There will a new new award presented at the Ontario Golf Hall of Fame Ceremony this year and Aurora resident Wall Crouter is the first recipient.
The Golf Association of Ontario announced today that Crouter will become the inaugural recipient of the Lorne Rubenstein Media Award. It will be presented at the annual Ontario Hall of Fame Ceremony on May 9, 2012.
The new award, named for golf journalist Lorne Rubenstein, will honour members of the media that have made significant contributions to the game of golf in Ontario. Rubenstein, a member of the both the Canadian and Ontario Golf Hall of Fame, is a golf columnist for the Globe and Mail and has been writing about golf since the late 1970’s.
“After more than thirty years of service as a print journalist, author, columnist and broadcaster, Lorne Rubenstein is an outstanding advocate for and chronicler of the game of golf in Ontario,” said GAO Director of Marketing and Communications Kyle McFarlane. “The establishment of the Lorne Rubenstein Media Award will recognize members of the media that share Lorne’s passion for the game, and we are delighted to announce Wally Crouter as the first recipient.”
Having spent more than 50 years on air before his retirement in 1996, Wally Crouter is best known as Canada’s longest serving radio morning host. As the beloved morning voice of Toronto’s CFRB 1010, Crouter had the number one radio show in Canada with a weekly audience reach of more than 629,000 listeners.
Born in 1923 in Lindsay, Ontario, nine-year-old Wally broke into radio as a boy soprano in 1932. After serving overseas in the Second World War, he joined the Army Show and worked in allied services radio in Britain, Rome, Paris and North Africa. After his discharge in 1946, he returned to Canadian radio as an announcer at CHEX in Peterborough before coming to Toronto to join CFRB in 1946.
An avid golfer, Crouter’s love of the game was well known to his listeners and he could often be found on the course with golf legends such as Sam Snead, Al Balding, Moe Norman, and Arnold Palmer. He is credited with helping to raise millions of dollars for charity through many different endeavors including his fundraising golf tournaments, and his passion for golf has not subsided into his retirement.
Rubenstein will present Crouter with the award at the Ontario Golf Hall of Fame induction ceremony set to take place on May 9, 2012 at Wooden Sticks Golf Club. Stephen Ross, Herb Page, and Graham Cooke will become the 2012 inductees into the Hall and will each be honoured at the ceremony.