From the Archives
Throwback Thursday: Canadian Golf Hall of Famers
Golf Canada takes a look back at photos of Canada's most influential people in Canadian golf history.
Golf Canada/ Matt Cudzinowski
Published on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012 12:20PM EST Last updated on Thursday, Dec. 06, 2012 04:54PM EST
Pat Fletcher, longtime professional at the Royal Montreal Golf Club, was the last Canadian to win the Canadian Open. His victory in 1954 at Vancouver's Point Grey Golf and Country Club came on the heels of his CPGA Championship win in 1952 and three Saskatchewan Open victories in 1947, 1948 and 1951. Fletcher spent a decade as head professional at Saskatoon Golf and Country Club before moving to Royal Montreal in 1956. He held the position of president of the CPGA from 1962 through 1965.
Ada Mackenzie was one of the finest female golfers Canada ever produced. Her championship record features five Canadian Ladies’ Open Championships, and five Canadian Ladies’ Close Championships. Mackenzie was medalist at the U.S. Women’s Amateur in 1927 and semi-finalist in 1932. A true ground-breaker in women’s golf, Mackenzie established the Ladies’ Golf and Tennis Club of Toronto, the only golf club in North America specifically for women.
The finest of all Quebec golf professionals, Jules Huot’s victory at the 1937 General Brock Open marked the first time a Canadian professional had won a PGA tournament. Known as “ le petit Jules” in Quebec, this diminutive player captured the CPGA Championship and the Quebec Open three times, won five Quebec PGA Championships and finished as low Canadian professional at the Canadian Open on two occasions.
A staunch advocate of women's golf, Florence Harvey founded and held the position of Secretary of the Canadian Ladies Golf Union. One of the top players of her day, Harvey won the 1903 and 1904 Canadian Ladies' championship, while capturing the Ontario Ladies Championship on four occasions.
Gordon B. Taylor
Another of Canada’s multi-sport athletes, Gordon B. Taylor excelled at football, basketball, hockey and driving. In fact the talented young Taylor played for the Montreal Royals and was considered a prospective Olympic driver before honing his skills on the golf course. His victory at the 1932 Canadian Amateur was the start of a storied career that eventually led to a vital role in golf administration in this country. Not only did Taylor win the Canadian Seniors’ Championship in his later years, but he also served as president of the RCGA and Canadian Seniors’ Golf Association.
Mabel Thomson was one of the Maritimes' greatest golfers. Many of her accomplishments on the golf course preceded even the establishment of the Maritime Golf Association. At the national level, Thomson won five Canadian Ladies’ Amateur Championships between 1902 and 1908 and represented Canada on several team matches against the United States and Britain in the early years of the twentieth century.
All photos are courtesy of the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame archives.