(via Ottawa Citizen)
Many stories have been told about Brooke Henderson in 2014, but, to my knowledge, I was the only one to go and visit her in her hometown of Smiths Falls, Ont.
I watched her hit balls in a sideways rain, and long after I left, she was still hitting.
Even with a meteoric rise to fame, Henderson says she doesn’t feel pressure from anyone in town. Everyone stops to say hello to her, because to them, she’s still their “Brookie.”
“I don’t feel pressure, even though they all know who I am,” explains Henderson. “I do things for myself, and I don’t feel like I get pushed at all.”
When I wrote the story, she told me she wanted to get her University degree. This was before one of the best seasons by a Canadian amateur in recent memory (let alone a 16-year-old one. She’s 17 now).
You can read the whole story in SCOREGolf.
Curling is one of Canada’s most-played winter activities, and with good reason.
Canada has been dominating on the world stage over the last few Olympics, too, and behind those gold-medal winners is Goldline Curling, a Canadian company set to celebrate its 50th anniversary.
“I remember 25 years ago I would have given my right arm to promote the game on television,” Mr. Flowers says. “Today, for the most part, curlers are attractive and exciting to watch. People are watching. When you have that many eyes on curlers, you want to make sure they’re wearing your product.”
According to a report by Yahoo in February, only the hockey finals clipped the curling finals at the Olympics in terms of viewership.
You can read the whole story in The Globe & Mail.
I’m lucky to call TJ Rule and Matthew McKay my friends. And good thing, too.
They might have one of the coolest jobs going – golf tour operators.
Despite Mr. Rule travelling to the Dominican Republic, Las Vegas, India, Ireland and soon to Italy (within a three-month span) for conferences and site scoutings, he says making a trip perfect is the part of their job that is most fun.
“We love to do it,” he says. “We live vicariously though our clients that way.” Sometimes, they even join in. They’ve arranged a Scottish trip this fall for members of a private club in Toronto and plan to escort them.
You can read the whole story in The Globe & Mail.
After round one of the RBC Canadian Open in July, it was Canadian Taylor Pendrith who was grabbing headlines. His monstrous drives and his “aw, shucks” attitude had won the crowd over. He’d go on to win Low Amateur.
Pendrith attributes his power to being a multi-sport athlete growing up, playing hockey and baseball. “I was a good hitter and I threw the ball pretty hard,” Pendrith explains. “It was really late when I figured out I could be pretty good at golf. I wanted to go to the States for baseball and get a scholarship because I was way better at baseball than I was at golf at the time.
You can read the whole story on Sportsnet’s website.
One of my favourite courses in the ClubLink family is Wyndance, just north of Toronto. The first Greg Norman design in Canada sees golfers play through and around an old quarry. Visually stunning, and lots of fun.
Unique. Visually stunning. A standout. These are the words used to describe Wyndance Golf Club, arguably one of the most popular courses in the ClubLink family, located in Uxbridge, Ontario.
You can read the whole story in ClubLink Life.
In 2013, I had the pleasure of visiting Saskatoon for a few days in early July. There, I attended PGA TOUR Canada’s Dakota Dunes Open, dined on fabulous food (which you wouldn’t think, when you think Saskatoon. I was pleasantly surprised) and played some fine golf courses, including one in little Kerrobert, Saskatchewan, about two hours from Saskatoon. That’s where my grandfather learned to play, and it was a real treat to get back there as well.
You read about the Prairies, and you can’t help but get an impression of what awaits. It’s more farm-life, then fast-life, you probably think. You’re not alone in this thought.
You can read the whole story in Golf Canada Magazine.
Although all eyes in golf were on the Open Championship at Hoylake last week, for many Canadians, next week is a major, too.
The RBC Canadian Open returns to Royal Montreal for the first time since 2001 (it hosted the 2008 President’s Cup as well) on an anniversary of sorts. It hosted the first Canadian Open championship in 1904, and, this year marks 60 years since a Canadian last won the national title. Pat Fletcher, who was formerly the golf director at Royal Montreal, captured the title in 1954.
But enough about the past. If you’re attending the Canadian Open, here’s what you need to know.
- Children 17-and-under get in FREE (all week) when accompanied by a paying adult
- RBC Avion Putting Challenge – If you have an RBC Avion credit card, you get access to the Avion VIP lounge off no.16 and get front-of-the-line access to the putting challenge
- RBC Fan Experience – a chance to take home a customized issue of Golf Canada Magazine with YOU on the cover. You can participate in a digital trivia challenge to win a signed Team RBC golf bag
- Global Montreal Anchor Experience – Experience what it’s like to be behind the Global Montreal news desk and “interview” Graham DeLaet
- On the Red Course (the pros are playing the Blue Course) Taylormade-adidas have set up a full driving range for patrons to test out Taylormade and Adams equipment while rocking the latest adidas gear.
- BMW hole-in-one challenge – Adjacent to the 13th hole, shoot for a chance to win a BMW M235i
- FAMILY DAY is July 26 (the Saturday)
- CN Future Links is putting on a tour, where young participants engage in a friendly, golf-based adventure and try out their putting, chipping and driving skills
- Get your picture taken with the RBC Canadian Open trophy AND the 1904 Olympic Golf trophy at the Golf Canada tent
Oh yeah, there’s a golf tournament on too. Tickets are on sale at: http://rbccanadianopen.com/