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Zokol in as Adviser to RCGA

The RCGA has just announced it has appointed Richard Zokol as a special adviser to its player development and Canadian Open programs.

It is an interesting move, especially considering the RCGA had approached Zokol about it previously only to cut off negotiations when it was clear they’d have to compensate him for his time.

Apparently Scott Simmons, the new exec-director at Golf House, sees things a little differently. I suspect Zokol could also be beneficial in trying to recruit players for the Canadian Open, since he’s not that far removed from his last go-round on the PGA Tour.

This is how the RCGA characterizes Zokol’s role:

In his role as Professional Golf Advisor, Zokol – a renowned Canadian member of the PGA Tour – will provide the pros perspective on the RCGA Strategic Plan in the areas of player development and the five-year vision for the RBC Canadian Open. The agreement took effect March 1 and is for one year with an option to extend.

And notably:

Financial terms of the appointment are not being released.

In reference to the Canadian Open, the RCGA had this to say:

The RCGA will also tap into Zokols experience on the various professional tours in helping to elevate the RBC Canadian Open into one of the pre-eminent dates on the PGA Tour.

Well Richard can’t walk on water, and the date is still so bad that Tiger Woods told the RCGA he’s not coming six months in advance, so let’s just say Zoke will have his work cut out for him in this respect. But he’s well-connected with the likes of IMG Sports, so we’ll see what he can do.

Simmons’ remarks on the matter are intriguing, especially since former ED Stephen Ross had a contentious relationship with Zokol:

Everyone at the RCGA is very proud to have Dick join our team as a Special Advisor, said Scott Simmons, Executive Director of the RCGA. Dick brings with him a wealth of experience and a reputation for excellence throughout both his amateur and professional career. Not only will he be a valuable mentor to Canadas National Amateur Team athletes, but he will also be a tremendous asset to help drive both our Player Development and RBC Canadian Open strategic planning initiatives.

I actually spoke to Zokol yesterday and he said his current project, Sagebrush Golf and Sporting Club, is nearing completion.

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