First Tee

The Hewitt Foundation makes significant contribution to First Tee – Atlantic

Multi-year gift will positively impact youth across the maritime provinces through affordable and inclusive access to golf

FEBRUARY 29, 2024 – Golf Canada and the Golf Canada Foundation are proud to announce that the Hewitt Foundation has pledged a major gift of $1.35M CAD that directly benefits First Tee – Atlantic.

The Hewitt Foundation is a private Canadian foundation that was established in 2017 at the time of the sale of Hewitt Equipment Limited and Atlantic Tractors and Equipment. Hewitt Equipment was founded in 1952 by the late Robert Hewitt. Jim Hewitt and the Hewitt family created the Foundation to help bring meaningful and sustainable social, economic, and cultural change by granting, investing, and collaborating with other organizations, partners, and the public.

“We are proud to support organizations that are bettering the lives of Canadians through healthy, active living and education. We understand the values that the game of golf can provide and are aligned with First Tee’s mission to provide environments that foster inner confidence, perseverance, and honesty through sport,” said Hewitt Foundation CEO, Kim Anderson. “The Maritimes are especially important to us. Hewitt Equipment operated in these provinces for 65 years, so it is special to continue that legacy and support the communities that helped make the Hewitt family business successful.”

Golf Canada partnered with First Tee in 2020 to launch First Tee – Canada and provide youth with affordable and inclusive access to golf along with life-enhancing experiences through the game. First Tee – Atlantic launched in 2022 and as of 2024, six chapters are operating First Tee – Canada programming in every province.

First Tee is delivered in three settings, golf courses, schools, and community centres with unique curriculums and training for each. Last year, First Tee – Atlantic delivered programming to nearly 11,500 participants at 54 program locations across all four provinces, with a team of three staff and 20 certified First Tee coaches. Nearly 40 percent of participants identified as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, Person of Colour), and 52 percent identified as female. Through the support of donors like the Hewitt Foundation, 72 percent of programming was provided at no cost to participants.

“The generosity of the Hewitt Foundation has helped accelerate the growth and impact made in communities across the Atlantic,” said Golf Canada Chief Sport Officer, Kevin Blue. “This financial support allows us to onboard program locations, train coaches, provide program equipment kits, and most importantly, provide affordable and accessible introductory golf programming to children. The work we do would not be possible without the support of donors like the Hewitt Foundation.”

Through its deep network of donors, Golf Canada Foundation is a critical partner in supporting the advancement of First Tee – Canada chapters across the country through its fundraising and philanthropic efforts.

“The Hewitt Foundation, alongside many other generous donors, is the reason we have positively impacted over 85,000 youth across Canada,” said Golf Canada Foundation CEO, Martin Barnard. “We are committed to the same mission – providing empowering opportunities to children through sport and ensuring golf participation more closely reflects the strengths of Canada’s diversity. Together, we are building game changers.”

The generosity of the Hewitt Foundation adds to a growing number of significant donations that have been secured since First Tee – Canada’s inception in 2020.

To learn more about First Tee – Atlantic, or to donate, visit www.firstteeatlantic.ca/.

CPKC Women's Open

Full selection of 2024 CPKC Women’s Open tickets now available

50th playing of Canada’s National Women’s Open Championship returns to Calgary

Golf Canada, in partnership with Canadian Pacific Kansas City (CPKC) is pleased to release the full selection of ticket options for the 2024 CPKC Women’s Open taking place July 23-28 at the historic Earl Grey Golf Club in Calgary.

Thirteen-time LPGA Tour winner and CPKC Ambassador Brooke Henderson along with defending champion Megan Khang are among early headliners set to compete with the top players in the Race to CME Globe standings for the first time at Earl Grey. The 2024 event will mark the fourth time that the City of Calgary will play host and seventh time for the province of Alberta.

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“The early response from the local community has been outstanding and we are looking forward to returning to the City of Calgary in July for the first time since 2016 for the 50th playing of our National Women’s Open Championship,” said CPKC Women’s Open Tournament Director Ryan Paul. “Earl Grey is a beautiful golf course and will provide a great test for the world’s most talented players. Golf fans will be in for a memorable week in Calgary. The CPKC Women’s Open is one of the top three women’s sporting events in Canada, don’t miss out on your chance to see these amazing athletes live.”

One of Canada’s premier annual sporting events, the 2024 CPKC Women’s Open returns to Calgary riding momentum from being named the LPGA Tour’s Tournament of the Year back-to-back years in 2022 and 2023. The 2023 tournament also won additional awards for Best Sponsorship Activation and Best Volunteer Appreciation at Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club in Vancouver.

Fans of all ages will once again be able to experience the week-long celebration of golf highlighted by The Rink on the 17th hole at Earl Grey, and a variety of food and patio experiences at The Fare Way featuring the Keg.

CPKC will once again leave a meaningful legacy in the host community through its CPKC Has Heart Campaign. The official charitable partner of the 2024 CPKC Women’s Open is Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation. Last year, CPKC raised nearly $3.5 million for children’s heart health with donations of $2.9 million to the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation and $580,000 to the Royal Inland Hospital (PIH) Foundation.

 As part of the championship’s commitment to junior golf, admission all week is free for youth aged 12-and-under. General admission tickets provide access to the golf course and enjoy fan activations throughout the property and experience the thrill of major professional golf.

Upgraded ticket experiences including corporate hospitality packages and premium guest hosting are also available.

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Make sure you are part of the action in Calgary!

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Inside Golf House

Golf Canada’s Chief Sport Officer Kevin Blue accepts role to lead Canada Soccer

Kevin Blue (Christian Bender/Golf Canada)

Golf Canada Chief Sport Officer Kevin Blue will be leaving the organization as he has accepted the role of General Secretary and CEO of Canada Soccer.

