NGCOA Canada and CGSA launch sustainable golf program
Photo: Bernard Brault, Golf Canada
The National Golf Course Owners Association Canada (NGCOA Canada) and the Canadian Golf Superintendents Association (CGSA) have announced an important new program which will extend further support and recognition to facilities for sustainability and climate action.
This long-term project is being delivered by the two Canadian associations in collaboration with the GEO Sustainable Golf Foundation, which is the international not-for-profit entirely dedicated to establishing golf as a leader in this field.
Core components of the initiative include:
Free provision of GEO’s OnCourse Program for sustainable golf facilities and course management
Access to annual Sustainable Golf Scorecards and Carbon Footprints
Communications strategies that spotlight golf’s positive environmental stewardship
Creation of a valuable industry data bank to support golf’s positive story
Annual awards and internationally accredited certification
Aligned strategies, goals and member support from both NGCOA Canada and CGSA
“The rapid movement in sustainability is fundamentally critical to the future of golf, and in particular the ability to successfully operate golf courses”, stated Jeff Calderwood, CEO of the NGCOA Canada. “This initiative delivers new solutions supporting management efficiency, the popularity of our game throughout Canada, golf’s positive brand, and the long-term profitability of our golf businesses.”
“Climate change and loss of biodiversity are concerns across society and, as land managers, we have an important role to play,” added Dustin Zdan, President of the CGSA. “This program provides recognition for the stewardship work that our superintendents deliver, while our industry demonstrates to society and governments that golf is an effective environmental leader.”
The GEO Sustainable Golf Foundation has been supporting golf in more and more countries around the world each year. Jonathan Smith, executive director of GEO, was very supportive of expanding their support in Canada.
“Congratulations to the NGCOA Canada and CGSA for stepping forward and demonstrating this sustainability commitment,” said Smith. “The programs, tools and recognition are purely designed to help facility and association leaders to better review and quantify what they are already doing; to identify areas for further focus; to build more effective communication plans; and to accelerate their profile as a climate conscious community of golf businesses.”
In parallel to this golf course operations initiative, it should be noted that Golf Canada is also demonstrating leadership by working with partners such as GEO for sustainability programs at the RBC Canadian Open and the CPKC Women’s Open, as well as their own Amateur events. Collectively, the Canadian golf industry is positioning the sport and industry very effectively for the future of sustainability.
Golf course operators and superintendents are advised to watch for further details and participation opportunities being released by both the NGCOA Canada and CGSA.
Puma Golf’s new performance collection was created to combat the elements.
CARLSBAD, Calif. – PUMA Golf has announced a new line of performance apparel designed to be functional and stylish while protecting players from the elements. Built on weather-proofing technologies, Made for Thisrepresents a versatile collection that offers optimal performance for golfers dedicated to the game in all conditions.
“PUMA Golf is fully committed to the layering and performance technology category,” said Juston Tucker, Head of Product Design, PUMA Golf. “We’ve put together a technology-driven collection with style. We call it Made for Thisbecause regardless of wind, rain, dry or cold conditions, well… we made it for this.”
Offered for both men and women whose passion for the game compels them to play in all seasons, “Made for This” has players fully covered. PUMA GOLF’s new layering collection, which includes both WRMLBLand DRYLBLfamilies, features an array of pieces from mid-weight sweaters and vests to windbreakers, rain suits, and quilted cold weather jackets.
“You came to play, not worry about the weather. We all share a passion for the game that inspires us to practice and play year-round,” said Mike Diaz, Marketing Director, PUMA Golf. “PUMA Golf can fully outfit all types of players in any weather condition, with premium apparel that looks, fits, and performs exceptionally well.”
For players that aim to combat the wind and rain, look no further than Puma Golf’s DRYLBLlineup, which is comprised of waterproof and windproof pants and jackets that feature fully seam-sealed, stretch fabrics and functional trims. The DRYLBLpremium line is designed with Sympatex material, which offers 100% windproof and waterproof performance with exceptional durability.
If wind and cold are the main challenges, Puma Golf’s WRMLBLlineup is the solution. Featuring a wide array of pieces including quilted vests, jackets, fleece, cashmere sweaters, windblock sweaters, hoodies, quarter zips and more, the WRMLBLline can keep any player comfortable while allowing for the full range of motion needed to play.
The made for thiscollection from PUMA GOLF is available now in Canada. Please visit https://ca.pumagolf.com/ for more information.
Grimm, who passed away in 2014, was a true giant of the game in Canada, and was an enthusiastic supporter of the Golf Journalists Association of Canada.
