As I mentioned in an earlier blog as we conclude our series on the 10th anniversary of Angus Glen hosting the 2002 Canadian Open, we had such a young staff that was full of enthusiasm.
Many of those people have since joined me at Coppinwood, such as Paul Bussiere, the director of sales, Dennis Firth, our head professional and Jason Braganza, our clubhouse director.
We just worked our hearts out that week. Nancy Filoso was our contact at Bell, the tournament’s title sponsor at the time, and they were very pleased with the way Angus Glen performed.
We had a very large clubhouse at Angus Glen. In the original clubhouse, we looked after Bell and all of the players. In the Great Hall, we had all of the corporate tables and we had quite an array of food and beverage, even lots of barbeques going on, not to mention the halfway house.
Wil Koopmans looked after the souvenirs in the pro shops, out on the course and in the corporate village. Meanwhile, our greens staff was there at four in the morning and back at night cutting and rolling the greens again.
Needless to say, we had a lot going on. The possibility of a mistake was huge, but we didn’t think like that. We were young, ready and excited, but some might say young and foolish. In the end, that enthusiasm paid off.
It was great to get letters from the Royal Canadian Golf Association (now Golf Canada), Bell and a player such as Mike Weir. I put all of that together for the staff because they had a right to be proud.
You’re working on three or four hours sleep and it was a long week. It’s very easy when you’re tired or overworked to get a little cranky, but everybody went above and beyond.
We also had a lot of fun. Some might remember some of the concerts we had after golf. John Daly even got up and played. We didn’t look at it as something we had to do and in the end, hosting the Canadian Open gave us some fond memories.