“We are extremely appreciative of what Kevin has achieved for Golf Canada in advancing the sport and our mission during his tenure as Chief Sport Officer and we wish him incredibly well,” said Golf Canada CEO Laurence Applebaum. “Kevin has been a transformational leader for Golf Canada and made fundamental progress to many of our sport priorities, most notably with the High-Performance program and across junior grassroots initiatives, championships, safe sport, and fundraising. His energy and contributions to Canadian golf have been exceptional and he is well positioned as a dynamic sports executive to be successful in this new chapter leading Canada Soccer.”

Since returning to Canada in January of 2021, Blue was a driving force to Golf Canada’s vision and impact on Canadian golf. He was instrumental in many of the areas of Golf Canada’s strategic priorities and helped drive several initiatives including First Tee – Canada, National Golf League (NGL), She Plays Golf, Junior Golf Facility Awards, and the evolution of Golf Canada’s Amateur Championships. 

A strong proponent of municipal and accessible golf, Blue played a key role in Golf Canada’s attention to diversity, equity, inclusion, and safe sport. He also had a significant impact with the Golf Canada Foundation, helping to recruit, build and collaborate with critical program donors.

Heritage Inside Golf House

Lisa Meldrum to be inducted into Canadian Golf Hall of Fame

Three-time Canadian Women’s Amateur champion will be the 86th inductee into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame

Meldrum to receive the highest honour in Canadian golf as part of RBC Hall of Fame Day in May during the 2024 RBC Canadian Open

The Canadian Golf Hall of Fame announced today that accomplished amateur and professional player and current PGA of Canada member Lisa Meldrum has been selected for 2024 induction into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame.

Meldrum, 41, from Montréal, Que. will be inducted into the player category, and becomes the 86th honoured member of the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame.

“Lisa Meldrum’s competitive playing record dating back to junior, amateur golf, and then into professional ranks was outstanding,” said Ted Fletcher, Chair of the Hall of Fame’s Selection Committee. “Winning the 2000 Canadian Junior then three consecutive Women’s Amateur titles from 2001 to 2003 – a feat not accomplished since the legendary Marlene Streit in 1956 – brought Lisa early renown as one of Canada’s top female amateur golfers and that success continued as a young professional. The Canadian Golf Hall of Fame Selection Committee unanimously endorsed Lisa’s nomination for induction into The Canadian Golf Hall of Fame!”

Meldrum, a Class A member of the PGA of Canada, got her start in golf as a 10-year-old at The Royal Montreal Golf Club where she now works as its Head Teaching Professional.

“I am extremely honoured to be inducted into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame and join the esteemed legends of golf in this country,” said Meldrum. “In the pursuit of excellence in the game of golf, to have my achievements recognized, is truly a humbling experience. I am so grateful for the unwavering support of my family, friends, and supporters. The future of golf in this country is bright and I look forward to continuing to contribute to the sport through player development and high-performance coaching.”

Meldrum will officially join the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame during an induction ceremony taking place on Tuesday, May 28 during the RBC Hall of Fame Day as part of the 2024 RBC Canadian Open at Hamilton Golf & Country Club.

LISA MELDRUM
Lisa Meldrum enjoyed an accomplished junior and amateur career, having won 12 championships between 1997 and 2003.

Her successful competitive run was highlighted by winning the Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship three consecutive years in a row from 2001 to 2003. During that time SCOREGolf recognized her as the Best Female Amateur Golfer in Canada all three years. Prior to the Canadian Women’s Amateur three-peat, Meldrum won the 1998 Canadian Juvenile Girls Championship and the 2000 Canadian Junior Girls Championship, later earning SCOREGolf’s Best Female Junior Golfer recognition in 2000.

Provincially, the Montréal native enjoyed great success winning eight provincial championships including the Quebec Junior Girls Championship, three consecutive years from 1997 to 1999, the Quebec Women’s Amateur Championship in 2000 and 2002, as well as three Quebec Match Play Championships (Junior 2000, Amateur 1998 & 2001). She also won honours as ladies club champion (The Royal Montreal Golf Club), Montréal Region Champion and was a member of both the Quebec Junior Team and the Quebec Elite Team.

Meldrum attended the University of Oklahoma where she earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a minor in business. A member of the women’s golf team from 2000-2004, Meldrum was named Big 12 Freshman Golfer of the Year for 2000-2001, won three collegiate tournaments, earned All-American honours and 25 top-ten finishes in four seasons with the Sooners.

She turned professional in 2004 and won the 2006 Canadian Tour Championship and was named the Canadian Tour Player of the Year. She competed on the Duramed Futures Tour (now Epson Tour) between 2006 and 2009, went on to compete on the LPGA Tour for two seasons (2010-2011) and later the Symetra Tour (now Epson Tour) from 2012-2015. She has competed in the AIG Women’s Open, LPGA Championship, as well as multiple CPKC Women’s Open’s.

Meldrum works as the Head Teaching Professional at Lisa Meldrum Golf Performance and The Royal Montreal Golf Club. She plays an instrumental role in the club’s adult and junior development programs for golfers of all skill levels and teaches year-round in Montréal. She is a “Class A” member of the PGA of Canada and specializes in teaching and coaching, which she has done since 2016. In addition, Meldrum is TPI certified and a Level 2 ELDOA practitioner.

During her career, Meldrum also represented Canada at the 2002 World Amateur Team Championship and was victorious at the 2003 Copas de las Americas Championship. Meldrum has also received awards from the Canadian Tour Order of Merit (2006), Jocelyne Bourassa Player of the Year (2009) and was inducted into the Quebec Golf Hall of Fame in the player category in 2023.

ABOUT THE CANADIAN GOLF HALL OF FAME & MUSEUM
The Canadian Golf Hall of Fame celebrates the outstanding individuals of Canadian golf from players, both amateur and professional, to the builders, architects and others who have been fundamental to the evolution of the game in this country. Operated by Golf Canada, the Hall of Fame, museum, and library are open to visitors to discover more about the game and the inductees. For more information, please visit heritage.golfcanada.ca/hall-of-fame-members/.

CANADIAN GOLF HALL OF FAME NOMINATION & SELECTION PROCESS
Honoured Members of the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame have been inducted since its inception in 1971. Honoured Members and representatives from the media, the PGA of Canada, as well as the golf industry comprise the ten-member Selection Committee.

