This politely worded release just arrived from the RCGA. Lots still left to be explained…
STEPHEN ROSS TO STEP DOWN AS RCGA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Oakville, Ont. (RCGA) – The Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA) announced today that Stephen Ross will be stepping down as the Association’s Executive Director.
Ross’s departure from Canadian golf’s governing body follows over 30 years of dedicated service with the RCGA including the past 18 as Executive Director.
The decision was made following a recent meeting with members of the RCGA’s Executive Committee, after which it was recommended by the Committee and mutually agreed upon by Ross that he steps down as Executive Director.
“The RCGA has been my passion for so many years but I just felt that at this stage in my life and my family’s life that it was time for me to step aside, said Ross. “It has been an honour to be a part of this wonderful organization over the past 30 years and as such, I’ve tried to always represent myself in keeping with the integrity and tradition that is the RCGA. As the association continues to grow and I look ahead to my own future endeavors, it gives me great pride in knowing that I’ve played a role in helping to shape the future of golf in Canada.”
In guiding the RCGA over the past 18 years, Ross helped elevate the association to great heights in the Canadian golf industry while raising the association’s profile on both the national and international stage. He played a significant role in the growth of the Canadian Open while helping to architect the RCGA’s 1999 sale of Glen Abbey Golf Course, the longtime host venue for the Canadian Open. Prior to becoming the Association’s Executive Director in 1988, Ross worked as Director of Amateur Competitions as well as Director of Rules and Amateur Status. One of world’s foremost experts on the Rules of Golf, Ross was also instrumental in creating the RCGA’s Rules of Golf certification program. During his tenure, the association underwent incredible growth as he helped to create such programs and services as the Player Development Program, the RCGA Foundation, and CN Future Links, Canada’s junior golf program in partnership with the Canadian Professional Golf Association (CPGA) and the provincial golf associations. In 2005, Ross was a driving force behind the RCGA’s historic amalgamation with the former Canadian Ladies Golf Association (CLGA).
“While we understand that change plays a significant role in any successful organization, I can say whole-heartedly that it is difficult to see Stephen leave the RCGA,” said RCGA President Garry West. “His passion for golf and tireless commitment in both leading the RCGA and helping to grow the game in this country is unparalleled. As we prepare to embark on the next chapter of the RCGA’s storied history, we thank Stephen for his many contributions and wish him the best of success in his future endeavors.”
Ross will assist the RCGA in its transition to new leadership. Rick Desrochers, Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director Championship Division has been appointed Chief Executive Officer and will take over the RCGA’s leadership and assist the Executive Committee in the search for a new Executive Director, which will begin immediately.
Ross and Desrochers will speak with the media via conference call this afternoon at 3:30 EST.