Sep 20, 2018

Golf Course Review - Black Bear Ridge Golf Course

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  9/20/2018 09:03:00 PM   No comments
It's funny when you're an avid golfer you'll look to play golf at just about anytime or anywhere. An example for me was just a couple weeks ago when I was dropping off two of my kids to their Oma in Havelock. I knew Black Bear Ridge was a close (within abhor ) from there so I called them up and got on for a late afternoon tee time for $45/walking.

Black Bear Ridge is ranked 66th in this years ScoreGolf.com's Top 100 Golf Courses in Canada.







 From the opening hole Black Bear doesn't overwhelm you it guides you tactfully around this lovely piece of property purchased by owner and designer Brian Magee, who I had the pleasure of speaking to for a few minutes before my round. A knowledgeable and humble man he should be proud of what he created here on this Muskoka-like land outside of Belleville.





The course was in great shape tee to green.



Bunkers were plentiful and well kept.





The many rock outcroppings were used naturally and without be overdone.



 Elevated tee shots never get old.


Make sure you play from the appropriate tee box like most courses it will more enjoyable.


The design is not convoluted and good scores can be had just play smart and don't bite off more then you can chew.




The par 3s at Black Bear Ridge will have you thinking about what club to hit especially what type of weather you're playing in or time of year.



A sense of humour from the owner I'm sure.



16 through 18 are spectacular holes.


 17 and 18 make you pause a little and give thanks for a beautiful walk around Black Bear.



One of the few that probably has walked the course, I can now see why ScoreGolf.com has ranked Black Bear Ridge #66 on their Top 100 Golf Courses in Canada. Great design, well maintained nothing over the top but playable to all levels of golfers. One course that everyone should play.



Sep 10, 2018

Golf Apparel Review - Milo Golf Shirt - VENTIL8 PLUS Line

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  9/10/2018 09:19:00 PM   No comments
Not all golf shirts are created equal and once again Galvin Green comes up big with it's Milo Golf Shirt part of it's VENTIL8™ PLUS range.





The major selling point of the short sleeve Milo shirt is it's the perfect golf shirt when it gets hot. This picture was taken during the heat of the summer here in Ottawa. Practicing at Rideau View Golf Club with my son, Gus. The VENTIL8™PLUS fabric that the Milo shirt is made of takes breathability to another level plus it has a UV factor 20+ protection.

Ventil8 Plus Technology


The VENTIL8™ PLUS range makes use of carefully selected materials with unique properties. A VENTIL8™ PLUS shirt transports moisture and excess heat away twice as quickly as a conventional polyester golf shirt. This is made possible by an advanced technology whereby the textile fibres are designed to disperse perspiration and moisture over a larger area, allowing moisture to evaporate considerably more rapidly.




The Black/Red/Snow Milo Golf Shirt from Galvin Green.


I love the style of the Milo polo which includes the three button placket. A graphic print design across the middle of the chest and contrast tipping on the cuff is still stylish yet subtle at the same time.



The blend of 97% Polyester / 3% Elastane not only makes an extremely breathability shirt but
excellent wicking properties as well. The feel of the shirt is great for full or half golf swings like the above picture shows.


Great shirt for the heat of the summer made true due to Ventil8 technology which helps transfer sweat away from the body.


The Milo shirt will run you about $120 USD not cheap but worth the price for the quality and technology put into this golf shirt. Best place to look for the Galvin Green VENTIL8 PLUS Range is right here.











Aug 26, 2018

CP Women's Open - Brooke Makes History - Oh! Canada

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  8/26/2018 09:10:00 PM   No comments
Whether you were there at Wascana Country Club watching Brooke Henderson make history or maybe following along on the Golf Channel. Heck even if you were just following along on social media today was a bit of a big deal for Canadian Golf as Brooke Henderson was the first time since 1973, a Canadian has won our country’s national golf championship.

In front of hordes of fans screaming her name and singing O Canada, Brooke Henderson shot a final-round 65 and earned a decisive four-stroke win over Angel Yin at Regina’s Wascana Country Club.

Lifted all week by the adoring Canadian fans, Henderson carded birdies at five of her closing eight holes. While the win was at hand, Henderson didn’t feel it was truly hers until she put her approach at No. 18 to just 3 feet, ultimately sealing the victory.

IN HER WORDS – HENDERSON ON WHAT IT MEANS TO WIN IN CANADA


“I definitely feel like it was meant to be this week. I knew it wasn't over until basically 18, but I just had that good feeling. It's just amazing and a dream come true.”




