Ada Mackenzie founds the Ladies Golf Club of Toronto, the only club in North America founded by a woman for women
Ada Mackenzie of Toronto, Ont. founds the Ladies Golf Club of Toronto in 1924, the only club in North America founded by a woman for women. She also won five Canadian Women’s Amateur Championships over the course of an accomplished playing career.
Adam Hadwin shoots golf’s elusive 59
Adam Hadwin of Abbotsford, B.C., fired a round that included 13 birdies and five pars for a 59 at the 2017 CareerBuilder Challenge becoming (at the time) only the ninth player in PGA TOUR history to shoot a sub-60 score. After his runner-up finish, Hadwin went on to win the Valspar Championship later that year.
Al Balding becomes the 1st Canadian to win on the PGA TOUR outside of Canada
Al Balding of Toronto, Ont. becomes the first Canadian to win a PGA TOUR event outside of Canada when he captured the 1955 Mayfair Inn Open at the Mayfair Country Club.
Alena Sharp, Brooke Henderson, Graham DeLaet and David Hearn represent Canada in golf’s return to the Olympics after a 112-year absence
Alena Sharp of Hamilton, Ont., Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls, Ont., Graham DeLaet of Weyburn, Sask., and David Hearn of Brantford, Ont. represent Canada in golf’s 2016 return to the Olympics in Brazil after a 112-year absence.
Alison Murdoch wins the Irish, British, Pacific Northwest, and Canadian Senior titles over a three-year span
Alison Murdoch of Victoria, B.C., wins the Irish Women’s Senior (2004, 2005, 2007, 2009), British Senior Women’s (2007), Pacific Northwest Golf Association Women’s Senior (2005,2011) and Canadian Women’s Senior Championships (2002, 2004, 2005, 2007).
Amateur golfer Lydia Ko shocks the LPGA Tour by winning the Canadian Women’s Open in back-to-back years (2012-2013)
Lydia Ko shocked the LPGA Tour andthe golf world by winning the Canadian Women’s Open in back-to-back years (2012-2013) as a 15- then 16-year-old amateur. She would win it again – this time the CP Women’s Open – as a professional in 2015.
Arnold Palmer wins his 1st and last professional victories in Canada
Arnold Palmer scores his first PGA TOUR win at the 1955 Canadian Open at Weston Golf and Country Club in Toronto, Ont. and his last professional (non-senior) win at the 1980 PGA of Canada Championship at Mayfair Golf and Country Club in Edmonton, Alta.
Bob Vokey designs and launches his own wedges which would become the no. 1 wedge in the world
Bob Vokey of Montreal, Que., designs and launches his own wedges which would become the number one wedge in the world. Vokey Wedges continue to be the favourite of professional and amateur golfers world-wide.
Brent Franklin wins consecutive Canadian Junior, Canadian Amateur and PGA of Canada titles
Brent Franklin of Vancouver, B.C. won back-to-back Canadian Junior Boys Championships in 1983 and 1984. He followed up the accomplishment with three consecutive Canadian Men’s Amateur Championships in 1985, 86’ and 87’ and then won the PGA of Canada Championship in 1988.
Brooke Henderson becomes winningest Canadian professional
Brooke Henderson of Smith’s Falls, Ont., becomes the winningest Canadian on either the LGPA or PGA Tours with nine titles following her victory at the 2019 Meijer LPGA Classic.
Brooke Henderson wins the CP Women’s Open
The first Canadian Women’s Open was won in 1973 by Jocelyne Bourassa of Montreal, Que. and another Canadian wouldn’t hoist the trophy until Brooke Henderson of Smith’s Falls, Ont. broke through to win the 2018 CP Women’s Open at the Wascana Golf Club in Regina, Sask.
Byron Nelson records his 11th consecutive victory on the PGA TOUR by winning the 1945 Canadian Open
American Byron Nelson holds the record for most consecutive wins on the PGA TOUR—a record set after he won his 11th championship at the 1945 Canadian Open at Thornhill Golf and Country Club in Toronto.
