I knew the late Herb Paterson, but not nearly as well as the people he worked with and socialized with and the more I hear, the more I realize that there will always be room for old school in the golf industry. People such as Paterson earned respect and didn’t just expect it, built relationships through their own character and service and made the industry about more than making money, which was the final reward for the passion in which you operated … In case you missed it, here is the information on the celebration of Paterson’s life at Capilano … The majority, or 73 per cent, of respondents to last week’s GNN Poll said there was no reason to expect worse than normal damage at the golf courses where they work once the snow melts. This week’s poll asks readers if they expect to see a period of sustained, healthy growth in participation in their lifetimes. You can answer here or on the GNN home page … The Canadian Turfgrass Research Foundation (CTRF) is participating in the Rounds 4 Research (R4R) auction, operated by the Environmental Institute for Golf, GCSAA’s philanthropic organization. R4R is a fundraising program in which a round of golf is made available to the public to bid on through an online auction. Proceeds from the auction will be used to provide funding and research grants that assist turf production and golf and sports field turf management. The program seeks donations of rounds of golf for two or more or “stay and play” packages and other items that will be auctioned online here. To donate or find out more, click here. For any questions, please contact Ken Cousineau of the Canadian Golf Superintendents Association at (416) 626-8873, ext. 222 … The PGA Tour has reported its charitable donations in 2014 were a record $140.5-million and that total would include Canadian events on the PGA Tour, Web .com Tour, Champions Tour and PGA Tour Canada. The all-time charitable total since 1938 is now $2.14-billion … The Shaw Charity Classic donated over $2-million to charity last year.
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