Hall of Fame

Golf Newfoundland Labrador is pleased to present the roll of inductees into the Provincial Golf Hall of Fame. These individuals have been nominated and selected from their pairs from across the province. These individuals have been great supporters, contributors and representatives of our sport and its an honour that they be acknowledged.

Kathleen Jean

Athlete, 2017

Harmon Seaside Links
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Kathleen Jean was born in Quebec and moved to Stephenville, NL with her family at the age of 8. When she was 10 her neighbor, Theresa Ryan, brought her to the golf course to try out the game. Although she really didn’t like the game at first she kept going and by the age of 12 played in her first provincial junior championship in the 9-hole division.

At 13 she started to play in the 18-hole division and the following year made the provincial team to represented NL at Nationals. And that was the start of a very impressive golf career.

Over the years Kathleen has won 17 provincial titles:

  • 2 Junior Provincial Champion: 1980, 1981
  • 10 Amateur Provincial Champion: 1993, 1995, 1998, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2012, 2016
  • 5 Mid-Amateur Champion: 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2016
  • 1 Senior Champion (to date): 2016

Along with her provincial titles she represented NL over 30 times:

  • Junior Team Member: 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981
  • Provincial Amateur Team Member: 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
  • *1995, 2000– Qualified for Team unable to attend due to work commitments
  • Atlantic Team Member: 2014, 2015

In 1991 she was successful in making the cut at the Canadian Amateur Championships. And in 1993 was runner-up in the Nova Scotia Amateur. Twice she was part of the provincial team who won the National “Team” Low Net Title: 1979 for Junior and 1991 for Amateur.

And while she wasn’t winning titles and representing NL at national she won a few invitational tournaments around the province:

  • Harmon Invitational Winner (Ladies Section): 2003, 2004
  • Blomidon Invitational Winner: 1991, 1992
  • Baly Hally Invitational Winner:2012

Jan Peters

Athlete, 2015

Bally Haly Country Club
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Born in Corner Brook, Jan’s golf started at 4 when her brother Bruce presented her with a cut-off club. She imitated his swing as well as her mother’s who was a competitive golfer at Blomidon and for whom Jan caddied when she was old enough to walk the course and drag the clubs.

At 13, the family moved to St. John’s and Jan was signed up as a junior at Bally Haly. Her first pro was Bobby Barr, whose Scottish teaching is the reason she is able to hit a knock-down shot in high winds to this day.

She won the Provincial Junior title 3 or 4 times between 1965 and 69, representing the Province at Nationals each year. Over the period of 1969 to 78 she won the Amateur title and again represented NL 4,5 or 6 times.

The mid 1970’s to 2001 saw Jan give up competitive golf while in pursuit of her career, family and travel, jokingly having said “I’ll take it up again when I can compete as a senior”.

From 2002 to 2006 she was on the Senior Provincial team having placed second each year until 2008 when she won not only the senior title but also the super-senior. This win ensured that Jan was the first female in the Province to win Junior, Amateur, Senior and Super Senior Provincial titles. She won the Senior and Super-senior again in 2014. Jan also represented NL at the newly created Atlantic Championships in 2014 and 15.

On her return to golf in 2002, Jan joined Clovelly Golf club where she won the Ladies Title 3 years running. Then she came back to her home course Bally Haly where she had won the Club Junior title 3 or 4 times in the 60’s. Over the years she has been Medal Play champion 8 times, Match Play champ 8 times, Senior champ twice, Super Senior champ twice, Sparkes Cup Mixed Play champ once, and Feder Cup champ three times. She has also been on many other winning interclub and intraclub teams. She has fond memories of winning the Bally Haly Invitational several times. Jan is also proud that her name is on the Shea and the McNamara Cups. Tessa Shea and Win McNamara were two women who greatly helped her in her junior career when they took her under their wings and introduced her to the very competitive and fun Catholics versus Protestants annual event where Jan evened the sides against the strong Catholic players like Shea, Murphy, and McNamara. Her love of fun and competitive golf started in those years.

As a Board member of Golf Newfoundland and Labrador, Jan has continued to show her interest in provincial golf, especially encouraging ladies and juniors.

2015 will be Jan’s last year playing serious competitive golf, although she will be seen playing her weekly recreational, very competitive games with her buddies.

2015 was a great season as Jan not only shot her career round of 75 but also hopes to be remembered for the quote “ Did I tell you about my first ever hole in One “ which was shot at this years Provincials on hole number 2 at Humber Valley Golf Resort.

Gerry Boland

Athlete/Builder, 2017

Harmon Seaside Links
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Gerry was a founding member of the nine person group formed to take over and operate the nine hole golf course located on the Harmon Air Force Base located in Stephenville, Newfoundland and Labrador. This executive was formed in the Fall of 1965 with the take-over in 1966.

Gerry served on the executive or committee as Golf Captain or Tournament Chairman at the Harmon Golf and Country Club for the next 15 years, finishing up as President in 1980. During his year as President he started the first Harmon Invitational which is still a success to the day. He continued as a member of different committees for many more years. He was one of the greatest putters in Newfoundland and Labrador and still plays to date.

Gerry was a great role model and mentor for many local golfers and was coach for the Provincial Junior Team in 1971 and traveled the province with them in competition. During his years with the Harmon Golf Club he helped to get new golfers by offering free instruction at the beginning of each new golf season. This was always successful.

For the past 15 years ending in 2015, he spent his time as a Provincial Rules Official covering provincial events on the west coast of the province. He became involved in this through his friend, Walter Crotty. Gerry also spent 2 winters teaching the rules of golf at Western College here in Stephenville to both men and women at no charge.

Participation as a player:

  1. Provincial Super Senior Champion 2010
  2. Provincial Senior Team Member 2000
  3. Provincial Senior Team Member (made cut) 1999
  4. Provincial Senior Team Member (made cut) 1998
  5. Provincial Senior Team Member 1996
  6. Provincial Mid-Amateur Team Member 1995
  7. Provincial Amateur Team Member 1976
  8. Provincial Amateur Team Member 1974

It could be said that Gerry’s greatest game was shooting a 73 at the National Senior on the 2nd day of competition which moved Newfoundland and Labrador out of last place ahead of Prince Edward Island and making the cut. His greatest shot in National Competition was sinking a 30 yard sand shot on the 18th hole in Montreal in 1998, to again move ahead of Prince Edward Island by one shot.

Catherine (Kay) Thompson

Contributor (Volunteer), 2017

Clovelly
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Catherine Thompson (nee Wright), Kay to us, was born in South Africa and moved with her family to Calgary, AB when she was five years old. There she stayed until 1984 when she relocated to NL. Most of her working life was with Revenue Canada, but she spent many of the later years of her career seconded to the RCMP until her retirement in 2005.

Her interest in sport probably came from her father, Kay curled, played volleyball, basketball, and tennis. In the early 1990’s, she finally saw the light and took up golf and liked the game. She began golfing at Captain’s Hill, Pippy Park and became a member of Admiral’s Green once the 18-hole course was built.

There she helped with various activities around the club, spent 4 years on the Board of Directors of Thomas Development and was a founding member of the Admiral’s Green Ladies’ Invitational and the Captain’s Hill Bag Ladies’ Tournaments. In partnership with Judy Bugden, she co-chaired the 2000 Canadian Ladies’ Golf Association National Ladies’ Amateur Championships which were held at Admiral’s Green.

Early on she knew that rules was her area of interest; so she started attending meetings of the Canadian Ladies’ Golf Association/NL Branch (CLGA/NL Branch) and by 2001, she was the Provincial Rules Director. Once committed to rules, she took every opportunity to improve her knowledge and skills. In 25 years, her involvement included”

CLGA/NL Branch

  • Served as Assistant Rules Director until 2001
  • Served as Rules Director from 2001 until amalgamation in 2006
  • Volunteered with CLGA Girls’ Club for two years – a National initiative
  • Acted as Rules Chair and did rules for provincial junior, provincial ladies, Atlantic Girls’ Interprovincial Championships, and Atlantic Future Links.
  • Served on three constitution committees
  • Officiated at NL Summer Games in 2000 (The Wilds) and 2004 (Grande Meadow)
  • Worked on Tournament Manual revision
  • Served on Amalgamation Process Committee in 2005
  • Served on joint committee of NLGA and CLGA/NL Branch until amalgamation in March 2006.