Eye on the Prize




My screensaver for the next while





All pictures courtesy of:

Photo Bernard Brault , GOLF CANADA ©2018


Brooke Henderson
PHOTO BERNARD BRAULT, GOLF CANADA
Regina, Saskatchewan:
CP WOMEN'S OPEN
Wascana Country Club
FINAL Round 
 
-Sunday, August 26th, 2018

Aug 22, 2018

2018 CP Women's Open - Brooke Ready To Break 45-Year Spell

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  8/22/2018 09:52:00 PM   No comments
Couldn't make it there this year after Ottawa Hunt Club hosted it beautifully last year but the CP Women’s Open arrives in Regina at Wascana Country Club where the ladies will tee it up starting tomorrow.

Nice to hear the title sponsor Canadian Pacific has extended its commitment to Canada's event through 2023 and that Magna GC in Aurora, Ont., will be the host of the 2019 CPWO.

Brooke Henderson has got to be the favourite at ending the 45 year drought of a Canadian winning this Championship. She drives it long(7th) and she has no problems making birdies (3rd). If she just can improve her driving accuracy and get her putter hot there's no doubt she be close come Sunday.

She comes into the week after a Sunday 63 in Indianapolis garnered her a T7. Last years T12 in Ottawa was her best showing thus far in the National Women’s Open Championship.


Photo Bernard Brault , GOLF CANADA ©2018

Brooke Henderson
  
PHOTO BERNARD BRAULT, GOLF CANADA
Regina, Saskatchewan:
CP WOMEN'S OPEN
Wascana Country Club
Tuesday- Practice Rounds
 
-Tuesday, August 21th, 2018



Photo Bernard Brault , GOLF CANADA ©2018

Brooke Henderson, group
PHOTO BERNARD BRAULT, GOLF CANADA
Regina, Saskatchewan:
CP WOMEN'S OPEN
Wascana Country Club
Wednesday day- Pro Am and Walk with the pro 
 
-Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018





Hamilton native Alena Sharp is using a bag adorned with the Humboldt Broncos logo this week at the CP Women's Open to pay tribute to the 16 lives lost in the April bus crash a few hours north of Regina.


Photo Bernard Brault , GOLF CANADA ©2018


Clinic Driving Range
Alena Sharp, 
PHOTO BERNARD BRAULT, GOLF CANADA
Regina, Saskatchewan:
CP WOMEN'S OPEN
Wascana Country Club
Monday- CANADA DAY ALL-STAR PRO-AM








Shenendoah Golf Club At Turning Stone - Golf Course Review

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  8/22/2018 08:50:00 PM   No comments
The first golf course Gus and I got to play was Shenendoah Golf Club on the Friday of our arrival at Turning Stone Resort. Designed by Rick Smith, Shenendoah just recently reopened after an almost year-long redesign that resulted in seven new holes. Gus and I were excited.

Shenendoah offers 18 holes of PGA-level golf in a spectacular natural setting. The course was built and is maintained to comply with stringent Audubon International standards for environmental protection and preservation. Designer Rick Smith used the natural landscape to create wooded parkland holes, open pastures that capture the links feel, and beautifully simple low country-style holes. Designed, constructed and maintained to TOUR standards at more than 7,000 yards, the course offers conditions normally reserved for TOUR professionals. In 2006, Turning Stone Resort’s Shenendoah Golf Club was host of the PGA National Club Professional Championship.





Gus wasn't a big fan of the some of the long carries over the fescue at Shenendoah including #4 the long Par 5 -  Fox Den

The course was in immaculate condition tee to greens. You can tell the maintenance staff takes pride in this special golf course located just east of Syracuse.



Smiles all around at Shenendoah Golf Club


The staff was very helpful at the bag drop and answering any and all questions Gus and I had.



Gus loved the fact some fairways like the one at  #8 - Deer Crossing were big and wide.




Gus and I thought the par 3s at Shenendoah were just awesome even though challenging they were all a blast to play including the #14 - Snapping Turtles Passage (Above)  and #12 - Pond View (Below)






Wildlife abounds at Shenendoah Golf Course. Gus and I had the privilege of seeing a white tailed deer on #17 aptly named Whitetail Deer. 



Gus trying to sneak up on white-tailed deer. 



