The Massive Monday News & Notes

The Masters is over for another year...
The Masters is over for another year…

I think it’s safe to say most people enjoyed The Masters weekend and all it brought with it.  It was a fantastic win by Jordan Spieth but, as usual, also served as the kick off to the golf season for many people.

Our Associate Publisher, Scott MacLeod, wrapped up some Masters thoughts Monday morning with Steve Lloyd and Todd White on TSN1200 Ottawa – you can hear the interview at this link.

To see what golf courses are open in Eastern Ontario and the Outaouais be sure to check our Spring Golf Course Openings Calendar here.   The details change frequently so be sure to bookmark it and check back on a regular basis.  As of of this text being written some 37 courses have provided opening dates or are already open for play.

It was a big weekend for the Arnprior Golf Club in Sand Point, Ontario.  The course, which we reported on last week as facing some financial issues, had a key debenture holder meeting on Friday night.  Word is that the vote came out in the favour of proceeding with a sale to a local resident.   We’ve reached out to the board for official news and will report on it when available.

Ottawa’s Andrew Jensen had a nice showing in MCB Curacao Masters.  The 30 year-old pro finished in a tie for 4th place at the tournament, which again played under it’s normally windy conditions in the Caribbean.  You can see more details and a final leaderboard here. 

Open Qualifying at the LPGA Lotte Championship in Hawaii did not go as hoped for Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls.  The 17 year-old pro turned in a 73. The two spots in the field went to players shooting 67 and 69, respectively.

Henderson will head to San Francisco next week to play in the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic. She has received a sponsor’s exemption, something she revealed in an interview we did with her on April 2nd.  You can hear that interview here if you like.

There are two Canadians in the field at the El Bosque Mexico Championship on the Web.com Tour this week – Brad Fritsch (Manotick, ON) and Ted Brown (Peterborough, ON).

Corey Conners of Listowel, Ontario, coming off a 2nd round 69 at The Masters (unfortunately he missed the cut but recorded the low score among the amateurs despite an opening 80) will make his professional debut this week at the RBC Heritage Classic on the PGA TOUR.  He joins fellow Canadians Mike Weir, Nick Taylor, Adam Hadwin, David Hearn, and Graham DeLaet in the field.

While some of the men’s and women’s mini-tours do not have an event scheduled this week it is back life as normal for the Symetra Tour.  They are hosting the Chico’s Patty Berg Memorial in Fort Myers.  This event is unique on that it is two tournaments in one – it has a regular 72-hole Symetra Tour event and also has a Legends Tour event running over 36 holes.  The players play side-by-side in the field over the weekend.

In the Symetra Tour field there are 11 Canadians – Maude-Aimee Leblanc, Brogan McKinnon, Samantha Richdale, Natalie Gleadall, Brittany Henderson, Anne-Cateherine Tanguay, Nicole Vandermade, Jessica Wallace, Augusta James, Sara-Maude Juneau, and Nicole Zhang.

Within the 30 player Legends Tour field Canada is also well represented.  Canadian players in that event include Dawn Coe-Jones, Gail Graham, and Lorie Kane.

The PGA TOUR Canada starts the first of their three qualifying schools this week.  First up is a trip to Florida where the field includes 16 Canadians.  The 72 holes of play begins Tuesday and runs through to Friday.  The top finisher will be fully exempt on tour.  The players finishing 2-18 will earn conditional status where they are exempt through the first 6 events on the schedule and will be reshuffled after that.  Finishers 19-40 plus ties will earn conditional status.