Lorne Rubenstein made a comeback after announcing last year that he was calling it a career with the Globe and Mail, a newspaper he’s worked for since 1980.
Considering his contributions to the game that have earned him memberships in the Ontario and Canadian Golf Halls of Fame, you cherish his words if you get a few more miles out of Rubenstein, which we did until last week.
In typical Rubenstein style, he crafted this column on Calgary’s Ryan Yip, who had done so well in the first round of the Emirates Australian Open, with observations from his former coach Herb Page, who is also a member of the Ontario Golf Hall of Fame.
Once Rubenstein got the important task of profiling a golfer out of the way, he subtly added a one-liner.
Note: This is my final piece for The Globe and Mail, where I started my column in 1980. I appreciate your reading my work, whether in print, or, more recently, mostly online.
That’s it, that’s all.
Rubenstein never became the story, always putting the focus on the game, the player, the coach. Whether it was a PGA Tour story, an LPGA Tour column or an article about an amateur golfer, he never lost sight of his purpose. The Yip column is a perfect example of that and that’s what drove him.
In this day and age, that may be old school, but it’s refreshing and it was that selfless focus on what’s important that earned him the deserved accolades he’s received, including the George Cumming Distinguished Service Award he received from the PGA of Canada at this year’s PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando.
You can read more about that here.
In this era of ever-changing media, shrinking budgets, emphasis on real-time sports and news coverage, I’m not sure whether anybody will emerge with the stature of Rubenstein, but he has blazed the path should somebody be able to travel it.
The word is that Rubenstein will continue to contribute in other publications, just not with the frequency he once did. As I said here when he announced he was retiring, golf needs whatever he can offer.
That appreciation of his readers that he wrote about is surely coming back to him from those very same people.