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2017 in review: Milestones

The year 2017 is drawing to a close and what a year it was for Canadian golf. Our pros won literally around the world and on just about every tour imaginable. Our amateurs of all ages made Canada proud at home and abroad. And, off the course, there were significant moments that are well worth memorializing as 2018 looms on the horizon.

This is the third of a three-part series remembering most, if not all, of those memorable moments.(If we’ve unintentionally overlooked any—there were so many, after all!—please let us know on Twitter or Facebook.


Roland Deveau of Nova Scotia returns as president of Golf Canada for a second one-year term.

Judy Darling Evans and Bob Vokey elected to the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame.

Bill Klein of Parkville, B.C., and George McLeod of Brandon, Man., named co-recipients of Golf Canada’s Volunteer of the Year award.


Mike Weir, a five-time competitor in the event, is named assistant captain of the international team at the Presidents Cup.

Scott Simmons resigns as CEO of Golf Canada after 10 years.


Laurence Applebaum succeeds Scott Simmons as Golf Canada’s chief executive officer.

Golf Canada is proud to announce Laurence Applebaum as the organization’s next CEO.

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Toronto’s Bruce Mitchell is named the first Canadian to serve as captain of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews.


Golf Canada and the PGA of Canada publish the 2017 Golf Facilities in Canada Report.


Golf Fore The Cure presented by Subaru announces it raised more than $300,000 for breast cancer research through more than 160 events from coast to coast in 2017.

Following Adopt a School Week, Golf Canada announces an additional 240 school adoptions, representing an additional 28,800 elementary, intermediate and high-school students being introduced to the sport through the Future Links driven by Acura program.

The Canadian Golf Superintendents Association appoints Jeff Calderwood as its executive director, a post he will hold concurrently with his position as CEO of the National Golf Course Owners Association Canada.


Golf Canada announces that in 2018, for the first time, the National Development Squad program will feature a centralized component which will be based out of Bear Mountain Resort in Victoria, B.C.

Kevin Thistle is named CEO of the PGA of Canada to replace the retiring Gary Bernard.


The 2017 CP Women’s Open, held in Ottawa, wins the Best Charity/Community Engagement award from the LPGA Tournament Owners Association.

A crowd-funding initiative by the Canadian Golf Museum and Hall of Fame raises thousands to digitize and preserve irreplaceable volumes of Canadian Golfer magazine.

Craig Loughry, Golf Canada’s director of handicap and course rating and Golf Ontario’s director of golf services, is named president of the International Association of Golf Administrators.

Canadian Golf Hall of Fame member Mike Weir is inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame.

Congrats to Mike Weir on his induction into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame today ?? ?? • ? @cansportshall

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Calgary’s Shaw Charity Classic wins the PGA TOUR Champions President’s Award for the third time in its five-year history.

Golf Canada and the PGA of Canada announce a partnership committed to the principles of the Responsible Coaching Movement, endorsed by the Coaching Association of Canada and the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport.

A proud day for Canadian golf with our CEO (Laurence Applebaum) and @pgaofcanada CEO (Kevin Thistle) signing the Responsible Coaching movement

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