Legendary golfer Nick Price sings the praises of Weyburn’s Graham DeLaet
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. Graham continued this impressive play in the 2013/2014 PGA TOUR season, with six top 10 finishes. During the 2014/2015 PGA TOUR season, Graham recorded three top 10 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.
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.
The Graham Slam, the first initiative of the Graham and Ruby DeLaet Foundation, is not your traditional charity fundraising event. Keeping in line with the foundation’s commitment to being unique, the Graham Slam makes sure to embrace charity partners and their fundraising goals, while also ensuring that participants are provided with a memorable and lasting charity experience. Guests are treated to an event full of personal touch that encompasses live music, entertainment, world-class cuisine, warm prairie hospitality, and enjoyable golf.
The second annual Graham Slam has partnered with the Children’s Wish Foundation of Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan Ronald McDonald House of Charities, two charities dedicated to raising funds for the enhancement of children’s and their family’s health and wellness and bringing back joy to their lives.
Last year, the inaugral Graham Slam raised almost $400,000 and hope to raise a similar amount this year. The DeLaet family is overwhelmed with the community response and thanks all participants and sponsors for their generosity and kind-hearted support.
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. Stay tuned, Graham will be releasing a playlist of his favourite music shortly.
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.