Diversity At The Editor’s Desk

With the holiday it has been a short week at the Editors Desk but oh my, it’s has been a wild three days so far. Obviously the golf world is abuzz with the Accenture Match Play Championship playing out in the Arizona desert but in my corner of the world I have been attending to some a wide spectrum of business.

A little taste of what I have been up to this week (in case you have any interest in what the Editor of a Golf Publication might be up to).

Started the week with a meeting (after a two hour drive) with the regional Callaway Golf representative, Andy Dexter, for a series of Callaway spotlight features that will appear all year in our magazines. Ran through multiple questions from readers and pinned down answers that could be presented as part of the spotlight editorial.

Minutes later it was another meeting with one of Canada’s top PGA Professionals, Kevin Haime, to plan and layout instructional features, talk about the design and photography, and discuss a charity golf event he is running this year to benefit junior golf.

Wednesday brought another varied day starting with a one hour drive in another direction to a regional golf course, Timber Ridge, and a photo shoot with their golf professional, Paul Aitken, for a few golf tip articles that will appear later in the season.

Not more than minutes after returning from Timber Ridge I was on the phone for a teleconference with the Royal Canadian Golf Association to hear who the latest inductees for their Hall of Fame would be. I was glad to hear it was Lisa Walters, who I had the pleasure to play golf with as a teenager, and James Barclay, an esteemed Canadian Golf Historian who I have enjoyed several conversations with over the years.

Lunch and early afternoon was spent with the amiable Gawain Robertson and Dave Makarucha, the partners in Premium Golf Management, the company who, after years of developing the brand, just acquired ACCRA golf shafts from UST. It is a huge deal for a small company like them to have created such a strong brand and network of dealers. Interest from dealers and tour players is continuing to rise and Robertson just returned from the LA Open where even more players began to use their shafts, including the new hybrid model..

Today, between writing articles, managing columnists, and dealing with email, I met up with young Canadian Touring Professional Matt McQuillan, who after a year away from the major tours, is about to embark on a schedule of Nationwide qualifiers and other events. It was great to catch up with this young talent and see what his plans for the season entail. He is a true example of “the money running out before the talent does” as he aspires to make his way to the PGA Tour. After being the No.1 junior in Canada and having success at NCAA powerhouses Oklahoma State and the University of Georgia, he spent three full seasons (a partial season before that was hampered by a back injury) on the Canadian Tour where he won and was one of their top players. The only problem? Very little money to be made and when you come from modest means, it is hard to stay out on tour.

After a year spent paying bills and doing some real work between picking up a cheque or two at local pro-ams, he is headed back on the tour – and still seeking sponsors to make it all happen.

I rounded out the rest of today dealing with tournaments we are involved with as a sponsor, taking phone calls from golf professionals I know who are seeking help finding staff for the coming year and a lengthy phone call dealing with hole by hole descriptions for a major feature on the LPGA’s 2008 CN Canadian Women’s Open.

Add this to a lovely parking lot (amazing how hard ice and concrete can be) fall mid-week that has left me battered and bruised and the usual antics of home-life all centered on a very active 20 month-old and I am just about wiped.

It’s been a crazy week so far…and with one day still left – I can’t imagine what could be next!

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