RBC Canadian Open – The Hockey Connection

RBC Canadian Open – July 2017 Tuesday was the official opening of the 108th National Championship (the 3rd oldest national open golf championship in the world).

I arrived early and set up in the media centre then headed to the main stage for the official Opening Ceremony and Canadian Golf Hall of Fame Inductions.

Judy Darling Evans and legendary wedge designer, Bob Vokey were being inducted and joined on stage by 15 previous inductees, Jocelyne Bourassa, Gayle Borthwich, Graham Cooke, Gary Cowan, Mary Ann Hayward, Lorie Kane, Jack Nicklaus, Sandra Post, Stephen Ross, Lorne Rubenstein, Cathy Sherk, Marlene Streit, Warren Sye, Bob Weeks and Mike Weir.

Quite the collection of talent.

A fly over (replica dog fight), the national anthem and speeches by Golf Canada CEO, Laurence Applebaum, Judy Darling Evans, Bob Vokey, The Golden Bear and mc’d by Bob Weeks made for an entertaining Opening Ceremony.


Jack Nicklaus was gifted a Canadian hockey jersey and post ceremony the media headed to ‘The Rink’ 7th hole to interview Jack and watch him practice his hockey skills. He should stick with golf (says the Australian who has zero hockey experience).

RBC Canadian Open Day 2

Me watching Nicklaus work the puck. Photo by Gary Yee; garyphoto.ca

Back to the media centre and I had the pleasure of not only sitting in on the press conference with Graham DeLaet but having a quick golf chat with him about Fairways and junior golf as he signed some hats for a fundraiser Fairways’ are having next month on Prince Edward Island.

Back to the driving range to watch the drills and practice (taking notes of things to try myself) I then stopped and watched Furyk for a while.

I caught up with fellow golf blogger, Jeremy Kehler and then sat overlooking the 18th and  got chatting with ACE, Arthur Ewing and his buddy Rick before heading on home.

Yesterday, I arrived early as I was only going to be on site for a couple of hours. As I was about to head into the media centre one of the volunteers on the 16th stopped me to say hello. As I was chatting a group meeting of all the 16th hole volunteers started, so I joined them.


An event like the RBC Canadian Open could not operate without the fantastic volunteers and I always stop to chat.

I dropped off my computer in the media centre then it was off to the driving range. I watched DeLaet and Hughes putting before spotting the Aussies, Luck and Smith on the range.

Back to the media centre as I had a meeting with John Norris from the PGA Tour. We had a golf chat about our last six months as we had met at the Sony Open in Hawaii. John wanted an update on Fairways and asked me to send him an email about Awesome 4somes.

I then left site and headed to operational centre of the biggest brand no-one has heard of – Levelwear. I was meeting with Jeff Church who is the Director of Licensing. We caught up on his travelling adventures and my adventures with Fairways before selecting a few pieces I will have branded so I have fantastic quality clothing with our logo on them.

I had a tour of the factory and all I can say is WOW!!! There are machines for multiple hat embroidery, laser cutting, heat transfers and so many other aspects of merchandise branding. There were hundreds of projects being worked on across sport and industry and I was astounded seeing the multitude of sports teams and corporations they supply to.

Following my factory tour I was off to Settler’s Ghost Golf Club to golf with some fantastic people but that is another story altogether.



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