Hensby's harsh words; Pine Valley's great find and the emergence of TC Chen
- Thanks to Geoff Shackelford for pointing out this story about outspoken Ausie tour pro Mark Hensby blasting Greg Norman for not doing enough to support Australian golf. He's probably right -- Norman only really supports his own pocket book. But I'm sure Hensby isn't winning himself any fans by his honesty.
- The saga of the Pine Valley blueprint that is being sold on eBay continues to fascinate. Having seen a photo of the entire linen routing for the world's greatest golf course, I can only say this is quite significant and apparently I'm not the only one who thinks so -- it is now going for more than $6,000 on eBay. Catch Golfclubatlas' band of merry architecture nuts arguing about its value.
- Canadian Tour pros are all over the place in the coming year, with Mike Weir, Jon Mills, and Stephen Ames guaranteed to see much playing time unless the likes of Ian Leggat and Glen Hnatiuk can make it through Q School. Score has a roundup here.
- I was stunned to see TC Chen (yes, the legendary Oakland Hills double chipper) fail in his attempt to get through Q School. I was even more shocked that he still played.
- The strange tale of Travelgolf.com continues, this time with blogger Jay Flemma hitting back over some unfounded allegations posted by Travelgolf editor Tim McDonald. I guess Travelgolf.com has nothing better to write about given that it is silly season and all. Oh yeah, that's right -- they are supposed to write about travel and golf. I guess no one travels once it starts snowing in Canada, Michigan, Minnesota, New York and the like. This has become snooze inducing in its predictability. Don't you guys have to stir Tiger Woods to victory or something? Interestingly, there's an interesting story on the Web about Travelgolf.com publisher Robert Lewis and his battle with Walters Golf in Las Vegas. Given their high journalistic standards I was surprised to hear Lewis admit he would not publish letters on Travelgolf.com that were critical of Walters' Las Vegas courses while Walters Golf was advertising on the site. Once the advertising ended, the gloves, apparently very slowly, came off. I guess that's being objective and doing a service to their readers.