The committee is responsible for reviewing all nominations and selecting inductees. To be considered for election to the Hall of Fame, a nominee must have made an extraordinary national or international contribution to the game of golf in Canada. These achievements may include, but are not limited to, golfing accomplishments, illustrious golf-related careers, or other exceptional contributions to the sport. Individuals may not nominate themselves and every nomination submitted to the Selection Committee must be seconded. Inductees to the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame must receive a minimum of eight of 10 votes. Individuals who receive a minimum of three votes will be carried forward; ones who fail to do so will be removed from the nomination process. Additional information regarding the nomination and election process is available here. Nominations must be received no later than July 31 to be eligible for selection the following year.

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PGA TOUR

Jake Knapp squandered a four-shot lead and only hit two fairways in the entire fourth round but found a way to pull it together over the final six holes for a two-stroke win at the Mexico Open. It was the first career win for the PGA Tour rookie in just his fifth start, earning him an invitation to the Masters and PGA Championship as well as an exemption into the final five $20 million signature events. Knapp became the sixth winner in eight tournaments this year to start the season outside the top 50 and he’s the third rookie to win this season. Fellow rookie Sami Valimaki, looking to become the first player from Finland to win on the Tour, managed to tie for the lead on two separate occasions but was forced to take a penalty drop following his drive on the final hole to end any chance of catching Knapp. …Ben Silverman notched his best result of the season and second top-20 finish in four starts. His third-round 63 was his lowest career round on the PGA Tour since 2019. …Stuart Macdonald recorded his best career finish on the PGA Tour. It was his first Tour start of the year after Monday qualifying for the event.

POS SCORESTOTAL
T13Ben Silverman70-68-63-72-11
T24Stuart Macdonald69-71-67-68-9
MCRoger Sloan71-73 
MCTaylor Pendrith73-72 
MCMackenzie Hughes77-73 

NEXT EVENT: Cognizant Classic in The Palm Beaches  (Feb. 29)

CANADIANS ENTERED:  Corey Conners, Taylor Pendrith, Ben Silverman, Adam Svensson, Roger Sloan (alternate)

PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS

Argentinian Ricardo Gonzalez birdied four of the last six holes to turn a two-shot deficit into an eventual nail-biting one-stroke victory over Thomas Bjorn in the Trophy Hassan II. Gonzalez, who only got into the field by finishing among the top four on the European Legends Tour last season, now has his first career Champions Tour win and an exemption into all five of this season’s senior majors. Y.E. Yang, who shared the final-round lead with Gonzalez, finished tied for third with Mark Hensby. Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera, playing in his first PGA Tour Champions event since being released from two years in prison, finished tied for 27th. …Defending champion Stephen Ames notched his third straight top-20 result to start the year. Dating back to the 2023 tournament, Ames has now finished at even par in his last four rounds at Royal Dar Es Salam Golf Course.

POS SCORESTOTAL
T16Stephen Ames73-73-73E

NEXT EVENT: Cologuard Classic (Mar 8)

LPGA TOUR

Patty Tavatanakit tapped in for birdie on the final hole for a one-stroke victory at the Honda LPGA Thailand. It’s her second career LPGA Tour victory and her second straight tournament win after taking the title at last week’s Ladies European Tour event. Tavatanakit becomes the second Thai player to win the event, joining Ariya Jutanugarn. Albane Valenzuela, ranked 91st in the world heading into the event, recorded her career-best finish after a final-round 63 that included five birdies over her last six holes. …This was Brooke Henderson‘s fourth top-10 finish at this event and her 75th career top-10 result. Her opening round 67 was her lowest 18-hole score this season.

POS SCORESTOTAL
T9Brooke Henderson67-70-68-68-15

NEXT EVENT:  HSBC Women’s World Championship (Feb 29)

CANADIANS ENTERED: Brooke Henderson, Maude-Aimee Leblanc (reserve) 

ASIAN TOUR

Carlos Ortiz ran off seven birdies in a nine-hole stretch to win the International Series Oman by four shots. It was his first victory worldwide since he won on the Mexican Golf Tour a year ago and he becomes only the third Mexican player to win on the Asian Tour. Louis Oosthuizen, one of 21 players from LIV Golf in the event, finished runner-up. The South African was going for his third straight win in a tournament that is recognized by the Official World Golf Rankings. Chile’s Joaquin Niemann finished solo third.

POS SCORESTOTAL
T22Richard T Lee70-72-71-71-4

NEXT EVENT:  New Zealand Open (Feb. 29)

CANADIANS ENTERED: Jared du Toit, Jake Lane (reserve), Jordan Pittman (reserve)

EUROPEAN TOUR

Darius van Driel birdied the 10th hole to break a four-way tie for the lead and birdied the final hole for a two-shot win at the Magical Kenya Open. The Dutchman went wire-to-wire for his first career win on the European Tour which included just four bogeys over the entire four days. Nacho Elvira and Joe Dean – the 2,930th-ranked golfer in the world coming into the event – finished tied for second. A week ago Dean was delivering groceries to make ends meet. His runner-up finish was worth more than $200,000 (199,749 euros). 

POS SCORESTOTAL
T42Aaron Cockerill70-72-71-67-4

NEXT EVENT: SDC Championship  (Feb. 29)

CANADIANS ENTERED:  None

G4D TOUR

World No. 1 Kipp Popert cruised to a five-stroke victory at the inaugural Magical Kenya Open. Popert has now won GD4 events on three continents – Africa, Europe and Australia. Popert was the only golfer to post two sub-par rounds at the event. Lachlan Wood, the Tour’s previous Gross winner at the ISPS HANDA Australian All Abilities, finished runner-up. Major Champion Brendan Lawlor carded a 74 to finish solo third at two over, one shot better than American Chris Biggins. ...Kurtis Barkley, making his first start of 2024, has posted top-10 results in his last five starts.

