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Golf NL Inducts Three To Hall of Fame

Annual Awards presented to Volunteers and Outstanding golfers of the Year.

St. John’s, NL….. On the weekend of November 22nd and 23rd, Golf Newfoundland Labrador (Golf NL), held its Annual General Meeting, Annual Awards and Hall of Fame inductions at Clovelly in St.John’s.. The highlight of the weekend was the induction of Jill (Winsor) O’Neill, Marcheta Gallant, and Kim Grandy-Baker into the Provincial Golf Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame Class of 2019 welcomed Jill (Winsor) O’Neill a past member of Bally Haly Country into the Athlete category. Ms. O’Neill During her Junior and Amateur career in the province, Jill excelled and helped to define the standard of excellence in women’s golf in Newfoundland Labrador, and proudly represented the province and Canada from 1981 – 1993. Jill won four consecutive provincial junior championships, six Amateur championships, and represented Canada at four tournaments internationally.

In addition to her 10 provincial championships, highlights of Jill’s accomplishments include Top-5 and Top-10 national rankings, and recipient of the prestigious Marlene Streit Award that recognized five top junior girls in Canada by funding their play in select international junior golf tournaments.

Ms. Gallant received the Lifetime Achievement designation. A member of the Provincial Ladies Association Marcheta served as the Provincial Teams Director: organizing and running the Provincial Junior, Amateur and Senior Ladies ‘ Championships and Women’s Team Trials.

From 2005 to 2006 she was a member of the committee assigned to amalgamate the provincial ladies and men golf associations into one umbrella organization.

In 2009, Marcheta took the helm of the association as President and began the enormous task of rebuilding the organization putting together an interim Board to guide the development of the organization. Through her leadership the association forged a new direction implementing a number of new programs and beginning to focus on junior golf development throughout the province.

In 2010, the organization began discussions with Golf Marketing Alliance to investigate the potential of consolidation of the sport and marketing associations which took place in the spring of 2013, Over the years Ms. Gallant filled many roles in the golf community from rules Referee to Manager of the Provincial Golf Canada games Teams

Kim Grandy-Baker was inducted into the Contributor category. An employee of Grande Meadows Golf Club, Ms. Grandy-Baker was hired in 1994 clearing some of the brush for the outline of the course and received training in various aspects of golf course grounds maintenance. In 1995 Kim became Office Clubhouse Manager where she continued to work in that position until her retirement in 2018.

As Office Clubhouse Manager Kim was responsible for the day to day running of the golf course as well as overseeing the inside workers including the front desk staff and the kitchen staff. In the first few years of the golf course operations there were over 240 members who had to be taken care of and there were many challenges with a new golf course.

Kim worked with the Tournament Committee at Grande Meadows and was always there on tournament days to make sure things ran smoothly. These included the Club Championship, all 21 Grande Meadows Invitationals and all of the provincial Junior and Amateur Championships.

Kim took pride in working with many charitable organizations including Golf Fore the Cure, Children’s Wish Foundation, and the Burin Peninsula Health Care Centre to hold their annual Hospital Tournament which has raised in excess of $1,000,000 since it’s inception. A vital aspect of her job was to welcome many local towns, schools, service clubs, fire departments and other interested groups to use the course to raise funds for their groups.

The Annual Awards were presented by members of the Board of Directors to Chuck Conley of Bally Haly Country Club for Male Golfer of the Year, Kathleen Jean of Harmon Seaside Links received the Female Golfer of the Year, Taylor Cormier of Blomidon Golf Club was awarded the Junior Female Golfer of the Year while Ethan Efford of Bally Haly received the Junior Male Golfer of the Year award.

Tamarack Golf Course employee Pat LaCour was presented with the Employee of the Year Award with Morley Nippard, also of Tamarack accepting the Volunteer of the Year Award. Pat Hepditch on behalf of Blomidon Golf Club accepted the award for Golf Course of the Year and Level III Referee Kay (Catherine) Thompson received the Official of the Year Award.

President Ken Casey stated” that these individuals are an example of the commitment, dedication and passion that has served the golfing community well in this province, and are very deserving individuals”. There were also Appreciation Award presented to outgoing member of the Board of Directors Sandra Sparrow for her contributions to the organization.

For more information contact Golf Newfoundland Labrador (Golf NL) at 709-631-3102 or e-mail golf@sportnl.ca

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