Monday Notebook: Canadian Successes And Regional Happenings

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It was quite a weekend for Canadian golf on a professional level.

– Brantford’s David Hearn and former Deep River and Belleville resident Jon Mills were fighting for a PGA Tour Card at the Nationwide Tour Championship.   31 year-old Hearn tied for 4th place to earn his way back to the PGA Tour.  He finished 21st on the Nationwide Tour’s final money list; the top 25 advanced to the PGA Tour.  Mills tied for 38th this week, leaving him outside the top 25 so he will have to rely on his trip the PGA Tour Qualifying School finals in early December to find his way back to the PGA Tour.  If he does not he will still be fully exempt for the Nationwide Tour in 2011.

– Niagara Falls native Rod Spittle performed the next-to-impossible task of winning on the Champions Tour Sunday after having Monday qualified.  The 55 year-old beat out former PGA Championship winner Jeff Sluman in a playoff.  Spittle will now be exempt for a year on the tour, an enviable positon considering how closed a shop it can be.  He played just 5 Champions Tour evens in 2010.

“Not to sound corny, but to say this is a dream come true literally is the case,” said Spittle, the former Ohio State player who sold insurance until turning pro six years ago. “These are great players out here, and to come and tip-toe in that company is truly amazing.”

He’s the 11th player to win on the Champions Tour after qualifying Monday and the first since Pete Oakley won the Senior British Open six years ago.

– The snow was falling in the Ottawa Valley over the weekend prompted more than a few golf clubs to shut the door for the season.  The brisk weather did not stop more than 90 golfers from hitting the links at the Metcalfe Golf Club for the last event of their 2010 season.  92 hardy players enjoyed the club’s 7th annual Halloween Golf Tournament.  The club is now closed but management will consider re-opening depending on the weather.  Call the pro shop for current conditions.

-Up the valley in Renfrew Dragonfly Golf Links has closed for the year but does have some good news for golfers.  New bunkers are under construction on holes #5 and #18 and will be ready for play in the Spring of 2011.

-Three regional pros are in Palm Springs, California this week for the playing of the last Canadian Tour event of the season.  Oliver Tubb of Stirling, Brad Fritsch of Manotick, and Matt McQuillan of Kingston will tee it up at the $150,000 Desert Dunes Classic.  Fritsch, 12th on the tour’s Order of Merit, is looking to rebound from Friday’s disappointment of failing to advance to the 2nd stage of PGA Tour qualifying.  McQuillan is part of a 14-player contingent of Canadians who will move on the 2nd stage.

-Regional GolfTown stores will be holding their annual Demo Sale on November 6th.  Lots of deals and deep discounts.  Call your local GolfTown for hours and other details.

-Flagstick Publisher Jeff Bauder and Editorial Director Scott MacLeod are doing last minute preparations for what they are calling “The Ultimate Golf Road Trip” for a feature story that will appear in the pages of Flagstick Golf Magazine early in 2011.  The duo are headed to Scotland Wednesday night and will be chronicling the journey via the Editor’s Desk Blog.  While playing some great courses they will also be testing out some new products and meeting with a variety of Tourism related contacts.  They will also be making a radio appearance on Tee It Up with Kevin Haime on Team 1200 on November 6th from 11:20 A.M. to 12:00 live from St. Andrews to talk about the journey.  Be sure to check out the Blog for stories, photos, and other content.  You can also follow their trip via twitter at www.twitter.com/flagstick or Facebook at www.facebook.com/flagstick.  Their trip is being facilitated by Ultimate Golf Vacations and Visit Scotland.

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