I spent an hour today at St. George’s G & CC speaking with former PGA Tour pro Calvin Peete, who was in town to promote the National Junior Golf Academy fundraiser. For those that don’t know about the NJGA, you can see an article I wrote about the organization, that tries to involve inner-city youth in golf, here.
Peete is usually considered one of the most accurate golfers in the history of the game, and was a force on the PGA Tour through much of the 1970s and 1980s. He finished with 12 wins and played on two Ryder Cups.
I was speaking with Peete for a column in this week’s National Post. Our dicussion largely centered around why there aren’t more African-American (or African Canadian, for that matter) golfers on the PGA Tour. Surprisingly, Peete, who had just come back from a summit on African-Americans in golf, said he’d never met Tiger Woods. When asked whether he felt Woods had a responsibility to try to get more minorities in the game and be more vocal about the issue, Peete’s reply was thoughtful and smart: “I think every man has a responsibility to reach behind him and try to help others up.”
Needless to say it wasn’t your average golf interview.
I ran into a couple of good contacts at St. George’s while heading back to my car and it appears there really is serious interest on the part of the RCGA to hold the Canadian Open at the club. The situation is clearly in the early stages though, which makes one wonder whether the club could be announced to hold the 2009 event. That said, there is also serious interest on the club’s part to hold the event, though nothing has been placed in front of the club’s membership — yet.