POS SCORESTOTAL
7Kurtis Barkley74-75+7

NEXT EVENT: G4D Open (May 15)

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Canada’s Jared Du Toit finds immediate success in Asian Tour debut

Jared Du Toit

Jared Du Toit was planning the next phase of his golfing career last summer, casting a wide net by entering qualifying for the Korn Ferry Tour, the DP World Tour, and anything else he could think of. 

But a friend from his days playing at Arizona State University nudged him toward the Asian Tour.

Fast forward to now and Du Toit, from Kimberley, B.C., sits seventh on the Asian Tour’s order of merit after earning a top-10 finish in his first-ever tournament on the men’s golf circuit.

“I was talking to him a little bit in the summer and he just said ‘you’re crazy if you’re not giving Asia a try. The competition is solid, the events are great, and the money is pretty good,'” said Du Toit. “That sparked some interest so I gave it a try, not thinking much of it. 

“But (the DP World Tour and Korn Ferry Tour) didn’t work out so I went to Asia, got status that way. Now we’re here and enjoying it, enjoying it a lot so far.”

The 28-year-old Du Toit tied for seventh at 17 under on Sunday at the IRS Prima Malaysian Open at The Mines Resort & Golf Club, six shots back of winner David Puig of Spain. 

Du Toit was in a position to miss the cut halfway through his second round but rallied to shoot a 64 and see the weekend. He then fired a 62 in the third round to rocket up the leaderboard before a 71 settled him into seventh.

“Going from basically the cutline to three or four inside the number and in the thick of it a little bit I felt like I was on the house money bit and just had a great round three, which got me right into it,” said Du Toit. “Unfortunately, I didn’t play my best on the last round, but all things considered going from the cutline to contention to finishing top 10 was a solid start to the year and I’m excited to get going over here.”

His next target is to earn his way into some of the co-sanctioned events like next week’s New Zealand Open or one of men’s golf’s majors, like the British Open.

“I was pretty close last week being in contention in Malaysia. There was three spots for the Open,” said Du Toit. “It might be a little tougher to do that, don’t think they just give away spots so I definitely lost a bit of an opportunity last week, but I’d love to do that.

“I just still try and play my best, make as many cuts as I can.”

Du Toit has his next chance to do just that this week at the International Series Oman at Al Mouj Golf in Muscat, Oman. Toronto’s Richard T. Lee is also in the tournament.

PGA TOUR — Five Canadians are in the field at this week’s Mexico Open at Vidanta Vallarta in Vallarta, Mexico. Taylor Pendrith of Richmond Hill, Ont., is the top-ranked member of the Canadian contingent, entering the week at 62nd in the FedEx Cup standings. Mackenzie Hughes (72) of Dundas, Ont., and Ben Silverman (99) of Thornhill, Ont., are also in the field, as are unranked players Stuart Macdonald of Vancouver and Roger Sloan of Merritt, B.C.

OUTSPOKEN HUGHES — Hughes, who is on the PGA Tour’s player advisory council for another year, remains outspoken about the upstart LIV Golf circuit. He spoke to CBS while on the course of last week’s Genesis Invitational about the ongoing rivalry.

“Now we’re in a place where I think fans are just generally a little bit fed up with it, to be honest,” said Hughes. “Those are the people that drive our sport so I’d love to appeal to the masses a lot more.

“Certainly, the way we’re going right now, to me, isn’t quite it.”

DP WORLD TOUR — Aaron Cockerill of Stony Mountain, Man., is the lone Canadian in this week’s Kenya Open at Muthaiga Golf Club in Nairobi. He finished second at the event in 2022.

LPGA TOUR — Brooke Henderson of Smiths Fall, Ont., is the lone Canadian in the field at Honda LPGA Thailand at Siam Country Club’s Old Course in Chonburi. She sits sixth in the Race to CME Globe standings after placing third at the Hilton Grand Vacations Tournament of Champions on Jan. 18 and tying for 16th at the LPGA Drive On Championship.

MEN’S NCAA — Calgary’s Hunter Thomson won his season opener with eight birdies in the final round of the Palmas del Mar Collegiate tournament in Humacao, Puerto Rico. He won the event by two strokes on Feb. 13, helping the University of Michigan to a fourth-place finish. 

Hole in One Report

Golf Canada Hole-In-One Report – End of 2023

Each week we write to Golf Canada members who record a hole-in-one, congratulating them and asking if they’d tell us how it happened. These are their stories (edited for length and clarity).

Have you recently accomplished the feat of a hole-in-one? Tell us about it! Share your story, picture / video and course information with us at holeinone@golfcanada.ca.

Tom White, Falcon Ridge Golf Club, Hole #2

I was playing in the final round of the 11th bi-annual Toronto Gentlemen’s Golf Club Tournament (TGGC).

The TGGC has been held every other year since 2001.

The TGGC is made up of a group of people who have come to know each other
through work in the financial services industry and share a love of golf.

I was playing with Mike R., Scott F., and Jim S.

The hole was playing 136 yards, so I used an 8 iron!

Sandy Byckowski, Brampton Golf Club, Hole #3

So, it was Halloween day and apparently I came dressed as a golfer that day. Our 3rd hole at Brampton was measuring 88.5 yards. I used a smooth choke 9 iron. It looked good from the start. It landed a bit in front of the pin and disappeared.

My playing partners, Pat Waite and Brenda DeCoste, broke into a run to get to the green to check it out. It is my 13th hole-in-one.

Edward Oulds, Kedron Dells Golf Club, Hole #5

It was a great feeling to finally get my first hole-in-one. I was playing with Pete and Helen who were very nice. I used a 173 yard 7 iron.

Carol Wright, Ladies’ Golf Club Of Toronto, Hole #13

I played with three lovely women from the Ladies Golf Course. We all saw it land and roll into the hole as the 13th hole has a tee box at the top of the hill and you hit into the valley.  The pin was 110 yards and I used my trusty 6 Ping hybrid.

Tony Leblanc, The Toronto Hunt

I was playing as a guest of my brother Michel (Mike) LeBlanc along with his daughter Lake Martin-LeBlanc, as well as his great buddy Ken Mulgrew (ParaGolf Ontario Instructor and President).

