Kent Canine named 2014 Champions Tour Volunteer of the Year
Chairperson of Player Hospitality at 3M Championship
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – The Champions Tour announced today that Kent Canine has been named the 2014 Champions Tour Volunteer of the Year for his loyal service to the Champions Tour. As the recipient of this award, Canine directed a $5,000 donation from the PGA TOUR to a charity of his choice, Open Arms of Minnesota, an organization that provides meals for those with serious illness or children of ill parents who live in the Twin Cities metro area.
Canine was named Volunteer of the Tournament for the 2014 3M Championship last August where he admirably performed his role as Chairperson of the Player Hospitality Committee, a position he has held for 22 years since the event began in 1993. Kenny Perry won this year’s 3M Championship, shooting the low 54-hole total of the season (193, 23-under) at TPC Twin Cities in Blaine, Minn.
As a welcoming presence for all of the players and tournament guests who arrive at TPC Twin Cities for the 3M Championship, Canine, 73, not only organized his committee but helped get player handbooks ready in advance of the tournament and made trips to the airport to distribute tournament signage or greet guests arriving on a late-night flight. When his committee was low on volunteers, he worked with other committees to share volunteers and cover shifts. He also writes the tournament staff and interns a thank-you note at the conclusion of the tournament each year.
“On behalf of our players and staff I want to congratulate Kent for winning the Champions Tour Volunteer of the Year Award,” said Greg McLaughlin, President of the Champions Tour. “To be recognized as an individual who made an outstanding contribution during the year is a testament to Kent’s dedication to the event and his ability to connect with people. Kent represents all those volunteers who devote their time and efforts that help our tournaments to realize the success they enjoy. We thank him, and recognize him for his dedication to the Champions Tour.”
Before Canine retired, his career background included medical-related research, education and philanthropy which stemmed from his higher education and military experience. He was a Captain in the Army Medical Service Corps, serving in Vietnam in 1968-69 and has also co-authored several articles for multiple medical publications. A professional highlight was being awarded the Distinguished Member Award of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine.
“Kent is the best of the best and the embodiment of what volunteerism is about,” said Jennifer Hines, Tournament Director of the 3M Championship. “He says to me every year, ‘Jen, at my age I wouldn’t do this if it wasn’t fun’ but I think he has it backwards. It is his involvement and humor that helps make the 3M Championship fun. We are very proud of Kent and congratulate him on this wonderful recognition.”
Source: PGA TOUR