Golfer Graham DeLaet recalls humble beginnings

Canadian golf star Graham DeLaet is back in Saskatchewan lending his celebrity status to a number of charity events as well as passing on a few tips to a group of people close to his heart: the back shop workers at a Saskatoon golf course.

Charity tournament starts Wednesday in Saskatoon

The Riverside Golf and Country Club is set to host Graham DeLaet for a fundraising event. (Britainy Robinson/CBC)
Pro golfer Graham DeLaet lends his celebrity status to a fundraising golf event in Saskatoon. (Britainy Robinson/CBC)

Canadian golf star Graham DeLaet is back in Saskatchewan lending his celebrity status to a number of charity events as well as passing on a few tips to a group of people close to his heart: the back shop workers at a Saskatoon golf course.

"I worked at the golf course and I always had dreams and aspirations of being a professional golfer," DeLaet said Tuesday while taking part in a fundraising tournament at the Riverside Golf and Country Club in Saskatoon. "It starts from the ground level and being around golf."

DeLaet was set to conduct a special clinic Wednesday for young golfers who work behind the scenes at the club.

"[I'm] giving back to those kids," DeLaet said. "Maybe some of them have the same dreams I did. It'll be cool to mix it up with them a little bit and have some fun."

Michael Miller, one of the back shop workers, hopes to follow in the DeLaet's footsteps and join the PGA.

Aspiring golfer Michael Miller works in the back shop at the Riverside club. He'll be one of several behind-the-scenes workers who will be part of a special clinic with PGA star Graham DeLaet. (Britainy Robinson/CBC)

"You feel you have a connection with him 'cause you did the same thing he did when he was a kid," Miller said. "It's great seeing him out on tour and it's like he did what I did, maybe that could be me in the future."

Another behind-the-scenes worker, Danny Klughart, said he was impressed DeLaet would make the time for people like him.

"It just shows that he's a down to earth kinda guy and just wants to give back to Saskatchewan," he said.

Money raised from the Graham Slam Golf Tournament goes to the Children's Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan.

The tournament begins Wednesday when DeLaet tees off along with a player who bid the most for the honour of sharing the tee-box with the pro from Weyburn.

With files from CBC's Britainy Robinson

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