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RCGA travels — unpublished sidebar

Here is the second sidebar that was left out of the RCGA/Score Magazine story.

The RCGAs pricey travels

While it exactly the United States Golf Association, which currently owns a jet used to shuffle its lead executives between meetings and tournaments, the RCGA does take several of the organizations key personnel to some of the worlds most prestigious events.

Though the RCGAs annual reports make no reference to it, the not-for-profit organization takes several key members and staff to the Masters in Augusta, Georgia and the British Open each year. The RCGAs president and spouse, along with the chair of the Canadian Open, are taken to the Masters each year. RCGA executive director Stephen Ross, and tournament director, Bill Paul also head to the tournament, as do two rules officials, usually from the organizations board of governors, according to Ross. The president of the RCGA also attends the British Open.

The organization rents a house for those attending the Masters and though Ross said bringing a handful of members to the tournament is not costly, homes in Augusta, for example, can be priced at up to $30,000 for the week.

We generally rent a house and it is very cost efficient to do, Ross said. We do go to the British, or our president does. I dont go “ because it is mid-summer and it is always difficult for us.

Past governors defend the practice, saying attending the tournaments allows them to network with officials from other golf organizations around the world. Another past governor, who asked to remain anonymous, said attending the tournament is a way of thanking the organizations president who puts in long hours working on behalf of the RCGA, but receives no compensation for his time.

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A bestselling author and award-winning columnist, Robert Thompson has been writing about business and sports, and particularly golf, for almost two decades. His reporting and commentary on golf has appeared in Golf Magazine, the Globe and Mail, T&L Golf and many other media outlets. Currently Robert is a columnist with Global Golf Post, golf analyst for Global News and Shaw Communications, and Senior Writer to ScoreGolf. The Going for the Green blog was launched in 2004.

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