The tradition lives on
AMHERST - One man's love of golf inspired not just a family of golfers, but has helped make golf a popular attraction in Amherst.
The late Rob Lamy's dedication to the Amherst Golf Club has been repaid with the dedication of the new driving range in his memory - the Rob Lamy Memorial Driving Range.
Last Friday, friends and family gathered to officially open the facility with a ribbon-cutting by his 94-year-old wife Polly and to remember the long hours he spent in a labour of love, helping to build the course to what it is today.
"I remember when I was about 10 years old, we were always going out to the golf club in his Cadillac. That's where he spent most his time," Lamy's grandson, Rick VanSnick said before the ceremony. "When they were building the second nine holes he was also here helping a lot and watching the goings on.
"He thoroughly loved the game of golf and he thoroughly loved this golf course. On behalf of our family, thank you very much for building this beautiful driving range and dedicating it in my grandfather's name."
Her husband introduced Polly to the game about 60 years ago and though she hasn't played a round for about two years, she still likes to practice the game.
"He taught me how to play golf and we both loved coming to the course here," Polly said. "We both loved the game."
The Amherst Golf Club's head golf pro, Frank McShane, never met Lamy, but he understands his legacy.
"All the things Rob did here happened long before my time, but from all the members I've spoken to he was very instrumental in building the back nine," McShane said. "He volunteered a lot of his time and effort over the years getting this course going. The members are now benefiting from his hard work."
The driving range has proved to be a big hit with club members.
"The club has about 500 members and there's about 150 who have bought an additional membership to the range to hit an unlimited number of balls," McShane said.
The driving range also helps McShane teach the game.
"If someone needs help right away the range is right there. We don't have to go somewhere else," McShane added. "The driving range is a long overdue addition to the golf club.