Tuesday Tidbits

I’m almost recovered from my nine-day travel adventure to North Carolina that ended last Friday; at least enough to get back on the horse with another busy week.  I just have enough time this week to jam in OVGA President’s Day and work on some special digital content for the Holiday season before it is time to get back on a plane again.

Next Monday I’ll be heading to Carlsbad, California to check out the crop of 2012 products from Callaway Golf. It will be a quick trip to to the west coast but don’t worry, I’ll share what I can.

As mentioned I was out at the Camelot Golf & Country Club just east of Ottawa on Monday as a guest of Ottawa Valley Golf Association President Jean Stone-Seguin.  Although the weather eventually turned to a horrid conglomeration of wind, cold, and rain the nine holes we played gave me time to reflect a bit on the Tom McBroom designed course and just how good it will be as host of the 2012 Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship.  Currently the club is in a bit of flux without a General Manager, Head Professional, or Superintendent but I am sure that in ten months time they will put on a memorable performance as some of the best amateur golfers in the world hit their doorstep.

I’ll not fully divulge the dinner conversation but I will say that the OVGA and it’s affiliation with GolfQuebec was a topic.  For those who have not heard their are some major talks going on between Golf Quebec, the Golf Association of Ontario and the OVGA in regards to this subject. All parties are trying to find the best solution for the golfers of Eastern Ontario as far as program and service delivery.  This is HUGE topic so I’ll not give it more than a glance in this post, with plans to reveal more as the situation moves along.  All parties, in some form, have told me that they are trying to find out the best solution for golfers in the region with that being the bottom line.

I dropped by the offices of ACCRA Golf Shafts today to pass on congratulations to company owners Gawain Robertson and Dave Makarucha.  Although they can’t name him (but I can) the world’s #1 ranked golfer, Luke Donald, continued to use shafts in his driver and three wood from the Kingston-based company on his way to winning the PGA Tour Money Title with an almost certain chance of matching that title on the European Tour.  It’s quite an accomplishment, not only for Donald, but for ACCRA, a small manufacturer who does not play golfers to use their shafts.

Need a little humour in your day?  How about a “Cup of Joh”. If you’ve got a minutes be sure to wander over to YouTube and check out the latest video from LPGA Tour player Tiffany Joh.

In playing golf yesterday with Dru Lafave of Golf-O-Max I found out that the Falcon Ridge Golf Club in the South end of Ottawa will be featuring a couple golf simulators from Golf-O-Max this winter.  I did not get a timeline of when they will be available but will contact Falcon Ridge Manager Steve Spratt for details and pass them on.

The PGA of Canada announced on a new hire on Tuesday.  Former ScoreGolf Web Editor Chris Fry will be joining them as a Communications and Social Media Specialist.  Fry was most recently employed at Golf Canada as the Coordinator, Communication in Sports Development.  The Humber College Graduate kicks off his new gig on November 1st.  I have had the pleasure of knowing Chris for a few years and I know he will be an asset to the PGA of Canada.

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