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Monday Matters

It wasn’t 24 hours ago that I heard of a regional golf course, Dragonfly Golf Links, planning to possibly open for play as early as this weekend and what do we all wake up to today?  More snow.  It seems like a cruel joke but before you know it we’ll be on the links and another winter will be forgotten.

For those interested in getting out there right now several golf courses in upper New York State are already open as we pointed out on Friday at Flagstick.com.

Just a few items of note today that I thought I would pass along –

We will make a more formal announcement in the coming days but for now I would like to welcome a couple new columnists to Flagstick.com for 2011.

Joining us in some capacity will be recent Carleton University journalism graduate Adam Stanley.  Adam, who lives in Toronto and currently works in the advertising industry, will be contributing stories on various golf industry aspects this year including some equipment reviews and just about any other topic that catches his eye.  We’re looking forward to reading his insights.

On a related note, we will also be highlighting some stories this year on the Mental Aspect of the golf game.  These will come courtesy of Adam Kingsbury, currently a PhD student in Clinical Psychology at the University of Ottawa, and Professor Patrick Gaudreau the U of O Faculty of Social Sciences.  The pair are doing some amazing work related to golf that goes far beyond much of the anecdotal advice you often hear these days about the mental side of golf.  I think we can all learn a lot from them and we look forward to their series of articles.

I know that justifiably a lot of you will have your eyes on the PGA Tour and the Arnold Palmer Invitational this week but be sure to take a few moments to check out the Nationwide Tour.  With the API being a limited size field and an invitational there are less spots available and as such plenty of the lower rung PGA Tour players will be in Louisiana to play in the Chitimacha  Louisiana Open.  That will include Canadians Chris Baryla and Matt McQuillan.  Other Canadians in the field (and there could be more after today’s Monday qualifier) will be Richard T. Lee, Andrew Parr, and new papa Jon Mills.  Mills and wife Megan welcomed son Benjamin to the world last week.

We spoke with McQuillan last week as he was in Florida and headed to the TPC Sawgrass facility in Ponte Vedra for a few days of practice.  Despite missing his last five cuts on the PGA Tour the 29 year-old sounded pretty upbeat and says he has been practicing harder than ever.  While putting extremely well this year McQuillan has not been happy with his ball striking and in response has made a few equipment tweaks and is also working on getting his swing more on plane than it has been.  He is looking forward to testing it again in Louisiana and hopes to make his next PGA Tour start at the Shell Houston Open where he is currently high up on the Alternate list.

Have a great week…

Be sure to follow me on Twitter for more frequent updates.  And I mean frequent as I have done over 8500 Tweets is about 2.5 years.  Which reminds me, Happy 5th Birthday Twitter!

You can find me at @flagstick

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