Editor’s Desk Notebook – Mackenzie Tour & Much, Much More

"The Five" (Photo:Mackenzie Tour - PGA TOUR Canada, Twitter)
“The Five” (Photo:Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada, Twitter)

It’s mid-September and you might expect the golf world to be slowing down post Labour Day but that is hardly the case. A few things across the desk of note today.

  • Quite an end to the season for the Mackenzie Tour – PGA Tour Canada. A ton of records fell or were matched at Highland Country Club in London for the Freedom 55 Financial Championship. France’s Paul Barjon won with a new tour scoring record of 258, Vaita Guillaume matched the course record with a 60 in the closing round, and Kyle Wilshire shot a stunning 26 (with two pars) on the front nine on Sunday.
  • Staying with the Mackenzie Tour – PGA Tour Canada. Dan McCarthy locked up fully exempt status on the 2017 Web.com Tour as the Order of Merit winner for the season. Four wins helped him accumulate $157,843 on the season. The top 5: 1. Dan McCarthy – $157,843 2. Brock Mackenzie -$84,075 3. Taylor Moore – $78,736 4. Aaron Wise – $65,313 5. Adam Cornelson – $56,020
  • At the Evian Championship Brooke Henderson not only finished in the top ten but she also picked up an award during the Rolex Annika Major Award Ceremony. She was named the Evian Championship Ambassador for 2016 for projecting the values of the tournament.
  • Mike Weir came back into the spotlight this past weekend, not for his play on the golf course but for the revealing blog he posted on his website. He shared his struggles with golf and mused about his future plans on and off the golf course. It’s a good read. See it here.
  • Congratulations to two young golfers. Kaeden Trainor and Nolan Fox both aced the 5th hole at Amherstview Golf Club on Sunday, September 18th. They are just 11 years old.
  • 2013 Rideau View Pro-Am winner Adam Cornelson continues to improve. Not only did his finish 5th on the Mackenzie Tour money list to earn conditional Web.com Tour status for 2017 he also picked up another valuable award. The Langley, B.C. native won the Freedom 55 Financial Canadian Player of the Year honours, which comes with a $25,000 prize.
  • Last week’s Flagstick.com Web Poll asked readers how they thought Tiger Woods would do if he does return at the PGA Tour’s Safeway Open. The results? Win 2.33%, Top Ten 13.95%, Outside the Top Ten 54.65%, and Missed Cut 29.07%
  • Still lots of chatter going on about the financial woes at Golfsmith and the potential sale of GolfTown. Much of the speculation comes about questions that actually do have some answers, but you’ve got to do some reading of their Creditor Protection documents to find them. We have posted links to them in our Forum here for those willing and interested.
  • The 2017 PGA of Ottawa PING Challenge Cup will take place Wednesday, September 21st at the Greyhawk Golf Club in Cumberland. This Ryder Cup style event sees a team of Head Professionals take on a team of Assistant Professionals. Spectators are welcome to come out and watch the 36-hole event. Flagstick’s Jeff Bauder will be he Honorary Captain for the Head Pros while yours truly will do the same for the Assistant Pros.
  • At the Fourteenth Annual Charles Blair Macdonald Challenge that was played at the historic Niagara-on-the-Lake Golf Course on September 9, 10 and 11, Kingston’s Amanda Sly was the winner in the Women’s Division of the Eastern Canadian Hickory Championship.
  • Carleton University held their invitational golf tournament at The Marshes on Saturday. No word on the results for the Women but the Queen’s University Gaels won the Men’s Team title. They were led by Ian Wilson who was the individual medalist with a score of 68.

/ Scott MacLeod @Flagstick