The award which bears his name is GJAC’s highest honour and is given annually to someone who has made a significant lifetime contribution to Canadian Golf.
Young has had a remarkable 40-year career covering almost all aspects of the game in Canada.
He started writing for his hometown paper the Woodstock Sentinel-Review in 1983 and penned a weekly column for them for 28-years. He went on to write for numerous publications across Canada and the United States including Ontario Golf News, MyGolfSpy, The Toronto Star, Golf Business Canada, GreenMaster Magazine, Golf Canada Magazine, Pro Shop Magazine, MacLean’s, LINKS Magazine, Golf World, Golf Journal (USGA), GolfStyle, ClubLink Life, Fairways Magazine, The London Free Press, The National Post, and the Globe and Mail.
Young began writing for SCOREGolf in 1999 covering golf business and equipment and continues in that role both in print and with an online blog.
He has been a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame selection committee, the Ontario Golf Hall of Fame selection committee and currently sits on the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame selection committee.
Young was instrumental in the resurrection of the Golf Journalists Association of Canada and served as president from 2008-2011 and from 2020-2021.
He remains on the GJAC board as Immediate past president and vice-president of outreach and industry relations.
“This is a fitting honour for Rick given his immense contributions to golf in Canada along with his instrumental role in the development of our Association,” said GJAC Board President, Mike Johnny. “In my conversations with original members, Rick was a driving force behind the establishment of the GJAC. On behalf of all our members I would like to congratulate Rick and thank him for all he has done to build and support GJAC.”
Through his writing Young has been a big supporter of junior golf, municipal golf, and women’s golf as well young amateur and professional players. And he’s given a platform to many startup Canadian golf businesses.
Earlier this year the Ontario Golf Hall of Fame honoured Young with their Lorne Rubenstein Award for contributions to golf in Ontario.
The Dick Grimm Award will be presented to Young at the GJAC annual meeting and golf day Tuesday, Sept. 12 at Copetown Woods Golf Club in Hamilton.
PAST WINNERS: 2010 – Dick Grimm 2011 – Jim Barclay 2012 – Sandra Post 2013 – Bob Weeks 2014 – Jocelyne Bourassa 2015 – Lorne Rubenstein 2016 – Marlene Stewart Streit 2017 – John Gordon 2018 – Lorie Kane 2019 – Doug Carrick & Tom McBroom 2020 – Kim Locke 2021 – Garry McKay 2022 – Jim Clark
GJAC encourages, promotes and recognizes quality Golf Journalism in Canada by:
connecting journalists across the country to share ideas, interest and knowledge
encouraging members to celebrate equity, diversity and inclusiveness in golf in the stories they cover; and
encouraging and supporting equity, diversity and inclusiveness in the membership of the golf journalism industry; and
The Golf Journalists Association of Canada announces the winners of its 15th annual Media Awards
Golf Journalists Association of Canada
A panel of judges has examined nearly 130 stories, photos, videos, and podcasts to identify the finest content created by members of the Golf Journalists Association of Canada (GJAC) in 2022. There was an astonishing variety of content produced across many platforms in 2022 in the world of Canadian golf journalism. The judges faced a difficult task but managed to identify the cream of the crop in eight categories: Column, Profile, Feature, Travel, DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion), Photography (Action), Photography (Landscape), and Multimedia.
There were some notable highlights from this year’s award, including multiple stories focussing on the ways in which golf is thriving and changing and impacting a wide variety of communities (and vice versa), most notably in our inaugural recognition of work focussing on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Highlights of this year’s awards included multiple winners Jason Logan, Chris Fry, Adam Stanley, Lorne Rubenstein, and Guy Nicholson. Score Magazine, with 11 awards, was the most recognized outlet, while The Preferred Lie and ModGolf also took home multiple awards.
Photography – Action First place: Chris Fry for the photo “The Pulpit Club Finds Success” published in the Toronto Star Second place: The Preferred Lie for the photo “Fore Life” published in The Preferred Lie Third place: Bernard Brault for the photo “The End for Lori” published by Golf Canada
Photography – Landscape First place: Chris Fry for the photo “The 1927” published in Match Play Golf. Second place: Chris Fry for the photo “The home hole at St George’s” published in Score Magazine Third place: Brian Decker for the photo “18 at Dawn” published in Score Magazine
This year’s judges were Jeff Brooke, Harvey Freedenberg, Meggan Gardner, Tim O’Connor, Terry Lenyk, Robert Thompson, Mike Johnny, Norm MacDonald, Chris Gallow, Murray Fraser, Scot Morison, and Sandra Thompson.
