Lindon Garron returns home this week for the Canadian PGA annual general meeting in Moncton, where we will see him conduct his last official duties as outgoing president.
I realize that many people were involved in turning the Canadian PGA around over the past five years, especially those on the executive during that time, as well as our recently-departed executive director Steve Carroll, who all worked hard for a common goal.
However, I can’t stress enough how lucky our association (CPGA) was in having the talent, experience and time Lindon Garron dedicated to the betterment of the Canadian PGA.
He put in the countless hours required to turn our ship around. He did all this while battling his own health issues and to a certain degree, put his own dreams on short-term hold.
If the PACE program passes this week it will undoubtedly be due to the perseverance of many involved in putting the program together and spearheaded by Mr. Garron.
During his time on the Canadian PGA executive he has helped pull the association through financial adversity, observed the hiring of two quality executive directors (Steve Carroll, Gary Bernard), was active in the development and promotion of PACE and led the association as our national president.
This is meant in no way to undermine or not show respect to everyone who worked very hard in the national office or on the executive. It is to illustrate how grateful I feel am as a Canadian PGA member to have benefited from the work of one of Canada’s finest PGA professionals.
I remember as a young candidate in the Canadian PGA 17 years ago, when I first met Lindon and immediately grasped his professionalism and passion for the industry.
Bouncing thoughts and ideas off of Lindon is something that many of us did over the years and he continues to mentor many pros such as myself to this day.
I know that the Canadian PGA members across the country are very pleased with what Lindon has accomplished for our association.
Those of us in the Atlantic Zone are sticking our chests out a little farther these days and are extremely proud of how our Maritimer has represented us.
Congratulations Lindon on a job well done and best of luck on seeing the PACE program passed later this week.