TORONTO – The Golf Journalists Association of Canada (GJAC) announced on Friday that Jim Clark is the recipient of the 2022 Dick Grimm Award, the association’s highest honour.
A committee of past GJAC Presidents selected Clark, who has volunteered for the RBC Canadian Open every single year but one since 1984.
Named in honour of 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, the Dick Grimm Award is presented annually to those who have made a significant lifetime contribution to Canadian golf.
Clark's leadership was put on display 11 times as the Canadian Open Tournament Chair, in addition to being the CP Women's Open Tournament Chair on two occasions.
Clark has been recognized for his work in the golf industry by virtue of the Golf Canada Distinguished Service Award, which he received in 2016, as well as being named an Honourary Life Governor earlier this year. Clark was named to the Town of Aurora Sports Hall of Fame in 2019 in the 'builder' category.
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.
About the Golf Journalists Association of Canada:
Established in 2006, the purpose of the Golf Journalists Assocaition of Canada (GJAC) is to encourage and promote golf journalism in Canada, recognize excellence in Canadian golf and golf journalism through annual awards, bring together golf journalists from across the country to share ideas and common interests, and develop better media relations between the Association’s membership and various golf associations, sponsors and golf companies across Canada.
About the Dick Grimm Award
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.
2021- Garry McKay
2020 - Kim Locke
2019 - Doug Carrick & Tom McBroom
2018 – Lorie Kane
2017 – John Gordon
2016 – Marlene Stewart Streit
2015 - Lorne Rubenstein
2014 - Jocelyne Bourassa
2013 - Bob Weeks
2012 - Sandra Post
2011 - Jim Barclay
2010 - Dick Grimm
Dick Grimm's Canadian Golf Hall of Fame Biography
Born: April 29, 1923
Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
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.