Graham Slam Tees Up with the Children’s Wish Foundation – Saskatchewan Chapter as the Event’s Official Local Charity
Known to be one of the game’s best ball strikers, Graham had a milestone year on the PGA TOUR in 2013, placing 8th in the FedExCup Playoffs, and ending the year with a breakthrough performance in his first Presidents Cup International team appearance.
In 2016, Graham had the honour of representing Canada in the Olympics, as Golf returned to the Games for the first time since 1904. So far this season, Graham has recorded four top ten finishes.
Graham was born in Weyburn, SK with a passion for hockey, fishing and, of course, golf. He attended Boise State University and is very passionate about Broncos football. He is also a huge hockey fan – and an avid Calgary Flames fan.
Graham and his wife Ruby are dedicated to supporting children’s causes, and in 2014 launched the Graham and Ruby DeLaet Foundation. Since launching the Foundation, Graham and Ruby have raised over $1 million for their charitable initiatives.
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Our mission at the Graham and Ruby DeLaet Foundation is focused on improving the health and wellness of children, as well as supporting the development of junior golfers at all stages. One of our main initiatives is the annual Graham Slam charity event that we host in my home province of Saskatchewan.
The Foundation is an extension of our previous charitable efforts, which have provided valuable charitable contributions to Golf Saskatchewan and the Weyburn & District Hospital Foundation.
Each year, the Graham and Ruby DeLaet Foundation holds their annual charity event in DeLaet’s home province of Saskatchewan – Graham Slam – to raise funds to improve children’s health and wellness and the development of junior golf across Canada.
Starting in 2017, Graham Slam will integrate a junior golf tournament into the event – the DeLaet Cup. Operated in conjunction with the Canadian Junior Golf Association, the DeLaet Cup will see qualifiers take place across Canada prior to the final event, with 24 of Canada’s top junior golfers gaining the opportunity to compete in the prestigious tournament. The qualifiers will produce 12 top juniors from the East and West coming together in Saskatchewan to play a Ryder Cup style match. DeLaet will be present throughout the tournament to watch the juniors’ performances and provide mentorship through clinics and golf talks.
Since 2013, Graham Slam has raised over $1 million for charitable organizations across Saskatchewan that reflect the Foundation’s mission. Previous beneficiary’s of the event include: The Children’s Hospital Foundation of SK, Ronald McDonald House of SK, Children’s Wish Foundation, Weyburn District Hospital Foundation, Golf Saskatchewan/Golf Canada, etc.
Prairie Baard is a new craft beer developed by Graham DeLaet in partnership with Bomber Brewing in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Prairie Baard is crafted using the finest ingredients that Western Canada has to offer. It’s Blue Collar Craft was made to be an easy drinking, premium tasting beer – a great alternative to regular pale ale while not being too crafty in its taste.
Visit PrairieBaard.com for more info on Baard!
Graham is a Boise State Bronco through-and-through, and attributes much of his success on the PGA TOUR to the mentorship and training he received as a member of the University’s golf team. A 2006 graduate with a degree in Physical Education, Graham has the honour of having the school’s award for male golfer of the year named after him. The Boise State athletics department also hosted a ceremony in 2014 to honour Graham’s professional achievement and relive his university accomplishments.
Just like every kid growing up in small-town Canada, Graham dreamed of using these hands to control a puck in the NHL. While Graham’s focus eventually shifted to golf, his passion for hockey remains steadfast. Graham’s ‘Hockey Glove’ head cover is a favourite on TOUR and he is quick to tell anyone who will listen that the Calgary Flames are in fact Stanley Cup contenders.
Graham enjoys a wide variety of music, but country is his go to either when travelling or working out in the gym.
Graham carries Canada and Saskatchewan in his heart wherever he goes, and at every opportunity heads home to Saskatchewan with his wife Ruby to visit friends, family, and all who have supported his journey. On the course Graham marks his Titleist Pro V1x’s with a Canadian maple leaf, and dons the national colours of red and white for the final round of every tournament he competes in to create a signature look referred to as #CanadianSunday.
To escape the grind of professional golf and relax away from the course, Graham often heads outdoors. Graham has hunted in far-away places such as Zimbabwe, and cites an Alaskan fishing adventure where he caught a 55 pound King Salmon as being the trip of a lifetime. Graham is respectful of nature and wildlife, and enjoys most the comradery of the experience. Many of Graham’s friendly rounds at his home course in Boise end up being decided by who caught the most largemouth bass from one of the courses ponds.