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Ontario Open

Sorry to alarm anyone about the Ontario Open, but today I received information about the TELUS SKINS GAME June 18 and 19 at the Raven Golf Club at Lora Bay. The dates seemed to make me think that was around the dates all the pros and amateur golfers in Ontario would have their games sharpened to play in the Ontario Open, the first big tournament of the year, worth practicing for! Used to be the chance for young pros and amateurs to beat Cowan and Weslock, Knudson, Kern, Panasiuk, Cox, Balding, Whibley and sometimes even a few US players, like Quigley, Elliott.

Alas, no more Ontario Open. Instead 5 (why five, don’t they know five doesn’t work in golf) overseas players will play for $360,000 in prize money (and maybe an equal amount of incentive money). Ames will fill in for a Canadian.

As I read further in the information it is noted that the Skins Game has raised $750,000 for a wide variety of Canada’s youth. Why not donate some of it to have an Ontario Open, or a Canadian PGA? Qualifying for the Ontario Open was always a great motivator early in the Ontario season, going to watch five Pros for $75.00 a ticket just doesn’t seem as much fun.

Is the Queen’s Plate still the same weekend? At least you have a chance to double your money.

my information came from an excellent golf industry source:
www.fairwaysgolf.ca

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Robert Thompson

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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  • Hi Gary

    I sent you a email a while back & tring to reach you again

    The Pid is at Kelowna Country Club since 1991
    I was at Predator Ridge that Herb Patterson built
    I worked as HP for 3 years for him & held the 93 BC OPEN
    & John daly exihibition
    94-97 I ran Morningstar on the Island & canadian Q school & Classic
    Bob & Maggie Beauchemin Tour Commis are my daughter Jackie’s god parents

    Gary it seems like yesterday that we spent a month with you in Freeport 1978 /79

    ANYHOW its a long trip of years & places & tour downunder

    if you have time contact me & I call

    If your looking for some intertainment tricks on skates
    Just call me Happy Sandy

    I had Grant Fuhr at Q school for 4 years @ the M/star
    I dir of Golf at Falcon Lake in Manitoba
    Home after 25 years of golf travells

    444444444444 now

    Sandy

    1-204-795-2830 cell

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