Foresight Sports makes its leading launch monitor technology available to aspiring junior players￼
Golf’s leading performance analysis company’s new UpNext™ Player Development Program connects up-and-coming players with their professional-grade launch monitor technology.
Foresight Sports, the leading developer of professional-grade launch monitors, has officially launched its UpNext™ Player Development Program. Designed specifically for top junior golfers, the UpNext™ Program connects the game’s best up-and-coming players with Foresight Sports’ industry-leading launch monitor technology at greatly reduced costs.
According to Foresight Sports’ Director of Sales, Rick Cuellar, UpNext™ will be a groundbreaking program focused on making the company’s Tour-dominating technology more affordable for aspiring junior players and their parents.
“Players of every age that are passionate about performance know just how critical it is to understand the data aspect of their game. Through the UpNext™ Program, we’re finally able to make the technology this next generation of talented players needs more affordable. That by itself is a game-changer for the parents, the Junior Tours, and the players themselves that are looking to achieve success.”
To maximize the impact of its UpNext™ Player Development Program globally, and specifically within the Canadian region, Foresight Sports and Foresight Sports Canada have allocated a significant number of both its bestselling GC3 and Tour-dominating GCQuad launch monitors exclusively for the program, and will offer both at up to fifty percent off normal pricing. Qualifying program participants will receive the game-changing technology, as well as other exclusive benefits, in exchange for engaging in social media conversations about their game development.
Aaron Hardy, President of Foresight Sports Canada confirmed that UpNext™ are currently open for applications within the Canadian region. “We are hugely excited to be launching the UpNext™ Program to the huge numbers of talented and passionate junior players across our territory. Through this program we are excited to support the next generation of elite players, both amateur and aspiring professionals, to take their games to the next level with Foresight’s tour-proven launch monitors. With a limited number of GC3 and GCQuad units allocated for 2023, we welcome early applications from those interested in participating.”
PGA of Canada members working with junior golfers are also invited to share the UpNext™ concept and information with their customers, teams, and players, ensuring they have the opportunity to apply for the 2023 program.
For more information on Foresight Sports’ game-changing launch monitors, golf simulators and performance and entertainment software, visit the company’s website at shop.foresightsports.ca
The Centennial Premiere Series Wilcox from FootJoy
For 100 years, FootJoy has been synonymous with golf-specific design and performance innovation. The brand was born from a company-wide naming competition in 1923, where an associate in the Brockton, MA stitching room submitted a name for a new line of shoes the company was developing – FOOTJOY.
The brand continues to lead and innovate in golf wearables and will celebrate 100 years in the making with the Centennial Premiere Series Wilcox. This shoe is FJ’s take on an unmatched legacy of performance innovation and style.
The exclusive footwear design features an iconic red, white and blue colourway, highlighted in spectacular fashion at the 1973 U.S. Open Championship. The shoe is packaged with a 100-Year Medallion that commemorates FJ’s history of innovation and leadership, supercharged for today’s player with the very popular VersaTrax+ outsole, with multiple traction elements that create a system that delivers excellent performance on any surface.
FootJoy will be providing a select number of Tour players with the Centennial Premiere Series Wilcox footwear at the 123rd U.S. Open Championship at The Los Angeles Country Club, including Justin Thomas, Max Homa, Cameron Young, Adam Scott and many more.
The Centennial Premiere Series Wilcox shoe has been designed to artfully combine vintage vibes with a modern twist. The shoe is crafted with great attention to detail, featuring carefully chosen premium uppers, such as patent leather, that possess a timeless and visually appealing look. Additionally, the eyelets and ornaments are adorned with striking gold finishes, adding a touch of elegance and sophistication, ensuring these shoes are a desirable addition to any golfer’s footwear collection.
Limited Edition Premiere Series Centennial Wilcox: $349.99 CAD
The Centennial Premiere Series Wilcox is available beginning Thursday, June 15, 2023, while supplies last. Learn more at www.footjoy.ca.
Puma golf releases new Maple Leaf collection for 2023
Maple Leaf Collection
ADDITION OF 20 NEW STYLES; NOW AVAILABLE IN WOMEN’S OPTIONS; ALL TOPS FEATURE MATTR OR CLOUDSPUN FABRIC
TORONTO, Canada (June 1, 2023) – Following a successful launch last season, today PUMA Golf is thrilled to release its 2023 Maple Leaf Collection and expand its lineup of special gear designed for Canadian golfers. The fresh collection features 20 new styles of apparel and headwear inspired by Canada’s iconic symbol – the Maple Leaf.
