Mar 18, 2019

Golf Map Review - Awesome Map Delivers

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  3/18/2019 07:27:00 PM   No comments
I have many requests from companies wanting to send me golf products to review. Most I turn down as I don't have a lot of time. Awesome Maps wanted to send me over an illustrated golf map and I jumped at the chance. First off I thought how unique, a map of the world that shows over 400 courses including:


  • Information about course style
  • Signature holes
  • Water hazards 
  • Major championship  
  • Ryder Cup history



I've always had a fascination with maps going back to my days of tree planting and living in the wilds of B.C. So I found the golf map from Awesome Maps to be just plain "Awesome" uniquely illustrated with just enough information to be not to cluttered. This hand painted gem of a map would be a great gift for any avid golfer. I ended up pinning the golf courses that I've played whether they were on the map or not. A great idea I got from my oldest daughter who pins any new places she travels to in her life.

This company doesn't just do golf maps they do pretty much any kind of map you can dream of which makes it great for people looking for maps for themselves or as a gift. Unique awesome maps will range in cost from about $39USD for the Golf Map too . You can also get the maps on canvas, as well as scratch of course for an extra cost. Check out all they have at Awesome Maps.



Feb 28, 2019

Who can we expect to see at the US Masters 2019?

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  2/28/2019 06:55:00 PM   No comments
While the field is smaller than that of other major tournaments, the importance of the US Masters in the golfing calendar as the event to ring in the season makes it a keen one to watch for fans of the game. But with a smaller field and the fact that entrants need to qualify for entry, it can mean some uncertainty about who you can expect to see playing. With the tournament a whole month away, here are a few likely candidates. And if you think any of them have a good chance of winning, why not check out the US Masters 2019 odds and see what the bookies think.






Qualifying Criteria

In order to receive an invitation for the Masters you will generally need to hit one of their 18 qualifying criteria. While the event is officially an invitation only affair, the criteria are a major part of the decision-making process and affects the entire event. It’s possible for a player to fill multiple categories but they’ll be classified by the first one they qualify for. These categories are:

1. Past Masters Champions

2. Last five U.S. Open Champions

3. Last five Open Champions

4. Last five PGA Champions

5. Last three winners of The Players Championship

6. Top two finishers in the 2018 U.S. Amateur

7. Winner of the 2018 Amateur Championship

8. Winner of the 2018 Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship

9. Winner of the 2018 U.S. Mid-Amateur

10. Winner of the 2019 Latin America Amateur Championship

11. The top 12 finishers and ties in the 2018 Masters Tournament

12. Top 4 finishers and ties in the 2018 U.S. Open

13. Top 4 finishers and ties in the 2018 Open Championship

14. Top 4 finishers and ties in the 2018 PGA Championship

15. Winners of PGA Tour events that award a full-point allocation for the FedEx Cup, between the 2018 Masters Tournament and the 2019 Masters Tournament

16. All players qualifying for the 2018 edition of The Tour Championship

17. Top 50 on the final 2018 Official World Golf Ranking list

18. Top 50 on the Official World Golf Ranking list on April 1, 2019

As you can probably tell, there are a fair few crossovers here – a prime example, Tiger Woods (who spent a lot of 2018 proving he still has what it takes) is both a past Masters Champion and one of the top 4 finishers in the 2018 PGA Championship as well as one of the Top 50 on the final 2018 Official World Golf Ranking lists. While this narrows the field, it is possible to receive an invitation without meeting any of the criteria, as has happened with Shugo Imahira this year.

Of the golfers who meet the criteria, there are a few famous names and faces such as Rory McIlroy who many see as a favourite, Tiger Woods who we mentioned earlier and could be going for his fifth green jacket, and Dustin Johnson, coming fresh off a victory over McIlroy at the WGC Mexico Championship. Whoever the winner ends up being, the current pool sits at 83 who meet the criteria ahead of the Official World Golf Ranking list being revealed on the first of April.

Who do you think is going to win this year? Let us know in the comments below!

Feb 12, 2019

Golf Canada Releases 2019 Championship Schedule

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  2/12/2019 06:52:00 AM   No comments
For me over the last few years I've tried to make a point of attending either as media or as a paying customer to one of Golf Canada championship events. Whether it's the World Junior Girls Championship, CP Women’s Open, or the RBC Canadian Open I've had a blast. I've met some amazing golfers, people and enjoyed watching some of Canada's best as well as the World's. This year I'm targeting the CP Women’s Open again as it returns to the Greater Toronto Area. Where Magna Golf Club in Aurora, Ont., will host the stars of the LPGA Tour from August 19-25. Holidays booked. Any plans to attend any of the competitions?








