Former Canadian professional golfer and one-time PGA tournament winner Ian Leggatt was the guest speaker at the Wallaceburg Sports Hall of Fame induction dinner last month. The golf professional gave a speech on January 31st and made sure to emphasize the importance of getting children involved in golf. He told the audience that the sport will find a way to get back on track over the course of the next few years as it is a game worth investing in.
The once National Tour event winner participated in three Golf World Cups for the Canadian Mens Team and won the 2002 Touchstone Energy Tucson Open in the PGA Tour. He retired in 2009 due to injuries, but has continued his sports career by working for Wasserman Media Group as a consultant for their golf management sector. In addition to that, he appears as a golf analyst on the Canadian sports network, Sportsnet. Since 2013, Leggatt has also been the director of golf at The Summit G&CC.
With the many recent closures of courses around the country, Leggatt said that he has hope that people will begin to realize what an incredible sport it is and take it more seriously, as it is a game of skill that can take several years to perfect. The former professional athlete also noted that the way to accommodate the revival of golf is to expand hotels at resorts with courses, and to focus on how much pleasure a person can experience by forming a connection to the sport.
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