Canadian Ladies Golf Association is formed
Florence Harvey of Hamilton, Ont., helped to form the Canadian Ladies Golf Union in 1913. The CLGU would later become the Canadian Ladies Golf Association, which went on to amalgamate with the Royal Canadian Golf Association (now Golf Canada) in 2005 to form one united National Sport Federation and governing body.
Cathy Sherk wins the Ontario, Canadian North-South, and World Amateur titles in 1978
Cathy Sherk of Port Colborne, Ont. had a stellar year in 1978 winning the Ontario Women’s Amateur, Canadian Women’s Amateur, North-South Women’s Amateur and World Amateur Championship. The results earned her both the Canadian Female Athlete of the Year and Ontario Athlete of the Year awards. She was also voted Golf Digest’s Women’s Amateur Golfer of the Year.
Claude Pattemore wins the International, US, Canadian and Ontario Blind Golf titles
Along with fourteen Ontario Blind Golfers’ and twelve Canadian Blind Golfers’ titles, Claude Pattemore of Hamilton, Ont. would go on to win the 1963 United States, and 1963 International Blind Golfers Championships.
Dawn Coe-Jones and Lisa Walters win back-to-back events on the LPGA Tour
Dawn Coe-Jones and Lisa Walters win back-to-back events on the LGPA Tour in 1992 with Coe-Jones winning the Women’s Kemper Open and Walters claiming the Itoki Hawaiian Ladies Open.
Doug Sanders wins the 1956 Canadian Open – the first and only amateur to claim the title
American Doug Sanders wins the 1956 Canadian Open at Beaconsfield Golf Club in Montreal to become the first and only amateur golfer to win the championship.
Eight Canadian Men’s Amateur titles won by George Lyon
At age 38, George S. Lyon of Toronto, Ont. takes up the game of golf on a dare from a friend. Within two years, he wins his first of eight Canadian Men’s Amateur Championships, the most in the history of the event.
Gary Cowan wins two US Men’s Amateur titles
Gary Cowan of Kitchener, Ont. would win he 1966 U.S. Men’s Amateur at Merion Golf Club. Five years later (1971) at the Wilmington Country Club, Cowan would win again to become the only Canadian to ever win the event twice.
Gayle Borthwick wins two US Senior Women’s Amateur titles
In 1996, Gayle Borthwick of Regina, Sask., wins the U.S. Women’s Senior Amateur Championship at Broadmoor Golf Club in stroke play format and then wins it again two years later in match play at Golden Horseshow Golf Club.
George Knudson and Mike Weir tie for most career PGA TOUR victories by a Canadian with eight
George Knudson Winnipeg, Man. and Mike Weir of Brights Grove, Ont. tie for most career PGA TOUR victories by a Canadian with eight.
George Knudson wins eight times on the PGA TOUR
George Knudson of Winnipeg, Man., who won eight times on the PGA TOUR, got his 1968 season off to a great start by winning back-to-back Arizona events in February –the Phoenix Open Invitational followed by the Tucson Open Invitational.
George Lyon becomes Olympic golf champion
At the age of 46, George S. Lyon of Toronto defeats the heavily favoured U.S. Men’s Amateur champion Chandler Egan of the United States to win the 1904 Olympic Golf Championship in St. Louis. Golf would not be contested in the Olympics again for another 112 years when it made it return at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Glen Abbey Golf Club becomes the home for the Canadian Open
Glen Abbey Golf Club, Jack Nicklaus’ first solo design, opens in 1976 in Oakville, Ont. It is designed to be the permanent home of the Canadian Open as well as the headquarters for Golf Canada and the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame and Museum. The course would go on to host 30 Canadian Open championships.
Golf course architect Stanley Thompson visits Jasper, Alta., in May 1924 and is inspired to build one of the most iconic courses in North America
Golf course architect Stanley Thompson of Toronto, Ont. visits Jasper, Alta. in May 1924 and is inspired to build one of the most amazing courses in North America. Thompson becomes a co-founder of the American Society of Golf Course Architects and would pioneer the risk-reward style of golf course architecture that is still used today.
