JOHN GORDON – Class of 2016

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In 1986, after working as a reporter and editor for The Canadian Press, John Gordon was hired as managing editor of SCOREGolf where he reoriented the magazine to an all-Canadian focus and was instrumental in creating SCOREGolf TV. During his tenure at SCORE, he organized and chaired the first Canadian Golf Summit in 1989.

In 1991, he was recruited by the Royal Canadian Golf Association (now Golf Canada) to establish its communications and member services departments. During that time, he also served as head of the Canadian Golf Foundation and was the founding editor of Golf Canada magazine.

After a stint as the executive director of the Ontario Golf Association, he turned his focus back to golf writing full-time and over the past 30 years has written hundreds of articles for consumer and trade golf publications around the world.

John was the golf columnist for the Toronto Sun and subsequently, upon its creation in 1998, golf columnist for the National Post. He also shared his views and opinions as the on-air and online golf analyst for Rogers Sportsnet and as the associate editor of Sportsnet Magazine.
He initiated and chaired the International Golf Business Conferences in conjunction with Georgian College in Barrie, Ont. As one of the original Board members of the Professional Golf Management Program at Georgian College, he created the communications curriculum and taught at the college for two years. He is a past chair of, and multi-time presenter at, the National Golf Course Owners Association Canada national conference. He lent his expertise to the creation of an in-house communications department for ClubLink, re-launched their member magazine and supervised the build-out of more than 50 web sites for the company.

John is the author of eight books: Four volumes of The Great Golf Courses of Canada, The Great Golf Courses of America, The Grand Old Game (commissioned to celebrate the centennial of the RCGA), The Kids’ Book of Golf and The Pro Golf Scouting Report.

He was honoured with a National Newspaper Award for reporting during his time with The Canadian Press, was recognized by the PGA of Canada for outstanding contributions to the development of the Canadian Tour, was awarded the George Knudson Award for outstanding volunteerism at the Peter Gzowski Invitational Tournament for Literacy, served as writer in residence for the same tournament, and received three International Network of Golf writing awards.

In 2004, John and a family friend created the annual Mikey’s Tournament for Autism, which has raised more than $300,000 to support a resource centre for families and children affected by the disease.