Pay The Price

If you live and die by the sword, you might have to pay the price.

Ontario. For as long as I can remember the slogan for the province that I reside in has been “Yours to Discover”, It even says so on our license plates. It’s a place with geography that’s as diverse as those that choose to live here. From the sprawling concrete jungle of Toronto and our nation’s capital (Ottawa) to the lush tender fruit orchards of Niagara to the pristine wilderness, chock full of babbling brooks and streams. There’s tremendous soil here too in places like places like Delhi, Simcoe, and Tillsonburg where tobacco fields are evident as far as the eye can see.

Photo Credit: Global News

Because of the differing terrain throughout Ontario, it’s also a province that offers an abundance of golfing opportunities. In fact, in the Province of Ontario there are no less than 800 golf courses. Give or take a few that have gone by the wayside or that have been built. Golf in Ontario offers a decent revenue stream for the province employing thousands. Whether you’re a golf manufacturer representative, server, Pro Shop Attendant, a part of the turf crew, and so on, these people contribute to paying taxes.

Before I continue on, I just want to apologize for any political tone that this entry takes on. It really isn’t my intent.

Here in Ontario, we entered 2021 on a lockdown. As time marched on spring approached. Different regions throughout the province were permitted to “open” to varying degrees. Recreational activities like golf was allowed and with the early season tease of weather to come, golf courses and driving ranges opened their doors. For the Ontario golfing community, life was good.

COVID-19 cases surged however, and suddenly our province was mired in what was referred to as a “third wave” as COVID-19 numbers surged. Our Premier (Doug Ford) would be make an announcement. The government hit an ‘Emergency Brake: to curtail the rise in numbers in an attempt to slow down the spread of infections. Somewhat miraculously, golf was left unscathed. Honestly, I was floored. But then a very short time thereafter, the inevitable happened. Golf courses and driving ranges were ordered to close immediately (12:01 the next day).

And close they did. Always remember, “He who giveth… Can taketh away”.

You might recall me mentioning Tillsonburg earlier in this article. As it turns out a daring, intrepid golf course owner decided to say to hell with the rules, we’re going to open our doors and allow golfers to play golf. Defying orders set forth by the government. Their tee sheets were filled last Saturday and under the watchful eye of the Ontario Provincial Police, golfers played on. Talk about flipping the proverbial bird to the government and in a sense, the governing bodies like the National Golf Course Owners Association of Canada (NGCOA of Canada). Whom along with their partners have undoubtedly fought the golf lockdown tooth and nail.

This writer was sort of bewildered or dumbfounded that they were open and it seemed like by-law officers and the police both turned a blind eye to the sudden activity. Last weekend, I suggested that something had to be done from a punishment standpoint because this would make the government look “impotent”. A few days wore on and there was nothing, no news. Did this golf course (The Bridges at Tillsonburg) get away with it? Heck, I have an acquaintance that lives there, plays there and he said that he wasn’t going near the place. Opting instead to go fly fishing, to be fair, it was the Trout Opener last weekend too.

Penalties

(3) A person who is convicted of an offence under subsection (1) is liable,

(a) in the case of an individual, subject to clause (b), to a fine of not less than $10,000 and not more than $100,000 and for a term of imprisonment of not more than one year;

(b) in the case of an individual who is a director or officer of a corporation, to a fine of not less than $10,000 and not more than $500,000 and for a term of imprisonment of not more than one year; and

(c) in the case of a corporation, to a fine of not less than $10,000 and not more than $10,000,000. 2020, c. 23, Sched. 6, s. 4.

Not shown is the fact that a set fine for an individual is $750 for defying the Reopening Ontario Act.

The ownership group of The Bridges of Tillsonburg took a chance and now they’re going to pay the price for defying the provincial order. News emerged yesterday that the golf course was going to be getting fined but the amount is undetermined. They have a court date set for June 3rd.

Photo Credit: The Bridges at Tillsonburg

Under the Reopening Ontario Act, a corporation like The Bridges at Tillsonburg or their ownership group could face fines of up to $10M. I’m not saying that the judge will order that amount but, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if the amount set is an ungodly number. Initially, I thought that they’d be ordered to pay back all of their revenue made in the time that they’ve been open. So I hypothesized some calculations. Say, each day they had a full tee sheet and put out say 250 rounds. In that time, with concessions and a membership sold here and there their daily revenue was $9000. If they had those numbers we’re talking a fine of $63,000. That might hurt but I don’t think it would make an example of them. Taking a deeper dive into my thoughts, I wondered how their books are. If by chance they’re operating in the red or near it, this could be a death move. The fine could be so big that they’d dig themselves a hole so deep, that they’d, well… Close. No doubt though that a golf property management company like GolfNorth Properties could take over the lease.

