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One of the worst things about aging (let me know if you can think of any good things) is people you know pass away.  News from the East is often scary, today one of my inspirations and mentors, Bruce Harper called to say that Ron Babock had passed away.   I first met Ron when he was assistant, then Head Pro, at Gravenhurst’s  Muskoka Sands Golf Club.   He worked in the Post Office in the winters, except one year he took a month off.

One of my greatest memories was when John Dudley,  Gary Maue , myself and Ron went to Tomoka Oaks in Daytona Beach, for a month.   We had to pool our money,  after joining the course for a month we had just enough to buy a box Kraft Dinner every day, and a few Millers.  It was 23 cents a box, the milk was extra.  Ron found out Gary Maue had been collecting the deposit on our milk jug the third week, that’s how he could get a hotdog between rounds!  36 holes a day, then Kraft dinner (and a beer) then 36 the next day – perfect!  On the way home I was driving Ron’s Pontiac 409 around Washington DC when I said I didn’t think his car was very powerful.  That’s when he noticed I was driving 80 miles an hour in Low Range!   Lots of oil spatter.   When we got to the bridge to Canada we had to check every pocket to pay the toll!  Ron never let me forget driving his car in low range, every time we saw each other over the next 40 years that’s the first thing he talked about!

I wish that I’d been around to join the fayazuking hayazarp, Ron and the good guys every week at Frank Whibley’s World of Golf in Orillia.   Ron, look up Moe and Al, and save a spot for me.     RON BABOCK, we miss you already.  Sorry about the car!

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Gary Slatter

Venerable Canadian golf pro Gary Slatter discusses his opinions on the state of golf, golf course design and construction, teaching and more, based on a lifetime in the business.

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  • Thank you Mr. Slatter for you memories of my father. The role of Golf Professional has changed over the years, but I will always remember the greats…my dad, Mr.Harper, Mr.Whibley, yourself and many others that made me make golf a career for over 15 years. I had the privilege of playing with most of them at one point or another. Whether it was as a junior tagging along with my dad to some of the best courses around or as a pro and playing with the likes of Moe Norman, these memories will last a life time.

  • Thank you Mr. Slatter for you memories of my father. The role of Golf Professional has changed over the years, but I will always remember the greats…my dad, Mr.Harper, Mr.Whibley, yourself and many others that made me make golf a career for over 15 years. I had the privilege of playing with most of them at one point or another. Whether it was as a junior tagging along with my dad to some of the best courses around or as a pro and playing with the likes of Moe Norman, these memories will last a life time.

  • Ronnie and I shared so many trips over the years and never once did he miss talking about your junkets south very entertaining. I know when The Harp and I tee it up in Titusville in a few weeks it will be a emotional day. Hoping you will join us in the fall at The Sands for the Ronnie Babcock Day.
    Jeff

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