by John Gordon

There’s lots to envy about Canada.

The vast and geographically diverse country features great scenery, an inclusive multicultural identity, a stable government, universal health care and a pipeline.

Not the kind of pipeline that transports oil and natural gas, although Canada does have those, but one that produces increasingly more golfers, recreational and competitive.


Set standards for amateur reinstatement 

The concept of amateurism in golf has gone out the window (“Ex-pros vs. amateurs: It’s USGA’s shame,” Oct. 10, The highest levels for USGA and NCAA golf include many “pre-professional” (junior, NCAA and amateur) or “post-professional” (mid-amateur and senior) golfers.

Over time, the USGA’s Amateur Public Links Championship became broken beyond recognition. On paper, the intent was to provide a national competition for people from all walks of life who don’t play golf for a living. Perhaps the USGA can tweak the format by creating an event for 30-plus-year-old never-professionals.




The number of times that Australia’s David McKenzie, who turned 50 on July 26, has open qualified for Champions Tour events, with the latest being the SAS Championship, which begins Friday at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary, N.C. It is the tour’s final regular-season tournament. McKenzie owns two top-10 results and stands 64th in the Schwab Cup standings (tee times:



Four Seasons Resort Lanai is offering a bonus for visitors who book a four-night stay, with the Hawaiian resort adding a complimentary fifth night. Four Seasons Resort Lanai features the Jack Nicklaus Signature Manele Golf Course.


The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America has joined with Nufarm to offer a leadership program for assistant golf course superintendents. The EXCEL program – education, cross training, community, encouragement and leadership development – will feature two, two-day training sessions at Nufarm’s Chicago headquarters and GCSAA headquarters in Lawrence, Kan., for each year of the three-year program cycle.


The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America is lending support to the Wee One Foundation, which assists course-management officials and their families who are faced with significant medical expenses. The foundation was named in honor of the late Wayne Otto, a GCSAA member who died of cancer in 2004.


BallenIsles Country Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., has appointed Ryan Walls as its general manager and chief operating officer. Walls had been division president of Troon Privé, which manages the club.


October 7-13
Men’s amateur: U.S. Men’s Mid-Amateur
Capital City Club (Crabapple), Woodstock, Ga.
October 12-15
LPGA: LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship
Sky 72 GC (Ocean), Incheon, South Korea
European Tour: Italian Open
Milan Golf Club, Parco Reale di Monza, Italy
PGA Tour: CIMB Classic
TPC Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
October 13-15
Champions Tour: SAS Championship
Prestonwood CC, Cary, N.C.

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