NLGA/GNL

  • Officiated at numerous Provincial Adult and Junior Championships.
  • Officiated at several High School Golf Championships
  • Officiated at 2012 NL Summer Games (Pitcher’s Pond)
  • Ex officio member of NLGA/GNL Board

Tely Junior Golf Tour

  • Member, Executive of The Tely Junior Golf Tour [Tely Tour] as Rules Chair 2007-2017
  • Donated trophy for Bantam Girls’ Division in 2014
  • Contributed in conjunction with Bruce Watson to The Wednesday Golf Page in The Telegram for the past 9 years [ 15 columns per summer].

National Experience – RCGA and Golf Canada

  • Nationally certified Level 4 Golf Canada Rules official since 2003.
  • Worked about 25 Golf Canada events, mostly in Atlantic Canada but also in Ontario and as far west as Manitoba, in the capacity of Golf Canada Rules Chair, GC Tournament Chair, GC Rules Official and GC Starter and Scorer. These tournaments included Canadian Women’s Amateur, Women’s Senior, Women’s Mid-Am, Men’s Senior, Men’s Mid-Am, Senior Men’s Match Play, Junior Girls, Junior Boys, University and College Championship, Club Champions Championship, CN Future Links Championship and Future Links, driven by Acura Atlantic Championship.
  • Women’s Division Governor, Golf Canada 2007-2009
  • Governor, Golf Canada, 2009-Present

Past Committees – Golf Canada

  • Member, Audit and Risk Management Committee
  • Member, Amateur Championships committee
  • Member, Women’s Fund committee
  • Member, Golf Canada Foundation
  • Member, Ad Hoc Committee to develop policies and identify training opportunities on Recognition and Prevention of Abuse, Harassment, Violence and Discrimination GC Employees, Volunteers and Participants

Present Committees

  • Nominating Committee – responsible for recommending slate of candidates to serve as Golf Canada Board Members, Officers, Governors, and Provincial council members
  • Sub-committee of Golf Canada Foundation: Scholarships and Grants
  • Golf Canada Diversification Project: A committee which seeks to identify six or seven underrepresented segments of the population and make recommendations for change. Kay serves on the aboriginal and indigenous groups sub-committee

Gerry Angel

Builder, 2011

Admiral's Green
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Born on December 4th, 1946, Gerry Angel has served the golf industry extensively in Newfoundland and Labrador, particularly in regard to public golf courses within the province and the establishment of the Newfoundland and Labrador Golf Hall of Fame (NLGFH).

In the mid 1970’s, a group of interested citizens formed an executive to establish a nine-hole golf course in Pippy Park. In early 1978, Mr. Angel was elected to this executive and appointed treasurer, a position he held until 2002 (a total of 24 years). In 1997, there was only one golf club in the greater St. John’s area and it was private. The development of this public golf course at Pippy Park enabled more people to have access to the sport. The course became quite popular quickly and promoted players to seek out membership at clubs throughout the city. This increased membership at the private club and encouraged the development of others like it. In the next few years, five new golf courses were established within the St. John’s area. This increase in popularity is due primarily to the establishment of the first public golf course.

In 1989, when TDC was formed to build a new 18-hole championship golf course, Mr. Angel was elected its treasurer. He held this position until 2002, for a total of 14 years of service. He was involved in the negotiations with ACOA, the Royal Bank and the Provincial Government to obtain grants, loans and land for the development. This course, known as Admiral’s Green, was opened in June 1993, and quickly became regarded as one of the most spectacular golfing sites in the province.

Mr. Angel is also a founding member of the NLGFH. He was elected the chairman in 1998 and held that position until 2005 and again in 2007. During his nine years of service on this board, Mr. Angel inducted 23 people into the Hall of Fame.

The work he has done at Captain’s Hill and Admiral’s Green, along with his work on the NLGFH, is considered a major contribution to the golf industry in general, and to the people of this province. 

Bruce Watson

Builder, 2011

Clovelly
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Mr. Bruce Watson, a long standing member at Clovelly Golf Club since its inception fourteen years ago, has a passion both to play the game, but also in the development of juniors. This is most obvious when observing his countless hours of volunteer work.

Mr. Watson realized that there was a void in junior golf player development. Recognizing this issue, he created a strong platform for junior golfers across the province of Newfoundland to develop a competitive level, non-profit, junior tour, now known as “The Tely Tour”. The philosophy of the Tour for juniors and pre-juniors is to promote golf as a healthy and fun activity, to provide opportunities for players to gain competitive experience and to promote understanding of and appreciation for the Rules of Golf.

The Tely Tour started in 2006, and has grown to have over 90 junior boys and 20 junior girls. As the Executive Director and Webmaster, Mr. Watson has accomplished the feat of hosting 12 tournaments on the tour and having the Tour Championship as the season ending finale. He volunteers all of his time to coordinate and help run all thirteen of these tournaments. Volunteers, like Mr. Watson, who give so freely of their time to the golf industry, ensure that the growth of the game continues.

Mr. Watson also volunteers annually as one of Newfoundland and Labrador’s few Level 4 National Rules Officials.

Bob Skanes

Athlete, 2008

Gander Golf Club
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After moving to Gander in 1974, Bob Skanes became one of the original members at the Gander Golf Club when it began offering memberships in 1977. Since then, Mr. Skanes has achieved a number of accomplishments as a golfer. At his home club in Gander he has won 10 championships. He has also won a number of invitational tournaments in Gander, Grand Falls-Windsor and Corner Brook.  Mr. Skanes made his first appearance at the provincial level in 1984 when he competed for Newfoundland at the National Amateur Championship. He won his first Provincial Mid-Amateur title in 1993, a feat he would repeat again in 2005. During this time, Mr. Skanes qualified for 10 Mid-Amateur tournaments from 1993 to 1997, 2000 to 2003 and in 2005. Most recently, Mr. Skanes has represented Newfoundland nationally as a member of the 2008 Senior Men’s Team. He is still an avid golfer and very active in competitive golf tournaments throughout the province.

Judy Gillam

Athlete, 2007

Blomidon Golf Club
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Judith ‘Judy’ Gillam was born in 1947 in Corner Brook, Newfoundland. Throughout her life she has been affiliated with a number of golf clubs in the province including Bally Haly Golf & Curling Club, Humber River Golf Club, Humber Valley Golf Resort, and Blomidon Golf Club. On a local level, Gillam has won a number of club events in her career, including 14 Club Championships and at least 5 Mixed Club Championships – two in the late 1970’s along with wins in 1988, 1989 and 1990.

She has participated in Invitational’s across the province and is widely recognized in golf circles for the quality of her game and her sportsmanship. Between 1981 and 1995 she qualified for most provincial amateur teams but was unable to participate. She was a member of the Newfoundland team for the NCTC Tournament on four occasions (1989, 1994, 1998, 1999) and was the Senior Ladies Provincial Champion twice (1998, 1999).

As a volunteer she has been a member of the Board of Directors at Blomidon and served as Ladies’ Golf Captain and Grounds Chairperson for the National Junior Ladies Tournament at Blomidon in 1979.

Fred Rockwood

Athlete, 2003

Grand Falls Golf Club
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Edwin Fred Rockwood was born on July 16th, 1930 in Grand Falls-Windsor, Newfoundland. Within this provinces golf industry he is most renowned for his accomplishments as an athlete. Throughout his career, Mr. Rockwood has participated in a number of tournaments locally, provincially and nationally. Known in many golfing circles as “Steady Freddy” due to his skilled management of the golf course, Mr. Rockwood has won a number of titles and has been a member of Provincial teams on a number of occasions. He was the winner of the Cooper Cup in 1953, 1955 and 1968. He also won the McInnis Cup 5 times (1952, 1953, 1957, 1960, 1963). He was a Wellingdon Cup Team member in 1966, 1969 and 1973 as well as having been on the Newfoundland Provincial Senior team for 6 consecutive years, from 1985 to 1990. While being a member of such teams, Mr. Rockwood won the Provincial Amateur Championship in 1969 and the Provincial Senior Championship in 1989. Fred’s ability was second to none, always managing to keep the ball in play. With an incredible short game and a calm and relaxed approach to competitive golf, Fred Rockwood was a great ambassador for the sport in this province. He currently resides in Kingston, Nova Scotia.

