ONTARIO GOLF HALL OF FAME MEMBER JOHN GORDON NAMED THE 2017 DICK GRIMM AWARD WINNER
MISSISSAUGA – The Golf Journalists Association of Canada (GJAC) announced Monday John Gordon is the 2017 recipient of the Dick Grimm Award at the GJAC Annual Writing and Photography Awards Dinner held this year at Mississaugua Golf and Country Club in conjunction with the RBC Canadian Open.
A committee of past GJAC presidents selected Gordon, who was inducted into the Ontario Golf Hall of Fame in 2016, as this year’s winner. He has innumerable journalist achievements to his name in a career that has spanned more than 30 years, which makes him so deserving of this honour.
Grimm, who passed away in 2014, was a true giant of the game in Canada, and in the world of golf. He was an energetic supporter of GJAC, and the association’s highest annual award is named after him.
“GJAC is thrilled to announce John Gordon as the recipient of this year’s Dick Grimm Award,” said Garry McKay, a past GJAC president and chair of the Dick Grimm Award committee. “Given John’s lengthy career in golf journalism, and his robust list of accomplishments, he was an ideal winner.”
After working as a reporter and editor for the Canadian Press, Gordon was hired as the managing editor of SCOREGolf Magazine, where he re-focused the magazine on strictly Canadian content and was instrumental in creating SCOREGolf TV.
In 1991, he was recruited by Golf Canada (then the Royal Canadian Golf Association) to establish its communications and member services departments. During his time with Golf Canada, he became the founding editor of Golf Canada Magazine.
Gordon spent some time as the Executive Director of the Ontario Golf Association, but turned his focus back to writing full-time and for more than 30 years his work has appeared in golf publications around the world, including the Toronto Sun and National Post – where he was a golf columnist – and for Rogers Sportsnet, where he was the on-air and online golf analyst. He most recently lent his expertise to the creation of an in-house communications department for ClubLink, re-launched the member magazine, and supervised a robust website build project before returning to golf writing once again. He now contributes to both Golf Canada’s website and Morning Read.
Gordon is also the author of eight books on golf, including four volumes of The Great Golf Courses of Canada.
As a winner of numerous awards for his writing including a National Newspaper Award for reporting, the George Knudson Award, three International Network of Golf writing awards, and after receiving recognition from the PGA of Canada for outstanding contributions to the development of the Canadian Tour, Gordon has seemingly done it all in the world of golf journalism in Canada.
He lives in Midland, Ont. with his wife Leslie, and has helped raise more than $300,000 via Mikey’s Tournament for Autism, which takes place annually in their hometown and supports a resource centre for families and children affected by the disease. He and his wife have three children, and Gordon recently became a grandfather for the first time.
$1,000 will be donated in Gordon’s name to Golf in Schools.
Established in 2010, The Dick Grimm Award honours Canadian Golf Hall of Famer Richard “Dick” Grimm whose legendary service to the Canadian Open and the Canadian golf industry is unparalleled in Canadian golf history. It alternates each year being awarded to members of the Canadian golf media and someone from the Canadian golf industry who has made a significant lifetime contribution to Canadian golf. Dick Grimm passed away in May 2014.
Past Winners (all bios are courtesy the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame)
2010: Dick Grimm
Dick Grimm was affectionately known as “Mr. Canadian Open” during his involvement with our national professional championship that lasted from 1965 to 1993. Masterfully coordinating the skills of salesman, promoter, official and fan, Grimm put his heart and soul into making the Canadian Open the great event it is today.
2011: Jim Barclay
Renowned as one of this country’s pre-eminent golf historians, Barclay is most famous for authoring Golf in Canada: A History – a book often referred to as Canada’s finest golf chronicle. Other notable works involve Canadian Professional Golfers – The Scottish Invasion of 1881 – 1933; The Toronto Terror; and St. George’s Golf and Country Club, Celebrating 75 Years. Barclay has also contributed to many other publications and served as volunteer curator of the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame and Museum.
2012: Sandra Post
Canada’s first player on the LPGA Tour, Sandra Post left a fine amateur career for the professional ranks and never missed a beat.
Following victories in three successive Canadian Junior Girl’s Championship, Post focused on turning professional for the 1968 season. Her victory in the LPGA Championship and a fifth place finish in the World Series of Golf garnered her rookie of the year honors and started a glorious career that included back to back wins at the 1978 & 1979 Dinah Shore and another six victories.
Until 2007, when Morgan Pressel won her first LPGA event and major title at the age of 18 years, 10 months and 9 days old, Sandra was the youngest winner of a modern major, winning the LPGA at the age of 20 years and 20 days old.
2013: Bob Weeks
Bob weeks was with SCOREGolf since 1987 and most-recently acted as the Editorial Director, overseeing all content at the media company. He was listed as the sixth most influential person and the No. 1 media person in the Canadian golf industry by the National Post. Weeks was the long-time host of ScoreGolf TV and is the golf analyst and Senior Reporter for TSN, where he has covered more than 50 major championships as well as hundreds of top Canadian and international tournaments. An award-winning writer, Weeks has written for GOLF Magazine, Golf Digest, Golfweek, the Globe and Mail, Maclean’s as well as countless other publications throughout the world. Weeks, who began playing golf at the age of 11 in Prince Edward Island, has been a proud member of Weston Golf and Country Club in Toronto for more than 40 years. He is a member of the Ontario Golf Hall of Fame and winner of the Dick Grimm Award presented by the Golf Journalists Association of Canada. Most recently, he has been inducted into the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame and the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame in the same year.
2014: Jocelyne Bourassa
Jocelyne Bourassa was an outstanding amateur golfer throughout the 1960s. She took the LPGA by storm in the early 1970s, winning the 1973 La Canadienne in her second season. In addition to being named the LPGA's rookie of the year, she was named the 1971 & 1972 French Canadian Athlete of the Year and 1972 Canadian Female Athlete of the Year. From 1980 until 2000 Bourassa was the executive director of the du Maurier Classic, one of the LPGA's four major championships.
2015: Lorne Rubenstein
A Canadian golf journalist and author, Rubenstein was the long-time golf columnist for The Globe and Mail, Canada's national newspaper, beginning in 1980. He was the first editor of SCOREGolf Magazine, where he continues to write columns and features. Rubenstein has written 14 books about golf. Rubenstein won a National Magazine Award (1985) in Canada. The Golf Writers Association of America has presented him with four first-place awards for his writing. He is the recipient of awards from the Golf Journalists Association of Canada for his articles. Rubenstein was inducted into the Ontario Golf Hall of Fame in 2006 and the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame in 2007. He received a Canadian Sports Media Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009. The Golf Association of Ontario presented the first ‘Lorne Rubenstein Media Award’ in May, 2012.
2016: Marlene Stewart Streit
One of the most revered and recognized female golfers in Canada and around the world, Marlene Stewart Streit personifies the dedication and determination of Canadian golfers. Streit is the only player to have won the Canadian, U.S., British and Australian Amateur in her career. She is an inspiration to many of Canada's top young female professional and amateur golfers. Among her many accomplishments are 11 Canadian Ladies Open Amateur, nine Canadian Ladies Close Amateurs, three Canadian Ladies' Seniors and three USGA Senior Women's Championships. On September 11, 2003 when Marlene won her third USGA Senior's she also became the oldest USGA Champion.