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Zary golf: No need for mulligans for Sask. golf courses during the pandemic

“For two years, gaming has been one of the most popular pastimes. We hope the trend will continue in 2022 and beyond.”

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Golf has proven to be pretty much immune to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an economic report released Thursday by Golf Saskatchewan.

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At least when it comes to daily rounds, Saskatchewan golf courses have been busier than ever in recent years.

The sport has proven to be a safe and healthy respite, which has led to overall economic growth in the industry.

Brian Lee, executive director of Golf Saskatchewan, said he was not surprised by the study results.

“Working with industry stakeholders, golf was initially allowed to reopen under strict guidelines, with reduced tee times, but demand for golf has exploded,” Lee noted. “For two years, gambling has been one of the most popular pastimes. We hope the trend will continue in 2022 and beyond.

The report, recently completed by PRAXIS Consulting, reviewed financial records from 2019, pre-pandemic, and 2021 to provide an estimate of industry growth.

Golf has proven relatively resilient to the pandemic, growing 10-34% between 2019 and 2021.

The figures were compiled from survey responses completed by course administrators in Saskatchewan. Golf Saskatchewan also surveyed its members, requesting estimates of revenue, employment, salaries, capital expenditures and estimated out-of-course participant expenses for 2019 and 2021. These provided business model inputs. Twenty-seven member courts responded to the survey.

In 2019, golf in Saskatchewan generated $509.7 million in gross economic activity and $295.8 million in gross domestic product, according to the survey. In 2021, golf in the province recorded gross economic activity of $667.3 million and gross domestic product of $395.6 million, comparatively.

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SUMMER CHAMPIONSHIPS SCHEDULE

Golf Saskatchewan’s championship schedule begins July 5-7 with the Junior Men’s and Women’s Provincial Championships at the Regina Royal Golf Club.

The competition schedule will be highlighted by a trio of provincial championships – Saskatchewan Men’s Amateur, Saskatchewan Women’s Amateur and Saskatchewan Mid-Am – which will be played during the week of July 12-15 at the Municipal Golf Course. Cooke in Prince Albert.

The Saskatchewan Senior Men’s and Women’s Championships are scheduled for the TS&M Woodlawn Golf Club in Estevan July 26-28, along with the Men’s Mid-Masters event.

The Rosebowl will be held Aug. 11-12 at Spiritwood, followed by the Provincial Mixed Championship on Aug. 27-28 at Elk Ridge Resort, also the site of this year’s PGA Tour Canada Elk Ridge Open later this month.

The Champions Cup will be played on September 24 at the Legends Golf Club in Warman.

MARCIA DUO WINS PGA SASK EVENT

The father-son team of Pat and Josh Marcia took first place at the PGA of Saskatchewan Pro Partner event at the Regina Royal Club.

The Marcia duo, with a score of six under par 65, edged the team of Brian Dueck and Walker Jerome by one stroke. The father/son team of Phil and Patrick Jonas placed third, two strokes behind the winners.

Sixty-four golfers participated in the event, which paired PGA Saskatchewan professionals with amateur golfers.

WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

Mariel Galdiano, who won the 2015 Canadian Women’s Amateur Golf Championship at Riverside Golf and Country Club, is competing at the US Women’s Open this week in North Carolina.

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In 2015, Saskatoon lawyer Rich Gabruch and his family hosted Galdiano during the Canadian Amateur.

Galdiano has stayed in touch with her Saskatoon hosts, shown recently wearing a Gabruch legal group golf shirt.

UPCOMING TOURNAMENTS

Among the upcoming tournaments, the Ladies Northern will be played this weekend, June 4 and 5, at the Cooke Municipal in Prince Albert.

Also on the agenda this weekend is the Scotia Wealth Management Northeast Open at Evergreen Golf Club in Nipawin.

The Saskatoon Ladies Open is fast approaching, scheduled for the Saskatoon Golf and Country Club June 11-12.

The CJGA Prairie Championship will be held June 17-19 at the Deer Park Municipal Golf Course in Yorkton.

dzary@postmedia.com

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