Harold House

Builder, 2002

Blomindon Golf & Country Club
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Harold House was part of a six-man committee responsible for reviving the Old Terra Nova Golf Club in 1947. The club previously had property on Petries Point in the west end of what is now Corner Brook, but it was lost in a land dispute. When property was acquired from Bowater’s, three additional holes were built at Dormston Farm. The combination of these lands led to the creation of a nine-hole course, which opened on August 7th, 1949. At the time, Mr. House was president of the Blomidon Businessmen Club, as well as the Terra Nova Golf Club. At his urging, the two combined to become the Blomidon Golf and Country Club in 1949. In 1967, as Blomidon Golf Captain, he spearheaded a drive to make Blomidon an 18-hole golf course. This was accomplished in 1969. The new eighteen opened for play on August 10th. When the log cabin clubhouse, which had been built in 1950, burned down in late August 1973, Mr. House was again asked to save the day. He took over as President in 1974 and had a new clubhouse in place by July 1975 when Blomidon would host the Ladies Amateur Championships. In 1946, Mr. House took a team of Corner Brook golfers to Grand Falls and began a tradition of Inter-Town matches between Grand Falls, Blomidon and Bally Haly. These matches lasted for approximately 25 years before giving way to club Invitational’s. Mr. House was president of Blomidon in 1949 and from 1974 to 1976. Most impressively, however, he served as Golf Captain there from 1950 to 1973, an amazing 24 years of consecutive service. Mr. House was also a founding member of the Newfoundland Golf Association in 1964 and was president in 1965 and 1969.

Leslie Skanes

Athlete, 2002

Bally Haly Golf & Curling Club
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Leslie ‘Les’ Skanes (1925-1990), born in St. John’s, Newfoundland, was active in the golf community in this province during much of his lifetime. As an athlete, he competed nationally on the Newfoundland Senior team for 8 out of 9 consecutive seasons. He was a member of this team from 1981 to 1989, with the only exception being 1986. During these competitions, he often stood out from the pack, leading his team on the scoreboard in 1982, 1983, and 1984. Most notably, he achieved success in 1982, 1983, and 1985 as the Newfoundland Senior Golf Champion. Mr. Skanes participated in a number of local tournaments at his affiliated club, Bally Haly, of which he was a member for 33 years.

Winifred McNamara

Athlete, 2002

Bally Haly Golf & Curling Club
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Residing from St. John’s, Newfoundland, Winifred ‘Win’ McNamara (1906-1980) is most well known for her contributions to golf as an athlete. In 1963, McNamara stood out from the crowd by being the only woman in Newfoundland with a handicap of 15 or lower.  As a result, she was asked to join the PEI provincial team (who only had three eligible members) to compete in that year’s Canadian Ladies Amateur Championships. From 1967 to 1979, she competed on the Newfoundland Provincial team at either the amateur or senior level. McNamara has also won a number of competitions during her career. She was the Provincial Amateur Ladies Championship winner (1967) as well as the Newfoundland Senior Champion, a title she won 6 times (1970-1972 and 1975-1977). While competing, McNamara served on the Newfoundland Ladies Golf Association, and was even president of this organization in 1970. She was also the organizing chairperson for the Canadian Ladies Amateur Championship held at her home club of Bally Haly in 1979. Diverse in her athleticism, McNamara was also an avid curler and throughout her lifetime participated in a number of provincial and inter-town bonspiels as skip.

George Dolomount

Athlete, 2001

Blomindon Golf & Country Club
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Born in Corner Brook, Newfoundland in 1962, George Dolomount has been active in the golf community in this province for the majority of his life. He began playing golf in his late teens and competed provincially for the Junior Team. Although initially he did not have much success, he showed an inherent talent that would come to dominate future competitions. It was in the mid 80’s that he began to achieve his first successes. At his affiliated club, Blomidon Golf Club, he won the Men’s Club Championship four times (1989, 1992, 1993, 1995). There, he has also won the Mixed Club Championship twice (1996, 1997), and the Match Play Championship four times (1986, 1990, 1992, 1993). Provincially, Mr. Dolomount is a four-time Newfoundland Amateur Champion (1984, 1986, 1988, 1994) and has had considerable success in Invitational Tournaments, winning at least seven titles throughout the province. He was National Champion as a member of the Newfoundland Team that won the Crown Life Net Team Championships in 1984 and attended 8 Canadian Amateur Championships as a member of Newfoundland’s Willingdon teams (1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1994). Mr. Dolomount has also been a builder of the sport. He has given clinics at both the Junior and Senior level all over the province and has been a member of the Junior Committee at Blomidon for a number of years. Although Mr. Dolomount is a relatively young man with many years of golf ahead of him, he has already accumulated excellent credentials and successes.

Heather Alexander

Builder, 2001

Harmon Seaside Links
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Originally hailing from Montreal, Quebec, Heather Alexander moved to Newfoundland in 1963. Her interest in golf began in 1966 when the Harmon Golf Course became available to residents of Stephenville. Since that time she has played an active role in encouraging and facilitating participation for Junior, Amateur and Senior ladies, not only within this province, but nationally as well. Being an ardent golfer herself she was interested in improving the game and encouraging new golfers to join in. During her first ten years at Harmon she served as golf captain, treasurer, secretary and president of the Ladies Golf committee, as well as Chair for provincial tournaments held at the club. Her participation at the Provincial level began in 1977 when she served as secretary of the CLGA Newfoundland branch. During her ten years there she also served as vice-president, president and treasurer, and was instrumental in creating a training program for top female golfers in the province- a program that still exists today. During her presidency she also organized an annual junior team competition for the Atlantic provinces and worked towards developing a stronger affiliation between the provincial branch and clubs. In 1987, Mrs. Alexander became the first women representing Newfoundland to serve on the National Executive of the CLGA. Her time as National Teams Director was dedicated to the development of ladies golf. She organized a training and development program for elite female golfers and arranged for their participation at international competitions. After her 15-year committee involvement, Mrs. Alexander still maintains her interest in the opportunities provided to female golfers in this province.

Violet Pike

Athlete, 2001

Grand Falls Golf Club
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Born and raised in Carbonear, Newfoundland, Violet ‘Vie’ Pike did much of her golfing at the Grand Falls Golf Club. As a result of her contributions to the sport as an athlete, she was awarded an Honorary Lifetime Membership to this club in 1993. In Ms. Pike’s early years, she played a number of local tournaments and won several club events of match play and stroke play. One such accomplishment was her victory at the Ladies Club Championship. Her debut on the national stage was in 1964 when she was one of two women in the province who had a handicap of 15 or less. She was part of a combined Newfoundland and PEI team that travelled and competed in Calgary that year. Between 1972 and 1982, Ms. Pike would play on 10 more Provincial Ladies Teams, representing Newfoundland in ten Canadian provinces at both the amateur and senior levels. Along with her work as an athlete, Ms. Pike was a very effective committee member for the ladies section of the Grand Falls golf club and held various positions on the executive there. As a result of her numerous accomplishments she was inducted into The Newfoundland and Labrador Sports Hall of Fame for her golf and curling achievements in 1986.

