RBC Canadian Open – Red and White Day

RBC Canadian Open – July 2017 – Glen Abbey is a fantastic spectator course and it was announced in a press conference this morning that Glen Abbey will be hosting the RBC Canadian Open again in 2018.

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There are two days left of golf and the -4 cut line is the lowest on PGA Tour since 1971.

Two Canadians have made the cut with Graham DeLaet and Mackenzie Hughes sitting in T15 on -8. There are 30 golfers within 4 shots of the lead so I am hoping to see some aggressive golf out here for the next couple of days.

19 year old Australian Ryan Ruffels is in T5 on -10 and I plan on watching him wield a club later.

Yesterday, Tournament Director Brent McLaughlin was stood down mid tournament and as per the press conference this morning, Golf Canada CEO, Laurence Applebaum, stated “This decision is a confidential Golf Canada employee matter. Given that, I’m unable to provide further details”. No further questions were answered regarding this decision however Bill Paul has stepped in and with 22 years experience barely a ripple was felt with the transition.

Australian, Curtis Luck was playing well yesterday so I headed out to watch. The two holes I followed him on he got a bogie and a double (was it me???). Unfortunately it was not his day and he dropped to -3 and missed the cut.

Yesterday was Red and White Day and it was great seeing not only the spectators but many of the players and caddies decked out in red and white.

I have had some fantastic meetings this week and I caught up with Jeff Church from Levelwear who introduced me to Robert Visentin from ClubLink. I spoke with Robert about Fairways and he asked me to send him information about Awesome 4somes and our fundraising.

I also met with Scott Stevens from Eat Sleep Golf and we are going to collaborate to get more juniors golfing.

I am very excited about this.

Mary-Pat Quilty the Director of Golf at Settlers’ Ghost Golf Club (I golfed with her earlier in the week) sent me an email yesterday advising she had spoken with Golf North about Fairways and put me in touch with COO, Mike Garside. Mary-Pat and I are also in discussions about developing a junior program with a particular interest in helping First Nation children in the midland area.

If we can continue to grow our Awesome 4somes we will be able to develop multiple programs in numerous countries and the thought of that excites me.

Besides that I was able to watch some wonderful golf although I have not yet walked the whole course so today I will head down into the valley.

I got chatting with Nic Catto in the media centre. Nic is a Athletic Performance and Development Consultant who works on PGA Tour Professionals. I was attracted to the Australian accent as I haven’t heard an Australian accent for 6 months so it is nice chatting with fellow Aussies.

I stopped by the BMW Long Putt competition – if you get 3 putts in a row you win a 12 month lease on a Series 4. I watched a couple of attempts and one man holed one putt. I was surprised to hear that on Thursday someone sunk three in a row. I do believe he did a dance of delight.

Many have dropped 2 but so far only the one person has holed 3.

Enough about yesterday, the weather is perfect out here today and it is time to go and watch some golf.

 

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