Press Release

Thirty-one amateur and professional competitions plus qualifiers to be conducted from coast-to-coast

OAKVILLE, Ont. (Golf Canada) – Golf Canada is pleased to announce its 2019 championship schedule, which includes a record setting 31 amateur and professional competitions in addition to various qualifiers hosted at golf facilities across Canada.

The 2019 schedule is headlined by Golf Canada’s premier professional championships — the RBC Canadian Open, June 3-9 at Hamilton Golf & Country Club in Hamilton, Ont., and the CP Women’s Open, to be conducted August 19-25 at Magna Golf Club in Aurora, Ont.

The 2019 competition calendar includes eight national amateur championships, eight Future Links, driven by Acura regional junior competitions and two international women’s championships.

As the National Sport Federation and governing body of golf in CanadaGolf Canada conducts the country’s premier amateur and professional golf championships as part of its mandate to support the development of the nation’s top talent through world-class competition.

Golf Canada is incredibly proud to conduct our national championships for the more than 3,000 talented Canadian and international golfers who take part in our competitions,” said GolfCanada’s CEO, Laurence Applebaum. “Together with our host clubs, communities, volunteers and corporate partners, we are excited to be welcoming the next chapter of Canadian golfchampions.” 

Golf Canada’s championship season kicks off May 6 with the RBC Canadian Open British Columbia Qualifier and concludes in September with the Future Links, driven by Acura Fall Series Championship at Crown Isle Resort & Golf Community in Courtenay, B.C. 


To view Golf Canada’s 2019 championship schedule including all host venues, registration requirements and volunteer opportunities please click here. 

Championship Season at a Glance…
The 115th playing of the Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship will be contested at Glen Arbour Golf Course in Hammonds Plains, N.S. and The Links at Brunello in Timberlea, N.S., August 3-8. A field of 240 players will be cut to the low 70 players and ties after 36 holes, with the final two rounds contested at Glen Arbour. The champion will receive an exemption into the 2020 RBC Canadian Open, as well as an invitation to the 2019 U.S. Amateur Championship. Additionally, the winner will receive an exemption into local qualifying for the 2020 U.S. Open, and if applicable, the U.S. Junior, U.S. Mid-Amateur or USGA Senior Amateur Championships.

The 106th Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship takes place July 22-26 at Red Deer Golf& Country Club in Red Deer, Alta. with the champion earning an exemption into the 2019 CP Women’s Open, as well as an exemption into the 2019 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship. Additionally, the winner will receive exemptions into the U.S. Girls’ Junior, U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur and USGA Senior Women’s Amateur Championships, if applicable.

At the junior level, the 81st playing of the Canadian Junior Boys Championship will be contested August 11-15 at Covered Bridge Golf & Country Club in Hartland, N.B., with the winner earning an exemption into the 2020 Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship. The 65th Canadian Junior Girls Championship will be contested at Lethbridge Country Club in Lethbridge, Alta.

The 17th Canadian University/College Championship will be held May 27-31 at FireRock GolfClub in Komoka, Ont. The national championship includes both a team and individual component featuring Canada’s top university and college talent.

The Canadian Men’s Mid-Amateur will be held Aug. 19-23 at Summit Golf Club in Thornhill, Ont. 

The Future Links, driven by Acura regional junior series will round out the schedule with two Fall Series Championships in 2019, totalling eight competitions conducted in conjunction with the Provincial Golf Associations. The Fall Series will take place in September in British Columbia and Quebec, where the region’s best junior golfers will compete to earn exemptions into their respective 2020 national championships. The Future Links, driven by Acura Championships provide juniors an opportunity to develop and showcase their skills at the highest level of tournament golf

The 2019 RBC Canadian Open on the PGA TOUR will be contested June 3-9 at Hamilton Golf & Country Club in Hamilton, Ont., and will mark the 110th playing of Canada’s National Men’s Open Championship.

The CP Women’s Open will return to the Greater Toronto Area as Magna Golf Club in Aurora, Ont., will host the stars of the LPGA Tour from August 19-25.

The Astor Trophy makes its return to Canadian soil after 20 years abroad. The 16th playing of the international women’s amateur event will run Aug. 28 to Sept. 1 at Royal Colwood GolfClub in Victoria, B.C. The five-team competition features both foursomes and stroke play and is contested once every four years between Australia, Canada, Great Britain and Ireland, New Zealand and South Africa.