Edith Dean

Athlete/Builder, 2000

Grand Falls Golf Club
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Edith ‘Edie’ Dean was born on November 16th, 1925 in Bay Roberts, Newfoundland. Through golf, Ms. Dean had a number of successes as both an athlete and a builder of the sport. In 1970, Ms. Dean was appointed member of the Newfoundland team at the amateur level, a position she would hold again in 1973 and 1974. She first joined the Newfoundland Senior team in 1976 and would remain a member of the team for 19 consecutive years until 1994. During this time, Dean competed in over 20 national competitions and was crowned Provincial Senior Champion 9 times from 1979 to 1985 and 1987 to 1988. In addition to excelling at the game of golf, Dean has also participated in the organization of the sport both provincially and nationally.  At the provincial level she has been the Director of Handicaps and Rules at her home club (Grand Falls Golf Club), she has attended National Certification clinics, she has been responsible for Rules Committees at Provincial Championships and she has served as the Director, Vice-President, and President of the Provincial Golf Association. Nationally, Dean was a member of the Board of the Canadian Ladies Golf Association, the national governing body of ladies golf in Canada. In honour of her many accomplishments, Edith Dean was inducted as a Life Member of the Grand Falls Golf Club in 1995 and into the Newfoundland and Labrador Sports Hall of Fame in 1999.

Roy Bungay

Athlete, 2000

Bally Haly Golf & Curling Club
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Roy Lynton Bungay was introduced to golf at the age of 12 when he started working as a caddy at the Brightwood Golf Club in his hometown of Darthmouth, Nova Scotia. Two years later, after teaching himself to play the sport, he would join the club as a junior golfer. When he came to Newfoundland in 1966 he sought to continue his participation in golf. He became a member of the Harmon Golf Club and was briefly a member of the Blomidon Golf Club. As a club member he won a number of competitions including five Club Championships (1971, 1973, 1982, 1984, 1986), five Invitational Championships (Harmon in 1983 and 1993; Corner Brook in 1985; Gnader in 1987 and 1988) and the Captain’s Cup in 1995. Provincially, he won the Mid-Amateur Championship in 1994 and the Senior Championship two years in a row (1998-1999). Nationally, he was a member of four Willingdon Cup teams (1969, 1974, 1987, 1991), one Provincial Mid-Amateur Championship team (1994), and three Provincial Senior Championship teams (1997-1999). Since moving to Newfoundland, he has been an active and successful athlete in the sport in this province.

Dr. George Grant

Athlete/Builder, 1999

Harmon Seaside Links
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Dr. George Grant was born in Scotland on March 24th, 1923. His athletic prowess was recognized at an early age when he spent summers with his grandmother in Burgehead, Northeast Scotland. He would hit golf balls continuously and enjoyed learning and practicing new shots and techniques. When he arrived in Stephenville, Newfoundland in 1955, his proficiency at golf became widely known within the area. He was soon welcomed to the new Harmon Golf course built and opened by the Americans in 1962. When the Americans left in 1966, Dr. Grant was part of the local group that took over ownership and he eventually became the clubs first president. At this local level, Dr. Grant served many years on the executive of the Harmon Golf and Country Club. Along with being its first president, he was at various times golf captain, tournament chairman, vice-president, course manager, and was a revered Course Marshall during the various NLGA tournaments held there. As a teacher at the Harmon course he has a legacy of fine young golfers who have dominated or been prominent in Newfoundland golf circles. Perhaps his most acknowledged protégé and student is George Chaulk, another elected member of the Newfoundland Golf Hall of Fame. As a mentor, Dr. Grant had a hand in the success of a number of prominent golfers in this province. As an athlete, Dr. Grant participated in a number of national competitions including being a member of the 1968 Newfoundland Amateur Team, and a four-time member of the Newfoundland Senior Team from 1979-1982. His contributions to the sport, both athletically and pedagogically, have had a positive impact on golf in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Kevin Murphy

Athlete, 1999

Bally Haly Golf & Curling Club
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Joseph Kevin Murphy has been a consistently fine competitor over the past twenty years in Newfoundland, despite having taken up the game of golf at almost 30 years of age, a late starter by golfing standards. He has been one of the top competitors at Bally Haly for a number of years, having won a number of club tournaments including the 1987 Club Championship at match play and two club championships for the Father & Son Division. He has also captured the Four Ball Match Play Club Championship, known as Captain’s Challenge, an unprecedented six times. On the provincial golfing scene Mr. Murphy has finished in the top 10 at the Newfoundland Amateur fives times, including his appearance, at age 54, on the Newfoundland Wellingdon Cup Team in 1987. It is on the senior golf scene, however, where he was to compile his most impressive statistic of 8 Newfoundland Senior Team appearances in 9 years. In addition, in the 11 years Kevin has competed as a senior, from 1988-1998, he has never finished lower than 5th place in the provincial Senior Championship. He even won the title of Newfoundland Senior Champion in 1997. Mr. Murphy is known throughout our province as a keen competitor who is a great ambassador for the game of golf in Newfoundland. In his ten national appearances on Provincial Golf Teams, he has represented Newfoundland with pride and dignity.

Raynor Lamb

Athlete, 1998

Bally Haly Golf & Curling Club
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Born July 6, 1938, Rayner Lamb has had an extensive golf career in Newfoundland achieving a number of successes and accomplishments along the way. Having been a member of both the Bally Haly Golf and Curling Club and the Blomidon Golf Club, he has won a number of local titles. Mr. Lamb is a two-time winner of the Medal play Championship and a five-time winner of the Match play Championship at Bally Haly. At this club, he was also the four-time winner of the Men’s Opening Tournament, the winner of the Tournament of Champions and the winner of the Stenaford Mixed Championship with his wife, to name a few. He won the Blomidon Medal play club Championship and holds a number of records for this course. Provincially, Mr. Lamb won the Amateur Championship in 1966, the Labour Day Inaugural Tournament in 1980, the Mid-Amateur Tournament in 1988 and the Senior Championship in 1994. He has also represented Newfoundland nationally on a number of occasions as a member of the Willingdon Cup team (1966, 1971, 1978 and 1997), and as a four-time member of the Newfoundland Senior Golf team in 1993, 1994, 1996 and 1997.

Cynthia Landrigan

Builder, 1998

Bally Haly Golf & Curling Club
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As a pioneer of women’s golf in Newfoundland and Labrador, Cynthia Lundrigan has accomplished much development in the sport with her work as a builder. Ms. Landrigan began playing golf when she joined Bally Haly Golf and Curling Club as a junior and student member in 1943.  She became an adult member in 1953 and continued to play, although her focus began to shift. She became a member of the board of directors in 1966, a position she would hold for a number of years (1966-1968, 1970-1972, 1986-1987). She also served on the Provincial Association as treasurer, first vice president and finally as its first female president from 1976 to 1980. Under her presidency, the association hosted its first Canadian Ladies Golf Championships in 1979. During this time she was also on the board of directors for the CLGA and was host President for their Annual meeting in 1978. Lundrigan has been the chairperson for a number of events including the 1983 Canadian Senior Ladies Championships, the 1986 Atlantic Junior Girls Team Tournament, the 1989 Canadian Ladies Amateur Championship and the provincial ladies Golf Championship in 1985 and 1991. She was a Ladies Golf Captain in 1971-72 and 1986-87, and was instrumental in getting the Ladies Golf Captains to be members of the board. For all of her efforts and advocacy she was inducted as an honorary member of Bally Haly.

Dr. Duncan Rice

Athlete/Builder, 1998

Bally Haly Golf & Curling Club
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Dr. Duncan Rice (b. 1922) was a pioneer of the golf industry in Newfoundland and Labrador. Although not originally hailing from Newfoundland, the work he did during his time here (1958-1984) broke new ground for the sport in this province. Dr. Rice was instrumental in founding the Newfoundland Golf Association and was the organizations first secretary-treasurer from 1964-1973. In its inaugural year, Dr. Rice organized and ran the first Newfoundland Amateur championship and was essential in the tournaments planning through 1973. After many years of lobbying, Dr. Rice organized and chaired the first Newfoundland Open Golf Tournament in 1969. This event brought professional golfers from Canada and the eastern United States to this province and received a number of accolades from its participants. He was also Newfoundland’s first representative at the Royal Canadian Golf Association and held his position as Governor of Newfoundland there from 1965 to 1970. Dr. Rice also had a number of successes as an athlete. At his affiliated golf club, Bally Haly, he won 10 Bally Haly Medal Play Club Championships. Provincially, he won the first ever Newfoundland Amateur Provincial Championship in 1964, the tournament he himself established. Nationally, he competed as a member of the Newfoundland team for the Wellingdon Cup in 1964 and 1965. He also had a very keen interest in golf course design and turf management, which led to many positive changes at Bally Haly during his time there as President (1969). Without Dr. Rices’ involvement, organizational ability, determination, and general zeal for the sport, it is arguable that golf in Newfoundland would have taken many more years to emerge.

