Toronto Sun golf columnist Ian Hutchinson has a relatively interesting take on the RCGA’s search for a new executive director. Of course it contains nothing that hasn’t already been kicked around on the pages of a couple of blogs (here, for example). Hutchinson names Angus Glen VP Kevin Thistle and Brad Pelletier as possibilities, and then dismisses them because members of the golf media raised them as the type that might fill former RCGA ED Stephen Ross’ shoes.
Then he takes a shot at the National Post’s golf magazine, which I contributed to, and specifically at the publication’s list of the Top 25 Most Influential People in Canadian Golf. Admittedly I had something to do with the list, as I called dozens of inner-circle types across the country to find their opinions.
Hutchinson had this to say:
All have redeeming qualities, but it’s just a popularity contest at this point. If the media was so influential, then why did one national golf publication have to yank Ross’ photo from its cover and make a quick change after naming him the most influential person in Canadian golf?
Apparently, all that influence can dry up pretty quickly. According to that magazine, the most influential person in Canadian golf is now nameless and faceless, which says it all about the value of such a superficial, controversy-seeking story.
This kind of reporting leaves me disheartened. Ross was never intended to be the cover of the National Post golf magazine — that was always intended to be Stephen Ames and Sean Foley, and that’s exactly what happened.
And frankly, I just don’t understand what Hutchinson is getting at. “If the media was so influential, then why did one national golf publication have to yank Ross’ photo from its cover and make a quick change after naming him the most influential person in Canadian golf? ” Hutchinson asks. Right. Ross is no longer part of the industry. He was important and influential due to his position, which he no longer has. I don’t see how linking a person with his position relative to their influence is a difficult concept to grasp.
However, I’d defend the notion that whomever takes the role of ED at the RCGA immediately becomes the most important person in Canadian golf. They have to fix the Canadian Open, heal wounds with other organizations, like the CJGA and the NGCOA. He or she will have to work out the finances of the RCGA and determine the best path going forward. They will have to deal with the RCGA’s Long Term Player Development Program. It is a big task.
As for the role of ED, Rick Desrochers, the RCGA’s acting ED, says the interviews are starting soon.
“There is no specific timeline, other than what logic dictates. If we could have someone in place by the time the Open rolls around, that would be perfect and that’s July,” said Desrochers.
Hutchinson’s column can be found here.