An assist goes to Mike and Ken as I followed them off the tee. The pin was 130 yards into a very stiff wind. I took extra club and went with a firm 8 iron after they both came up well short of the green.

The ace was particularly special for two reasons.

First, we didn’t see it go in the hole, as it appeared to land and then disappear after going over the crest of a ridge running across the middle of the green. It was only when we got to the green and saw no ball that I/we got excited.

Secondly, it was my second hole-in-one in over 45 years of golfing. I was playing with Mike on both occasions which is an incredible coincidence (for most of the past 30 years we lived a good distance apart) so it was just awesome to have him there, especially since he paid for the golf!

Adil Mughal, Station Creek Golf Club

I was playing with two of my good friends: Nicholas McNeilly and Faiz Lakhani. We were also grouped with a single whose name was Zack.

We played the white tees, and the hole was exactly 135 yards. Wind was blowing into us around 10 kph. I hit a full 9 iron that had a very straight and high flight. The ball bounced about two feet behind the pin and didn’t hit the green a second time, but instead went straight to the bottom of the cup! It was a joy to watch from the tee as the ball one hopped and disappeared!

Ken Woolford, Cedar Brae

It was approximately 150 yards and I used a 6 iron. My playing partners were fellow Cedar Brae members Jonathan Levitt, Tim Rooney and Barry Downs.

Bob Husband, Gorge Vale Golf Club, Hole #14 & Hole #2

Bob Husband got his first hole-in-one in 50 years of golfing on October 3, 2023 on the 14th hole. He followed it up with a hole-in-one the very next day on October 4, 2023 on the second hole.

Brent Borne, Lookout Point Country Club, Hole #8

It was quite unbelievable to say the least. The yardage was about 130 playing closer to 145 uphill into a small breeze. I used an eight iron. I was playing with three other members who took pictures and enjoyed drinks and such after.

Robert Corn, Granite Ridge Cobalt, Hole #5

Right of the green is a pond. Sand trap guarding the front of the green. Tough and intimidating hole to at least get it on the green. The pin placement on this day was front left which takes a precise shot to get it close. I had to do a reset as I just didn’t feel comfortable. Being a lefty player with a left to right draw. My aiming point was 10 yards left towards the farmer’s field. With my 9 iron I put a crisp shot on it and as I picked my head up to see the flight “please be the right club” I said. The ball was turning right towards the green bouncing on the green just left of the flag, rolled about six feet and it disappeared right into the hole. Finally! I belted out. Relief that I finally got an ace after all my 54 years of playing. Lots of high five’s.

Bob Saye, Algonquin Golf Club, Hole #12

My first ever hole-in-one happened November 2nd on the par 3 12th hole at Algonquin Golf Club in St. Andrews, New Brunswick. It was a little cool but lots of sun so not a bad day at all despite the temperature being close to 6 degrees celsius.

I played with Bob, we’re all members of Algonquin and I played with them throughout the season. The guy in the back with his hand raised is Dan Roe. In the front from left to right are; Bill Peppard, Dale Clarke, and me with the Montreal touque.

I play from the silver tees so it’s normally 132 yards. Because the hole is downhill, on this day it was playing between 115 and 120 yards with a slight breeze behind us. I used an 8 iron hoping to carry the front bunker.

Saw the trajectory of the ball and knew it was on line but none of us saw the ball land. Went to the green. It wasn’t in the front bunker or on the putting surface. I assumed it was over the green so went looking for it. Couldn’t find it so played another ball.

My playing partners had already finished up. They didn’t sink their putts but were close enough to pick up, so no one actually looked in the hole and we hadn’t taken the flag out. One of my playing partners, Dale Clarke, was standing close to the hole and was waiting for me to putt. He happened to look in the hole and said, “There’s a ball in the hole.” Turned out it was mine. If I had putted and had a “gimme” for my next one, we could have walked off the green without ever knowing my tee shot was actually in the hole. A nice surprise to say the least.

I’m not the best golfer so as an added bonus I broke 100 on the round and shot 96. I know, not a big deal for most golfers but it is for me. A good way to end the season.

Peter Cavin, Wailea Golf Club, Hole #10

I was playing with my son Andrew Cavin and two locals Brandon and Brock.

The 10th hole was playing 151 yards and I hit a 7 iron. I couldn’t see the ball once it landed as the green was uphill from the tee box.

Shot looked good but as we drove up to the green, we couldn’t see my ball and I thought I must have hit it long. I walked towards the back of the green to look for the ball in the rough. My son decided to walk to the cup and he started yelling. He found the ball in the hole. Still was such a great feeling even though I didn’t see it go in. It was my first hole-in-one after 40 something years of golf.

Mark Merlau, Otter Creek Golf Club, Hole #12

I was playing with my friend, Steve Locky when I recorded the second hole-in-one of my career. Anyone who plays this par 3 knows how much of a brute it can be! It is almost impossible to stop the ball on the green and everything tends to roll off the back. Needless to say, I haven’t had much luck on this hole before.

The hole was playing 169 yards into a slight headwind, so I decided to choke up and hit my 18 degree hybrid. The shot came off the club perfectly and headed straight towards the pin. Although I didn’t see the ball go into the hole, it was still a surreal feeling to find it in there! What a great way to end the season!

 

 

Sandy Marsellus, White Bear, Hole #11

I hit a beautiful 6 iron on the par 3 165 yard 11th hole. The course was White Bear in Saskatchewan.

Richard Edwards, Silver Creek Golf Course -North/West, Hole #4

I was playing with my wife Irene and we were on the 4th hole of the North course from the white tees and is 141 yards. It is funny because as I walked onto the tee box Irene and I were joking with each other and I said “Ok. Hole-in-one hole”. I played a 9 iron which is my 150 yard club and it fitted well as there was a breeze coming straight into us. I got a clean strike, and it was on a great line. I started doing the head bob looking at the ball and at the pin then back to the ball and so on. It landed, took a bounce, a roll and disappeared.

