SCENE & HEARD: Health issues will prevent legendary golf writer Arv Olson from accepting his latest accolade in person but his pal Ward Stouffer is making sure Olson will be making a video appearance next week at the historic Broadmoor Golf Club in Seattle.
Olson, 77, is the first Canadian to be named recipient of the Northwest Golf Media Association’s highest honour — the Distinguished Service Award.
A Vancouver Sun sportswriter for 38 years and three-time published golf author, Olson now lives a quiet existence in Fanny Bay under the constant attention of his wife Alice.
Stouffer, director of golf at nearby Fairwinds, took matters into his own hands by arranging for a taped interview with Olson acknowledging his peers in the Pacific Northwest at the 13th annual awards banquet on Oct. 8.
Olson recently told Sun columnist Iain MacIntyre that he took on the golf beat in 1957 “because nobody else wanted it.” He wrote golf while working other beats during the winter, including a 10-year stint covering the Vancouver Canucks.
HERE ‘N’ THERE: With the Seattle Seahawks promoting Canada Day on Oct. 14 for their NFL game against the New England Patriots, a call went out to the Canucks office in search of a Canadian anthem singer. Whitney Saip was instantly recommended and instantly accepted the gig that will be witnessed by millions of television viewers from both sides of the border.
Original (1970) Canucks anthem crooner Richard Loney will be pleased to hear this one: Lewis Buble, father of Michael, had season tickets at the Pacific Coliseum during those infant NHL years and he would often take six-year-old Michael to games. “His favourite Canuck was Richard Loney,” says the senior Buble. “Michael couldn’t take his eyes off him. It’s the only autograph he ever wanted.”
SHORT HOPS: Ann Schmaultz, sports director at News 1130, is leaning on every conceivable contact she has nurtured over the years with her latest assignment. The Hockey Report – Lockout Edition runs three times daily seven days a week. Schmaultz says: “I seem to be asking my guests the same question 21 times a week: ‘How long do you think the lockout will last?’. Nobody, of course, knows the answer.”
Andy Dunn, president and part owner of the Vancouver Canadians, has a stand-pat answer when he’s asked if he’s considering any other offers after having been at the helm of the C’s for their back-to-back Northwest League championships. “See you at The Nat in June,” he says, referring to Nat Bailey Stadium. “As far as I know, I’m not going anywhere.”
END ZONE: While the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame inductees were enjoying the limelight last week, Jenny (Meldrum) Madill was in Toronto for induction ceremonies at the Ontario Athletics Hall of Fame ceremonies. She competed for Canada at the 1964 and 1968 Olympics in the pentathlon and sprint hurdles. Her husband, UBC graduate Dr. Stew Madill, played for the Thunderbirds and UBC Jayvees in the 1950s.
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