Memo to RCGA: hide our handicaps
The Stan O’Neal saga got me thinking. Are Canadian handicaps as easy to locate as the American kind (“Merrill shareholders must be spitting fire“, October 28-07)? Sure enough, the Royal Canadian Golf Association puts them out there for all to see. All the enterprising member of the DTM needs is a name and a province. The RCGA web site will spit out the course name and handicap.
If you guess correctly (Oakdale vs. Donalda vs. Toronto), you’ll soon be intimately familiar with the recent activities of a whole host of high profile folks.
I’m not sure it is anyone’s business that one bank CEO shoots 8.7, while another comes in at 26.9. Or that some of Canada’s greatest tech entrepreneurs shoot 10 and +1.3 respectively. Or that there’s an i-banking CEO with a 10.6, a telecom chieftan at 13.7, and a mutual fund boss at 15.8. Another i-banking head has so many memberships that his handicap ranges from 7.6 to 11.5, depending on where he entered the scores.
Voters would be pleased to hear that one of the finance ministers hasn’t had any time to play, and his/her handicap index sits at 23.4 as a result.
None of this should be public, however, and by writing about it hopefully the DTM won’t bother getting another idea from Seeking Alpha or here for their own story use.
I cannot recall ever consenting to the Golf Association of Ontario putting my scores on the internet. I would have though PIPEDIA covered that off. While I’m not embarrased at my hard fought 20.8 index (down from 25.5 last year), my LPs know that 17 rounds a year aren’t at their expense, particularly when half were played on holidays. 5 strokes in a season is proof that lessons can have an impact, even for the non-athletic among us!
Perhaps a bank press officer worth their salt will do their boss a favour and place a timely call to the GAO or RCGA. In light of Mr. O’Neal’s chain of events, having the board read about golf rounds during a difficult time is probably a PR flap to be avoided.
If the RCGA thinks there is a corporate elephant out there with $6 million at hand for the title sponsorship to next year’s Canadian Open, this is not the way to go about getting it.