Earl Fritz – Class of 2014

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Earl Fritz has been a driving force in the development of the game of golf across Canada as the Executive Director of the Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA), an organization that he founded in 1993. Fritz’s passion for sport development was born out of his career as a competitive hockey player, where he gained an in-depth understanding of the intricacies of amateur sport in Canada. As he reached the twilight of his hockey career, his passion shifted to golf, where he was able to identify gaps in the junior golf development process and saw the need for a competitive tour for aspiring young players. Working from his basement, Fritz was determined to create a development program that focused on all aspects of the sport including camps, clinics, and competitive events for all ages that would allow young golfers to build fundamental skills and learn how to compete at the high performance level. Not long after launching the CJGA in Ontario in 1993, Fritz had many of his junior tour players representing Canada in international events. While working full time as a teacher, Fritz donated countless hours to growing the association and within five years the CJGA was offering its programs across the country. He also built mentoring programs for his players that included several PGA Tour professionals including Stephen Ames and Ian Leggatt. Today, the CJGA is a major contributor to the game of golf across the country, hosting more than 80 provincial, national and international events every year, and it is the largest feeder system into Golf Canada’s development programs.  CJGA programs have impacted thousands of golfers from coast to coast, with many going on to receive golf scholarships and compete on professional tours.  Fritz’s perseverance and dedication to junior golf development has made the CJGA an internationally recognized organization that is a pillar of junior golf development in Canada.