 Sun sets on our round




If you're in the area of Turning Stone Resort Shenendoah is one of the 3 Championship courses you should play. About 2 1/2 hours from the Ottawa area you won't be disappointed. The course was in great shape and the staff were amazing from the cart girl to the restaurant staff. Gus and I played from the red tees which was perfect for a Father/Son Duel. Prices will vary and will be less if your a guest at the resort which I highly recommend. 

I'm glad I finally got to play 3 of the golf courses at Turning Stone, especially with my son. I can finally cross them off the bucket list. 



Aug 13, 2018

Strong Canadian Contingent Headlines Exemptions For 2018 CP Women's Open

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  8/13/2018 10:04:00 PM   No comments
Nice to see a plethora of Canadian women playing in this month's CP Women's Open at Regina’s Wascana Country Club.All eyes will be on Smith Falls Brooke Henderson who's got to be a favourite to win the coveted championship.



Press Release

15 Canadians including Saskatoon native Anna Young; Team Canada Young Pro athletes Brittany Marchand, Augusta James and Jennifer Ha; Team Canada Amateurs Céleste Dao, Grace St-Germain and Naomi Ko; and Canadian Golf Hall of Famer Lorie Kane to compete at Regina’s Wascana Country Club

REGINA (Golf Canada)  —  Golf Canada and Canadian Pacific (CP) are pleased to announce the names of 14 players who have received exemptions into the 2018 CP Women’s Open taking place August 20-26 at the Wascana Country Club in Regina. 

Canadian Golf Hall of Fame member and CP ambassador Lorie Kane of Charlottetown, a four-time LPGA Tour winner, will make her record tying 28th start in Canada’s National Women’s Open. 
A trio of Team Canada Young Pro Squad players—Brittany Marchand of Orangeville, Ont., Augusta James of Bath, Ont., and Jennifer Ha of Calgary—have also received an exemption to compete in the 46th playing of Canada’s National Women’s Open Championship. 

Marchand began the season with conditional status on the LPGA Tour, but made the most of her starts on Tour, making the cut in 10 of 12 starts including a T7 finish at the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic. James, a former winner on the Symetra Tour, currently sits 46th on the Tour’s official money list. She’s made the cut at six of 12 starts including a T3 finish. Ha, a former Alberta amateur standout who played on the LPGA Tour in 2017, is currently in her 3rd season on the Symetra Tour. Marchand, James and Ha will compete in their 5th, 5th and 3rd CP Women’s Open respectively. 

Saskatchewan native Anna Young—currently in her third year on the Symetra Tour—will have a home crowd advantage as the four-time Saskatchewan Women’s Amateur champion makes her first ever start in the CP Women’s Open.

Two other Canadian Symetra Tour players—Elizabeth Tong of Thornhill, Ont., and Megan Osland of Kelowna, B.C., will also compete at Wascana. Tong, a graduate of the Team Canada Amateur Squad, and Osland currently sit 100 and 122 respectively on the Symetra Tour money list.

Celeste Dao of Notre-Dame-de-l'Île-Perrot, Que., leads a group of four amateurs exempt into Canada’s lone stop on the LPGA Tour. Dao, an 18-year old member of the Team Canada Development Squad, recently won the 2018 Canadian Junior Girls Championship, as well as the 2018 Mexican Junior Girls Championship. She will make her first ever start in the CP Women’s Open.   

National Amateur Squad players Grace St-Germain of Ottawa and Naomi Ko of Victoria, B.C., will also compete in the 2018 CP Women’s Open. St-Germain, 20, finished 7th at the 2018 Women’s Porter Cup and T1 at both the 2018 NJCAA National Championship and 2018 NJCAA Region 8 Championship as a member of Daytona State College. Ko, heading into her senior year at N.C. State, is a former Canadian Junior Girls champion who finished T33 at the 2018 Canadian Women’s Amateur.  

Sixteen-year old Yealimi Noh of Concord, Calif., won the 2018 Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship to earn her exemption into the CP Women’s Open. Currently ranked no. 21 on the World Amateur Golf Ranking, Noh is among the hottest amateur golfers on the planet this season with wins at the 2018 U.S. Junior Girls Amateur Championship and 2018 Girls Junior PGA Championship.  
Tiffany Kong of Vancouver also earned an exemption after finishing as the low Canadian (T6) at the 2018 Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship. The 17-year old will make her second start in the national championship after Monday Qualifying for the 2015 CP Women’s Open at The Vancouver Golf Club as a 14-year old.     

