The nickname is certainly appropriate for what he’s done for the national championship, but “Mr. Canadian Open,” somehow doesn’t totally describe what Dick Grimm has done for golf overall in this country.
Grimm worked with the Canadian Open in various capacities from 1965-93 and was a cornerstone in turning it into a premier event on the PGA Tour, but he also carried what was the Canadian Tour through some lean years between 1993 and ’97.
He’s still involved in golf ventures and is still a regular occupant of golf-related events in Southern Ontario, often sitting down for coffee or lunch with the people he’s gotten to know over the years.
All will tell you of their respect for the man, although he will likely humbly wave that off it you tell him that. It’s out of that respect that I’m glad Bob Weeks at ScoreGolf picked up here that Monday was Grimm’s 90th birthday, a cause for celebration.
It’s not like Dick is the type to issue a press release on such an important occasion.
Despite Dick’s gentle nature, he was one of the toughest guys in golf, whether he was shaping the Canadian Open, running the Canadian Tour, or dealing with various health issues in his life.
I recall sitting down with Dick for this feature that I did here for the Toronto Sun’s Golf Guide back in 2010. It’s a little dated, but you can get a good idea of what the man is all about. The story is in digital magazine format.
I’m sure I’m not alone in wishing Dick a happy birthday.