Message from the President – Spring 2015

It has been my absolute pleasure over the past several weeks to meet so many of you at the Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal golf shows.  I love hearing about your wonderful adventures and unique ideas that result in growing the game and sharing with others.  We have many CGTF instructors who have applied their training in so many different areas that have rewarded them in return.


At our last golf expo in Montreal, I had the the pleasure to meet one of our members and hear about her perspectives on the CGTF certification school.  She was pleased to inform me that attaining her Level 3 certification was her greatest professional accomplishment.  This comes at no surprise, as I have told many people this myself over the past 13 years.  Golf is great hands, and so is the CGTF, as she is an example of what makes our organization so good for the industry that the CGTF continues play a big role in. We are an inclusive and diverse group of enthusiastic professionals that simply work to grow the game of golf.


On a personal note, I would be remiss if I did not mention my golf teacher in this message.  Jack Douglas was my mentor and golf teacher.  No, he did not have any certification, but he did have a lot of patience, golf knowledge and great advice.  Jack passed away from lung cancer in February when we were in Vancouver for the golf show.  I feel it is important to give the gift of golf whenever you can.  You will never know where your journey will take you or where your students will end up.  Jack invested more of his time into my golf career than anyone else, and I will miss him dearly and be forever grateful.


Best wishes!


Marc Ray

CGTF President



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