Sixty years after Pat Fletcher won the 1954 Canadian Open, his namesake foundation has announced several initiatives to celebrate that anniversary.
This year’s RBC Canadian Open will be played at Royal Montreal, where Fletcher, the last Canadian to win the Open, served a head professional for 20 years.
The Pat Fletcher Scholarship Foundation, founded 30 years ago with the tagline “Making A Difference,” is committed to giving deserving young Canadians the financial assistance they need to pursue a post-secondary education.
“While golf was always my father’s primary focus, he was equally passionate about the importance of education,” said Ted Fletcher, chair of the Pat Fletcher Scholarship Foundation.
“He took a genuine interest in working with junior golfers to help them reach their full potential, both on and off the golf course,” he added.
The foundation is increasing the amount of its financial aid to $60,000 in 2014, including a one-time anniversary scholarship. Since the establishment of The Pat Fletcher Scholarship Foundation in 1985, The foundation has awarded nearly $500,000 in financial assistance to students from all across Canada.
The Foundation is also producing a limited edition Canadian postage stamp, featuring a 1954 photo of Pat Fletcher winning the Seagram’s Cup.
Exclusive video footage pulled from the PGA of Canada archives, covering the highlights of his 1954 win, will be released on the foundation’s website here.
The Foundation will be running a full-page ad, with the goal of increasing awareness of the foundation, so that more young golfers might benefit from its support.