Jennifer Kirby wins the Ontario Junior, Ontario Women’s Amateur, Canadian Junior, and Canadian Women’s Amateur Championships in 2009
Jennifer Kirby of Paris, Ont. wins the Ontario Junior, Ontario Women’s Amateur, Canadian Junior, and Canadian Women’s Amateur Championships in 2009.
Jerry Anderson becomes the first (and only) Canadian-born player to win on the European Tour
Jerry Anderson of Montreal, Que. becomes the first (and only) Canadian-born player to win on the European Tour with a victory in the 1984 European Masters Swiss Open. His score of 27-under-par stood as a European Tour record for 19 years and remains the lowest 72-hole score at the event.
Jocelyne Bourassa wins LPGA Tour title on home soil
After nailing a 30-foot putt on the 18th hole at Montreal Municipal Golf Club to force a playoff with Judy Rankin and Sandra Hayne, Jocelyne Bourassa of Montreal wins the 1973 la Canadienne. She also became the first Canadian to win an LPGA event in Canada.
Jules Huot becomes the 1st Canadian professional golfer to win a PGA TOUR event
Jules Huot of Boischatel, Que. becomes the first Canadian professional golfer to win on the PGA TOUR with a victory in the 1937 General Brock Open at Lookout Point Country Club in Fonthill, Ont.
Ken Black is the first Canadian to win a PGA TOUR event
Playing as an amateur, Vancouver, B.C. resident Ken Black becomes the first Canadian to capture a PGA TOUR event by winning the 1936 Vancouver Golden Jubilee Tournament at his home course, the Shaughnessy Golf Club.
Lee Trevino becomes the 1st golfer to win the US Open, The Open Championship, and the Canadian Open in the same year
Lee Trevino had a remarkable year in 1971 by winning the United States Open Championship in June, and then The Open Championship and Canadian Open in back-to-back weeks, making him the first player in PGA TOUR history to win the three National Open Championships in the same year.
Lorie Kane wins three times on the LPGA Tour in 2000
Lorie Kane of Charlottetown, P.E.I., joins Sandra Post Oakville, Ont. as the only players to win three times in the same year on the LPGA Tour. Kane won the Michelob Light Classic, New Albany Classic, and LPGA Takefuji Classic in 2000.
Marlene Streit wins 3 international titles
Marlene Stewart Streit of Cereal, Alta., captures the British (1953), United States (1956), and Australian (1963) Women’s Amateur Championships. Along with her 11 victories at the Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship, she becomes the only person to win all four national amateur championships. In 2004, she was the first Canadian inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.
Matt Hill wins the NCAA individual title in 2009, along with seven other victories, tying Tiger Woods’ record for wins by a college golfer in a season
Matt Hill of Sarnia, Ont. wins the NCAA individual title in 2009, which along with seven other victories, equaled Tiger Woods’ record for most wins by a college golfer in a season. He won the Haskins Award as the Most Outstanding Collegiate Golfer for 2009, was named the ACC Male Athlete of the Year and rose as high as number-two in the world amateur golf ranking.
Mike Weir beats Tiger Woods at The President’s Cup
Canadian fan-favourite Mike Weir beats Tiger Woods 1-up in the singles portion of the 2007 Presidents Cup at Royal Montreal Golf Club in Ile Bizard, Que. Although the United States went on to defeat the International team 19 ½ – 14 ½, the signature match was remembered as the highlight of the tournament.
Mike Weir wins The Masters
Mike Weir of Brights Grove, Ont. wins The Masters Tournament in 2003 becoming the first left-handed champion and the first Canadian male to win a modern era major. He secured his victory in a one-hole playoff with Len Mattiace.
Moe Norman is inducted into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame
Moe Norman of Kitchener, Ont. is inducted into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame after a career that sees him win almost every title in Canada except the Canadian Open. Moe would earn the nickname Pipeline because of the straightness of his drives.
