a role in rule-making decisions for players on Twitter, where he discussed the issue with his followers, according to this story by Will Gray of the Golf Channel … Brad Fritsch of Manotick, Ont., withdrew from this week’s PGA Tour stop at Colonial due to back pain, according to this story from Slam Sports.
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