For the last decade the Golf Association of Ontario (GAO) has made an effort to recognize those who contribute to amateur golf in the province of Ontario with their Wall of Recognition and this year two Ottawa area men will be among those honoured.
Kevin Haime and Mark Seabrook were named among the five people the GAO will add to their Wall of Recognition for 2014. They will join Randy Millage, Bill Swartz, and Sandy Billyard.
Each of the honourees will be recognized at various events around the province during the course of the season. Haime and Seabrook will be honoured during the playing of the Bantam Boys Championship that will be hosted at the Canadian Golf & Country Club on August 6th and 7th.
Haime is currently celebrating his 25th anniversary of operating a golf centre in Kanata. The Kevin Haime Golf Centre is the current home of the GAO Ottawa Regional Development Team. A long-time member of the PGA of Ottawa Zone, Haime is a three-time winner of the PGA of Ottawa Zone Teacher of the Year and won the National Honour in 2000.
In his role as a golf professional Haime has been a promoter of the game of golf through his radio show on TSN1200 and via his support of local initiatives like the Clubs 4 Kids Junior Golf Charity Program and the establishment of the PGA of Ottawa Zone Junior Challenge Tour. In 2008 Kevin and his wife Lisa founded the Kevin Haime Junior Golf Initiative which has provided hundreds of memberships for young golfers as well as supporting various other amateur golf activities.
Mark Seabrook is the owner and General Manager of the Canadian Golf & Country, the host site for the 2014 Ontario Bantam Golf Championship. Seabrook has consistently been on the leading edge of the game throughout his career including being the President of the National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA) Canada for the first five years of its existence. He eventually became the first Canadian to serve on the Board of the parallel association in the United States.
Mark has been a key figure in many of the programs involving the NGCOA that has helped to create unity and cooperative benefits to golf course owners across the country. In 2002, he was honoured by the NGCOA with the Don Rossi Award for significant and long-lasting contribution to the NGCOA.
With the new additions the number of people included in the Wall of Recognition now sits at 66.