A Quick Canadian Golf People Report

I’ve been a little occupied doing my civic duty in our judicial system the last few weeks so I thought I would delve into my mailbox a bit today.

In my partial absence this month there has been plenty going on with people in the golf industry.

Nine Canadians will play the final stage of PGA Tour Qualifying School next week.  Personal congratulations to all them including Ryan Yip, Mitch Gillis, Richard T. Lee, James Love, Adam Hadwin, Stuart Anderson, Brad Fritsch, Matt McQuillan, and Richard Scott.

I’ll be especially eager to see how Stuart Anderson fares.  Having never been to the finals before the amiable lad who now lives in Sooke, B.C. is hard not to cheer for. A 4-time winner on the Canadian Tour it is great to see him come up at least one level in the game.

Speaking of Canadian Q-School participants , be sure to check out our Q&A with Matt McQuillan about next week and his season in 2011.  You can find it here.

I’m making arrangements to have a similar Q&A with our other regional guy in the Finals, Manotick’s Brad Fritsch, in the days ahead.

On the same topic, be sure to check out what Bob Weeks and Jason Logan at Scoregolf.com have been up to on their Blogs, profiling the Q-School Finalists from Canada. Great coverage.

A sad but well deserved farewell was announced for Doug Roxburgh this week.  The B.C. native is stepping down from the role of Director of High Performance for Golf Canada.  Roxburgh has been in the position since 1999.

His will be big shoes to fill although he expects to stay on with the program after the end of this year in a consulting capacity. A personal idol of mine growing up playing junior golf in British Columbia, I was blessed to play a round with him earlier this year and a classier man would be hard to find.

Regarding his departure Roxburgh had this to say:

“My time with Golf Canada’s High Performance Program has been extremely rewarding both personally and professionally,” said Roxburgh.  “I’ve had the opportunity to work with some of this country’s most gifted young athletes as well as an incredible number of very committed coaches and administrators determined to build Canada into a leading golf nation. It is a difficult decision to step away as Golf Canada heads toward exciting new competitions such as the Pan Am and Olympic Games however, it is the right one as the Association begins this next phase of player development. I will miss my time working every day with the great staff and volunteers at Golf Canada, the Provincial Golf Associations and PGA of Canada and I look forward to the continued success of Canada’s top athletes for many years to come – I will be watching their progress with eager anticipation.”

This is the description of Roxburgh provided in a press release that summarizes the facts but hardly the true scope of impact this gentleman has had on the game.

“One of Canada’s pre-eminent amateur competitors, Roxburgh is synonymous with golfing excellence, having amassed numerous provincial, national and international victories throughout his celebrated 40-year amateur golfing career.

Inducted into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame in 1990, Roxburgh’s accomplished amateur career spans nearly four decades.  He won the 1970 Canadian Junior Championship and is a four-time Canadian Amateur champion (1972, 1974, 1982, and 1988). A golf legend in British Columbia, Roxburgh is a former two-time B.C. Junior champion (1969, 1970); a 13-time B.C. Amateur champion (1969, 1972, 1973, 1976-1978, 1983, 1985, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1995, 1996); and a member of 21 B.C. Willingdon Cup teams.

Among this country’s most respected and accomplished amateur golfers, Roxburgh is the epitome of excellence in Canadian amateur golf. He has represented Canada at numerous international team and individual competitions throughout his playing career including seven World Amateur Team Championships (1972, 1974, 1976, 1978, 1988, 1990 and 1992).

A longtime member at Marine Drive Golf Club in Vancouver, Roxburgh is also an honoured member of the British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame (1995), the British Columbia Golf Hall of Fame (2003) and Pacific Northwest Golf Association Hall of Fame (2011).”

I wish Doug nothing but the best.  He has certainly done his part to give back to the game and be a fantastic mentor to many players.

Also on the people watch, I see that the Golf Association of Ontario have named their Hall of Fame Honourees for 2012 and it is an impressive class.

Stephen Ross, Graham Cooke, and Herb Page will become the 2012 inductees into the Ontario Golf Hall of Fame.

Ross, Cooke and Page will become the 58th, 59th and 60th members of the Ontario Golf Hall of Fame, which was established in the year 2000 to help perpetuate the memory and acknowledge the contributions and accomplishments made by Ontarians to the game of golf.

The class of 2012 will be honoured at the annual induction ceremony at Wooden Sticks Golf Club in Uxbridge in May 2012.