Golf Ontario and Golf Canada Foundation have introduced a golf scholarship named in honour of former Golf Ontario executive director and Ontario Golf Hall of Fame member Dave Mills, who passed away recently.
The Dave Mills Scholarship will be awarded to deserving junior golfers to help them pursue their post-secondary education in whatever field they choose.
“Dave Mills’ leadership in the game of golf is second to none. Dave has given so much to this game, from his contributions to the stability of Golf Ontario, to his work with junior golfers as well as his contributions as a volunteer. Dave has been a selfless contributor and an inspiration to many,” said Golf Ontario executive director Mike Kelly.
“We are thrilled to have worked with the Mills family to introduce this scholarship that will allow young golfers to pursue their dreams,” added Kelly.
Jon Mills, Dave’s son and current golf coach at Kent State, said his dad would be grateful for something going back into the game in his name.
“On behalf of our entire family, I would like to thank Golf Ontario, Golf Canada and the entire golf community for the outpouring of condolences and support we have received,” said Mills.
“We are so proud that the Dave Mills Scholarship Fund has been started. Golf was such a huge part of his life and he gave countless hours in promoting the game,” he added.
Mills was involved with the Golf Association of Ontario and the Ontario Golf Association, now known as Golf Ontario, since 1986.
He served on the board of directors from 1989-1997, before stepping down and taking over as executive director in 1997, where he led the association through financial and administrative challenges.
Mills also led several initiatives during his time as executive director and led the process to amalgamate the Ontario Golf Association with the Ontario Ladies Golf Association to create one of the largest amateur golf associations in North America.
Mills was inducted into the Ontario Golf Hall of Fame in 2016, has been named an honorary director of the PGA of Canada, has received the distinguished service award from both Golf Canada and the IAGA, and was inducted in 2010 into the Belleville Sports Hall of Fame.
Mills was also a certified rules official and had volunteered at numerous Golf Ontario events as well as the Canadian Open, Canadian Amateur and Telus Skins Game. He retired from the GAO in 2014 but continued to volunteer at many provincial events.
In retirement, Mills also dedicated his time to re-establish the Belleville Sports Hall of Fame.
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