The nation’s classic colours of red and white are infused across the lineup to create several bold designs in multiple colourways. A mix of polos, hats, t-shirts and sweaters are available, including a special MATTR Natural Hoodie. It features an all-over print of maple leaves naturally laying on the golf course and is one of a few pieces in the range to showcase the graphic.
“We initially launched a dedicated, uniquely Canadian collection to serve the millions of passionate golfers in our country, and that objective hasn’t changed,” said Dwayne Boecker, Head of Golf, COBRA PUMA GOLF CANADA. “All the positive feedback we received from our debut styles validated that national pride lives on the golf courses in Canada too.”
Also new for 2023 is the addition of women’s styles into the collection. Multiple dresses and polo options were produced this season for women to celebrate Canada in style and comfort too. The Maple Solid Dress is one of the highlights, with its lightweight, moisture-wicking fabric, zippered hand pockets and a subtle nod to the maple leaf on chest. A pair of stylish women’s ponytail hats cap off the look with an embroidered maple leaf emblem.
“We worked closely with our Canadian team to tap into the culture and stories the country is known for while also delivering the fashion-forward designs PUMA Golf is known for,” said Chris MacNeill, Team Head, PLM- Golf Apparel & Accessories, PUMA Golf. “We believe we’ve nailed both with this new collection and that it will resonate with all the golfers up north.”
Each piece in the Maple Leaf Collection is produced with PUMA’s signature premium-quality materials, including tech-forward MATTR fabric to address climate and moisture and the ultra- soft, four-way stretch CLOUDSPUN fabric.
PUMA Golf is the Official Apparel and Headwear Partner of Golf Canada’s National Team Program. Athletes and coaches named to Team Canada for the 2024 Olympic Golf Competition in Paris will wear apparel and headwear from PUMA as part of the field-of-play uniform kit.
The collection will be available beginning today at select retailers and online. Visit ca.pumagolf.com/collections/maple-leaf for more information.
Details of the new products in the collection are below:
MATTR Natural Hoodie ($119.99) – a hoodie that will turn heads on the tee with its all-over print of maple leaves. A perfect performance layer to extend the Canadian season as long as possible.
MATTR Pastimes Polo ($109.99) – designed with an all-over print that highlights some of Canada’s cultural emblems, this performance-ready golf polo features hockey sticks, beavers and maple leaves among others. Available in three colourways.
MATTR Natural Polo ($109.99) – a performance-ready golf polo with a special all-over print of maple leaves as if they were naturally laying on course. Available in three colourways.
CLOUDSPUN Maple Solid Polo ($89.99) – a comfy CLOUDSPUN polo with a clean look highlighted by an embroidered maple leaf on chest. Available in three colourways.
Canada P Cap ($39.99) – back by popular demand, this special-edition P Cap includes a humble nod to the Canadian flag. Available in two colourways.
Maple Printed Snapback Cap ($44.99) – a special-edition, two-tone P Cap to perfectly complement the Natural maple leaf printed tops. Available in three colourways.
W MATTR Maple Polo ($99.99) – a performance-ready golf polo with a special all-over print of maple leaves as if they were naturally laying on course. Available in two colourways.
W Natural Dress ($129.99) – a vibrant red and white golf dress with an all-over print of maple leaves. With zippered hand pockets and lightweight material, it’s a fun and functional style.
W Maple Solid Dress ($109.99) – an easy-to-wear, comfy dress with a hint of Canadian pride. Made with our lightweight and stretchy moisture-wicking material to move with women on or off the course. Available in two colourways.
W Maple Ponytail Cap ($39.99) – a simple and stylish, low-profile cap with our special Maple Leaf emblem. Also features a criss-cross elastic backing that ensures a comfortable fit for any ponytail. Available in two colourways.
About COBRA PUMA GOLF
COBRA PUMA GOLF is a corporate division of PUMA, one of the world’s leading sports brands, designing, developing, selling and marketing footwear, apparel and accessories. COBRA PUMA GOLF is an inclusive company, promoting game enjoyment for golfers of all abilities, attitudes and styles. The brands full- range portfolio includes COBRA Golf’s high-performance drivers, fairways, hybrids, wedges, putters and irons, as well as PUMA Golf’s sport lifestyle inspired footwear, apparel and accessories. Fusing performance and style, COBRA PUMA GOLF brings a focus on innovation, technology, compelling design and superior performance with an edge to the global golf marketplace. For more information, visit cobragolf.ca and ca.pumagolf.com.
