Fraser Great Canadian Golf Ambassador

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reed On The Greens, by Jeffrey Reed
July 28, 2016

The best memories stemming from my long-time involvement with the game of golf have nothing to do with low scores. In fact, the people I continue to meet along the way make golf a great game.

Many Canadians are fortunate enough to enjoy the game of golf well into their retirement years, but few senior golfers in Canada have given back to the game as much as Oakville resident Jim Fraser. In fact, there’s no slowing down for this 78-year-old Canadian golf icon, who, on any given day, can be found in the library archives of the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame where he volunteers his time cataloguing an expanding collection.

JimFFraser and I have been working together at Golf House as I research for the Canadian Seniors’ Golf Association centennial book. We recently spent a day together at Beverly Golf and Country Club in Hamilton during the Golf Journalists Association of Canada annual general meeting, tournament and awards banquet. GJAC made Fraser an honourable member, and for good reason.

Without a doubt, Fraser was destined to live a life which embraces golf. His great grandfather, Benjamin Tooke, founded the Beaconsfield Golf Club in Pointe-Claire, Quebec in 1902. A native of Montreal, Fraser would eventually follow in Tooke’s footsteps while serving as the club’s President in 1976 and ’77.

In 1980, Fraser was elected Governor of the Royal Canadian Golf Association, a post he held for a decade before joining the RCGA’s full-time staff in 1993. His resume stemming from that span is perhaps unrivalled. Fraser was Association Director of Rules, Handicapping and Amateur Status; Managing Director of Member Programs; Managing Director of Amateur Competitions, Rules, Amateur Status and Handicap and Course Rating; Managing Director of Rules and Player Development; and Executive Director of both the Canadian Golf Foundation, and RCGA Foundation.

“Golf has been an important part of my life, and it has given back to me so much more than what I have done for the game,” said Fraser, who in 1993 implemented the Slope system in Canada, and has assisted student golfers through the Canadian University/College Championship, and the Canadian University Golf Support Program. He also played a large role in creating Golf Canada’s Future Links program, and in developing the Golf Canada Player Development Program.

A member of Beaconsfield, and The Toronto Golf Club, Fraser was the first Canadian honoured with the International Association of Golf Administrators’ Distinguished Service Award in 2007.

“I owe so much to golf, as it has provided me with a lifetime of pleasures,” said Fraser.

Golf, too, owes Fraser for his continued unselfish deeds, and I’m glad to call him a friend.

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Jeffrey Reed has been covering golf in London and Southwestern Ontario since 1980. He is also publisher and editor of LondonOntarioSports.com. Reach him at jeff@londonontariogolf.com.

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