Dick Grimm has been on my mind as I write this contribution a year after his passing, as he is, I’m sure, with everybody who knew him not only as the chief of the Canadian Open, but also remember how he would show up at almost every golf event possible towards the end of his life. The nickname “Mr. Canadian Open” is one that was certainly deserved, but didn’t do him justice considering his interest in other aspects of the Canadian game, not the least of which is his term as commissioner of the Canadian Tour (now PGA Tour Canada) from 1993-97. That fact brings a smile to my face when I think of how he would have reacted to Nick Taylor’s PGA Tour win at the Sanderson Farms Championship, or the recent successes of developing players such as Adam Svensson, Corey Conners and Albin Choi and, on the women’s side, Brooke Henderson and Augusta James, among others … Apparently, I’m not the only one remembering Dick a year later as John Gordon looked back here for Golf Canada … Speaking of PGA Tour Canada, the season kicks off this week at the PC Financial Open at Point Grey Golf and Country Club in Vancouver. Now in its third season, PGA Tour Canada will have the top place finisher on the money list earn exempt status on the Web .com tour, while finishers two through five will get conditional status. Players who finish sixth through 10th will be exempt into the final stage of Web .com qualifying school, while finishers 11 through 20 will be exempt into the second stage of Web .com Q-school … Svensson and Conners have earned exemptions into the PC Financial Open as former members of Golf Canada’s national team program. Sponsor exemptions include Nathan Leonhardt of Richmond, B.C., Stuart MacDonald of Vancouver, Bryn Parry of North Vancouver and Gordy Scutt of Victoria. Monday qualifying took place at Swan-e-Set Bay Resort and Country Club, where Steven Lecuyer of Grimshaw, Alta., shot a 66 to finish second and qualify. Vancouver’s Tony Mak tied for third with a 68 and Chris Lee of Coquitlam, B.C. tied for sixth with a 69 to also qualify … The field will feature 27 Canadians, 14 of them from B.C. … Point Grey hosted the 1954 Canadian Open won by Pat Fletcher, who is the last Canadian to win the national Open … PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem will be on a teleconference with PGA Tour Canada president Jeff Monday and an unnamed “distinguished guest” on Wednesday afternoon to make what is being called a special business announcement. As I said in a previous blog, I’m guessing it might be an overall tour sponsor, but stay tuned … The golf industry, as a whole, is in a positive mindset in Canada as the season swings into full gear if the current GNN Poll is any indication. We asked readers how they would score the 2015 season so far and, as of this writing, the majority, or 41 per cent gave it a birdie with another 15 per cent giving it an eagle. While 33 per cent of respondents scored it as a par, only 11 per cent were above par, with seven per cent giving it a bogey and four per cent marking it as a double bogey. We’re guessing that most of that 11 per cent who came in with a bogey or double bogey are from Atlantic Canada, where a severe winter left extensive damage and delayed openings.
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