The Stanley Thompson Society held its 22nd annual general meeting recently.
The Society unveiled a new plan for 2021. One of the key elements of the Society’s mission is to introduce experiential opportunities at Thompson designs.
Traditionally, this has focused on one annual tournament, the Stanley Thompson Classic, and supplemented by the Passport, which provides members with access to several Stanley Thompson courses.
In 2021, the Society has arranged the first year of the Stanley Thompson Series. This is a series of small events to be held at Stanley Thompson member golf clubs in various geographical locations.
Special guests, including Canadian Golf Hall of Fame members and golf course architects, will provide participants with extra information to enhance their rounds. Limited to no more than 32 players, these events will include an optional two-person team competition.
The schedule for 2021 is:
- May 5, Whirlpool Golf Course, Niagara Falls, Ont.. Cathy Sherk, Canadian Golf Hall of Fame member, and Niagara native, will be the guest and speaker.
- July 5, Banff Springs Golf Course, Banff, Alta. Steven Young, director of golf at Banff Springs and golf historian will be the speaker.
- August (Date to be confirmed) Kawartha Golf and Country Club, Peterborough, Ont.
- The series will wrap up with Stanley Thompson Classic on Sept. 20, 2021 at Toronto’s Oakdale Golf and Country Club. This event will be a full field event as in the past.
General Manager of Oakdale, John Caven, joined the AGM with a short video overview of the club and a welcome to the Society for the 2021 Classic. The Classic was scheduled for Oakdale for 2020 but was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Oakdale, agreeing to host in 2021 ensures the Stanley Thompson members will still have an opportunity to enjoy that classic Thompson course.
The plans for 2022 are already well underway.
Society president Dr. James Harris of Prince Albert Sask., said that this is an exciting time in the life of the Society, offering a greater opportunity to reach Stanley Thompson fans, and potential fans, in more geographic areas.
The Society’s intention is to celebrate and preserve the legacy of Stanley Thompson, through advocacy, research, education, and experiences. The introduction of the Stanley Thompson Series is expected to be significant in the delivery on all of these key goals.
In addition to the Series, the Society announced that the Stanley Thompson Award was issued in 2019 to James Hughes, who is studying for his Masters in Landscape Architecture at The University of Guelph.
Several changes to the board of the Foundation include the election of Jeff Mingay as chair, Keith Cutten, John Hill and Cam Tyers are all board members.
The Stanley Thompson Society board was elected as follows:
- Dr. James Harris – President
- Barbara Bank
- Sandra Post
- Steven Young
- Steven Goodman
- Ron Gable
- Guy Nicolson
- Keith Cutten
- Jeff Mingay
- Ryan Logan
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