Alex Powell

Builder, 1998

Blomindon Golf & Country Club
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Throughout his life, Alex Powell has served on a number of boards and associations advocating for golf in Newfoundland and Labrador. Over the course of his career, he has done much work to build and improve the sport in this province. At Blomidon Golf Club, his affiliated club, Mr. Powell has served in a variety of capacities. He has been tournament chairman, rules chairman, course chairman, and eventually president. He has also made numerous contributions on the provincial level. For a number of years he was head rules official and tournament chairman for the NLGA. He served as course rating official for four years while on that board, and acted as non-playing captain for several provincial Willingdon Cup and Junior Championship teams. He also earned the opportunity to serve as president of that association on two occasions. As a result of his many achievements, Mr. Powell would eventually serve as Governor, representing Newfoundland, for the Royal Canadian Golf Association. He held this position for 10 years.

Bill Morrissey

Athlete, 1998

Bally Haly Golf & Curling Club
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Originally hailing from Newfoundland, William ‘Bill’ Morrissey has competed as a golfer both provincially and nationally at junior, amateur and senior levels. During his time in Newfoundland, Mr. Morrissey has golfed out of both Bally Haly Golf and Curling Club and public courses including Pippy Park. In 1964, as a junior, Mr. Morrissey tied for first prize in the Newfoundland Men’s Championship and qualified for the provincial team, although they did not travel that year. Between 1969 and 1984 he competed in 10 national tournaments as part of the Newfoundland Willingdon team. Over the course of those years he won a number of titles provincially. In 1973, 1974 and 1976 he won the Newfoundland Amateur Championship, and in 1969, 1976 and 1981 he was the winner of the June Invitational Tournament. Mr. Morrissey is currently living with his family in Toronto, Ontario.

Bill Hryniw

Athlete, 1998

Bally Haly Golf & Curling Club
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Bill Hryniw has excelled on the provincial golfing scene for over twenty years and during that period has been one of this province’s top performers in National competition. Mr. Hryniw moved to Newfoundland from Windsor, Ontario in October of 1973 and settled in St. John’s. He started golfing in this province at the Pippy Park public golf course in 1975. His first foray into provincial competition was in 1976 when he placed second in both NLGA qualifying tournaments for the Provincial Willingdon Cup Team to represent Newfoundland at the National Championship and the Willingdon Cup Teams Championship. It was at these competitions that Mr. Hryniw started a tradition of being this province’s lowest scorer in national competition. It was also the start of an NLGA record of a golfer qualifying for the provincial team for 12 consecutive years (1976-1987). In 1977, Mr. Hryniw joined the Bally Haly Golf & Curling Club and served as a member of the Golf Committee there. During his time at Bally Haly he has captured 17 club championships and numerous other club competitions. Among his many provincial and national titles include two-time champion of the Atantic Amateur Championship (1979, 1982), four-time champion of the Amateur Championships (1977, 1983, 1987, 1989) and four-time champion of the Provincial tournament (1978, 1979, 1982, 1985). In 1980, the Board of Governors of the Newfoundland and Labrador Golf Association presented him an Award of Excellence in recognition of being the first golfer in Newfoundland history to “make the cut” at the National Championship and to advance to the final two days of play. He was to repeat this tremendous feat 7 times. Never before, or since, has a Newfoundland golfer finished this high in national competition.

Charles Cook

Builder, 1998

Admiral's Green/Captain's Hill
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As an innovator of golf in his hometown of St. John’s, Newfoundland, Charles ‘Charlie’ R. Cook has made many positive contributions to the sport as a builder. During his career, Mr. Cook advocated strongly for much needed public golfing facilities in St. John’s and created a new organization to resolve this issue. In 1974 he would become a founding member and eventual President of the Public Golf Association, a driving force in providing public facilities to the population of St. John’s and surrounding areas when courses where unavailable. Courses like Halliday Farms, Captain’s Hill and Admiral’s Green provided many Newfoundlanders their initial exposure to the sport of golf. A number of golf club members got their start on these Public Golf Association courses and this is due to the tremendous volunteer efforts of Mr. Cook and his colleagues. As a former secretary treasurer of the NLGA and a Governor and Membership Committee member of the Royal Canadian Golf Association, Mr. Cook’s involvement in the sport has helped to reshape the face of golf in this province.

Ray Tuck

Builder, 2015

Pitcher’s Pond Golf Club
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In 2004, a nine hole golf course on the Trinity Bay Shore was constructed in the town of Whiteway and was ready to open. With a membership of 67 individuals, this not for profit course needed a manager and by luck Ray Tuck was the perfect fit. After 11 years, the course now has a membership of over 100 players and averages 15,000 rounds per year. In the very near future the course will be debt free. This is a tremendous accomplishment for a manager who has had no prior experience at managing a golf course.

Ray was born in Hant’s Harbour, NL where he currently resides. He is married to the former Jean Tucker whom he say currently is a golf widow without the ‘er.’ They have three boys, Craig, Brian, and Peter and are blessed with a number of grandchildren. Ray graduated from Hant’s Harbour School in 1956 and continued his education by completing two years of study in the Education Department of Memorial University of NL in 1957.

He completed various other Accounting courses at Avalon College in 1990, Cabot College in 1993, and started CGA correspondence courses with The Certified General Accountants Association of Canada from 1993 onwards. He has participated in numerous continuing education courses and seminars throughout Canada and the US in the fields of seafood production, Labour relations, and marketing.

Having had no prior managerial golf course experience, Ray’s professional achievements have proven to be tremendous assets for his current position at Pitcher’s Pond. Ray is involved as a volunteer in a number of organizations, committees, and boards. There are too many to list here. Recently he was awarded the Volunteer of the Year by CBDC.

Over the years Ray has given freely of his time to be involved in the provincial and national golf community having served in a number pf capacities on the board of the former and present GNL boards and has been an active member of the NGCOA. To hieghten the expsoure and awraeness of the course Ray has attracted numerous evenst to teh course including the 2012 NL Summer Games and the 2015 Provincial Junior Championships. For 8 years Ray continued to involve Pitcher’s Pond in the Future Links Golf Program and the Take A Kid To The Course Program.

Ray Tuck is a gentle giant and a passionate supporter of golf in Newfoundland and Labrador. People who know Ray are very much aware that he is the driving force behind the success of golf in the TPC region. His friendly, inviting personality attracts golfers of all ages to come and play the game. His involvement will no doubt have long lasting benefits to golf in Newfoundland for years to come.

David Moakler

Volunteer, 2015

Gander Golf Club
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Dave Moakler has been a member at the Gander Golf Club for the past 20 years, during which time he has served on the Gander Golf Club’s Executive. Each year Dave offers his assistance when the Golf Club is preparing to open for the start of the season. Ensuring out of bounds, lateral and water hazard stakes are freshly painted and distributed in the correct places around the course.

Dave also installs safety nets, puts out course signage as well as signage in and around the car park which has been taken in for the winter. Dave also assists with tournaments we have at the Gander Golf Club as well as charity events. Organizers ask if he will be assisting as they know what a great asset he is to the tournament. Tasks which he carries out include printing meal and drink tickets, calculating results and skins, entering scores and making draws at all of our major tournaments.

Dave volunteers his time freely to aid with the day to day running of the Gander Golf Club as and when he is needed, making him an integral part of the operation. Dave is also a great asset for his knowledge of the rules of golf and is always on hand to help with a ruling. In addition Dave has immersed himself into furthering his knowledge of the rules of golf by attending rules seminars. Dave does not like to take plaudits for the work he does as the contributions he makes are for his love of the Gander Golf Club and the game of golf.

