Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Toronto Star columnist blasts Royal Montreal selection

  • Interesting column from Dave Perkins this morning in the Toronto Star. Perkins argues it was a mistake for the RCGA to support taking the Presidents Cup to Royal Montreal in 2007. Mind you, Perkins doesn't seem to be fully aware of the extent of the changes at the club, which amount to a Rees Jones overhaul. Gutting, some might call it. Perkins argues the tournament would have been better off going to the exclusive Magna Golf Club, but I don't see that. Magna benefited from the lobbying of former GM Dave Kaufman, but hardly anyone actually thinks it is a great golf course. Sure Magna would have spent a lot of money (probably a lot of it would have been Magna shareholders' cash...), but I'm sure Royal Montreal isn't going to be a spendthrift about the tournament either. Angus Glen wanted the tournament as well, but the decision seems to have been closed -- it wasn't coming to Toronto. Too bad. They should have used this opportunity to take it to St. George's, and benefited from the success the RCGA has had in taking the Canadian Open to a great old course.

6 Comments:

At 9:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not to be cynical, because I don't mean to imply any impropriety. I am sure a good reporter will find that Montreal was chosen in large part because the sposnor dollars, i.e., provincial and federal contributions, were forthcoming and were not available in Ontario.

 
At 11:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why would the RCGA benefit from taking the President's Cup to a great old course like St George's but not benefit from a great old course like Royal Montreal? Perhaps, you're a little "Toronto" centric?

 
At 11:56 AM, Blogger Robert Thompson said...

Royal Montreal is neither great, nor old. It is now a really dull Rees Jones course, given the recent makeover. St. George's is in a different league -- and this is the kind of event where the logistics could have worked to take it to the famed Stanley Thompson track. Regarding financing and the Pres. Cup, apparently the holdup in announcing the event was gov't money. The adgate scandal frightened the gov't away for a bit....

 
At 4:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Robert Thompson is smoking dope if he thinks Royal Montreal is not a great course and not worthy of the President's Cup. Montreal is a great city and the players would love to come up here.

 
At 2:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Robert is entitled to his opinion, that's for sure. The problem I have is he wrote these comments about RMGC in August, when only the Front 9 had been completed, with the Back 9 only starting its reno in late Sept with an expected unveiling well into the summer of '06. How does he know it's a "dull Rees Jones" reno. It's not even close to being finished.

 
At 3:10 AM, Blogger DiMi V. said...

You wrote the article about isoHunt losing a legal battle (I'm almost certain). In fact, isoHunt lost on form/merit petition. Where do you get your facts - yahoo.com?

 

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