We talk so much in the golf industry about mentors and I figure I’ve been extremely fortunate that one of mine has been a guy who turned 90 on Monday.
I knew that Dick Grimm’s birthday falls around the beginning of golf season here in Southern Ontario. About a week ago, our head pro Steve Grass and I were talking about that and we looked online.
I saw Dick last Friday when we had a coffee. I said, `Hey, this is a big one on Monday.’
We have a weekly message that goes out to our members at Coppinwood on Fridays and we sent a congratulatory message saying, `We’re so excited about our association and friendship with Dick Grimm. Happy 90th birthday.’
What Dick has meant to me, what he’s done for me and what he’s symbolized to me is huge.
I was a very young man at Seaton in Pickering, Ont., when we first met. When I went to Angus Glen, he was a huge supporter of mine and we would have a coffee at least every two to three weeks.
Dick is one of my idols and what a mentor he’s been. What comes to mind is the way this Canadian Golf Hall of Fame member treats people.
Here I was at Angus Glen, just a young guy, and here’s this legend in Canadian golf who takes a lot of time out of his life to have a coffee with me.
It’s not just me. I have a lot of friends and acquaintances in the golf business and he does the same thing with them.
He would always say to me around the Canadian Opens we held at Angus Glen, `If you need anything, you call me and I’ll be there.’
He would, too. Many times, he would show up and help me out at Angus Glen and at Coppinwood, He’s forever giving of himself and his time.
The coffees we have and the talks we have are fond memories. He’s such a wonderful man and I always think how fortunate I’ve been to have a friend like him.