The optics of them opening and defying the order is pretty bad. I get it, they wanted to open, make money, and maybe even do so “for the golfers”. I know that there are some who applaud them. But, the alternative view is that The Bridges at Tillsonburg threw “egg in the face” of the government and the NGCOA of Canada who are doing their best to see golf return. Proof was in the pudding that golf can be played safely during the pandemic. Didn’t we do that in 2020?

Last year, I wasn’t shy about being hesitant to play. But, I followed the rules to a tee and I never contracted the virus. This year, it’s different. I have no doubt in my mind that golf courses and ranges should be open. But, if all of the other golf facilities are closed, what makes The Bridges at Tillsonburg so special and entitled to defy?

As far as the golfers go that played, that too is being investigated by the OPP. So, those that have played there aren’t out of the woods yet. They could very conceivably be facing $750 fines per person. Heck, $750 CAD almost gets you a round at Pebble Beach. If the OPP forces them to cough up the tee sheets and the name entry was accurate (as opposed to Pro Shop Staff entering Guest 4x) the golfers would be easy enough to track down. Who knows, maybe the OPP were running license plates as vehicles entered and/or departed the golf course.

I want to play, and I want to play so badly. But, patience needs to be exercised. Golf will come. In the end, for everyone who participated I sincerely hope that it was worth it.

Until The Next Tee!!

#seeuonthenexttee #fightandgrind

Original Penguin® Brand Ambassador Cameron Smith Captures Zurich Classic of New Orleans

Perfect Win. Perfect Clothes. Perfect Fit.

(Miami, FL, April 26, 2021) — Original Penguin Golf, a division of Perry Ellis International, Inc., congratulates brand ambassador Cameron Smith for winning the 2021 Zurich Classic of New Orleans with partner Marc Leishman for his third PGA Tour victory.

“We congratulate Cameron for sinking the winning putt and another thrilling playoff victory,” said Oscar Feldenkreis, President and CEO of Perry Ellis International. “With three victories now on Tour, all of them in playoffs, Cameron has solidified his position as an international star and one who rises to the occasion when the pressure is the greatest. We are proud to have Cameron as an Original Penguin brand ambassador.”

“It was a really cool week and we played some really solid golf,” stated Smith. “The back nine was tough, but we hung in there and got it done.” With the win Smith, a key member of past International Presidents Cup teams, propels up to third in the FedExCup standings, secures his TOUR card thru the 2022-2023 season, earns a berth in the 2021 PGA
Championship and a spot in the 2022 Sentry Tournament of Champions, while placing himself in a good position for Olympic qualification. “I definitely want to be there in Japan and want to wear the green and gold as much as I can,” added Smith.

For the winning week, Cameron wore Original Penguins Spring 2021 collection featuring Original Penguin new Re-Originals sustainable fabrication. These eco-friendly polos are crafted with 30% recycled polyester and use a double knit high gauge fabrication for superior performance and aesthetics. Pairing these elevated materials with OPG’s modern tailored fit, Cameron delivered a winning look on and off the course.

Cameron’s Winning Look

Thursday-Heritage Blocked Polo (Caviar)/Tech Pant (Pearl Blue)
Friday-Golf Earl™ Polo (Black Iris)/Tech Pant (White)
Saturday-All Over Shrimp Polo/Tech Pant (Black Iris)
Sunday-Golf Earl™ Polo (Black Iris)/Tech Pant (White)

“Original Penguin’s functional style fused with enhanced technical features gave Cameron a distinct competitive advantage over the field during a grueling week of championship golf,” added Jeremy Gerson, Vice President of Sports Marketing for Perry Ellis International.

“Original Penguin truly is the perfect clothing with the perfect fit while staying true to our mantra: “Be An Original®.” Original Penguin Golf apparel is owned by Perry Ellis International, Inc., a global leader in fashion apparel, and is available at http://www.OriginalPenguin.com , select retailers and golf courses worldwide.

