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DeLaet Takes It Deep, More Golf For Eastern Ontario?, USGA Review Period Ends

Saskatchewan’s Graham DeLaet is just one stroke off the pace after the opening round of The Honda Classic.  A five under par, 65, on The Champion Course at PGA National puts him in a great position to start the week.

Brad Fritsch of Manotick, Ontario, getting his first start after two weeks off, had a 68, two under par, despite three bogeys on the card.  He tees off at 8:25 a.m. on Friday.

Other Canadians in the field and their opening round scores:  David Hearn (69), Mike Weir (71), and Stephen Ames (73).

There is the prospect of another golf course in Eastern Ontario, but it’s likely a long way off, if it happens at all. Mixed Culture Tourism and Technology Company Ltd. recently purchased the 334-acre Philoxia estate east of Tweed, Ontario and are proposing a resort development.  Located on Lime Lake near Marlbank, the property has been owned by the Chickla family for more than 30 years and is also the site of a primitive golf course already, the 9-hole organic Shaman’s Bluff.

The company, headed by Chinese entrepreneurs Sophia Chunxiang and her husband Antonio Wang, will undertake some feasibility work to see what amenities they will add to the scenic location but a golf course is part of the proposed picture.

The prospects of the resort and the investment by the company has excited local toursim officials.

We will monitor the progress of the project as it plays out.

The USGA issued an official statement on Friday, after the 90 review and comment period on the proposed Rule 14-1b which would prohibit anchoring any club during a golf stroke ended on Thursday.

“The 90-day comment period on proposed Rule 14-1b has been very constructive and we appreciate the thoughtfulness of everyone who offered feedback. We received comments, questions and suggestions from recreational golfers, golf professionals and organizations representing many segments of the golf community. The discussion has been informative and serves as a strong reminder of just how passionate golfers are about the game – no matter their position on this specific issue.”

“For well over a year, the golf community has engaged in a healthy and spirited discussion about anchoring, as well as other important issues confronting the game. Throughout this period, we have worked to explain the intent of Rule 14-1b, which aims to clarify and preserve the traditional and essential nature of the golf stroke that has helped to make golf a unique and enjoyable game of skill and challenge for centuries.”

“As the comment period comes to a close, we will continue to review and evaluate the feedback that we have received. As we have throughout this process, we will continue to confer with the R&A in our work to reach a final resolution on this matter.”

For more information about proposed Rule 14-1b, visit www.usga.org/anchoring.

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