It warms the cold heart of a crusty editor when readers decide to go to the next level and let their thoughts be known on GNN.
When Canada’s first golf industry website launched, the intention was to be more than a source for industry news, etc. The plan was also to make GNN a community for the industry, with free speech for all, not just the mug that occupies this space.
So, we went out and recruited bloggers from within the industry such as Tiffany Gordon, Kevin Thistle and Kyle German from various regions of this country and there are more GNN bloggers on their way in the coming weeks.
However, readers can become bloggers themselves through the comments section at the bottom of each story and through the GNN Forum. Even though it’s frosty February, the industry still has a pulse, judging the comments that have been rolling through the comments section. Check it out on the home page.
Since it is February, you had to enjoy the warmth demonstrated by readers upon hearing that “Mr. Canadian Open” Dick Grimm received another honour last week, when he was inducted into the Oakville Sports Hall of Fame in Oakville, Ont. You can check out that story here.
The one thing I learned quickly about Dick is never tick him off, yet as intense as he could be, he always managed to operate with dignity.
I recall playing in a charity event a few years ago. Walking in for breakfast, I saw Dick at a table and sat down for coffee and muffins when Peter Jacobsen wandered over with Craig Stadler to catch up and didn’t seem to want to leave. It’s little wonder then that Dick can call Jack Nicklaus himself a pal.
Former LPGA Tour player Sandra Post, like Grimm a member of the Oakville Sports and Canadian Golf Halls of Fame, was present at last week’s ceremony and reported in her comment that Grimm was his typical self in accepting the honour:
“He accepted graciously and applauded all the volunteers who have worked tirelessly for the Canadian Open and dedicated his award to them.”
Terry Miskolczi, Canada’s Golf Doctor, pointed out that Grimm’s contributions went beyond the Open:
“Regarding DICK; He not only is MR CANADIAN OPEN; He is MR CANADIAN TOUR and MR CANADIAN GOLF. Congrats to Dick for a long overdue accolade.”
On the side, Miskolczi mentioned our similar hairlines, but my feeling is that he’s the good doctor, so he should be working on a formula to get our flowing manes back.
Post and Miskolczi weren’t the only people to comment on Dick’s induction. Other comments came from Ashley Chinner, Tony Evershed and another crusty golf writer, Bill “Skip” Johns from Kitchener-Waterloo, Ont.
The recent comments on GNN have not be exclusively for Dick. GNN blogger Kyle German recently made a good point when he said Vancouver golf courses could see more business with more people in town during the Olympics and that city in the midst of a warmer-than-usual winter.
In his blog here, Kyle mentioned that the University Golf Club in downtown Vancouver may particularly enjoy increased business and that club’s GM Michael Mather confirmed that, adding in his comment that the club is putting on food and beverage specials to lure visitors in.
Meanwhile, readers Ward Stouffer, Jeff Ciecko and Gary Slatter have their say on the upcoming Canadian PGA vote on that association’s proposed PACE program, which will go to a vote at next month’s AGM, the topic of our current GNN Poll on the home page. Be sure to cast your vote.
The GNN Poll and the Comment sections are two ways for readers to voice their opinions. We also encourage readers to start a discussion inside the GNN Forum, where we’ve set aside sections for timely issues, solutions to common problems and for people to publicize coming events and job postings.
To date, we have nearly 500 members in the GNN Forum and we look forward to chatting in there as well.
All of this interactive discussion is showing that the Canadian golf industry doesn’t go to sleep for very long, even in February. Keep those comments, votes and discussions coming as part of the industry community in Canada.