Golf Olympian David Hearn Makes A Stop In Ottawa

PGA TOUR member David Hearn (Photo: Joe McLean)
PGA TOUR member David Hearn dropped into Ottawa to support a cause close to his heart (Photo: Joe McLean)

PGA TOUR member David Hearn dropped into Ottawa to support a cause close to his heart (Photo: Joe McLean)

David Hearn is the global ambassador for Extendicare Assist. On Tuesday, August 2nd, he took time out from his holidays to participate in the fifth annual Extendicare Assist Charity Golf Classic to benefit the Alzheimer Society of Canada. It was being held at The Marshes Golf Club in Ottawa.

The proceeds from the Extendicare Charity Golf Classic this year will benefit the Alzheimer Society of Canada to support the “culture change initiative” – the goal being to improve the quality of care and life for Canadians living with Alzheimer disease in care homes.

Ontario Golf News talked with both Tim Lukenda, who is President and CEO of Extendicare Canada, and David Hearn who is off to Rio de Janeiro later this week as a member of the Canadian Olympic Golf Team, along with Graham DeLaet, Brooke Henderson and Alena Sharp

When asked about his companies relationship with David Hearn, Mr. Lukenda responded – “Extendicare has been a supporter of Alzheimer’s and Alzheimer’s Canada for a number of years. Obviously it’s a great fit for what we do and our clientele that we take care of every day and we found out about David Hearn through his own Foundation that he set up. He has a personal connection with Alzheimer’s through his grandmother and so it’s just a perfect fit for us. It’s not something that traditionally a health-care company would get involved with a professional golfer, but it was such a nice combination and an opportunity for us to get greater awareness of our brand as a company and to affiliate with a great person in David and also a good cause like Alzheimer’s.”

David Hearn talked on a number of subjects including his association with Extendicare, his own David Hearn Foundation and the upcoming Rio Olympics.

On his relationship with Extendicare – “I think when I first started playing pro golf this isn’t something that I really thought about. Over the years as I’ve gotten better and started to make a better name for myself; starting a Foundation and finding a way to give back is certainly very rewarding and I feel very fortunate and proud to be in a position that I can do something like that and give back and partnering with people like Extendicare really helps my Foundation continue to raise funds and help support those people that we really feel for.”

On his plans for the upcoming Olympics – “I’ve got a few more days of practice before I head to Rio on Thursday night and the opening ceremonies on Friday. It’s kind of crunch time right now and my game feels really good. I didn’t play my best at the RBC Canadian Open but I feel like I played a lot of really good golf leading up to that and the little bit of rest that I’ve had over the last couple of weeks is going to treat me pretty well. I needed that a little bit going into these games. I’m excited to be able to go and soak up the Olympic atmosphere and enjoy the experience.

Every time I have the opportunity to represent Canada, it takes on a different meaning and to go down there and represent Canada is something special and I’m very excited about that opportunity. I like our chances. Graham and I are both playing very well right now. He’s coming off a top ten finish about four weeks ago and like I said my game’s pretty steady. On the ladies side, I know Brooke and Alena are also feeling good about their games. It wouldn’t surprise me to see us bring home a little bit of hardware.”

Congratulations to David Hearn for using his position and time to support a worthwhile cause like the Alzheimer Society of Canada and we wish David and his fellow Canadian Olympians all the best in their pursuit for medals at the 2016 Rio Olympics.  

/ Joe McLean