GJAC Virtual Summit presented by RBC: Women in Coaching
The Golf Journalists Association of Canada (GJAC) Virtual Summit presented by RBC on Women in Coaching took place March 6, 2023, as part of an ongoing GJAC series intended to help golf journalists across Canada stay connected, as well as to generate discussion and opportunities around important issues in the game.
GJAC Virtual Summits presented by RBC are approximately one hour in length and are recorded for public viewing.
The format consists of a moderated question and answer period, followed by a brief opportunity for questions from attendees. You can watch this one below.
Golf Canada is proud to work alongside GJAC to assist facilitating these Summits.
Panelists for this Summit included:
Lindsay Knowlton, PGA of Canada teaching professional, founder & President of Iron Lady Golf
Suzy Whaley, PGA of America teaching professional, first female President of the PGA of America
Salimah Mussani, PGA of Canada teaching professional, Team Canada Head Women’s Golf Coach
This session was moderated by PGA of Canada member and GJAC Board Member Scott MacLeod.
FootJoy introduces HyperFlex and HyperFlex Carbon golf shoes
FootJoy is the undisputed #1 Shoe in Golf, a brand that has been trusted by players at all levels of the game for 100 years because of a singular dedication to the game of golf and a relentless commitment to performance innovation, style, comfort and quality.
As part of this unwavering commitment, FootJoy is introducing the new HyperFlex and HyperFlex Carbon golf shoes. Finely tuned to empower the golfer athlete, HyperFlex delivers hyper power, hyper control and hyper fit for men and women.
HYPER POWER: The OptiFlex outsole design promotes stability where you need it for the golf swing and flexibility for walking comfort. For those looking for even more stability and comfort, the all-new HyperFlex Carbon shoe features a molded carbon fiber power plate that delivers Tour-level stability and performance. HyperFlex Carbon offers additional underfoot cushioning with an OrthoLite® Impressions FitBed®.
HYPER CONTROL: The Power Stabilizer outsole harnesses lateral movement through the swing and ensures a secure foundation. The ThermoPlastic saddle strap wraps the foot to provide additional lateral and medial support and control throughout the golf swing.
HYPER FIT: FJ’s popular StratoFoam cushioning delivers comfort and support tuned specifically for golf. The midsole design provides the perfect blend of cushioning which helps absorb shock while maximizing energy return to reduce foot fatigue.
“The new HyperFlex and HyperFlex Carbon offer Tour-proven enhancements within the athletic silo, delivering unquestioned innovation, comfort, stability and a visual design aesthetic that celebrates performance technology for the golfer athlete,” said Patrick Trubiano, Director of Product Management, FJ Footwear. “This product will excite current HyperFlex wearers and those looking to add more power to their game.”
Several Tour players have already made the switch to incorporate HyperFlex golf shoes in practice and in play at tournaments around the world.
Brian Youell to be honoured by Canadian Golf Superintendents Association
Brian Youell of Uplands Golf Club in Victoria, B.C
Mississauga, ON – The Canadian Golf Superintendents Association (CGSA) announced Brian Youell of Uplands Golf Club in Victoria, B.C. as its John B. Steel Distinguished Service Award recipient for 2022.
The CGSA John B. Steel Award commemorates the CGSA’s first President, who was also the first superintendent to be inducted into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame. This award is presented annually to an individual, chosen by the CGSA Board of Directors, who has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of the profession of Golf Course Superintendent. The recipient is presented with an original soap stone carving designed and carved by Bill Fach, retired Master Superintendent, and a past CGSA President.
“Brian Youell is one of the most devoted and respected colleagues in the turf industry and a mentor to many,” said Pierre Vezeau, CGSA President. “He has overcome many challenges over the years and continues to give back to the industry and his community. He is a dedicated husband and father to two daughters. His successful career and leadership in the industry is truly inspirational. Congratulations on this well-deserved award Brian.”
Youell has been a CGSA member since 1993 and has held the association’s Master Superintendent (MS) designation since 2002. He is in his 42nd year at Uplands Golf Course which was established in 1922 and celebrated their centenary on December 1st, 2022. His career in the industry spans almost 45 years.
He was the CGSA Environmental Achievement Award winner in 2017, the 2016 CGSA Gordon Witteveen winner and the CGSA Superintendent of the Year Award winner in 2012.
“What an honour to win such a prestigious award,” added Youell. “I’ve had an amazing 42 years with Uplands Golf Club, and I’ve been very fortunate to host 20 PGA Tour Canada events. I’m so happy to have chosen this career path and networked with amazing people.”