My brain took a moment trying to understand where the ball had gone before I realized, and my wife started yelling, “oh my goodness, you called it!” I got to the green and the pitch mark was about four feet from the hole. One of the green keepers came running out and told me to go buy a lottery ticket (I did and that failed).

In true form my wife tried to show me how easy a hole-in-one is and on the same round at the 12th hole (the West #3) she hit the pin and finished a few feet away! I may have muttered words to the effect of, “Couldn’t let me have the day to myself.”

A once in a lifetime thing no doubt but having the right person there with me made it better.

Kathleen Houghton, Oyster Reef

I played with my husband, Sid Dickinson, and Rick and Cheryl Field, all from Ontario.

I used a seven iron for 123 yards.

Jeff Macks, Markham Green Golf Club, Hole #3

The big news here is that it was my first ever hole-in-one. I have played golf since my late teens and am now 72. I had almost given up hope that it would ever happen but it goes to show you are never too old and it’s not too late for magic to happen.

As far as the actual shot it was not a pretty or amazing shot, I’m sorry to say, which you’ll see below. I am a 15 handicap so not a bad golfer but the closest I’ve ever come before was maybe two or three feet. On that day I was playing with a good friend and got paired with two other guys. Hole #3 at Markham was about 125 yards to the pin from the whites for that round. You hit over some long grass and a small stream to a very small, back to front tilted, fast green. We hate that green! If you are not below the hole, you have no chance to stop a downhill putt even from a few feet away.

I hit the ball slightly off the heel with my 8 iron, it went left, hit the side of the fringe with a lot of spin and proceeded across the green, hit the flag and in. If not for the pin it would have ended up 20 feet away off the green due to the slope. Pure skill – NOT Pure Lluck – YES! But I will take it.

Dawn-Marie Hunter Sharp, Superstition Springs Golf Club

I was playing with my family David Hunter, Susan and Andy Bilinski. The yardage was 117, I usually use my 8 iron for that distance but the green has a super high elevation so I clubbed up two clubs to my six.

Marlene Proc, The Vancouver Golf Club, Hole #3

On the 11th month, of the 11th day, of the 11th hour, just as the horn blew from the clubhouse to begin the Saturday shotgun, I took out my 8 iron and hit my first shot of the day on hole #3 at Vancouver Golf Club. I was blinded by the sun trying to break through and did not see the shot.

My playing partner, Marnie, commented that it looked right on line with the pin. We heard it hit the pin hard and saw something recoiling back towards the front puddle of standing water that was on the green. It was a 112 yard shot with a front red pin. Not that I measured that day.

Upon walking down towards the green, we commented on the position of what we thought was the ball, but what we spotted was actually a leaf with the ball nowhere in site. As I walked up to the flag, with putter in hand, there was the ball sitting peacefully at the bottom of the cup. What a way to start the round and to connect to Remembrance Day!

The rest of the game was pretty solid and ended with a score of 79. Now, if I could
only score so well during the golf season!

This event marks my third hole-in-one although my first at the Vancouver Golf Club.

Colleen Kaspersion, Pine Ridge Golf Club, Hole #16

My first hole-in-one. Great way to end the season. It was our last day before Pine Ridge closed. I was with my friends Colette, Allayne and Anne. Par 3. White flag, tucked in the gully. 116 yards. 9 iron.

Richard Bennett, Avon Valley Golf & Country Club

I was playing with friends Mark, Brandon and Dudley and used a 7 iron from 136. Don’t judge, it’s severely uphill and was into heavy wind! I’ve been playing for over 20 years and it’s the first I’ve even seen.

Daniel Bruce, Poppy Estate Golf Club, Hole #5

Have had the pleasure of joining a great group of guys. It’s the “Norm’s” group. Norm Trudel and Norm Seifried are the coordinators of our club. We have sometimes, up to 24 guys playing. This day we had 12, and in our group there was Billy, Norm T, Todd and me.

The 5th hole at Poppy Estates is a tough one. From the whites it usually plays around 190 yards and 205 from the blues. November 11th it was playing 183 yards (red flag) from the whites. Until that day I had never been on #5 in regulation. There is a small water hazard about 15 yards before the green and water to the left and right. It’s a tough hole. We usually play from the blues but it was cold and wet, so we decided to play from the whites. I used a 5 iron and aimed to the right a bit because I can sometimes pull my 5 iron. I pured it, with a bit of my usual pull, and it landed pass the pin (two yards) and to the right. I had thought it landed and rolled forward and hid behind the pin. Billy said it went in but I didn’t believe him. The remaining guys hit their shots and we proceeded to the green. As we got closer it was clear it wasn’t hiding behind the pin, but I didn’t get my hopes up. Billy got out his phone to record my reaction. As I got up to the hole, I slowly approached from the opposite side of where it would have entered. At first, I didn’t see it and then boom, it hit me, there is was. My Callaway 4 Hex Tour with my happy face marking looking straight up at me.

It was euphoric. Huge hugs and high five’s, lots of screaming and cheering. At the end of the round, we stopped for a bite and a drink. We had a few to many shots on the course so we didn’t get into it at the clubhouse. Billy presented a trophy #1 that he had made and brings to every round just in case someone gets an ace.
It was a great day and look forward to many with this great group.

Ryder St. Laurent, Starfire at Scottsdale Country Club, Hole #9

I was in Arizona for the MJT Nationals which was held at the Wigwam golf and country club. After the tournament, my family and I stayed a couple extra days in Scottsdale. My dad and I decided to play our last round at the Starfire golf club. On the last hole of the day #9 which plays 230 yards. Back pin playing almost 240 yards I hit driver and it curled in for a hole-in-one. I was super excited to end the year with a hole-in-one. Thanks.

Lee McGuire, Highland Pacific Golf

Callaway Warbird ball. Taylor made 8 iron. 3/4 swing. 130 yard Pacific second hole over water. Attessed by Andy Wells and Brad Main.