About An Original Penguin by Munsingwear®

In 1955, Minneapolis-based Munsingwear – an underwear and military supply company – ironically became the touchstone of suburban sport with the introduction of the first iconic golf shirt to America – an ORIGINAL PENGUIN®. Known for its unique, humorous and detail-oriented clothing, Original Penguin is a global brand offering a full range of men’s and children’s clothing, accessories, and fragrances with diverse retail distribution and two dedicated e-commerce websites:

http://www.originalpenguin.com and http://www.originalpenguin.co.uk http://www.originalpenguin.co.uk . See a full preview of the Spring 2021 Golf collection here.

About Perry Ellis International

Perry Ellis International, Inc. is a leading designer, distributor, and licensor of a broad line of high-quality men’s and women’s apparel, accessories, and fragrances. The company’s collection of dress and casual shirts, golf sportswear, sweaters, dress pants, casual pants and shorts, jeans wear, activewear, dresses, and men’s and women’s swimwear is available through all major levels of retail distribution. The company, through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, owns a portfolio of nationally and internationally recognized brands, including Perry Ellis®, An Original Penguin by Munsingwear®, Laundry by Shelli Segal®, Rafaella®, Cubavera®, Ben Hogan®, Savane®, Grand Slam®, John Henry®, Manhattan®, Axist®, and Farah®. The company enhances its roster of brands by licensing trademarks
from third parties, including Nike® for swimwear, and Callaway®, PGA TOUR®, and Jack Nicklaus® for golf apparel. Additional information on the company is available at http://www.pery.com

PGA TOUR Announces Creation of the U.S.-based Forme Tour to Support PGA TOUR Canada Members

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida—The PGA TOUR announced Thursday the creation of the Forme Tour for current PGA TOUR Canada members as a result of restrictions and other COVID-19-related issues at the U.S.-Canadian border. For 2021, PGA TOUR Canada members will be given access to the Forme Tour, allowing them the ability to compete in a series of U.S.-based events between June and September.

The Forme Tour is sponsored by Forme® ( https://forme.science ), a wellness-technology company that designs therapeutic wearables to optimize neck and spinal alignment, correct posture and boosts recovery. The Forme Tour will continue to provide Official World Golf Ranking points and is planning an eight-tournament schedule played during the summer. The top-five points earners earning 2021-22 Korn Ferry Tour membership along with others advancing to the second and final stages of the Korn Ferry Tour Qualifying Tournament.

The Forme Tour’s 72-hole, medal-play events will be conducted identically to other PGA TOUR-affiliated Tour tournaments. Auburn University Club in Auburn, Alabama, and Ohio’s TPC River’s Bend in the Cincinnati suburb of Maineville, two premier golf facilities, have already signed as host sites. The Tour’s other six venues—as well as tournament dates—will be announced later this spring.

The Mackenzie Tour develops winners like Canada’s Mackenzie Hughes (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

“We are excited to offer this opportunity to our PGA TOUR Canada members, and our commitment is to continue to do business with high-caliber golf courses,” said Greg Carlson, Executive Director of the Forme Tour, who previously filled the same role for seven years for PGA TOUR Series-China. “Forme® has shown a willingness to support these players in their career endeavors, and we’re extremely happy to work with such an impressive company and with facilities like the Auburn University Club and TPC River’s Bend—centerpiece sites of our season. We look forward to announcing the remaining schedule and venues in the coming weeks.”

The Mackenzie Tour will conduct events held across Canada for Canadian-based players later this summer. These players will compete to earn access to the traditional Mackenzie Tour in 2022. The Mackenzie Tour expects that a number of familiar sites from coast to coast will be included in a schedule announcement that will arrive in the coming weeks.

Mackenzie Tour Executive Director Scott Pritchard has seen firsthand the challenges the global pandemic has caused and is seeking and expects to secure competitive opportunities under the Mackenzie Tour banner for players who reside in Canada.

“The Canada-based players will play in 72-hole Mackenzie Tour events, and the tournaments will continue to support local charities and local economies. We will share more details about specific plans in the near future,” said Pritchard. “We’re excited to continue to further develop golf and competitive golfers in this country.”

