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Throwback Thursday - Canadian Golf Hall of Famers
Through photos, Golf Canada takes a look back at some of the most influential people in Canadian golf history.
Golf Canada/ Colin Hegarty
Published on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013 04:36PM EST Last updated on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013 05:14PM EST
Born in Montrose, Angus, Scotland, William Lamb was one of Geroge Cumming’s assistants at Toronto Golf Club. Lamb won five CPGA championships between 1928 and 1935. He also won the Ontario Open once in 1932 and the Quebec Open three times (1935, 1942 and 1946). He was the Captain of the CPGA in 1929 and the President in Ontario from 1948-1950. Lamb, who was known for his immense concentration and few words, was inducted into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame in 1985.
After losing his sight in a dynamite explosion in 1948, Claude Pattemore took up golf three years later at the insistence of a friend. By the following year, he was the best blind golfer in the country and continued a career as one of North America’s premier blind golfers for more than 20 years. He was the International and U.S. Blind Golfers’ Champion in 1963 and was a 12-time winner of the Canadian Blind Golfers’ Championship between 1952 and 1972. He also represented Canada in team matches against the U.S. in international events. Pattemore attributes his success to the teachings of Clare Chinnery who was the professional at Chedoke Golf Club, and his coaches, Dick Morris, Hugh Dunlop and Jack McCallum who were essential to helping him play.
Canada’s first player on the LPGA Tour, Sandra Post left a fine amateur career for the professional ranks and never missed a beat. Post focused on turning professional for the 1968 season following victories in three successive Canadian Junior Girl’s Championships. Post won rookie of the year honours after her victory in the LPGA Championship and a fifth place finish in the World Series of Golf. This success started a great career that included back to back wins at the 1978 and 1979 Dinah Shore followed by another six victories. Until 2007, when Morgan Pressel won her first LPGA event and major title at the age of 18, Sandra was the youngest winner of a modern major, winning the LPGA at the age of 20. Sandra was inducted into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame in 1988 and received the Order of Canada, C.M. in February 2004.
During his 22-year active playing campaign, Richard (Dick) Zokol was one of Canada’s staple players. Zokol played in 412 PGA Tour and 53 Nationawide Tour events over his career, winning over $2-million in combined earnings. He won two PGA Tour events in 1992, the Greater Milwaukee Open and the Deposit Guarantee Classic, as well as the CPGA on the Web.com Tour in 2001. Zokol holds a USGA 9-hole record in US Opens at Pebble Beach, shooting a 30 on the front nine in the final round of the 2000 US Open. He was awarded the Male Playing Professional of the Year in 1992 and 1993 by ScoreGolf. He also published a book in 1999, titled SwingFree: 3 Simple Steps to Better Golf. He also participated in 26 Canadian Open Championships. Zokol was inducted into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame in 2011.
All photos courtesy of the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame and Museum.