Karl Keffer

Karl Keffer

Karl Keffer

Inducted: 1986
Category: Professional Golfer

Born: March 1, 1882
Place of Birth: Tottenham, Ontario
Death: October 22, 1955

Golf Course Affiliation: Professional of the Royal Ottawa Golf Club, 1911-1945.

Karl Keffer, winner of the Canadian Open in 1909 and 1914, was the first Canadian-born golfer to win our national championship. He was a founding member of the CPGA (now PGA of Canada) and held the positions of Secretary-Treasurer, Captain and President over his 29-year involvement with the association.

  • 1909, 1914 Canadian Open Champion
  • 1919 Canadian Open Runner-up


  • 1926 Quebec Open Champion
  • 1919 Manitoba Open Champion

Other Items of Note:

  • Karl Keffer was a founding member of the PGA of Canada in 1911, its Honorary Secretary-Treasurer from 1914 to 1928, Captain from 1934 to 1937 and President from 1938 to 1940.
  • Keffer is the only Canadian-born golfer ever to have won the Canadian Open.


Inducted to Ontario Golf Hall of Fame in 2000

Inducted to PGA of Canada Hall of Fame in 2014


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