Zariski named Golf Canada Volunteer of the Year
Local duff er and Dr umheller town councillor Tom Zariski ha s le arned t hat he will be named the 2017 Volunteer of t he Year by G olf Canada.
Zariski is c urrently t he president of Alb erta G olf and is ac ting pr esident of the Alb erta G olf F oundation. He has volunteered for many ye ars pr omoting t he sport lo cally and t hrough- out the province.
“Considering all of these golf organizations are manned predominantly w ith volun teers, who spend hundreds of hours volunteering in many different capacities, to be singled out as the recipient for the award for 2017 is a h uge honour ,” said Zariski. “When I lo ok at all of these other volunteers who do great things, it is a sig nificant honour to be recognized.”
Locally, Zariski has served as a board member at Dinosaur Trail Golf Club, serving on v arious c ommittees. H e also started the Drumheller Golf A ssociation, a nonprofit society and many will remember his wor k pr omoting the National Golf in School pr ogram, wher e he presented st arter golf k its to the area schools. He was also a part of Clubs for Kids where he c ollected sp are clubs t o distr ibute t o t hose who w ish t o pla y, r emoving t he b arrier of ne eding equipment.
“To t his da y, I still ha ve people a sking, ‘ do you still need s ome golf club laughs.
He ha s b een a memb er of Alberta Golf for 12 ye ars and a dir ector for 10 ye ars. His passion is a s a golf r eferee and he offic iates about a do zen c ompetitions e ach year f or b oth G olf C anada and Alberta Golf.
He is also on the Golf Canada r ules committee. There is a go od chance he w ill b e officiating a t the C P Women’s O pen, an L PGA Tour tournaments in Regina.
“That is my main role as a rules official. Man y p eople don’t know, to be an official for golf, you are a volunteer,” he said. The award will be presented a t t he G olf C anada AGM in C algary, J anuary 25-27. This is t he 12th year that G olf C anada ha s pr esented t he a ward and c andidates ar e put f orward f or consideration by t heir pr ovincial golf associations. s?’” he
Tom Zariski... Volunteer of the year