“It’s a privilege for our company to align itself with the PGA TOUR in support of these gifted and hard-working U.S., and international players, whose careers have been shortened due to COVID-19 restrictions,” said Dr. Stephen Liu, Chairman and Founder of Forme®. “Golfers have a demonstrated history of sustaining damaging neck, back, hip and shoulder injuries from routine playing and demanding travel schedules, which can seriously affect their careers and health. We have helped many professional golfers over the years in keeping them healthy and allowing them to play injury-free at the highest level. We are driven to empower everyone to create better posture, better health and better recovery.

“As an inclusive company with an eye on supporting and growing the game, we are committed to positioning the Forme Tour so we can assist international and minority players, particularly from the PGA TOUR’s International Tours, in showcasing their talents,” added Dr. Liu.

Tony Finau, a Mackenzie Tour graduate. (Photo Credit: PGA TOUR)

PGA TOUR Canada began in 2013, and fans of the Tour can expect the same high level of play on the Forme Tour, with future Korn Ferry Tour and eventual PGA TOUR stars emerging.

“PGA TOUR Canada has been a proving ground for seven seasons, and we expect that to continue, even with the altering look and feel of the Tour brought on by these circumstances that have affected the world as a whole,” said Rob Ohno, Senior Vice President, Head of International Tours. “The PGA TOUR has always aligned itself with high-quality partners who share the TOUR’s vision of giving back. In Forme®, we could not have found a better company to work with to create PGA TOUR Canada in the United States. Forme® focuses on inclusiveness, giving people opportunities and improving their health. We’re very much looking forward to growing this relationship and starting the season.

”The Forme Tour will adopt its eligibility from PGA TOUR Canada and will feature the top-60 points earners from the 2019 PGA TOUR Canada season, qualified members from the PGA TOUR University Ranking and those who successfully qualified at the three Qualifying Tournaments in 2020 (prior to cancellation of 2020 PGA TOUR Canada season due to Covid-19) and the seven 2021 Qualifying Tournaments.

Canada’s Nick Taylor. Mackenzie Tour graduate. (Photo Credit: PGA Tour)

About the Forme Tour

The Forme Tour is a series of tournaments played in the United States in the summer of 2021, where tomorrow’s stars begin the path to the PGA TOUR. The leading five point-earners at the end of each season earn Korn Ferry Tour membership for the following year and the next five gain access to the second and final stages of the Korn Ferry Tour’s Qualifying Tournament. The Forme Tour’s mission is to provide a high-quality platform to produce alumni that move to the next level and eventually the PGA TOUR, while making a positive impact in the communities where tournaments are played.

About Forme®

Forme® is a science-driven, wellness-technology company dedicated to optimizing human posture and recovery to build a foundation for lifelong holistic living. Forme® designs proven, therapeutic, wearable attire that detects, corrects and trains the body’s alignment, giving users better posture, recovery and breathing that allows them to perform, think and live at their highest level. Forme®’s products can be easily integrated into daily wear for noticeable improvement to physical and cognitive health.

Forme® is about redefining users’ standard of self-care and redefining the basic form of the wearer. People’s health, mood, mind and appearance all rest on this foundation. Forme® wants to fully enhance people’s lives so they can be their best selves. Forme®’s team of doctors, scientists and technology pioneers are constantly seeking ways to empower the community at large because true holistic health means improving the health of the entire community. All products are made in the U.S., and registered with the FDA, with a focus on sustainable practices.

Meet the new standard of self-care, driven by science.

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DUCA DEL COSMA SETS THE PACE WITH ADVANCED SHOE COLLECTION

Performance enhancing & eco-friendly features give latest range an extra edge
NORTH PALM BEACH, FL. – April 19, 2021 – Italian golf fashion brand Duca del Cosma has unveiled its most advanced shoe range in the latest SS21 Collection designed to appeal to American golfers looking for premium hand-crafted footwear that push the boundaries in terms of style, performance and sustainability.

Featuring a host of new premium styles for men and women in an array of daring colors, the vibrant Spring/Summer Collection incorporates new performance-enhancing and eco-friendly features to deliver an unrivalled look and feel on and off the course. “The SS21 collection is the most technologically advanced and eco-friendly range that we have ever introduced,” said Steve Gray, VP Sales for North America. “We expect the comfortable new models to be popular with golfers able to appreciate top-quality golf shoes that are distinctively different to anything else on the market,” he added.

