18 Holes 18 Questions: Edgar Hill


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Name:   Edgar Hill

Bally Haly Golf Course

Biography: I have played many sports in my life and some people say I was a very good athlete. I played baseball, hockey, softball, soccer and provincial NL darts, however, golf is my favorite sport. I have a very athletic family. My brother Jack won scoring championships and MVP awards in junior and senior hockey. He also played for the St. John’s Capitals from 1968-1975 and won 3 Herder Trophies. He is in the NL Hockey Hall of Fame. My son Jason has represented NL and competed in national goIf tournaments. (I put a lot of hard work into Jason – taught him everything he knows). He is currently the golf pro at Bally Haly. My other son Adam played for the NL Rock rugby team that won national titles. My brother Carl played many sports, but was not very good at them. I guess we all can’t be good athletes (lol). However, Carl’s daughter Sarah Hill (Boland) has skipped and twice represented NL in the Scotties Tournament of Hearts.

  1. What is your full name?

Edgar Bonnell Hill

  1. Where were you born?

Wesleyville, NL.

  1. Where do you live today?

St. John’s, NL.

  1. What would people be surprised to learn about you?

I won the scoring championship in the St. John’s Junior High School Hockey League in 1969- 1970, while playing for the Prince of Wales Collegiate. I would have won more scoring titles in later years if some of my linemates could only put the puck in the net. (lol)          

  1. Are you a member of a golf club and what club?

Bally Haly Country Club – St. John’s

  1. Who do you regularly play golf with?

The last few years I played with Bern Parsons, Duane Winsor and Charlie Peddle. Charlie is an airline pilot and we would kid Charlie that he could land the biggest of planes with pin-point accuracy on an airport runway, but couldn’t hit a little white golf ball in the fairway.

  1. What’s your favorite course that you have played?

Grande Meadows Golf Course in Frenchman’s Cove on the Burin Peninsula

  1. What course would you like to play anywhere in the world?

Augusta National Golf Course          

  1. Where and when did you start golfing?

I started golfing in 1975 at the old 9-hole course at Pippy Park, when it was managed by Ruth Halliday. In those days Eddie Bearns and Bud Halliday were fixtures on the course.

  1. Can you (briefly) tell us your most memorable golf experience.

My annual trip with Bernie Halloran, Kelly Potts and Bernie’s son – Jason to play in the Annual Grande Meadows Invitational golf tournament. Every year we looked forward to our annual trip and especially the ride to and from Frenchman’s Cove. Those weekends were filled with treasured memories of songs, stories and laughter. The treatment we received from the people at Grande Meadows through the years has been so remarkable! Today, I have many close friends on the Burin Peninsula.

  1. Can you (briefly) tell us your funniest golf experience.

I have had so many funny and memorable experiences on and off the golf course. Maybe you’re better off asking some of the readers to tell you some Edgar stories. I hear there are so many.

  1. How do you like to relax?

I like to watch sports on TV, especially the Montreal Canadians and I never miss Brad Gushue curling on TV….although they show his father Ray, way too much for my liking (lol). I also like to watch old John Wayne western movies. NASCAR is a favorite of mine to watch as well.    Sometimes I have a sore neck after watching the cars zoom by on the TV for 2-3 hours. (lol).

  1. What is your most treasured golf possession?

I have won several trophies in golf, but my greatest golf accomplishment cannot be measured in the score(s) shot or trophies won. I treasure the many friendships I have made through my golf journey and the people I’ve met in the golfing community throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. Golf has truly enriched my life in many ways.

  1. What is your best/worst quality on the golf course?

Best quality – I like to arrive early at the golf course and hit a few balls and be at the tee box        early for my starting time. I do not like people who are always late for their tee times.(lol).

Worst quality- People say I play way too fast and it annoys them. I just have to learn how to slow down and relax a little more on the golf course. (lol – lol).

  1. What 3 people would you like to join you at a dream dinner party.

I have two dream dinner parties. One would be with Bernie Halloran, Kelly Potts and Johnny Cash while the other dream dinner party would be with Roger Grimes, Joey Smallwood and Danny Williams.

  1. What is your favorite/least favorite golfing hole on a Newfoundland & Labrador golf course?

My least favorite is #17 on the old Bally Haly Golf Course. My favorite is #1 on Grande Meadows Golf Course. I knew that when I tee’d off on that hole it was the beginning of a fun-filled weekend.

  1. What do you think is the worst rule in golf and how would you change it?

The worst rule in golf is having to hit your golf ball from a divot. The way I would change it is    simple..these days I just roll it over.

  1. What advice would you give to a young golfer starting to play golf today?

You should purchase the right golf equipment and get the proper golf instruction at an early age. Respect your golfing partners, be willing to seek advice from the more accomplished golfer and always respect your elders…And always remember to be thankful that you have been afforded the opportunity to play golf.