Nick Taylor becomes the world’s no. 1 amateur golfer for 10 weeks in 2009
Nick Taylor of Abbotsford, B.C., was the number-one ranked male amateur in the world for 10 weeks in 2009. That year, he was runner-up in the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship and was the low amateur in the U.S. Open. He would turn pro in 2010 and has since won twice on the PGA TOUR, the 2014 Sanderson Farms and 2020 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
On December 25, 1826 a group of Scottish immigrants gather near Montreal to play golf – the first recorded instance of golf in Canada
On December 25, 1826 a group of Scottish immigrants to Canada gather at Priest’s Farm near Montreal, Que. to play golf, according to a report in the Montreal Herald. It is the first recorded instance of golf being played in Canada.
Pat Fletcher is the last Canadian to win the Canadian Open
Pat Fletcher of Saskatoon, Sask. becomes the last Canadian to win the Canadian Open in 1954 at Point Grey Golf and Country Club in Vancouver, B.C.
Royal Canadian Golf Association is formed and 1st National Amateur is conducted
The Royal Canadian Golf Association (now Golf Canada) is formed in 1895 at a meeting in Ottawa. The first Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship is held that same year at Royal Ottawa Golf Club and is won by Thomas Harley of Kingston, Ont.
Sandra Post becomes 1st Canadian to win on the LPGA Tour
In 1968, Sandra Post of Oakville, Ont. becomes the first Canadian to win an LPGA event when she captured the LPGA Championship at Pleasant Valley Country Club She would be the first Canadian to win an LPGA major and would go on to claim Tour’s Rookie of the Year honours.
Sandra Post wins three times on the LPGA Tour in 1979
Sandra Post of Oakville, Ont. wins three LPGA titles in the same year capturing the Colgate-Dinah Shore Winners Circle, Lady Michelob, and ERA Real Estate Classic tournaments in 1979.
Stephen Ames wins the Players Championship
Stephen Ames wins the PGA TOUR’s Players Championship in 2006. The native of Trinidad and Tobago had become a Canadian citizen the previous year.
Team Canada wins 1st America’s Cup title
Held bi-annually starting in 1951, the America’s Cup pits the United States, Mexico, and Canada against each other in amateur team matches. Team Canada, featuring Doug Silverberg of Red Deer, Alta., Bill Pidlaski of Winnipeg, Man., Keith Alexander of Vulcan, Alta., Gary Cowan of Kitchener, Ont., John Johnston of Vancouver, B.C., Bert Ticehurst of Chilliwack, B.C., and Nick Weslock of Burlington, Ont. would win its first and only title in 1965 at St. Charles Country Club.
Team Canada wins 1st World Cup title
The World Cup, a two-player men’s team event, was originally called the Canada Cup and featured the United States, Scotland, Germany, England, Spain, and others. Al Balding of Toronto, Ont. and George Knudson of Winnipeg, Man. would become the first Canadian team to win the event in 1968 Olgiata Golf Club in Rome, with Balding also winning the individual title.
Team Canada wins the Dunhill Cup
Dave Barr of Kelowna, B.C., Rick Gibson of Calgary, Alta., and Ray Stewart of Matsqui, B.C., win the 1994 Dunhill Cup at St. Andrews Links in Scotland. The 3-man team event on the European Tour featured professional golfers by country.
Tiger’s bunker shot at Glen Abbey
Tiger Woods hit one of his most epic shots, known as the “bunker shot,” from a fairway bunker on the 18th hole at Glen Abbey Golf Club to the fringe of green that solidified his win at the 2000 Canadian Open. The victory made Woods only the second player in history (joining Lee Trevino in 1971) to win the men’s Triple Crown – comprised of The Open, Canadian Open and U.S. Open titles – in the same year.
US Amateur title won by 1st Canadian
In 1932 at Baltimore Country Club, C. Ross (Sandy) Somerville of London, Ont. becomes the first Canadian to win the United States Men’s Amateur Championship which at the time, was considered one of golf’s four majors.
With the amalgamation of the RCGA and CLGA, Golf Canada is designated as the National Sport Organization by Sport Canada
With the amalgamation of the Royal Canadian Golf Association and former Canadian Ladies Golf Association in 2005, Karen Rackel of Edmonton, Alta. becomes the first female president in the association’s history. The RCGA would be designated as the National Sport Organization by Sport Canada and in 2010 was re-branded to Golf Canada.