Joyce Ireson, Elmira Golf Course, Hole #6

I have aced the 6th hole at Elmira Golf Course in Ontario twice in the last four years. The first time was Aug. 21, 2020, and the second was June 20th, 2022. I did not see the first one go in, but I did see the second. One member of my regular playing group witnessed both. Not bad seeing as I am 88 years old.

Dexter John, Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club, Hole #14

I was playing a round at the Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club. It was a shotgun start 730 am. We started on hole #12. Did not have a lot of warm up so the first hole was not particularly great. We come upon hole 14 an par 3 168 yard protected by water in the front faces our group. One of the men teed off first and hit a perfect shot landing on the green. I tee my ball up and just take a deep breath as I just wanted for the ball to not go into the water. I pulled out my 6 iron to guarantee distance and hit a high lofting shot I landed squarely on the green and start to roll in the direction of the flag. I had already started to kick up my tee and return my club when I hear the group screaming that the ball is going to go in the home. When I look up the ball is gone, and they are telling me it went in. Of course the screaming and hollering commenced but it did not sink in until I saw the ball in the hole. I was ecstatic and overwhelmed with joy. Could not wipe the smile off my face all day. The club gave me a certificate and now my name is on the wall with all the other individuals that have played there and got a hole-in-one.

Derek McGee, Sandpiper Golf Club

I was with three of my buddies! Nathan Eeg, Ty Emmerson and Colby Bolster.

The hole was a 170 yard par 3 and I used my p790 7 iron!

Ray Portiss, The Oxford Hills, Hole #3

I had a hole-in-one on Friday June 16, 2023 at The Oxford Hills golf course in MT ELGIN Ontario. This is my second hole-in-one.

The third hole is 135 yards and I used my wedge. Did not see the ball go into the hole. On the fourth tee box four players saw it go into the hole and started jumping up and down.

Pina Luomala, Las Barrancas

It was quite exciting! I was playing with Barb Dery and Nancy Bickell. It was an 80 yard par 3 and I used my pitching wedge.

Andre Martel, Bandon Resort, Breezy Point Resort, Kingswood Golf Club

I had three in 2023. The first at Bandon Preserve in March during trip to Bandon Resort in Oregon. My second at Breezy Point Resort (Traditional course, hole #11) in Minnesota in May. The third occured at Kingswood Golf Club on hole #5 in LaSalle, MB in July.

Vivian Mohoruk, Pentincton Golf & Country Club, Hole #6

Our club has paintings of each of the par three’s and when a member gets a hole-in-one, they have the option of receiving a personalized print of the painting. As this was the second time, I was lucky on Hole #6, I had the date of my first one included. I was golfing with Mo Bildfell and Caroline Palmer. 

Chris Woodland, Saskatoon Golf & Country Club, Hole #15

I was playing with a friend, Kevin Kowbel. It was in the 15th hole which was playing roughly 128 yards that day and I hit a pitching wedge that I watched bounce once and then land in the hole.

Lynne Maillet, The Hamptons Golf Club, Hole #9

I had my first hole-in-one on August 21, 2023 while playing with Denise Hay, Sharon Jamison and Carol Freeman. I hit my magical shot on hole #9 at the Hamptons Golf Course from 89 yards and my 6 hybrid (Ping). I was playing a Golf Alberta ProV1 #4.

Lawrence Yang, Alta Vista Golf & Country Club, Hole #13

My return for the Christmas season to visit my parents became even more memorable when I scored my first ever hole-in-one since I started playing 17 years ago on hole #13 of the Alta Vista Golf & Country Club in Cebu last Thursday, January 4. I used a Mizuno MP-5 6-iron and a Titleist Pro-V1 ball in scoring the ace from 127 yards with my high school buddies Jimmy Chua, Sherwin Lim and Rex Carampatana watching.

Inside Golf House

Golf Canada makes rules of golf more accessible via its Mobile App

Plus, enhanced sharable scorecard graphic now available.


Accessing the Official R&A Rules of Golf has become easier as Golf Canada has integrated them into its popular Golf Canada Mobile App.

This inclusion allows golfers of all levels and abilities to quickly reference the Official Rules of Golf and find answers to common situations that emerge on the course through the Player’s Rule Finder.

With nearly 30 diagrams and over 50 how-to videos, golfers will reduce confusion and uncertainty by learning the ins-and-outs of the game directly from the R&A. Along with the USGA, the R&A has been golf’s leading governing body responsible for the rules of the game.

“The integration into the Golf Canada Mobile App allows more straightforward access to the rules of golf,” said Mary Beth McKenna, Director, Amateur Championships and Rules, Golf Canada.

“Golfers will be able to determine the specific rule-related situations they encounter on the course more easily through the Player’s Rules Finder interface. In addition to the rules of golf, there are resources on committee procedures and the Rules of Amateur Status, amongst other helpful tools. To provide access to even more Canadian golfers, the app is available in both English and French,” added McKenna.

With more than 300,000 Canadian golfers using the Golf Canada Mobile App on an annual basis to post scores, find courses from coast-to-coast, build scorecards, discover course maps, and specific GPS distances, the inclusion of the Rules of Golf will allow Canadian golfers to access first-hand situational knowledge by applying golf’s official rules during their round.

To view the Rules of Golf on the Golf Canada Mobile App, select “More” then scroll down and click on “Rules of golf”.

Also included in the latest version of the Golf Canada Mobile App is an enhanced scorecard graphic. This feature builds on the August 2023 app feature release aimed to help golfers stay connected off the course, highlighted by the ability for golfers to post images and videos to document their rounds.

Increase the fun, shoot lower scores, impress your group by flashing your newfound golf knowledge and share your scorecards.

Join Canada’s largest golf community by downloading the Golf Canada App today. It’s free and available in the App Store and Google Play.

Heritage Inside Golf House

Simeon Pompey and Rosie Allen named 2023 recipients of the Lorie Kane Community Spirit Awards

Pompey wins Community Leader Award; Allen wins Future Leader Award following submission of nominations from the Canadian golf community


Golf Canada and the Golf Canada Foundation are pleased to announce that Simeon Pompey of Montréal, Que. and Rosie Allen of Corner Brook, Nfld. have been named the 2023 recipients of the Lorie Kane Community Spirit Awards.