A pair of LPGA Tour veterans—Natalie Gulbis and Becky Morgan—have also accepted an invitation to compete at The Wascana. Gulbis, a long-time fan favourite on the LPGA Tour with a victory and 37 career top-10 finishes on the LPGA Tour, will make her 11th appearance at the CP Women’s Open while Morgan, a Wales native who has played 18 years on the LPGA Tour will play in Canada’s National Open for the 12th time. 

The players receiving exemptions are added to an already stellar list of golfers who will be competing at the 2018 CP Women’s Open.

No player will generate more excitement than Canadian sensation and CP ambassador Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls, Ont., who will compete in her eighth career National Women’s Open. Henderson will be joined by seven of the top 10 ranked players in the world, including world no. 1 Ariya Jutanugarn. 

Reigning CP Women’ s Open champion Sung Hyun Park will look to defend her title against many of the LPGA’s best, including stars Lexi Thompson, Minjee Lee, Jessica Korda, Shanshan Feng, Anna Nordqvist and many more. 

“The CP Women’s Open features arguably the strongest field on the LPGA Tour, as well as the very best rising talents in Canadian and international golf,” said CP Women’s Open Tournament Director Ryan Paul. “Golf fans will be treated to an unbelievable showcase of world-class golf when tournament week kicks off August 20th.”

Team Canada Amateur Squad players Jaclyn Lee of Calgary and Maddie Szeryk of London, Ont. were also extended tournament exemptions but were forced to decline as timing conflicted with Stage 1 of LPGA Tour Qualifying. 


Other Canadians scheduled to compete at the 2018 CP Women’s Open include LPGA Tour regulars Alena Sharp of Hamilton, Anne-Catherine Tanguay of Québec and Maude-Aimee LeBlanc of Sherbrooke, Que.  

In total, at least 15 Canadians will be included among the 156 competitors who will vie for the US$2.25 million purse when the CP Women’s Open descends on Wascana and the province of Saskatchewan for the first time ever.

On Monday, August 20, the LPGA Tour will conduct an 18-hole stroke play qualifier at Royal Regina Golf Club to determine the final four exemptions directly into the 2018 CP Women’s Open.
The golfers teeing-it-up at Wascana Country Club will represent one of the strongest fields on the LPGA Tour with more than 92 of the top 100 players on the LPGA Tour Official Money List expected to compete.

CP HAS HEART IN SUPPORT OF JIM PATTISON CHILDREN’S HOSPITALCanadian Pacific will continue its history of making a substantial donation to the host community through its CP Has Heart community investment program. In the four years of CP’s title sponsorship of the CP Women’s Open, $6.5 million has been raised to support children’s heart health in communities across Canada.

This year, the campaign is supporting pediatric cardiology at Saskatchewan’s new Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital in Saskatoon. Funds raised through the CP Women’s Open will help assist a dedicated cardiology space and specialized equipment in the new hospital, currently under construction and scheduled to open in 2019.

CP INAUGURAL WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP SUMMIT TO TAKE PLACE DURING TOURNAMENT WEEK

As part of the weeklong excitement of the CP Women’s Open, Golf Canada and Canadian Pacific are proud to announce that the inaugural CP Women’s Leadership Summit will take place Tuesday, August 21 at Hotel Saskatchewan in Regina. Keynote speaker and five-time Olympic medalist Hayley Wickenheiser , will be joined by LPGA Champion Lorie Kane; CP Vice-President of Grain and Fertilizer, Joan Hardy; and many more like-minded businesswomen from across the country for a day of networking, empowerment and philanthropy.

KIDS 17-AND-UNDER GET IN FREE

Golf Canada and CP are committed to offering a fan friendly, family event with the CP Women’s Open. To introduce more juniors to the sport, children aged 17-and-under get FREE admission to the CP Women’s Open for the entire week.


