In 2014, at the age of 17, Brooke Henderson of Smith Falls was already on top of the world as the number one ranked amateur woman in the world. An impressive year with two top 10 finishes. One at the LPGA US Open and another on the Canadian Woman’s Tour. In December of 2014, Brooke announced that she was turning pro. She started her pro career with promising results, winning the Suncoast Series Tour event in Winter Garden Florida in her first pro tournament.
What Ada Mackenzie did in her era was remarkable when you take into consideration the role of women in society. While men dominated the world, women were shunted to the shadows of life but Mackenzie was an exception. "I started golfing when women were supposed to know more about a cook stove than a niblick," Mackenzie once said.Mackenzie, who was single all her life, grew up in golf. Her father and mother both played. She went on to become the first lady of Canadian golf.For eight years, she attended long-established Havergal College on Avenue Road near Lawrence Ave. in Toronto, the stylish private school just for girls. She dug right into cricket, basketball, tennis, hockey and figure skating. She was voted the college’s athlete of the year three consecutive years. That’s how prolific she was. One year, she was Canadian waltzing (ice dancing) champion in figure skating.
Allan George "Al" Balding (April 29, 1924 – July 30, 2006) was a Canadian professional golfer best known for being the first Canadian to win on the PGA Tour.
Balding was born in Toronto, Ontario. He served in France and Germany as a member of the Canadian Army during World War II. He became a professional golfer in 1950.
Gary Cowan of Kitchener. How can we forget that introduction by print and broadcast journalists in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s as they would tell us of the latest exploits of one of Canada’s most famous amateur golfers?
Talk about a quality player on the course. That was Cowan, who excelled not only in Canada but south of the border and outside North America.
George Alfred Christian Knudson, CM (June 28, 1937 – January 24, 1989) was a Canadian professional golfer, who along with Mike Weir holds the record for the Canadian with the most wins on the PGA Tour, with eight career victories.
Born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Knudson learned to play golf at the St Charles Golf and Country Club. He won the 1954 and 1955 Manitoba Junior Championships, and the 1955 Canadian Junior Championship. He moved to Toronto in 1958, and worked at the Oakdale Golf Club, where he received instruction and encouragement from the Club, along with some financial backing, to try the PGA Tour. He won the Manitoba Open in 1958, 1959, and 1960, and the Ontario Open in 1960 and 1961.
Marlene Stewart Streit, (born March 9, 1934) is a golfer and member of the World Golf Hall of Fame.
She was born in Cereal, Alberta. She learned golf from Gordon McInnis Sr. at the Lookout Point Golf Club in Fonthill, Ontario.
Murray Irwin "Moe" Norman (July 10, 1929 – September 4, 2004) was a Canadian professional golfer.
Born in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, Norman played briefly in the PGA Tour but due to shyness and a preference to stay in Canada, he stayed in Ontario rather than travel.
Sandra Post, CM (born June 4, 1948) the first Canadian to play on the LPGA Tour.
Born in Oakville, Ontario, she turned professional in 1968 after a very successful amateur career that included winning the Ontario and Canadian Junior Girl’s Championship three times. In her debut season on the LPGA Tour, Post became the youngest to win an LPGA major tournament by capturing the LPGA Championship. Her victory over defending champion Kathy Whitworth also marked the first victory in the Championship by a non-U.S. player. For her performance on the professional circuit, Post was voted the Tour's "Rookie of the Year."