Former Alberta Golf president Fran Marsden and long-time volunteer Florin “Fuzzy” Bergh of Edmonton, along with golf historian Ron Lyons and golf columnist Cam Cole will be recognized for their tremendous contributions to the game as 2018 recipients of Golf Canada’s Distinguished Service Award.
The Distinguished Service Award has been presented annually since 1993 to recognize individuals who have had an outstanding impact on Canadian golf either nationally or within their community.
Marsden has spent the past 30 years as a contributing golf volunteer in Alberta and was instrumental in the 2000 amalgamation of the former men’s and women’s provincial golf associations into what is now Alberta Golf.
Bergh is a life-long contributor to the game of golf in his community who has supported Alberta Golf and the Alberta Golf Foundation in a variety of volunteer and fundraising roles over the past three decades.
Lyons, the co-owner of the Legends Golf and Country Club in Edmonton, is regarded as one of the foremost golf historians and golf memorabilia collectors in Alberta.
The presentation of the 2018 Distinguished Service Awards to Marsden, Bergh and Lyons will take place on Saturday, Jan. 27 as part of Golf Canada’s annual meeting at the Grey Eagle Casino and Resort in Calgary.
Cole, who covered golf over the course of a distinguished 40-year career in sport journalism, will be honoured as part of Golf Canada’s national team media day on Monday, June 4 at Bear Mountain Resort in Victoria.
“Golf Canada is proud to recognize Fran Marsden, Florin Bergh, Ron Lyons and Cam Cole as the recipients of our 2018 Distinguished Service Award,” said Golf Canada CEO Laurence Applebaum.
“Each of their respective contributions across various touchpoints in the game has left a meaningful impression on the Canadian golf landscape. It is with great respect and admiration that we honour these individuals for their passion and commitment to our sport.”
Recipients of Golf Canada’s Distinguished Service Award are often selected from within the province or region of the organization’s incoming president.
On Saturday, Leslie Dunning of Calgary will be sworn in as Golf Canada’s 114th president. As president-elect, Dunning will succeed Roland Deveau of Bedford, N.S. who has served consecutive terms as president in 2016 and 2017.
In addition to the presentation of the Distinguished Service Awards, Golf Canada will also recognize Tom Zariski of Drumheller, Alta. as the 2017 Volunteer of the Year. Zariski, a Level 4 Rules of Golf official who currently serves as President of Golf Alberta, will be honoured on Saturday during the closing dinner of Golf Canada’s annual meeting.