Oakville, Ont. (Golf Canada) – In a ceremony held Sunday, June 12th at the Hamilton Golf and Country Club in Ancaster, Ont., Stephen Ross of Dundas, Ont. was inducted into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame.
Ross, who spent close to 30 years with the Royal Canadian Golf Association including 18 years as the association’s executive director, becomes the 68th honoured member of the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame.
Later this summer, former PGA Tour player Richard Zokol will become the 69th honoured member of the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame. His induction ceremony is set for Tuesday, July 19th at Marine Drive Golf Club in Vancouver.
Over the course of a 30-year career with the Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA), Stephen Douglas Ross built a legacy as one of Canadian golf’s most prominent administrators. Born on June 22, 1954 (56) in Newmarket, Ont., Ross is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario, Richard Ivey School of Business. He joined the RCGA as Assistant Amateur Tournament Director in 1977 and served as Director of Amateur Tournaments from 1980-1988. In 1989, he was named Executive Director, a position he would hold for 18 years before stepping down in 2007. During his tenure, the association experienced significant growth and introduced a number of programs and initiatives including the CN Future Links junior golf program and the RCGA Foundation University/College Grant Program as well as the creation and expansion of the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame and Museum.
He led the association through some of the most significant moments in its storied history including the sale of Glen Abbey Golf Club to ClubLink in 1999 and amalgamation with the Canadian Ladies Golf Association (CLGA) in 2005. He also led the centennial celebrations for both the RCGA and the Canadian Open; conserved the Canadian Women’s Open and Canadian Women’s Tour; started the Canadian Senior Open; negotiated sponsorships for the Canadian Open, Canadian Women’s Open and Canadian Senior Open; re-introduced Golf Canada magazine; orchestrated the purchase of the RCGA Golf Centre in Calgary; organized the Four Nations Cup (Japan, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand); and introduced the RCGA Distinguished Service Award.
Renowned as one of the world’s most respected authorities on the Rules of Golf, he served on the Joint Rules Committee (with R&A and USGA) and officiated at countless national, international and professional championships (British Open, The Masters, US Open, World Match Play, The Players Championship, The President’s Cup, Australian Open and the Canadian Open). During his tenure, he created the RCGA’s Rules of Golf certification program; introduced the USGA ‘slope’ handicapping system in Canada; led the bid and organized the 1992 World Amateur Team Championship and also served on the World Golf Hall of Fame election panel. Ross is currently the Managing Partner at Oak Gables Golf Club and Learning Centre near Hamilton, Ont.
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Golf Canada – a member-based organization governed by the Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA) – is the governing body of golf in Canada, representing close to 350,000 members at almost 1,500 clubs across the country. Recognized by Sport Canada as the National Sports Organization (NSO) for golf in this country, Golf Canada is responsible for promoting participation in and a passion for the game of golf in Canada.
Golf Canada actively conducts championships, programs and services to help shape the present and future of golf in Canada. High performance athlete development, National Golf in Schools, Golf Fore the Cure, the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame and Museum and CN Future Links, Canada’s national junior golf program, are only some of the initiatives the association leads for golf in Canada. As the authority for golf in Canada, the association also administers the Rules of Golf, amateur status and handicapping and course rating under the respected RCGA brand.
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