I read recently that Gar Hamilton is retiring and it’s a tribute to him that, thousands of miles away, I was familiar with him, even if it was mostly by reputation.
I had never met him, but I was fortunate to play with Gar last year at the Titleist and FootJoy Canadian PGA Club Professional Championship in Florida. To me, it’s pretty simple why he is renowned across the country based on the short amount of time I spent with him.
He is just a class guy. Everything about him says class – the way he carries himself, the way he talks, the way he’s respectful to everybody. This may sound corny, but as a new dad, I would like my son in about 50 years to be regarded the same way as Gar is now.
Respect is a big part of it. You earn respect by being the right type of person.
Obviously, his game speaks for itself. He’s accomplished countless things on the golf course, but I’m sure around Mississaugua Golf and Country Club, where he’s been for so long, he’s revered and that’s something you earn.
Longevity has a lot to do with it. The more experience you have at a place, the more you earn that respect, but as a club professional, you don’t stay at a private club with the reputation of Mississaugua for that long without being incredibly good at what you do.
I don’t claim to know Gar all that well, but I spent eight to 10 hours playing golf with him and truly enjoyed it.
When I see how many people respect him, I think everybody would like to be looked at in the same light. It’s something we should all strive for wherever we’re employed.