A New Turn

It’s clear that I struggle to get a lot of things posted here in the heat of the season.  With so much going on in golf and at Flagstick it can be hard to get enough time to drop in a thoughtful and lengthy post but I am planning to resolve that with a slightly new direction for the Editor’s Desk Blog.

In fact what I plan to do is to take it back to its’ 2005 roots.  Moving forward I will still try and include some in-depth stories but the goal is to keep this place fresh with more frequent, smaller tidbits of information that roll across my desk.

Let’s give it a whirl and see how it sticks…

-It should be a big week for Golf Canada with the top 50 players in the world set to play the CN Canadian Women’s Open at Hillsdale GC, near Montreal.   While we do have 18 Canadians inside the ropes this week I cannot help but feel that they missed the boat by not including one more.  It is hard to argue with the players Golf Canada gave exemptions to I wonder just how much consideration was given to providing one for young Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls.

I know Golf canada would love to attract the thirteen year-old to the National Team program and an exemption would have been justified.  The youngster won the CN Future Links Ontario Championship this year as well as the Ontario Junior.  She also played well at National events and was only one of two Canadian to make it to the second round of Match Play at the United States Women’s Amateur.  Henderson tried to Monday Qualify and missed by just a stroke.

An exemption for the Henderson would not have only been easy to validate but even with plenty of story-lines at the CN this week, it could have attracted some great interest from the public and media alike.

Another great Eastern Ontario product, Augusta James, did receive an exemption and we’re hoping she makes all four days of the championship.  She is a talented player and deserves a chance to shine on the LPGA stage.

– Speaking of amateurs, if you are a Titleist golf ball fan you had to like the ball count at the U.S. Men’s Amateur this week.  Of the 275 players in the field at Erin Hills, 254 of them are playing an orb from the Fairhaven, Massachusetts based company.

-Nice to see such a fabulous turnout of golfers for the 1st annual Ottawa Valley Golf Association Mixed Event at Eagle Creek on August 22nd.  With tournament participation waning in general this event was a sell-out.  Hopefully that continues in the future even when the layout is not quite as attractive as Eagle Creek.

-Our work on stories for 2012 has begun.  Flagstick’s Joe McLean is in Northern Michigan this week collecting information on some of their best golf destinations.  Since we have not heard from him this week we’ll assume he’s having a great time.

That’s all I’ve got for now.  The September print issue of Flagstick Golf Magazine needs editing so I am off to finish that task.  Look for copies at your favourite golf shop within two weeks.