As well as his work at the Gander Golf Club Dave Moakler has been involved with Golf Newfoundland & Labrador for many years. Dave has assisted with the operation of both the Junior and Adult Provincial Championships in terms of stats, schedules, results, draws and rules. This year Dave also offered his time freely to assist GNL with the running of the Adult Atlantics. Dave played an integral part in the initial revamping of the old NLGA/GNL website, as well as, working on the Provincial Order of Merit. Dave also assists with the Junior Tely Tour by volunteering as a rules official for some of their events including the Tour Championship.

Chuck Conley

Athlete, 2014

Bally Haly Country Club
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Born in 1961, Chuck Conley started playing golf in 1976 at age 15, at Riverside Golf Club in St John, New Brunswick. However at that young age, he didn’t realize the opportunities that were available from golf, and even after breaking “80” in his first year, he gave it up after just one season.

He was transferred to Goose Bay, Labrador with the Royal Bank; It was there in summer of 1989, that he began to play golf again. After leaving the Bank he started various businesses in Goose Bay, and is the owner of a Real Estate Holding company. He has one son Ryan, age 14.

In 1991 at the age of 30, Mr. Conley played in his first Provincial competition. By1994, he was the alternate on the provincial Amateur team and in 1995, after a final round 70 (a competitive course record at the time), he was tied for the Provincial Amateur title with Derek Webster. He lost the sudden death playoff, however it was the first of 15 provincial teams and he was hooked on the competition and camaraderie of the sport!

Over the years he has been an active member of the golf community, serving in various executive positions for the Amaruk Golf Club, as well as assisting with the junior programs. Additionally, he served as the Northern representative for the NLGA for 5 years and served on the NLGA executive in 2002.

In the fall of 2003 he was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and with the surgery was told he would never play competitive golf again. After radiation and 6 months of physiotherapy he began to gain strength and begin to swing again. Given his Doctors prognosis, he was even more determined to play again. By the end of the summer he won the Labrador Cup with a final round 67 (-4) to set a new competitive course record at Amaruk Golf Club.

Two years later, in 2006 he won the Provincial Amateur and Mid Amateur, the first time that both titles were won by the same person in the same year. He has made consecutive Provincial Mid Amateur teams from 2002 through 2010, only missing 2004 (by 2 strokes) the year he was recovering from cancer.

Mr. Conley has won 5 Provincial Championships. In 2002 he won his first Provincial Mid Amateur title by 2 shots (71-73-72), and won again in 2006, and 2010. He was Provincial Amateur Champion in 2006 and Provincial Mid Master Champion in 2013. Mr. Conley has been on 5 Amateur teams and 10 Mid Amateur teams.

A Member of the Amaruk Golf Club in Goose Bay, Labrador from 1989-2010, and he has been a member of Bally Haly Golf Club since 2011. Mr. Conley is an avid player and remains very competitive in the province. He is very proud and honored to have represented Newfoundland and Labrador on a national basis and humbled to be recognized for his achievements by the NL Hall of Fame.

Ladies and Gentlemen….Mr. Chuck Conley.

Provincial Titles (5)

2002 Mid Amateur Champion
2006 Mid Amateur Champion
2006 Amateur Champion
2010 Mid Amateur Champion
2013 Mid Master Champion

Provincial Amateur Teams (5)

1995, 1997, 1998, 2006, 2008

Provincial Mid Amateur Teams (10)

2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014

10 Time Club Champion (Amaruk Golf Club)
6 Time Terra Nova Invitational Champion
Premiers Cup Champion (2006)
2012 Bally Haly Match Play Club Champion

Held 2 course records
1995 (70) Final Round Provincial Amateur (Gander Golf Club) *since broken
2004 (67) Final Round Labrador Cup (Amaruk Golf Club)

2014 Barrie Ontario, Canadian Mid Amateur ,National cut made 76-76
2003 Quebec, Club Champions Championship, national cut made 76-73
2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 Barrett Invitational competitor
2012, 2013, 2014 Maritime Cup team member

Judy Gracie

Employee, 2014

Bally Haly Golf & Curling Club
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Judy has been a Bally Haly employee for over 20 years. Originally hired as a server she continuously took on more and more responsibility until she ultimately became the administrative assistant at Bally Haly in the early 2000’s. Though she has the title of administrative assistant it would be a disservice to all the work she does to simply leave it at that.

Judy has continued from her time as a server taking on new challenges and responsibilities every time they became available. She has done anything and everything

to help the club from spending long hours here after the office has long closed to helping out any other staff member or department if it was necessary.

While she may not be the most visible person at Bally Haly she is absolutely one of the biggest contributors to its success. If you were to talk to any of the Members or staff here they would all tell you that she has been instrumental in every success Bally Haly has had since her employment began here.

She has always gone above and beyond in every aspect of her job from bringing in her home computer when she felt the models that were in the office weren’t acceptable, to doing constant continuing education classes to learn systems and networking so we wouldn’t have to call support.

Judy will be retiring in mid-2015 and everyone that has had any contact with her through the club will miss her and her talents greatly. All the little things that she does that goes above and beyond what anyone would ask of her has made her an unequalled member of the provincial golfing program and we believe she deserves recognition for the work she has put in to make the club and sport better.

Ladies and Gentlemen….Ms. Judy Gracie.

Jason Hill

Athlete, 2014

Bally Haly Golf & Curling Club
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Jason was 10 years old when he joined Bally Haly and did not progress as a golfer until his late teens.  He entered his first competition, the provincial junior tournament at 12 years old and finished last.  Unhappy with his performance he began to work on his game along with the help of his father Edgar.  When not practicing at Bally Haly, on many evenings he and his father would practice at Pleasantville.  Through his hard work at the age of 16 he made his first provincial team.  He is now considered the best golfer this Province has ever produced.

He represented NL at the Canadian Junior Nationals for three years from 1994-1996.  From 1997-2004, he won the NL Amateur Championship 5 times and made the NL team every year during that 8 year period.  On three occasions at the National Golf Championships he advanced past stroke play competition to match play – the only golfer from this Province to accomplish that feat.

He played as an amateur in the Canadian Tour Professional Golf Tournament at Clovelly Golf Club in 2001 and missed the cut by only 4 strokes.  He finished 5th in a field of 156 golfers at the 2003 Canadian Club Championships in Quebec, with a 4th round tournament best score of 66, including 30 on the back nine.  In 2006 and 2007, he played on the Great Lakes Professional Golf Tour and finished 27th and 13th on the Order of Merit in those two years.  During his professional years he tried to qualify for the Canadian Tour but was unable to do so, missing his card by just one stroke in 2006.  In 2007, Jason joined the PGA of Canada as an Apprentice and won the Play Ability Test shooting a -4 over two rounds to capture his first professional victory.

He has won numerous Bally Haly club and match play championships, as well as many provincial invitational golf championships, including all 6 Grand Meadows invitational golf tournaments that he played.  He still holds course records at several golf courses in the Province.

In 2005, he graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland with his Bachelor of Business Administration and in 2012 he became a Class ”A” member of the PGA of Canada.  He is currently working in Ontario as the Associate Golf Professional of Station Creek Golf Club, a part of ClubLink Corporation.

Jason’s entire life has revolved around golf and he has had the opportunity to travel across Canada multiple times to represent NL at national events but his favourite place to play is with his friends that he grew up with and the course where he learned to play – Bally Haly.

Ladies and Gentlemen….Mr. Jason Hill

Horatio Cluett

Builder, 2013

Grande Meadows Golf Club
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Several years ago Horatio Cluett had a dream to start a golf course on the Burin Peninsula. As a draftsman by trade, he found a parcel of land in Frenchman’s Cove and began to gather the maps of the area to sketch a nine-hole course. That was the start of the struggle that lasted nearly two decades before the dream became a reality.

In, 1987, Len Simms, then Minister of Recreation, released the land owned by the Provincial Government Park in Frenchman’s Cove to the committee headed by Mr. Cluett, but some people were opposed to the idea and other golf groups wanted other areas to be screened first. Then the political game started, but Mr. Cluett never wavered; he continued to persevere and fight. After much lobbying, the Frenchman’s Cove site was finally selected as an appropriate and feasible area to develop.

