Around Town: Cdns at Augusta, Ont shutdown and a win at Drive Chip & Putt

This week our section called “Canadians on Tour” is pretty thin as all the men’s and women’s pro golf tours have pretty much taken the week off to watch the Masters. Our Canadian contingent at Augusta all hail from Ontario and includes 2003 Masters Champion Mike Weir (Bright’s Grove), Corey Conners (Listowel) and Mackenzie Hughes (Ancaster).

Bob Weeks has a good story about the three Canadians HERE for TSN.

Ontario shutdown

Premier Doug Ford and the Ontario government announced this week that the province is going into a province-wide declaration of emergency and a stay-at-home order effective at 12:01am on Thursday April 8th. Included in this announcement is confirmation that outdoor golf courses and driving ranges can remain open.

Full story HERE.

St. George’s Golf & Country Club to host RBC Canadian Open for third straight year

If you haven’t been paying attention, you might think that St. George’s is trying to become the permanent host site of our national championship. But if you have been keeping track, you’ll know that the tournament was cancelled in 2019 and 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Hopefully, this will be a case of third time lucky, and the tournament will take place next June at St. George’s.

Full story HERE.

The pressure is on again at Beacon Hall

You just knew this wasn’t going to go away. Last month we reported on a vote by Beacon Hall members to approve a $250 million purchase offer for the club. The vote was turned down by the narrowest of margins – it fell 8 votes short of the required 2/3 majority. Now comes a new offer at $260 million. Andrew Willis has more HERE for the Globe and Mail.

Local girl wins her age group at Augusta National Drive, Chip & Putt

Alexis Card of Cambridge, ON took top honours in the Girls 7-9 division at last week’s Drive, Chip & Putt competition at Augusta National Golf Club. Card is part of the Junior Development Program at Galt Country Club and is coached by PGA of Canada pro Dave Smallwood. Second place in the division went to another Canadian, Anna Wu of Victoria, BC.

Card joins fellow Ontario juniors Savannah Grewal (2017), Vanessa Borovilos (2018), and Nicole Gal (2019) as National Drive, Chip & Putt winners.

In the Boys 7-9 division, Cole Roberts of Peterborough, ON placed 7th.

Full Results for the competition are HERE.

People on the Move

Steve Courneyea moves from Cardinal Golf Club to Craigowan Golf Club as the new Executive Professional. Ryan Oliver takes over as Head Professional at Craigowan…. Tim Moore is the new Head Professional at St. Thomas Golf & Country Club.

Peter Mumford
Peter Mumford is the Editor of Fairways Magazine. He's played over 500 different courses in 21 countries and met some fascinating people along the way. He's also a long-suffering Toronto Maple Leaf fan.

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