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The good and the strange at the CanOpen

Okay, here’s the good for the day. Magna teaching pro Danny King is going to blog from the Canadian Open next week. Kinda neat. Wonder if he’s going to write it himself. Either way, I’m going to have to stop by and say hello. He’s now a fellow blogger, you see. Danny’s blog will be on www.cpga.com (come on guys — give the fellow a direct link!).

Oh, and here’s the weird one. Not even sure what this means. All I envision is the San Diego Chicken at a golf event. Wonder if he’ll heckle Weir? Here’s the release:

Calgary, AB – August 30, 2006: A first for Golf! The Stroke’s Club “World’s Only Golf Cartoon” mascots “Par” and “Bogey”, have been invited to appear at the 2006 Canadian Open Golf Championship, September 9th and 10th at the Hamilton Golf and Country Club, Hamilton, Ontario, the final two days of play. This is the first time this major golf tournament has permitted life size mascots to attend a tournament and mix with the spectators.

“It’s a real privilege to be sanctioned by the Canadian Open Tournament Director to be part of this classic golf tournament.” says Craig Whitney, the mascots’ creator, “Par” and “Bogey” will be a big hit with all the fans at the tournament and watching it on television.”

Par” and “Bogey” are two of nine golf characters created by Whitney. The others characters are Ace, Albatross, Eagle, Birdie, Double Bogey, Snowman and Moose, all depicting golf terminology. Launched in April 2006. The Stroke’s Club “World’s Only Golf Cartoon” is the first ever golf character comic book and sales of the comic have helped raise funds for three charities: The Canadian Cancer Society, Southern and Central Alberta Food Bank Federation and the SPCA of Calgary.

Since its launch, the Stroke’s Club comic book and the two mascots have provided entertainment at a number of community events throughout southern Alberta. These include the Calgary Stampede, the PGA Nationwide Tour, 2006 Telus Skins Game, Jarome Igninla’s Juvenile Diabetes Golf Tournament, other golf tournaments and community events.

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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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