In the second quarter of 2016, TaylorMade was officially put up for sale, Canadians won on the Web. com and Symetra Tours, while another won a major championship, a Premier’s likeness was used for target practice and fire destroyed clubhouses and other golf-related buildings.
Here’s what happened April through June, 2016. Watch for the rest of the year in future installments.
Brooke Henderson ends a streak of eight consecutive top-10 finishes on the LPGA Tour, nine including a Ladies European Tour event. Henderson will finish the season with 15 top-10s, including her first major victory and a successful defence of her win in Portland in 2015 … The former Hastings Golf Centre and Driving Range in Burnaby, B.C., catches fire and officials say the blaze is of a suspicious nature … Brad Fritsch of Manotick, Ont., wins at the Servientrega Championship in Cartagena, Colombia on the first hole of a playoff to set up his return to the PGA Tour in 2017 through the top 25 on the Web .com Tour money list … On the same day, Samantha Richdale of Kelowna, B.C., wins Florida’s Natural Charity Classic on the Symetra Tour … Those trying to save the green space at Dorval Municipal Golf Course in Montreal get word that a Quebec Superior Judge ruled against an injunction that would prevent airport expansion on to the land … Fire destroys the clubhouse at the Ledgeview Golf Club in Abbotsford, B.C., where players such as Adam Hadwin, Nick Taylor, Ray Stewart and James Lepp played.
The adidas Group announces that, after a strategic review, the company will enter into concrete negotiations to sell the company’s golf division, consisting mainly of TaylorMade, Adams and Ashworth brands. The company will, however, continue in golf footwear and apparel through the adidas Golf brand … The Mackenzie Tour announces that the trophy awarded to the Freedom 55 Financial Canadian Player of the Year will be named after late Canadian Golf Hall of Fame member Dan Halldorson, a former PGA Tour player, who also served as deputy commissioner when it was the Canadian Tour … The Mackenzie Tour–PGA Tour Canada announces the cancellation of the 2016 Syncrude Boreal Open due to effects on the Fort McMurray community following devastating wildfires earlier in the month. The host Fort McMurray Golf Club had its clubhouse and other buildings destroyed … A groundskeeper is killed in a tractor rollover at Lionhead Golf and Country Club near Toronto … Charlottetown’s Lorie Kane is announced as an inductee into the Maritime Sport Hall of Fame … Johnny Johnston, the 1959 Canadian Amateur champion and a member of the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame, dies at the age of 91 … Manulife extends its title sponsorship of the LPGA event at Whistle Bear Golf Club in Cambridge, Ont., and increases its overall purse to $1.7-million U.S. … Industry veteran Larry Paschke dies at the age of 68. He began his career in golf over 40 years ago with Dunlop/Maxfli in the 1970s. He would also represent TaylorMade, La Mode du Golf, Sherwood and CCM. For the last 30 years, he represented Mizuno Canada as territory manager for Northern Alberta.
Conservative MP David Tilson of Dufferin-Caledon introduces a Private Member’s Bill supporting the National Allied Golf Associations’ initiative to have golf become a legitimate business expense for companies entertaining clients … Dakota Dunes near Saskatoon opens a new $3.5-million clubhouse … Industry veteran Jeff Germond is appointed chief operating officer of the Mississaugua Golf and Country Club in Mississauga, Ont. … It’s announced that the 2017 RBC Canadian Open will return to Glen Abbey … It’s also announced that Canadian Golf Hall of Fame member Lorne Rubenstein will co-write a book with Tiger Woods about his victory at the 1997 Masters. The book will be available for the 20th anniversary of that milestone event in 2017 … David Skitt joins SportBox Entertainment Group as vice president and will serve as tournament director for the Pacific Links Championship, a PGA Tour Champions event that will be played at Victoria’s Bear Mountain in September. Skitt served as vice president at Synchro Sports from 2004 to 2014 and served as tournament director of the Montreal Championship, also a Champions Tour event, from 2010-2014 … Brooke Henderson becomes just the third Canadian and second woman from this country to win a major, defeating Lydia Ko in a playoff at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship in Sammamish, Wash. She joins 2003 Masters champion Mike Weir and 1968 LPGA Championship winner Sandra Post as the ony Canadians to take a major … The PGA of Canada takes over day-to-day operations of the PGA of Quebec … The Canadian Golf Superintendents Association announces the passing of past president and life member Paul White on Thursday at the age of 70 … Controversy follows a golf tournament at the Brooks Gof Club in Brooks, Alta., after a likeness of Premier Rachel Notley is used as a target and run over by a golf cart during a Big Country Oilmen’s event … Marc-Etienne Bussieres wins the PGA Championship of Canada at Victoria Golf Club, beating Billy Walsh in the final match … Fort McMurray Golf Club is scheduled to open on Canada Day following the devastating wildfires that hit the city.