Cedar Brae Golf Club in Scarborough, Ont., will host the Canadian Men’s Senior Championship from September 9-13, with the winner earning an exemption into the 2020 U.S. Senior Amateur. The Canadian Women’s Mid-Amateur and Senior Championship will be held Aug. 17-20 at Osoyoos Golf Club in Osoyoos, B.C., with the champion earning an exemption into the 2019 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship and 2020 U.S. Senior Women’s Open.

An accomplished field of international competitors will take to Angus Glen Golf Club in Markham, Ont., from Sept. 22–27, for the sixth annual World Junior Girls Championship. The event will welcome 20 countries playing as 3-member squads competing for both a team and individual title.  

The Golf Fore the Cure presented by Subaru National Event will be held at Credit Valley Golf & Country Club on Sept. 23. The one-day event is a celebration of the success of all Golf Fore the Cure presented by Subaru events held nationwide during the 2019 season. To date, the fundraising efforts of thousands of golfers have totaled more than $6.7 million for breast cancer research since the program’s inception in 2003. The program’s goal is to drive women’s participation in the game of golf through the use of fun, non-intimidating activities. Click here to learn more about Golf Fore the Cure presented by Subaru.


GOLF CANADA AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIPS
Golf Canada annually conducts championships nation-wide which play host to more than 3,000 domestic and international athletes from all corners of the world. In partnership with our host clubs, thousands of volunteers, provincial golf associations and our proud sponsors, GolfCanada is dedicated to supporting player development through world-class competition since our inception in 1895. Officiated by certified Canadian Rules of Golf officials, Golf Canada’s amateur competitions are fully compliant with golf’s international governing bodies and include marquee events such as the Canadian Men’s and Women’s Amateur Championships, as well as the Canadian Junior Girls and Junior Boys Championships. Golf Canada’s amateur championships are proudly supported by RBC, Canadian Pacific, Sport Canada, Levelwear, Titleist and FootJoy. For more information and scheduling visit www.golfcanada.ca/competitions.

FUTURE LINKS, driven by AcuraFuture Links, driven by Acura is Canada’s national junior golf program conducted by GolfCanada, the PGA of Canada and Canada’s provincial golf associations. Proudly supported by Acura, Puma, The R&A, NGCOA Canada, ClubLink and Sport Canada, the program is designed to forge a link between Canada’s youth and golf to ensure the future of the game in Canada. The program features three core areas of focus—in-school programming, facility programming and community outreach—including elements such as Golf in Schools, Learn to Play, Girl’s Club, Mobile Clinics, Junior Skills Competition and Community Golf Coach, along with six regional Future Links Junior Championships.  Since the inception of the program in 1996, more than 1.3 million young Canadians have taken part in Future Links. For more information, visit golfcanada.ca/futurelinks


GOLF CANADA Golf Canada is the National Sports Federation and governing body for golf in Canadarepresenting over 319,000 golfers at more than 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

Jan 9, 2019

Winter Distractions Til Golf Season - Getting Through The Winter Blahs

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  1/09/2019 08:08:00 PM   No comments
It always feels like a love/hate kind of feeling this time of the year when it comes to golf. For those of us in pretty much any Canadian province or in any Northern state playing golf is non-existent. There's only so much you can wash your clubs or watch reruns of last years tournaments on the Golf Channel.

Now there are those that do indoor golf or are wrapped up in planning a Winter golf getaway. All the more power to you but here's a few things that get me through the Winter blahs and to that first day when you smell the fresh cut fairways and greens of your local golf course and you take out that brand new shiny driver and smash it down the velvety smooth fairway.





Winter Distractions Til Golf Season

I immerse myself in all the new golf equipment and apparel. From January to April you can pretty much drown in all the new gear from the first tournament in Hawaii to Augusta the pros are playing all the new golf gear. Take most popular website and be inundated with articles, stories and video tidbits of all the upcoming gear of the year. Perusing the various websites and other publications could be considered a full time job but I love it.


Although I no real interest in the The Match between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson this past November. I did love the fact the boys had a few side bets going on between the two of them during the event. During the Winter months nothing like the odd PGA Tour bet or peruse a betting site like Novibet searching for the perfect odds on an upcoming Major Golf Tournament bet. It all boils down to curing the Winter blahs and being able to head back out onto the links come Spring time. How do you cure your Winter blahs til Golf Season?

Dec 22, 2018

Ping Golf’s Blueprint Forged Prototype Blade Irons Sure To Keep Away Winter Blaahs

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  12/22/2018 10:00:00 AM   No comments
Even though I'm happy with my Ping S55 irons we can only anticipate the coming of new products like the Blueprint Forged Prototype Blade Irons. Thoughts? Louis Oosthuizen has recently even won with them in the bag.