The athletic Tomcat Wildcat (RRP $209) pairing spearhead the collection and incorporate the new Airplay XII outsole that demonstrates the brand’s commitment to sustainability. This innovatively engineered outsole is made from recyclable rubber and has 2-Way-Twist triangular nubs on the pivot point for an extra smooth transition in the swing. Cone-shaped nubs ensure optimum grip and the B-Light rubber outsole delivers a lightweight feel.

 OnSteam® technology provides waterproof protection in the inner lining and features a new 100% breathable, recyclable microfibre that offers the feel of leather, but with the absorption capacity eight times its weight in water. Maximum comfort is achieved with a temperature-regulating effect that keeps the foot dry in all weather conditions. 

More new models include the classic looking Elpaso in the Men’s collection, as well as the stylish Sirenchic Bellezza and dashing Esti in the Women’s range. The stylish Elpaso ($229) adds a modern twist to a traditional golf shoe. A Nappa leather upper provides superior comfort, while recyclable microfibre in the sock system and insole gives the shoe an eco-friendly update. Both the OnSteam® lining and ARNEFLEX® insert sole provide waterproofing and breathability, while the spikeless Airplay XI outsole adds a striking modern look. 

The stylish Siren ($219) in the Women’s range is crafted using soft Italian Nappa leather and delivers unparalleled looks for wear both on and off the course. With OnSteam® lining and an ARNEFLEX® insert sole, the waterproof shoe ensures feet remain dry and comfortable throughout the day. The shoe also features the new Airplay XII outsole. The white Bellezza ($229) is a nod to classic golf shoes of the past thanks to the stylish interchangeable kiltie that covers the laces. The outer is crafted from soft Italian leather to guarantee comfort, while cone-shaped nubs on the Airplay IX outsole deliver a solid grip.


ABOUT DUCA DEL COSMA

Since being founded in Europe two decades ago, Duca del Cosma has revolutionized the world of golf fashion with its contemporary range of shoes for modern golfers. The premium brand combines stylish Italian design with top-quality materials and expert hand-crafting skills to produce extremely comfortable shoes that look sensational – both on and off the golf course. Attention to detail is the key. Only leather from the best tanneries in Europe is used to create shoes that also feature the latest cutting-edge technology, in the form of specialized footbed inserts from Arneflex® providing outstanding comfort during every round of golf. Even the laces are made from first-class waxed cotton and styles with two lace options enable owners to color-match with various outfits. The award-winning brand was the first to introduce a spikeless golf shoe. Duca continues to push the boundaries for fashionable innovation with around 150 styles and sells across more than 30 countries around the world. Its philosophy revolves around creating something completely different in the game of golf. That is why it offers lines of both technical golf shoes and lifestyle sneakers that can be worn for sports, leisure and even business occasions. Duca del Cosma always looks to be at the forefront of global fashion trends and technology that can add value to its luxury products.

Owners – Caroline and Frank van Wezel
Renowned sports shoe innovator Frank van Wezel, who founded and developed the highly, successful international HI-TEC brand, now owns Duca del Cosma and runs the operation from the head office in The Netherlands, his native country.

As company Chairman, his personal email address is printed inside every shoe box, so customers can give him feedback and be sure it will be studied and followed up by the man at the top. This personal touch and customer focus help define the brand.

Episode 11 – A Drought Ends… A Golf Lockdown Begins

Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to take a listen of my golf podcast. It’s definitely a work in progress, but I must say that it’s been a lot of fun.

Photo Credit: LPGA

This past weekend was newsworthy. A young lady has returned to form on the LPGA much in a way that we’ve seen with Jordan Spieth. A 47 year old captures his second victory of the season equalling only Bryson DeChambeau this season on the PGA TOUR. As impressive as it is, what’s more impressive. Two victories at age 47 or the tan line on his head? Hey, speaking of the PGA TOUR how about them introducing the “Player Impact Pool” and it’s associated $40 million prize pool?

Photo Credit: PGA TOUR

Last but not least. The only place in North America where golf isn’t allowed to be played right now, due to increased COVID-19 infections. Last year, I understood. It was an unknown with no answer or vaccination near completion. Protocols were put in place which were followed by golfers except for a few “meatheads”. It was proven that golf can be played safely with the right measures in place.

One of my Until The Next Tee Lifestyle designs. Let them play!!!!

Until The Next Tee!!

#fightandgrind #seeuonthenexttee

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