Then, Mr. Cluett and his committee began the daunting task of seeking funding for the project, lobbying the Fisheries Alternative Program, the Peninsula Development Centre and the Heritage Run Tourism Association.

In May of 1994, the contract to develop the course was awarded to Atlantic Golf Construction of New Brunswik and the project was completed in June of 1995.

Grande Meadows Golf Course opened for its first season in July 1995 with Mr. Cluett leading the way as Chairperson, a position he held for four years. He stills plays a big role in the managing of the course today and says he has plans to continue his fight for the back nine.

In 1995, Sport Newfoundland and Labrador honored Mr. Cluett by awarding him the Frank Gramham Memorial Volunteer of the year award for his 16 years of work in establishing the course. If it were not for his hard and dedicated work, Grande Meadows Golf would not have become a reality. As a builder of the golf program, Horatio Cluett is one of the great founders of golf on the Burin Peninsula.

Fred Frampton

Volunteer, 2013

Blomidon Golf Club
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Having won Blomidon’s volunteer of the year on numerous occasions, Fred Frampton is no stranger to giving of his time for the game of golf in this Newfoundland and Labrador. Starting as far back as 1980, Mr. Frampton has been heavily involved with the Newfoundland and Labrador Golf Association. He has not only served as President and Past President on the committee, but has also served as the Junior Chairperson.

He has also been on a number of committees at the club level. He has been Vice President and Director of Blomidon Golf as well as being golf captain, handicap chairperson and tournament chairperson for the club.

Fred’s tireless effort and dedication to the golf industry over the past thirty plus years has made a significant and palpable impact on the game in this province. 

Walter Crotty

Volunteer, 2012

Bally Haly Golf & Curling Club
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Walter Crotty has dedicated himself to learning and teaching the rules of golf for many years. This is no easy task considering golf probably has the most complicated rules of any sport, with more than 100 sections and subsections of the 34 main rules.

When Mr. Crotty was elected as Rules Director for the NGLA in 2000, the number of qualified rules officials in the province was in the single digits. With such low numbers, these few volunteers were spread thin across the province. In addition, the cost of sending officials to various tournaments placed a huge financial burden on the NLGA. In an effort to remedy this situation, Mr. Crotty has spent the last ten years teaching the rules of golf and encouraging volunteers. His goal was to qualify officials at every venue in the province so that all courses would have enough volunteers. He himself attained National Rules Certification in 2001 and held his first Provincial Rules Seminar at Bally Haly in 2002. Under his tutelage and “lead by example” approach, there are certified officials in every region of the province today.

Walter also gives much of his time at the club, provincial, and national level. At Bally Haly he has served on the Committee as Chairman of Rules and on the Board of Directors as Chair of the Operation and Planning Committee. Provincially, he has been a member of the NLGA Board of Directors for ten years while at the national level he has served as Governor of the RCGA for four years.  As a Rules Official, he volunteers at club and provincial tournaments annually.

Mr. Cotty’s dedication to increasing the knowledge of rules has had a positive and tangible effect on the golfing community in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Tonya Abbott

Employee, 2012

Gander Golf Club
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Tonya (Yetman) Abbott was born April 21, 1968 in Gander, Newfoundland. She started working at the Gander Golf Club in the summer of 1980 as a Pro Shop Assistant and held this post until 1989 when she was promoted to Pro Shop Manager. As part of her duties she assisted in the running of tournaments on committees like the Gander Men’s Invitational Committee and the Gander Ladies Invitational Committee, as well as being actively involved with the junior program. During the construction of the additional nine holes at Gander Golf Club, Ms. Abbott worked closely with the chairman of the back-nine development team and handled much of the correspondence for the project.

In 1996, Ms. Abbott was promoted to General Manager of the club and continues in the post today. Her responsibilities are too numerous to list, however, she has been a great asset to the club. She has developed programs to increase revenue and promote the game of golf while working with local hotels to enhance hospitality programs and tourism in the Gander area. 

Ms. Abbott has also held a variety of positions as member of the GNL for 16 years. She has been a central representative and has worked extensively with regards to marketing. She was also a key member of the board during consolidation of GNL and NLGA.

She remains an advocate of golf programs for youth and often organizes classes on golf technique and etiquette as part of school physical education programs.

As Valedictorian of the 2002 graduating class of the Golf Management Institute of Canada at Glen Abbey, Ms. Abbott continues to be a constant figure lobbying for the promotion and development of the golf industry in this province. She has been a valuable asset to the expansion of the game in Newfoundland and Labrador. 

Helena Bragg

Lifetime Achievement, 2012

Bally Haly Golf & Curling Club
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For the past twenty-two years, Helena Bragg has devoted significant time and effort into the sport of golf in Newfoundland and Labrador.

As a builder, Bragg has been on a number of committees dedicated to improving golf in this province. In 2001 she was the Vice President of the CLGA, NL branch. Then, in 2002, she was elected president of the same organization. In 2004, she was the chair of the Amalgamation Process Committee, responsible for examining other models that could be implemented in Newfoundland, and in 2005 she was the chair of the NL Provincial Amalgamation Committee that dealt with the creation of the new provincial association by consolidating the two organizations. Most recently, in 2010, she has been on the archive committee, overseeing and preparing documents from the NLGA from 1964 to 2006.

As a volunteer, Ms. Bragg has worked with the Junior Ladies program at Bally Haly (1990-1993), the provincial Junior Ladies Golf team (2006-2007) and was the RCGA Women’s Division Representative and Associate Governor for Newfoundland (2006).

She was the director of the Canadian Ladies Golf Association from 2002 to 2004 and worked from 1997 to 2000 as the Provincial Director of Junior Development for the CLGA, NL branch, which introduced the Future Links program to Labrador.

As is evident from a vast array of experiences and contributions, Ms. Bragg worked tirelessly to promote the sport, encourage participation, recognize accomplishments of golfers and build knowledge at multiple levels amongst the golfing community.

Eddie Bearns

Athlete, 2012

Bally Haly Golf & Curling Club
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At the tender age of 13, Eddie Bearns began his golfing career at Pippy Park Golf Course. As a shy teenager, he did not venture far from this home club until 1980 when he traveled to Corner Brook to compete in his first Junior Provincial Tournament. This marked the beginning of a long and successful golfing career. Mr. Bearns finished third in this tournament, earning the right to represent Newfoundland and Labrador at the Canadian Junior Nationals for the first time. In 1987, Mr. Bearns joined Bally Haly and has been tweaking his competitive spirit there ever since.

In 1990 he won his first NL Amateur Championship at the club and went on to the National Amateur Championship in Toronto. Among some of the highlights of his career of the past 23 years include a third place finish in the provincial Amateur tournament in 1994, a first place finish at the provincial Mid-Amateur tournament in 2003, a third place finish in the provincial Amateur tournament in 2007, a second place finish in the provincial Amateur championship in 2008 and a Mid-Masters competition win in 2011.

Outside of provincial and national competitions, Mr. Bearns has attended a number of prestigious invitational events where he has represented Newfoundland and Labrador with pride. In 2004 and 2005 he was invited to the Barrett Invitational in St. Andrews, New Brunswick, which showcases the top amateur golfers in Eastern Canada and the United States, and in 2012 he was part of the Newfoundland team in the Maritime Cup competition.

Mr. Bearns is a great ambassador of golf in this province. He is well known for his participation in club events and has won numerous interclub tournaments and Men’s Club and Match Play Championships. In 2012, he even added a Mixed Club Championship to his resume. His love of the game is unquestionable and he is well known throughout the province, especially at Bally Haly, his participation in golf events.

Tom Jones

Athlete, 2012

Gander Golf Club
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Tom Jones was born June 9th, 1946 in Stoughton, Massachusetts. In his younger years he excelled at baseball at all levels. While playing baseball, Mr. Jones did caddying jobs at some of the local clubs in the area. He enjoyed playing some golf on caddie days, but most of his time was spent playing baseball. He had tryouts with both the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees, getting the opportunity to play developmental ball with the Yankees in the Cape Cod league. Due to an arm injury, however, he was forced to give up ball and enlisted in the U.S. Navy. After serving five years as an Air Traffic Controller, he left the Navy and joined the FAA but eventually left in 1981 after a labour dispute.