ABOUT THE 2018 CP WOMEN'S OPEN
The stars of the LPGA Tour will challenge for the CP Women's Open from August 20-26, 2018 at Wascana Country Club in Regina. The CP Women's Open is proud to name Jim Pattison Children's Hospital Foundation as the official tournament charity for 2018. Funds raised will be dedicated to pediatric cardiology space as well as specialized equipment and are being matched by CP through its CP Has Heart community program. The CP Women's Open, Canada's National Women's Open Golf Championship, is proudly sponsored by CP, RBC, Steam Whistle, Levelwear, Dilawri Auto Group, The Glenlivet, Golf Town, CVS Controls Ltd., Mott’s Clamato Caesar, Regina Hotel Association, Tourism Saskatchewan, City of Regina and the Government of Canada. For more information on volunteer opportunities, tickets or corporate hospitality, visit www.cpwomensopen.com or call 1-866-571-5742.
ABOUT CANADIAN PACIFIC
Canadian Pacific is a transcontinental railway in Canada and the United States with direct links to major ports on the west and east coasts, providing North American customers a competitive rail service with access to key markets in every corner of the globe. CP is growing with its customers, offering a suite of freight transportation services, logistics solutions and supply chain expertise. Visit cpr.ca to see the rail advantages of CP.
ABOUT CP HAS HEARTAt CP, we know that a railroad may serve as the arteries of a nation, but at its heart is community. That's why, through CP Has Heart, we've already committed more than $12 million to help improve the heart health of men, women and children across North America. And along the way, we're showing heart whenever we can. Find out more on www.cpr.ca or @CPhasHeart.

ABOUT GOLF CANADAGolf Canada is the National Sports Federation and governing body for golf in Canada representing 319,000 golfers and 1,400 member clubs across the country. A proud member of the Canadian Olympic Committee, Golf Canada’s mission is to grow participation, excellence and passion in the sport while upholding the integrity and traditions of the game. By investing in the growth of the sport and introducing more participants of all ages to the game, our goal is to be relevant to and respected by all Canadian golf enthusiasts from coast to coast. For more information about what Golf Canada is doing to support golf in your community, visit www.golfcanada.ca.

Aug 12, 2018

Golf Course Review - Atunyote Golf Course - Turning Stone Resort

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  8/12/2018 08:43:00 PM   No comments
The 2nd golf course Gus and I got to play while at Turning Stone Resort was Atunyote (the Oneida word for 'eagle'). While boasting many accolades including 2018 Northeast Golf Magazine - Best in New York Golf - Public Courses (#4) and 2018 Golfweek - Best Casino Courses I wanted to post a few of Gus's comments during our round:



"Dad I like the big fairways!"




"These are the best golf carts."








"Cool toads here Dad."



"Now these are pancakes."




"This is a great way to stay cool, Dad."


"I'll drive Dad"


 "This is a fun course to play, Dad. Not to much rough"



"I really like the par 3s here."





"The big boys played here Dad!"


"I think there's something special behind this gate, Dad"


Playing Atunyote golf course was a blast with my son, Gus. We played from the front tees and played in a little over 4 hours. If your at Turning Stone Resort Atunyote is a must play not just because it's a very playable parkland course with vast stretches of open area to hit your drives but because it will challenge golfers of all levels and you will be treated like a king/queen as the staff is the most accommodating I've ever seen. 

As well its close to Ottawa and you got all the other courses to play at as well. I'm glad I finally got to cross off the golf courses at Turning Stone off my bucket list. 


Love the waterfalls Tom Fazio decided to add to Atunyote, a beautiful touch.




Jul 29, 2018

Golf Course Review - Sandstone Hollow - Turning Stone Resort

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  7/29/2018 08:03:00 PM   No comments
Although tucked away behind staff and regular parking for Turning Stone Resort. Sandstone Hollow the Rick Smith Designed Par 3 Golf Course at Turning Stone is a must play for anyone especially for any Father/Son golfers on a golf getaway like Gus and I were a few weeks ago.



Even though Sandstone Hollow is a par 3 course, each hole is unique and can be played from various tee boxes giving any golfer of any ability a challenge. Gus and I golfed from the forward tees and had a blast trying to get a hole in one. Challenging yourself and your son is fun but still keep it light especially in the Summer heat.




Sandstone Hollow was in great shape with a variety of tee shots and greens that were fair and challenging at the same time.



Gus was ready to take on the challenge of Sandstone Hollow on Canada Day at Turning Stone Resort, a great resort to golf with your kid.


Gus and I had a blast on a course that has challenging yet fair par 3s. Go for the pin Gus. ;]



Sandstone Hollow was created so golfers who have just a short window to play 9 holes, could play an excellent golf course that will test them none the less.

The 9 hole course winds through woods and wetlands, with greens surrounded by wild fescue grasses and rock outcroppings. A real challenge.




The old guy showing the young guy a few things at Sandstone Hollow.



A fun golf course where you can work on your short game. Every golfer needs this both young and old, experienced or not.

No tee time needed and quite reasonably price for 9 holes at $15 for Adults $10 for Juniors.


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