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BAGS Junior Golf Tour Celebrates 25th Season:

The BAGS Junior Golf Tour has been offering junior golfers in central Ontario a grass roots development program since 1992. It's a great place for recreational and competitive players between the ages of 9 and 18 to learn the ins and outs of competitive golf. Seasoned players enjoy an environment where they can hone their skills on a competitive professional run tournament circuit. However, players who are new to tournament golf can experience and learn about tournament play in a fun and instructional environment.


Tour members and guests enjoy events from late May through the Summer at a different course each week. In addition to vying for weekly single day stroke play events the tour also offers a match play show down, a tournament of champions event and team challenge events against other regional tours or junior golf programs.


[Learn more about the Tour]



Women Circuit Pro Tour comes to Barrie:

The Circuit Canada Pro Tour announced that National Pines will host a new women’s event. The Desjardins Cup will have a purse of $50,000 and the champion will receive an exemption into the 2017 CP Women’s Open. The Desjardins Cup will be played May 24-25 at National Pines near Barrie, Ont. Amateur women are also eligible to play. Deadline for entries is May 17th.


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The R&A and USGA work with handicap authorities to develop a single World Handicap System:

The USGA and The R&A are working with golf’s handicapping authorities to develop a single World Handicap System for the sport. More than 15 million golfers in over 80 countries presently have a handicap, a numerical index long used as a reference to gauge a golfer’s potential skill level. Handicaps are currently delivered through six different systems around the world.


The aim of the proposed handicap system is to adopt a universal set of principles and procedures that will apply all over the world...


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In The News: Glen Abbey's Path to Preservation, Oakville:


A recent consultants' report recommends Heritage designation for Glen Abby. The Save Glen Abbey Coalition released a draft report for Glen Abbey's cultural heritage landscape assessment . If ultimately approved and passed, decision is not subject to OMB appeal by the developer. The Draft Cultural Heritage Landscape Assessment Report for Glen Abbey is one of three ongoing studies that the Town of Oakville commissioned to study the importance of the site to the municipality.  The report will be reviewed by the Town's Heritage Oakville Advisory Committee with the final report presented to the Planning and Development Council mid May.


ClubLink submitted a pre-development application in December 2016, which the Town returned as incomplete.  The Town has halted development with interim control bylaws but has been subject to a series of Ontario Municipal Board hearings of appeals by ClubLink.  No decisions on the OMB appeals have yet been rendered. Recent polling of Oakville residents placed concern upon uncontrolled growth in the Town as a major issue.  ClubLink's proposal is not a planned growth area in the Town's official plan and threatens the livability of an older, established community.


[For more information on the save Glen Abbey foundation]



On The Tee at Highland Glen, Priceville:


Highland Glen Golf Club, set atop the tablelands of Grey County, was born in 1999 and is the creation of local golf course designer Jason Miller. Miller, whose stable of designs also includes Mill Run, Black Diamond, North Granite Ridge and a collaboration on OslerBrook with Graham Cooke, laid out the course over 220 acres of naturally undulating land. He created a nice mix of holes that are open and windswept while also featuring a handful of holes where large stands of trees influence the shot making decision process greatly. Although much of the course is fairly open strategically placed sentinel trees dot the landscape and the odd pond here and there will keep you on your toes as you navigate the routing....


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In the News

The PGA TOUR recently announced that it will begin testing the use of distance measuring devices during competition at several tournaments this year on the Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada.


Three Tours, the Makenzie, Web.com and PGA Latinoamerica, will allow use of the devices at four consecutive tournaments. However, the devices can only be used to measure distance and not to measure slope. Once the test period and evaluation have been completed, the PGA TOUR will sit down with its Player Advisory Council to discuss the results and next steps.


[PGA Press Release]



On The Move


Familiar faces in new places and new faces in familiar places. Here are a few professionals who have recently taken on new challenges in the greater Georgian Bay area and cottage country.

Quinn Godfrey has traded cottage life at Port Carling for city life at The Toronto Golf Club as has Muskoka Lakes' Simon Lycklama who moves to Thornhill. Brenden Parsons has assumed the head pro position at Listowel while Carl Penfold has swapped his head pro chair at Hockley Valley for the same position at Eagles Nest. Cory Helm has stepped down head pro at Orchard beach to pursue other opportunities outside the industry while Ken Hamilton has stepped in to assume the vacancy. Keir Smith moves north to Oak Bay from The National to assume the GM duties. Formerly of Doon Valley Bill Stewart has taken the head pro spot at Stone Tree. Congrats to Thomas Keddy of Oslerbrook for his promotion to Class A status. Jim McDivitt has stepped up to take the Head Pro position ay Seguin Valley. Mike Grierson stays within the Clublink family moving from Caledion Woods to Glancairn. Long time Deerhust fixture, Danny Jackson, has taken a position as head pro at Bancroft Ridge.




Short Course Series -Deerhurst Resort-Lakeside Course, Huntsville, On.


With spring arriving many golfers are looking north with anticipation for cottage country courses to open their first tees. For your next Muskoka visit to Deerhurst Resort's Lakeside course should be giving serious consideration. The Lakeside Course at Deerhurst Resort is the little sister to the resort’s Bob Cupp / Thomas McBroom Highlands routing. In contrast to the 7000+ yards of densely forested rugged terrain that is home to the championship side, the Lakeside track is laid out in a park like setting where the tree lines are sparser and wilderness a little more distant. Also designed by Cupp and McBroom, this par 64 course is routed around a cove belonging to Peninsula Lake....


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On The Tee at TPC Las Vegas, NV.


The PGA has been part of the Las Vegas golfing landscape since 1983. With a variety of private and casino-based facilities hosting the pros over those decades, it was natural that as the TPC concept of courses was undertaken, that Las Vegas was considered as an obvious location for the development of courses for tour players and events.  The opening of what is now the TPC Las Vegas in 1996 saw a new era in the presence of tour caliber golf in Sin City....


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A Conversation With Dean Snell:


The Golf Ball Guru Creates His Own Premium Brand.


The highly competitive golf ball market has a new kid on the block. Well, not necessarily a new kid since the name behind this newest player in the dimpled sphere scene is the same one behind some of the biggest brands in the industry.


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