Grad’s gift brings varsity golf back to Brock

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Grad’s gift brings varsity golf back to Brock

Published on June 02 2011


After a five-year absence caused by financial constraints, Brock University’s varsity golf program is back in business thanks to an alumnus who has come to the rescue.

Brock will have men’s and women’s teams ready for competition this September after Toronto lawyer Grant Dow donated $30,000 to sustain the golf program for five years.

Dow, who graduated in 1978 with a BA, went on to study law at the University of Western Ontario, then became a founding partner of the Toronto law firm Flaherty, Dow, Elliott and McCarthy.

“I owe Brock a lot for getting me on to a career track and putting me in a position where I could make this commitment,” said Dow. An avid golfer, he hopes his gift will prompt others to make similar contributions to sustain the program beyond the current five-year plan.

“Golf is a game that teaches a lot about life, about appropriate behaviour in competition and about doing things the right way. Golfers tend to be good role models, and if we can find four or five other supporters to help keep this going, then you’ve got a well-funded golf team, and you’re providing educational assistance for some good young people.”

Chris Critelli, acting director of Athletics at Brock, called Dow’s donation “an inspiring act.”

“Grant heard that we no longer had our golf team and he wanted to do something about that,” said Critelli. “I thought that was wonderful. It helps Brock Athletics keep going in a healthy direction, and we hope it leads to more partnerships.”

In conjunction with this development, Beechwood Golf and Country Club in Niagara Falls has offered Brock’s teams the use of its facilities for training. John White, the Beechwood club pro and a past coach of Brock golf teams, will again work with the revived program.