Today’s Touch: Some Monday Notes

The annual digital, music, and film festival South by Southwest wraps up next week in Austin, Texas. One of the films that is premiering at the film portion of the festival has a golf connection. Called “The Short Game,” it follows eight of the best 7-year-old golfers in the world as they train and compete for the World Junior Golf Championship. Quite the trailer.

This past weekend Tiger Woods won his 17th World Golf Championship at the Cadillac Championship. The last time that Woods won at both Doral & Torrey Pines (he captured the Farmer’s Insurance Open earlier in January) was 2005. He went on to win both The Masters and the U.S. Open that year. Could Woods be on pace for a monster year? It seems that way. But a lot has changed since the era of Woods-dominance. The competition week in and week out is more fierce. As the hackneyed saying goes, “only time will tell.”

Nike Golf had a strong showing this weekend on all tours. Aside from Woods’ WGC win, Scott Brown (another American, that stretches the Yank’s winning streak on the PGA Tour to 11 straight weeks to start 2013) captured the Puerto Rico Open, and Suzann Pettersen came from two shots behind to claim a victory at the Mission Hills Word Ladies Championship in China.

Attended the Ottawa-Gatineau Golf Expo in Ottawa this past weekend, after attending the Toronto Golf Show the weekend before. Both events mark the official start to golf season in both regions. The National Golf Course Owners Association of Canada is a proud sponsor of the Toronto show, and an official partner of the Ottawa-Gatineau show, along with a handful of other shows across Canada. They’re great events to continue to build up the golf community across the country, and NGCOA CEO Jeff Calderwood – who was on hand in Ottawa – says he was pleased with how the shows had gone so far this year.

Iriving Lightstone, former head professional at Maple Downs Golf & Country Club, and Ontario Golf Hall of Fame member, passed away on Friday in Toronto. I didn’t have the pleasure of meeting him, but thanks to this column by Lorne Rubenstein, I feel like I did. “Golf had to be a wonderful game to generate such stories.”

Picture of the Week

Tiger left his fellow competitors in the dark at Doral
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