Mr. Jones arrived in Gander in 1990 and immediately became very active at the golf club. He found success as a golfer at the club level, provincially and nationally as well. He is a three-time winner of the Gander Men’s Club Championship (1990, 1999, 2002) and was chairman of the Gander Golf Club expansion project to complete the second 9 holes. Provincially, he has been a member of the Men’s Mid-Amateur team (1994), he has won the provincial Senior Men’s Long Drive Championship (2001) and he has been named NL Senior Provincial Champion three times (2004, 2005, 2006). At the National level he has been a member of the Mid-Amateur team (1994), a member of the NL National Senior Team (2003-2007) and was crowned winner of the Senior National Long Drive Championship (2001).

Mr. Jones is married to Lily Brown and has two daughters, Jennifer and Carolyn, two stepsons, Tony and Andrew, and seven grandchildren. He is the current president of the Gander Golf Club.

Sandra Pearcey

Builder, 2012

Bally Haly Golf & Curling Club
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Sandy (Martin) Pearcey began volunteering at Bally Haly in 1982 as Assistant Junior Coordinator after her three daughters expressed interest in the sport. Now, it is not unusual that the sporting interests of children bring their parents into a volunteer role to support them, and so began a long and diverse sketch of volunteer involvement at the club, provincial, and national level that would span twenty years.

In 1983, Ms. Pearcey took on the job as Junior Girls Golf Coordinator at Bally Haly, a position she held for eleven years. Her responsibilities included the running of club tournaments, the organization of clinics and the chaperoning and coaching of junior girls during tournaments. In addition to this, she accepted the position of CLGA Provincial Junior Coordinator from 1985-1990, taking the girls teams across Canada to attend National Tournaments. Three of these girls, Kathryn Matthews, Brenda King and her daughter Gayle, went on to have careers as golf teaching professionals.

In 1986, her interest in Rules led her to volunteer for the position of CLGA Provincial Rules Chairperson after attending three National Rules workshops. In the early 90’s, Ms. Pearcey took on yet another challenge when she became Provincial course Rating Chairperson for the CLGA, and spent the next four years rating all of the courses in Newfoundland and Labrador. Along with these provincial and national responsibilities, Ms. Pearcey has served on the Board of Directors and as Ladies Golf Captain at Bally Haly.

As a competitive golfer, she has attended many CLGA tournaments. In 1995, she and her daughter Gayle made history when they both played on the NL Amateur Ladies Team at the National Amateur Championship. Her love of golf and her willingness to be an integral part of the women’s golf program, even after her daughters had moved on, has made a significant contribution to the development of golf in this province. 

Carrie Hutchinson

Athlete, 2007

Bally Haly Golf & Curling Club
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Newfoundland’s first prominent lady golfer, Caroline ‘Carrie’ Story Hutchinson, first proved her golfing ability in 1919. As a product of the junior program at Bally Haly, she dominated both Match and Medal Play Championships there from 1919 to 1935. In all, she captured the Match Play Championship 11 times and the Medal play Championship 9 times. There were six occasions when she won both the Match and Medal Play Championships in the same year.

1931 was the first year that a Ladies Golf Team represented Newfoundland in a competition abroad. As the reigning Newfoundland Ladies’ Golf Champion, Mrs. Hutchinson headed the team sent by Bally Haly to Nova Scotia. In 1935, she was one of the two Bally Haly representatives sent to the Maritime Ladies’ Golf Championships in which she secured a position on the Maritime Quartet that competed in the National Championships.

Mrs. Hutchinson was also a member of the Silver Division (denoting handicap of 19 or less), a rating category established by the CLGU. She was awarded a silver teaspoon for this achievement 28 times.

Not only an accomplished golfer, Mrs. Hutchinson was a teacher by example. She had a keen interest in young golfers and spent considerable time encouraging them and helping them develop their skills.  Her accomplishments both provincially and nationally did much to stimulate interest in the game, and more ladies took up golf at that time as a result of witnessing her success.

Her involvement with the rebuilding of the Bally Haly Clubhouse after the first fire made certain that members would have a base of operation and a place to improve their game. Over her lifetime, Mrs. Hutchinson did much improve and stimulate golf in this province.

Charles Earle

Athlete/Builder, 2003

Harmon Seaside Links
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After moving from Trinidad to Newfoundland in 1971, Charles ‘Charlie’ Earle has had an outstanding career as athlete and builder of golf in this province. As a member of the Harmon Golf Club, Mr. Earle has held a number of positions ranging from social and tournament chairman to golf captain and president.

In 1997, as club president, Mr. Earle was instrumental in starting discussions concerning the construction of the back nine at Harmon. He was pivotal in securing funding from the ACOA and overseeing the entire project. Whether it be consulting with architects or supervising construction, Mr. Earle ran the operation until the grand opening in 2000.

Mr. Earle was also active on a number of provincial and national boards during this time. As president of the NLGA, he attended a number of conferences (including rules seminars, junior development conferences, sports federation meetings and provincial directors meetings) and advocated for junior players (negotiated airlines tickets for junior competitors, received grants to fund junior events, chaired the junior golf development committee and coordinated provincial junior championships) between 1988 and 1992.

Nationally, Mr. Earle has been the Newfoundland representative on the RCGA.  Mr. Earle has also been a dedicated and consistent supporter of course development with a special interest in agronomy. He has proven an invaluable consultant regarding turf management for clubs in the province.

As an athlete, Mr. Earle found similar success. He was captain of the Newfoundland Provincial Junior Team four consecutive years from 1987-1990 and consistently placed in the top ten at Senior Provincial competitions when he moved to this category in 1990. His most notable athletic accomplishment is perhaps his participation on the 1996 Provincial Senior Team. He is also an avid curler and has competed nationally in this sport.

George Chaulk

Athlete, 1998

Harmon Seaside Links
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George Chaulk’s main contributions to golf in Newfoundland and Labrador have been as an athlete. In 1967, Mr. Chaulk began working as a caddie in order to shadow great golfers and save enough money to buy his own equipment. Soon after, he began playing the sport himself. He joined the Provincial Junior Team in 1971 and would remain a member in 1973 and 1974. During his time as a junior he won a number of awards including the Wilf Peters Memorial Trophy and two Provincial Junior Championships. In 1974, in order to be challenged, Mr. Chaulk was encouraged to play the June Invitational Amateur Championship and ended up winning the title. As a result of this success, he began participating at the Amateur and Mid-Amateur level. Between 1975 and 1996 he was a member of 13 Provincial Teams, won the Provincial Amateur Championship 5 times (1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1991), and the Provincial Mid-Amateur Championship once (1996). During this time he also won a number of club and interclub tournaments and awards including the West Coast Open Championship (1975, 1977, 1978, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1985), the Captain’s Cup (1975, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1987) and the Alcan Golfer of the Year Award (1972), just to name a few. He has also been very active at his home club of Harmon Seaside Links. He served as golf captain on the executive there in 1980 and 1996 and volunteered to teach juniors and amateurs at the club level. As a result of his many successes, Mr. Chaulk was awarded Stephenville Male Athlete of the Year in 1996.

Herb Feder

Builder, 1998

Bally Haly Country Club
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Herb Feder joined Bally Haly Golf & Curling Club in 1937 and was an active member there for many years. From 1969 to 1971 he served as Golf Captain at the club and helped with the organization of events there. Beyond the club level, he has done much to build the sport. Mr. Feder became a member of the NLGA in 1965 and served the association for 4 years before becoming its treasurer in 1969. This is a position he would hold for 19 years until 1988. Due to his extensive work with the organization, he was named an Honorary Governor of the NLGA in 1981. As member of the NLGA he also served as Governor, representing Newfoundland, of the Royal Canadian Golf Association. He held this position for 10 years, from 1972 to 1981. As a tribute to his many achievements, he was honored by the RCGA in February 1997 for distinguished service in the Newfoundland and Labrador Golf Association.

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