LPGA Tour boss search
The LPGA Tour approached two St. Paul, Minn., businessmen -- one a former London resident -- to take over from Carolyn Bivens, who under pressure resigned recently as commissioner.
Jerry Maybrey, who played golf at Highland and is director of customer relations with 3M, said he and Hollis Cavner were contacted by an LPGA search committee just days after Bivens was ousted July 6.
Cavner is tournament director of the 3M Championship on the Champions Tour and has served as tournament director of several PGA Tour events in Minnesota, including a U.S. Senior Open and a U.S. Open. Mayberry has been heavily involved with the 3M Championship since 1993 recruiting players, sponsors, entertaining 3M customers and organizing pro ams which have raised $15 million for Minneapolis-St. Paul hospitals over 15 years. Maybrey moved to St. Paul in 2000 to work full-time on sports sponsored by 3M.
"I believe it was Arnold Palmer who submitted our names," said Maybrey. "Hollis called me to talk about it and he immediately took our names out of it. Hollis has been running U.S. Opens and is probably the best tournament director in the business."
Bivens came under pressure when a group of players wrote a letter to the LPGA Tour's board of directors calling for her resignation. Bivens' four-year reign was plagued by controversy. The tour has lost seven tournament sponsors since 2007 and last year she was widely criticized when she proposed an English-only policy for tour players. The LPGA has 121 international players from 26 countries including 45 from South Korea.
Marsha Evans was appointed acting commissioner a few days later.
Adams named top manager
Sunningdale general manager John Adams was recognized as manager of the year in Canada by ScoreGolf at their awards dinner this week in Toronto. Adams, who has been at Sunningdale since 2001, was chosen the recipient by the Canadian Society of Club Managers. Adams, previously general manager at London Hunt and Ottawa Hunt, has overseen the major restoration of the Sunningdale club. The club has hosted several top events in recent years including the Mike Weir Foundation tournament which raised over $600,000 . . . Spencer Haynes of London is competing this weekend in the Optimist International Junior Championship in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Hundreds of juniors from around the world are competing . . . Joe Rinker of Exeter shot a 67 Tuesday in the Great Lakes Tour stop at Carlisle Golf Club. He won $550 for a fourth place finish . . . The Rob Killeen Invitational at Highland is Monday. The field includes Drew Symons of Woodstock, who finished fifth in last week's Ontario Amateur, and Jay Campbell of the Oaks, who recently shot a course record 65 at his club. Another contender is Jace Walker of St. Thomas, who beat John Crowther of Highland in a playoff last year. NHLer Todd Bertuzzi is also in the field.
Duncan Buchanan leads the Tyson Tour junior (18 and under) points standings and the race for a spot in next month's $150,000 Seaforth Country Classic.
The Seaforth tournament committee is awarding an exemption in the Canadian Tour stop Aug. 27-30 to the Tyson Tour junior leading the points standings as of Aug. 17. Buchanan has 231 points after five events and there are six tournaments before the spot will be determined, at the junior tournament on Aug. 10 at Oxford Golf and Country Club.
Tyler Szela of Strathroy shot a 69 Monday to win the Highland junior tournament. Nolan Cooper won the juvenile (14-15-16) with a 72 while Connor Thomson shot a 75 to take the bantam (13 and under) division. Danille Szela shot 87 to win the girls division.
Meanwhile, it was Spencer Watson who won the bantam division at last week's tournament played at the Bridges at Tillsonburg. An incorrect name was published on the golf page last Saturday. The Free Press regrets the error.
The 54-hole Canadian Amputees National Open begins Tuesday at Greenhill's. Ron Versteegen, a Greenhill's member and himself an amputee, is the chairperson of the tournament, which attracts about 65 golfers from around the world.