Monday would have been the 60th birthday of Canadian Golf Hall of Fame member Dawn Coe-Jones, who we lost to bone cancer nearly four years ago. Dawn won three times on the LPGA Tour and she was part of a strong British Columbia contingent that played mostly in the 1990s. A phone call to Dawn in Tampa, where she lived with her husband and son, both named Jimmy, began with how everyone was in Canada, followed by a chat about hockey. As a matter of fact, I would occasionally receive a random call from Dawn wanting to talk hockey and rib me about the Toronto Maple Leafs. I imagine her smilng about the Tampa Bay Lightning being Stanley Cup champion. She deserved it for all the smiles she provided over the years and continues to do so with the memories she left … I was fortunate enough 10 years ago to play Shadow Creek, which just finished hosting the CJ Cup on Sunday. I say fortunate because, at the time, a lot bigger names than my own had been turned
down for tee times because they were staying at the wrong hotel in nearby Las Vegas, where it’s a sudden shock after driving through the barren desert and rolling up the gate that opens to lush and leafy grounds so out of place. “It’s sort of like Jurassic Park after the gate,” said former general manager Mark Brenneman. The story I wrote about Shadow Creek and other Vegas courses is here … Players over 35 have won four of six event in the early going of the current PGA Tour season, including Jason Kokrak, winner of the CJ Cup at Shadow Creek. The other three include Stewart Cink, Sergio Garcia and Martin Laird … His second place finish at the Dominion Energy Charity Classic was Mike Weir’s third top 10 in eight events since joining PGA Tour Champions earlier this year. He has earned $475,673, including the $176,000 he won in Richmond, Va., on Sunday … With two wins in two starts since joining PGA Tour Champions, Phil Mickelson has accumulated $750,000 … The announcement of COVID-19 travel restrictions staying in place at the Canada-U.S. land border until Nov. 21 at least is a reminder that we should get official word on the fate of the 2021 PGA Merchandise Show sometime soon.