I was so pleased to see somebody such as Wilson Paterson among seven new Life Members named by the Canadian Tour recently. For more on that, click here.
When you’re talking Halls of Fame, the focus is usually on great players, which is the way it should be. They do a lot for golf, they get exposure for the game and they have an influence on people getting into golf and coming out to the courses.
However, builders are people who give back to the game, usually to a greater degree than most people envision. I know Wilson Paterson hosted the Canadian Tour’s qualifying school for 34 years at what is now Royal Ashburn Golf Club.
There are few who would believe a golf club gave if its facility for so many years., but Wilson has always loved the game and the people in the game, A good friend of Moe Norman’s, he was also one of my early mentors.
I got to meet Wilson at an early age through Clayton Cary of the Seaton Golf and Country Club in Pickering, Ont., where I once worked. Clayton and Wilson were aways giving back to golf, which influenced me.
As a result, I don’t mind speaking at colleges or hosting national events at Coppinwood. We also need to give back and spend time with those who are up-and-coming in the game now.
Dick Grimm has been a friend of mine for about 35 years, Wilson Paterson 34 years and let’s not forget someone like Murray Tucker and so many others who gave back. They’re very special people in the industry and unsung heroes in many cases.
Life gets so busy, but I still get a kick out of having lunch with Dick Grimm, or coffee with Wilson Paterson or Clayton Cary. I think of somebody such as Sam Young, who has done so much for junior golf and given his life to that.
Sam was inducted into the Ontario Golf Hall of Fame last year and Dick was honoured by the PGA of Canada earlier this year, among the other honours he’s received for his contributions over the years. Anything that comes the way of builders of the game is well deserved.
They’re tireless in the way they give back to the game.