Cook Named President of Royal Canadian Golf Association

Andrew Cook of Toronto was inducted as the 105th president of the RCGA during the National Sport Organization's (NSO) Annual General Meeting held this weekend in Toronto. Cook succeeds 2007 president Garry West of Toronto, while Tom McCarthy of Hammonds Plains, N.S. becomes First Vice-President and Kamloops, B.C. native Jack MacDonald assumes the role of Second Vice-President.

"I am humbled and deeply honored to be appointed the 105th president of the Royal Canadian Golf Association," said Cook. "There are distinctions in one's life that are simply priceless and today's appointment as president of the RCGA is no exception. I thank the entire RCGA Board of Governors and executive committee for the trust and confidence they have shown in my leadership."

Other highlights from the 2008 RCGA Annual General Meeting include the following.

* RCGA Board of Governors welcomes five new members for 2008:

Jack Croucher Kamloops, B.C.
Bill Duffield Kitchener, Ont.
Diane Dunlop-Hébert Montreal, Que.
Marilyn Pollock Moncton, N.B.
Larry Simpson New Maryland, N.B.

* The RCGA thanks retiring board members for their years of dedicated service:

John Hussar Dorval, Que.
Wynn Meldrum Sackville, N.B.
Bob Mullock Port Moody, B.C.

* Congratulations to 2005 RCGA President Jim Halliday who was named Honorary Life Governor. James S. Kinnear, President and CEO of Pengrowth Management Ltd., was officially presented with the RCGA Distinguished Service Award for 2007. The award was created in 1993 and presented annually since 1996 to recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the game of golf in Canada.

* Also named during this year's AGM were the recipients of the RCGA Volunteer of the Year Awards. 2007 marked the second year for this initiative that recognizes individuals in the golf community whose tireless efforts and dedication help to grow the game in Canada. Congratulations to Ruth Giles of Hamilton, Ont., who received the 2007 RCGA Volunteer of the Year - Award of Excellence. Linda Ball of Victoria, B.C. was awarded the 2007 RCGA Women's Programs and Initiatives Volunteer of the Year.

* The RCGA's support of key golf programs and initiatives within the golf community ensures the continued growth of the sport across Canada. A number of these programs might not exist without the RCGA's financial support. In 2007, the RCGA donated directly or indirectly just over $1.5 million. The 2007 donation beneficiaries include:

- $75,000 to assist the Canadian Turfgrass Research Foundation
- $156,327 in partnership with the CPGA and Provincial Association partner to support CN Future Links
- $59,300 for the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame and Museum
- $15,443 to the RCGA Provincial Grant Program, $40,000 to the RCGA Internship Program Grant
- $10,000 to benefit the CJGA (Canadian Junior Golf Association)
- $380,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society and $117,500 for the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation through the Golf Fore the Cure program.
- $250,000 in grants to Canadian universities and $45,000 in scholarships were awarded to help some of Canada's rising student athletes through the RCGA Foundation.
- CN and the CN Canadian Women's Open raised a total of $546,682 to benefit the Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation in Edmonton, Alta.