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The Golf Historical Society of Canada

A quarterly 20 page Newsletter full of great news & photos from golf's yesteryears. 

In the year 1905, Bobby Andrews and Gordon Lockhart, top amateurs in Ayrshire, Scotland, were playing in the Hillhouse Cup on Old Troon. Bobby Andrews drove at the hole called “The Fox” and his ball landed on this lady’s hairpin. At that time, the ball had to be played as it lay, and Bobby took 11 strokes to hole out. As a matter of record, Bobby won the match and the cup. The ball has one of the early rubber cores.

From left to right are: Jimmie Thompson, the John Daly of his era. Lawson Little, Canadian Open 1936, British Amateur 1934 & 1935, U.S. Amateur 1934 & 1935, Walker Cup 1934, U.S, Open 1940, Bud Donovan, 1933 Manitoba Open, Captain and All American at Notre Dame, 1935 low amateur and second place in the PGA General Brock, and Horton Smith, who shot a course record of 67 that day, won the first U.S. Masters in 1934 and 1936, eight PGA tournaments in 1928-29, Ryder Cup in 1929, 1933, and 1935.

The Canadian Ladies Touring Team pictured bottom left photo, from left to right are: Miss Marlene Stewart (Champion), Miss Daintry Chisholm, Miss Barbara Davies, Miss Ada MacKenzie (Captain), Miss Mary Gay, Mrs. Margaret Todd and Mrs. Mary Pyke. 
It is 1953, the first colour network telecast in compatible colour was broadcast from a station in Boston, and a young lass from Fonthill, Ontario was sent over as part of a Canadian team by the CLGU to tour Britain and play in the British championships. At 19 years of age, Marlene Stewart surprised the golfing community by being the final Canadian in the third round, and in the fifth round or quarter finals she beat Elizabeth Price of England by 6 and 4. That afternoon, she defeated Scottish champion, Jean Macdonald. In the 36 hole final, she met Miss Philomena Garvey, the Irish champion. Marlene built a lead of six holes, shooting 72 in the morning. More fine play in the afternoon resulted in a 7 and 6 victory for this coveted British Amateur Championship. This largest victory in over 20 years led Desmond Hackett of the Daily Express to write: “We walked in dazed procession, wondering how so young a girl could know so much wonderful golf. Apart from the immortal Babe Didrickson Zaharias. I have never seen a girl who will surely become the greatest-ever woman golfer.” And in 1956 it happened. For a great story, read chapter 37 in Jim Barclay’s book, Golf in Canada. 

The Golf Historical Society of Canada
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Editor Bill Macdonald, 10 Tollerton Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M2K 2G8 
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Annual Membership Dues: $35 Canadian • $25 U.S. • $40 International

Founded in 1988 by: Jack Rutherford, Norm Moreau, Bob Nutley, George Elliott

2002-2003 Board Members:
Allan Hughes, President, Ted Vanden Tillaart, Vice-President and Membership. Bob Nutley, Treasurer. Bill Macdonald, Bulletin Editor. Doug Marshall, Hickory Hacker Tournaments. Ron Archer, Secretary. Paul Sorley, Public Golf Shows. Pat Mihm, Membership. Norman Moreau, Past President

The Golf Historical Society of Canada is a non-profit, informal group of golf enthusiasts who share a passion for the history, memorabilia, camaraderie and playing of the grand old game of golf.

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