Osprey Point - Golf Course Review

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  12/22/2018 09:48:00 AM   No comments


Osprey Point - Golf Course Review - Through Pictures




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Winter Remedy - NEW Platinum Series 2019 ~ SeeMore Putter Company

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  12/22/2018 09:46:00 AM   No comments
The seasons change here so quick one day I'm changing holes at Rideau View Golf Club the next it's snowing and I'm getting innondated with Christmas parcels at my other job. Then it sets in no golf here in Ottawa, depression(golf). Luckily we have the companies we love putting out new gear for 2019. SeeMore putters in Tennessee is no different with an intriguing Platinum Series line set to debut in 2019.








Nov 13, 2018

Fall Golf Not Just About The Score

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  11/13/2018 09:53:00 PM   No comments
Playing golf in the Fall can be some of the most exhilarating and meaningful time for a golfer then any part of the year. Yes here in Canada most areas are thinking about closing up as the temperature drops and the snow flies but there's always time before this happens to learn a bit more about yourself and this glorious game.

There will be plenty of time in the Winter to catch up on your favourite website whether its bonuscodecanada.ca or maybe every ones favourite to check out new golf clubs, CallawayGolf.ca. I say concentrate more on taking pictures of the beautiful Autumn colours; there will be less people golfing so you won't hold up any golfers. Stop and smell the roses as they say, beauty is all around.



Stop and take in the beauty of Fall Golf you might just get a spectacular picture like this. This one I took at Rideau View Golf Course 


Concentrate less on the score and maybe try different shaping shots and use different clubs into the holes you regularly play(if your playing at your home course). "Variety is the spice of life"; I believe someone famous and highly smart has mention this before. We get so caught up with the score when we golf, Fall to me is a great time not to worry so much about writing down the score and more about enjoying the "walk". I do this year round with my son, Gus.

Bundle up, now is the time to get on the warm weather golf apparel that's been stuck in your closet. Don't be weather scared to get out there and play it's not going to be perfect weather for your round everyday. Challenge yourself with a bit of Fall golf weather and stay comfortable with all those nice golf clothes that keep you warm and dry.

Try out that new ball you didn't have time to try during the summer or maybe test out a few new clubs. Great time to demo a few new clubs hit a couple of balls per hole because more then likely you'll only be there with the other die hard golfers.

What's your special recipe for Fall Golf?




Oct 9, 2018

Golf Apparel Review - Chase54 Impresses Summer or Fall - Deuce Polo / Trekker Shorts

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  10/09/2018 09:58:00 PM   No comments
Finally got to review some golf apparel from Chase54. Most golfers might not know of this apparel especially in Canada; the company based in New York, I've only heard good things from friends stateside about their gear.

Here's the scoop on the golf polo I got to test out. This and the Trekker shirts are part of Chase54's 2018 Fall Collection



DEUCE MEN’S SS POLO
DESCRIPTION

• DRYFUZE® moisture wicking
• Allover retro stripe
• Stretch for full mobility
• Seams are reinforced with topstitching
• Removable powder coated collar stay
90% Polyester, 10% Spandex




Managed to finally play Black Bear Ridge in Belleville this August and walked the course unlike most who cart(it's a hilly course and a hearty walk). The Chase54 Deuce Polo and Trekker shorts were amazingly comfortable and withstood the warm summer weather. Triple Bogey beer helped as welt hydrate. 



Chase54's 2018 Fall Collection impresses both on the golf course and while relaxing after your round. The Deuce Polo will run you $73 USD.



Really like the use of Chase54 logo on the back of the collar of the Deuce polo.



TREKKER

DESCRIPTION

• DRYFUZE™ is our answer to moisture wicking
• Mechanical stretch for some mobility
• Waistband gripper tape
• Deep pockets to keep things from falling out
• 10" inseam
100% Polyester




The Trekker shorts are also made with Chase54's Dryfuze technology. Keep you cool and stretch for a comfortable golfing experience. I would compare these to Galvin Green's high quality golf shorts. They will run you about $79 USD. Loved the Platinum grey colour pretty much goes with most polos I own.



Although not a big fan of stripes Chase54 pulls it off with the Deuce Polo. The retro stripe pattern just works perfect with the Trekker shorts.




ABOUT CHASE54

Based in New York, Chase54 is a lifestyle brand created by golfers for golfers and beyond. Founded and backed by 30 years of garment manufacturing excellence and more than 400 million garments produced, Chase54 offers golf apparel for both men and women with phenomenal styling and superior fabrics, all at an affordable price. To learn more about the brand, visit www.chase54.com

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