Following a national call for nominations to the Canadian golf community, Pompey and Allen were identified by the selection committee as recipients of the Lorie Kane Community Spirit Awards. The recognition celebrates a pair of individuals who demonstrated excellence in using golf as a platform to positively impact their communities.

“We were pleased to receive so many worthy nominations from across the country recognizing the contributions of individuals who use the game of golf in a way to inspire and contribute to their community,” said Golf Canada President, David McCarthy. “Golf Canada and the Foundation are incredibly proud to celebrate Simeon Pompey and Rosie Allen as our 2023 Lorie Kane Community Spirit Award recipients and I am pleased to congratulate both on this much deserved honour and thank them for their continued contributions to our sport in their communities.”

2023 Lorie Kane Community Spirit Award Winners Rosie Allen and Simeon Pompey

Pompey earned the 2023 Lorie Kane Community Leader Award for his continuous devotion to helping others in his community through the sport of golf. Pompey has been a long-time supporter of First Tee which led him to be at the heart of the program’s success in Montréal since the launch of First Tee – Premier départ Quebec in 2021.He has also played a key role in the launch of golf programming in the Indigenous community of Kahnawake, on the south shore of Montréal. Pompey has been leading life-skills focused golf classes for over 15 years for children and families coming from underrepresented communities and low-income neighbourhoods in Montréal. Pompey also teaches in the Community, Recreation and Leadership Training at Dawson College, where he serves as a mentor to many of his students.

“I am still shocked to have been selected as the winner of the Lorie Kane Community Leader Award for 2023. Now that it has sunken in a bit, I want to thank you all wholeheartedly for this prestigious recognition. I humbly accept the award on behalf of all the children and their families who have benefitted from the values learned through the great game of golf especially First Tee. Thanks to Golf Canada and First Tee, I have been able to introduce the game of golf to mostly inner-city children whose path in life would not have included the great game of golf and the many life-skills that it teaches,” said Simeon Pompey. “I thank Golf Canada, Golf Quebec and First Tee – Canada for this incredible honour as it validates my life’s mission of helping young people reach their true potential. Thanks to First Tee, the trajectory of a child can be changed positively in a profound way.”

Allen has been named the recipient of the 2023 Lorie Kane Future Leader Award. The 15-year-old has played an instrumental leadership role in helping to develop the First Tee – Canada program at her home course, Blomidon Golf Club in Corner Brook, Nfld. Allen has devoted her time to First Tee programming as well as helping to plan and run events for her club’s junior girls’ program. She has also been a key influence working with the Autism Society in Corner Brook on both developing and running a program for junior golfers between the ages of 5-9 with various forms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Allen is an accomplished player having been a member of the provincial development team for four years and winning events in her home province. She has future goals of playing in the Canadian Junior Girls Championship, presented by BDO, and competing in the 2025 Canada Games.

“It is amazing to win this award and I’m very grateful to win something named in Lorie Kane’s honour. I was lucky enough to meet Lorie at the CPKC Women’s Open in 2019 when I was just 11 years old, and she was so nice. I hope I can inspire children in the game of golf the way she inspired me,” said Allen. “I love teaching kids and really enjoy seeing their development through the different programs that we offer. My favorite group of children are those with ASD. They are amazing kids, and it is so rewarding to watch them enjoy the game of golf and the different games we design for them. To know that I can be a part of their development is an honour.”

Pompey will receive a $5,000 donation from the Golf Canada Foundation to advance a golf program or golf-related initiative of his choice. Allen will receive a $5,000 donation towards her post-secondary education.

Submissions for the Lorie Kane Community Spirit Awards were evaluated by a selection committee that includes representatives from Golf Canada, the Golf Canada Foundation, Honoured Members of the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame, industry representatives and the Golf Journalists Association of Canada.  

The Lorie Kane Community Leader Award celebrates individuals over the age of 19 with a demonstrated ability to lead community initiatives; who have contributed a measurable impact through volunteerism or charity; or have showcased excellence in their involvement with, or support of youth programs such as First Tee – Canada or other junior golf activities.

The Lorie Kane Future Leader Award honours an individual 19 years of age or younger who embodies community leadership; has a history of sportsmanship or demonstrated activities to make the game more inclusive; or an individual who has used golf to create a meaningful impact in their community.

The Lorie Kane Community Spirit Awards were named to honour the Canadian golf icon for a longstanding commitment to advancing the sport, charitable work and giving back to the game that defined her Hall of Fame career. Kane is a member of the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame and Canada Sports Hall of Fame as well as a recipient of the Order of Canada.

A call for nominations for the 2024 Lorie Kane Community Spirit Awards will go out later this year.

Champions Tour

Stephen Ames wins weather-shortened Chubb Classic

Stephen Ames (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)
Stephen Ames (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)

NAPLES, Fla. — Canada’s Stephen Ames captured his seventh PGA Tour Champions title on Sunday without hitting a shot when the final round of the Chubb Classic was canceled because of a massive storm system moving across Florida.

Tournament officials originally planned to play only nine holes for the final round at Tiburon Golf Club until a forecast of the storm getting stronger led to the cancellation.

Ames shot an 8-under 64 on Saturday to build a three-shot lead over Rocco Mediate, and he was declared the winner. Ames now has five wins in his last 24 starts on PGA Tour Champions.

It was the second time in three weeks the final round was canceled at a PGA Tour-sanctioned event, this time on a different coast. The AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am was washed out on Sunday with Wyndham Clark the 54-hole winner.

Ames finished at 13-under 131 and earned $270,000. Rocco Mediate, who opened with a 63, was runner-up after a 71 on Saturday. Ernie Els was part of a four-way tie for third.

Steven Alker, who won the last two Champions events dating to the end of last season, wound up in a tie for 15th.

It was the first time since the 2021 Insperity Invitational in Houston that a PGA Tour Champions event, typically 54 holes, was reduced to 36 holes because of weather.

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