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G4G Notes: Hack Attack is Back, McDonell Leans, Entertains

Just keeping everyone apprised on what’s going on at Ontgolf.ca.

For starters, thanks for stopping by. Around 30,000 people came by the blog this month, up 19% from the same period last year. I’m thrilled that new people continue to show up, read my remarks and tell me I’m an idiot. Which is exactly as it should be. Oh, and more than 135,000 people stopped by the Ontgolf.ca site over the same period.

It isn’t just G4G that is growing. Our equipment section, now being led by James McCarten, but with contributions from me and Fairway Stevie as well, saw a 213% increase in traffic over last year. Look for reviews of TaylorMade’s new CGB 4-wood, new Burner driver, and Adidas’ latest 360 limited shoes in coming weeks.

Now that we’re through May, it is safe to note the Weekend Hacker has returned. Now in its second week, and cutting apart the GTA’s Kedron Dells in the latest review, our anonymous hacker offers his insight, wit and razor-sharp criticism on the courses you play each weekend. Want to know what is worth your hard-earned dollars? Look to the Hacker. This year there are, in fact, five Weekend Hackers — including a new Southern Ontario correspondent, and two new Ottawa hackers. So look for once weekly reviews showing up each Thursday through the summer.

Lastly, I’ve been thrilled with the addition of Angus Glen shirt-folder Alan McDonell to the fold with his Leaning on the Counter blog. Alan, a noted pro at the terrific Angus Glen Golf Club, has brought humor and insight to his regular blog. He’s churning it out folks, so do stop by. So far he’s given us insights on how to sneak in viewing of the Players Championship without upsetting your spouse, and regularly quotes from the Simpsons. Now I was aware Alan knew all about starting a double-shotgun, or making sure the cross-over happens as scheduled, but who knew he was funny too?

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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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