Friday Frenzy

A compendium of items of note from recent days…

It’s the end of the first working week of 2012 and it’s hard to  believe just how much activity there has been in the golf world this week.  The PGA Tour starts up today with the Hyundai Tournament of Champions and like all golf fans I’ll be glued to my television tonight to catch the action.

An interesting addition to a travel press release I received yesterday. It was the first one that I have seen with a sample Tweet provided for the journalist.  While I find that a little bit on the overcoaching side of things, especially for a medium that is supposed to be very social and personal, I have to give the PR people credit for being proactive.

Even before the golf season got underway in Hawaii today there are reports of two injuries.  Lucas Glover, at Kapalua Resort for the Hyundai TOC, incurred some damage to his right knee as a result of a paddleboard accident.  Luckily Calgary’s Stephen Ames vacations nearby and graciously accepted the request to fill in for Glover in the event’s pro-am.  It’s not exactly like having a Canadian in the field of the winners-only tournament but it will have to do for this year.

Speaking of injuries, Paul Casey reported today that he has a dislocated shoulder and will be away from golf for about two months.  While he does not need surgery he will need some time to recover form the injury.  That is a blessing in disguise for at least one pro.   Matt McQuillan is immediately behind Casey in the PGA Tour priority rankings and while Casey is out of action will have one less body to climb in order to get into early season PGA Tour fields.  It may amount to nothing but it’s a bit of a break for the Canadian who finished 137th on the PGA Tour money list in 2011. Even if it means a spot in one extra field that could be big for the 30 year-old.

With the biggest meet-up in the golf industry set to happen at the end of this month in Orlando, Florida at the PGA Merchandise Show, there was interesting news coverage regarding one company yesterday.  Adams Golf has a lot of success of late in a time when other companies are faltering so it took some by surprise that they might be searching for a way forward with their business.  This Bloomberg/BusinessWeek story is interesting but certainly is little indication that a sale of Adams Golf is imminent as many people online began to speculate after it appeared yesterday.  It’s simply a review and even they admit it may not end in a transaction.  The company expects to introduce a number of new products at the PGA Show under both their Adams and Yes! Golf brands.  They also recently introduced Kenny Perry as a staff player.  It’s tough to perceive the story as negative in any way with so many postive things currently happening for the Teaxs based-company.

Lots of good things on tap these days with the LPGA.  They have added four events to their depleted schedule for 2012 including a return to Hawaii.  Communciations Director Kraig Kann says they will release their full schedule on Wednesday, January 11th.

On a more local level Flagstick Golf Magazine staff are having a busy January.  Not only are we prepping for a return to the PGA Show we will have news in the next two weeks regarding a major golf initiative for the young prospective golfers of our region as well as more details on how we will be involved with the return of professional golf to Eastern Ontario.

Enjoy the start to the PGA Tour season later today.

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