July 9 2018

CP Canadian Women's Open back in Ottawa in 2021?

Women's golf in Canada is on the upswing and a good portion of credit has to go to the Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) which has sponsored the women's open since 2013 and extended its support of the national championship through 2023 Monday.

It also announced next year's event will be at Magna Golf Club in Aurora, ON, returning the tournament to GTA for the first time since 2001. It will be interesting to see how the tournament draws in Canada's biggest city.

Certainly one consideration in bringing it to the GTA is the attraction of Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls. She gives Canada a legitimate threat to win the tournament and, with six wins on the LPGA Tour now, she has become a legitimate Canadian star. It will be interesting to see how much she moves the needle next year in Toronto.

Which raises the question when will the CP Women's Open return to Ottawa? It's believed a record crowd of about 80,000 attended the tournament at the Hunt Club last year to see Henderson play a home game. This year's tournament is at Wescana Country Club in Regina, Aug. 20-26.

CP is committed to an east-west rotation that so that means the 2020 event will probably be out west. I'm sure Montreal would be a consideration in 2021, but that would mean Ottawa wouldn't get the tournament until 2023 if CP sticks with its east-west rotation.

With the tremendous drawing card Henderson presents in Ottawa, I think waiting until 2023 to bring the tournament back here would be a mistake.

I wouldn't be surprised to see the tournament return to Ottawa in 2021.

FROM THE FRINGE: Every great rivalry needs two great opponents. The Ottawa Valley Golf Association's Men's A Division at the Intersectionals has two great opponents. The rivalry between the Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club and Rideau View Golf Club got a boost Sunday when the Hunt ended Rideau View's run of four-straight titles and 10 of the past 12. Playing at Rideau View, the Hunt got six-point performances from Mark Coldham, Sebastian Deguire and Peter Harrison to pull out a 42-38 point win over the host club. Camelot Golf Club finished third and Prescott Golf Club finished fourth and will be relegated to the B division next year. The Carleton Golf and Yacht Club won the B Division and will play in the A next year which will be hosted by the Hunt Club. Over the past 17 years, only the Hunt and Rideau View have won the Men's A division at the Intersectionals, the inter-club competition which pits four 10-man teams in each division against each other in match play. Rideau View has 12 titles and the Hunt now has five in that span. Rounding out the victorious Hunt team, including alternates, were Chris Bockstael, Ben Bell, Brendan Bell, Dave Gaylord, Peter MacEwen, Chris McCuaig, Chris Packman, Brent Rebus and Dave Ross. The rivalry is going to be cranked up in 2019 with Rideau View hungry to get the title back and the Hunt defending its freshly won crown on home turf and looking to win two in a row for the first time since 2012-13. ... It was a pretty good seven days for Brittany Marchand of Orangeville, ON. She won a new Kia after a hole in one at the KPMG Women's PGA, turned 27 and then posted her career low round, a 64, in the first round at the Thornberry Creek Classic. That helped her to a T7, her best finish on the LPGA Tour and a cheque for $40,862, almost doubling her career winnings ($85,629). ... Golf at its highest level is a tough game. You earn what you get. There is no subjectivity there. John Peterson, 29, playing on a medical extension, needed 55.33 FedEx Cup points at the A Military Salute at the Greenbrier to get conditional status for the rest of this season. The 2011 NCAA champ finished T13 and earned 54.75 points. Now he might retire. "It's been a fun ride @PGATour" he tweeted Sunday night. ... How's this for ball striking? Sei Young Kim missed only five greens while winning the Thornberry Classic with an LPGA record 31-under par. She made 31 birdies and an eagle for the week. ... Phil Mickelson got nicked with a two-stroke penalty Sunday and his feet were involved again. Mickelson was penalized two strokes when he ran down a moving ball at the U.S. Open and whacked it back towards the hole. On Sunday, he used his foot to tamp down some grass at the front of a tee before playing his tee shot. He realized what he had done might be illegal and consulted a rules official: two strokes under Rule 13-2 for improving his line of play. ... Having had the privilege of hanging around a few tournaments over the years, I have an appreciation for how much work goes into staging a major, a PGA Tour or LPGA Tour event, especially by the greens crews. How about this:

June 26 2018





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