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New Score Column: Is Life Good for the RCGA?

My latest Score column, investigating the potential fallout from a sponsorship by LG Electronics, is on Scoregolf.com now.

The Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA) apparently has a sponsor for the Canadian Open in the wings. That has to be positive, right?

The answer is, to quote a famous English rock band, definitely maybe.

The departure of Bell Canada as title sponsor after the 2005 Canadian Open was a huge blow for the RCGA. It cost the organization upwards of $5 million in lost revenue annually and hamstrung the RCGA when it should have been working to secure a better date for the tournament when the PGA Tour was reworking its schedule.

However, it also necessitated positive changes to an operation that was largely in stasis for a decade. For starters, the RCGAs former executive director, Stephen Ross, was at the helm of the organization for too long. And flush with $2 million in Canadian Open profits each year, the RCGA simply didnt have to become nimble and sharp. After all, their windfall provided a financial cushion, so the operation could make mistakes and still recover.

You can find the full column here.

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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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  • the RCGA simply didn’t have to become nimble and sharp. After all, their windfall provided a financial cushion, so the operation could make mistakes and still recover.
    Robert…do you know what you are writing, or is it just made up as you go along? What research do you have to support the above statement? How much work did you do? Please tell your readers what work you did to make a statement such as the above? Did you inteview anybody at the RCGA? Did you do more than 30 seconds of work. Most people do some work to support conclusions such as this. Tell us what work you did.

  • Dearest Clueless,

    What work did I do? Oh, well, I’ve interviewed everyone in the executive of the RCGA several times, and followed the organization carefully for several years. Did I interview anyone? Come on. That doesn’t even warrant a response.

    Perhaps you should put your blue blazer on and head back to your desk…. there’s lots of work to be done.

  • I’m guilty as well but how many Chris’ are out there…people in glass houses should not throw stones….

    From a stone thrower living in a glass house

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