Mike Silver 2017 Heart Award Winner


February 6, 2017 (London, ONT) – Today, LondonOntarioGolf.com (est. 2004) announces it has selected Mike Silver as the recipient of the 7th Annual London Ontario Golf Heart Award.

Silver, 68, retired last month after 39 years as director of golf at Highland Country Club in London. LondonOntarioGolf.com will formally recognize Silver as this year’s Heart Award winner at Highland on Friday, June 9. Media are invited to the luncheon and ceremony.

In 2011, LondonOntarioGolf.com publisher and editor, Jeffrey Reed, established the Heart Award to recognize members of the London and area golf industry who unselfishly give back to the game of golf. The Heart Award recipient is honoured within the categories of golf professionals/instructors; golf mentors; golf course owners/operators; golf course architects/designers; and media members.

One of the most beloved members of the Southwestern Ontario golf industry, Silver now holds the title, Highland CC golf pro emeritus, and fills an ambassador role which includes assisting in the promotion and operations of the Mackenzie Tour PGA Tour Canada’s Freedom 55 Financial Championship at Highland from September 11-17, 2017.

Silver’s name will now be engraved alongside the likes of Ontario Golf Hall of Fame member Patty Howard, and Canadian Golf Hall of Fame member Mike Weir. It’s an honour which Silver said stems from his long association with quality people who love the game of golf, and who like him, have always believed in growing the game.

“Learning that I have won the 7th Annual Heart Award, I am almost speechless,” said Silver. “When you look at the names already on this trophy, and how they have contributed to growing the game, it is quite an honour. I was fortunate enough to have had a job that really was a labour of love for so many years, and to have been able to mentor many outstanding young people.”

Mike Silver passes torch to Highland director of golf Rick Pero. Photo: Jeffrey Reed/LondonOntarioGolf.com.

A native of Copper Cliff near Sudbury, Silver started golfing at age 5. He joined the Highland staff in 1977, and since then has not only mentored hundreds of others while also investing in junior golf, but also has run his Highland Cares For Kids Charity Classic golf tournament for 38 years.

PGA of Ontario Golf Professional of the Year in 2000, Silver has been a PGA of Canada member since 1971. He was awarded Master Professional status in 1998, writing his thesis on, Maintaining Playing Ability, and Maintaining Playing Ability for Seniors.

There have been endless highlights for Silver during his lengthy career, including playing with Arnold Palmer at the Labatt International in 1981. In 2016, he finally shot his age, posting a 66. Today, Silver lives in London with his wife, Margaret.

“No one has mentored more young golfers in London than Mike Silver,” said Reed. “He is deeply passionate about growing the game the proper way, with the utmost respect for the game’s history, its etiquette and its many spinoffs that help in everyday life, including sportsmanship, integrity and honesty. In addition, he has gone beyond the call of duty with his charity work. LondonOntarioGolf.com is thrilled to finally have Mike’s name on the Heart Award.”

Fittingly, February is Heart Month for Heart & Stroke, Official Charity of LondonOntarioGolf.com. In addition, June is Stroke Awareness Month. Visit www.heartandstroke.ca.

London Ontario Golf Heart Award Winners – Click here for biographies
2011 Mike Olizarevitch
2012  Fred Kern
2013 Patty Howard
2014 Mike Weir
2015 East Park Golf Gardens
2016 Bob Martin
2017 Mike Silver


About the London Ontario Golf Heart Award
In 2011, LondonOntarioGolf.com established the Heart Award to recognize members of the London and area golf industry who unselfishly give back to the game. The Heart Award recipient is honoured within the categories of golf professionals/instructors, golf mentors, golf course owners/operators, golf course architects/designers and members of the media.
About LondonOntarioGolf.com
Est. 2004, LondonOntarioGolf.com is one of Canada’s leading golf news and information websites. Publisher and Editor Jeffrey Reed is a three-time writing award winner from the Golf Journalists Association of Canada. Tourism London General Manager John Winston called LondonOntarioGolf.com “an absolute key to promoting and generating interest in London and area golf.”

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