Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame


  • To establish a forum where deserving members of the PGA of Ontario can be honoured for making a significant impact to the game of golf, the growth of the game of golf or exceptional contributions to the PGA of Ontario.


  • To found a PGA of Ontario Hall of Fame that is consistent with generally accepted policies and ideals of other golf Halls of Fame;
  • To recognize the highest level of performance, honour, standard of excellence and merit displayed by members of the PGA of Ontario.


  • To create a formula for members of the Association to be presented for consideration and a method of fairness for those applicants to be received into the PGA of Ontario Hall of Fame.
  • To designate a place where inductees are honoured for outstanding achievements, performance excellence, distinctive contributions and superior effort.
  • To provide an environment where interested parties can enjoy recounting the career accomplishments, lifetime memories, personal successes, historical occurrences, days gone by and past events at a minimum of cost both to the Association and patrons.
  • To ensure that the PGA of Ontario Hall of Fame acts as a constant, reliable source of recorded history and is readily and easily accessible to all parties in the Golf Community.

Basic Practice:

  • Every nominee shall receive the utmost in fairness and equality regardless of race, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, etc. (reference Human Rights Code 5 (1) whether they are living or deceased).
  • It is incumbent upon the Chair to ensure every nomination is held in strict confidence and to act as a facilitator to help guide the nominator through the nomination process.
  • The Selection Committee shall perform with the highest integrity to protect the best interests of the Hall of Fame Inductees, Hall of Fame nominees, the members of the PGA of Canada, the members of the PGA of Ontario and the general public.
  • The Board of Directors, the Selection Committee and the Committee Chair will make every effort to ensure each nomination is given every opportunity for induction into the Hall of Fame provided they act in a fair and equal manner.

Qualifications for Entry

  • Open to PGA of Ontario members only who have earned the minimum membership category of Class A for 20 years or at the discretion of the Selection Committee and approved by the Board of Directors.
  • Must have at least one nominating second signature accompanied by a supporting letter from a PGA of Ontario Class A member in good standing.
  • May have supporting letters written by PGA of Ontario Class A members in good standing to a maximum of 3 letters. Such letters are to add clarity, verification, documentation and support to the nomination.
  • ALL inductees into the Hall of Fame MUST pass a Criminal Background Check.
  • Any staff member who fulfills the ‘Qualifications’ may be nominated.
  • Current members of the Nominating Committee including the Chair are not eligible until their term of office has expired.
  • The Selection Committee may (at their discretion) appoint candidates for nomination provided the nomination follows the normal process for consideration. However, members of the Selection Committee may NOT be a nominator, a second or a supporting letter writer.

Career Accomplishments:

  • Golf Professional- to include an overall career of distinguished service to his/her Club, to the PGA of Ontario and to the general Golf Community as an exemplary role model for other Professionals and Amateurs including Juniors. For having established a standard of excellence in the golf profession to the highest level; a member who has added exceptional value to the PGA of Ontario and the Golf Community
  • Teacher – to honour a teacher of golf who has provided a quality of instruction that has influenced his/her students to attain enjoyment, competitive excellence and/or improvement to their quality of play. A person, who has developed teaching methods, technological advancement and/or progressive innovations to the highest levels of accomplishment.
  • Player – to include any and all Championships (male or female) equal or greater in competitive value to the PGA of Ontario Spring Open, Zone Championship, Fall Classic, Assistants’ Championship, Women’s Championship, Seniors Championship, or Player of the Year Championship. A player should be able to demonstrate a significant level of performance with victory or consistently high placements.
  • Builder – to recognize those who have: built (constructed), renovated and/or managed/owned a Golf Facility, contributed to the careers of other Golf Professionals and the development of programs (Juniors, new golfers, etc.) in the growth of the game of golf.
  • Career recognition – could apply to applicants with careers prior to 1950. NOTE: The date of 1950 is selected as a historical point where confirmation of information becomes more difficult. Therefore, a nominated person’s career accomplishments may rely more on reputation or historical documentation.
  • Contributor – served on the Board of Directors, implemented action plans to grow the game and added significant benefit to the PGA of Ontario.
  • Philanthropic – a PGA of Ontario member who has made significant financial or gift-in-kind contributions to the PGA of Ontario.
  • Media – a PGA of Ontario member who has made recognizable contributions to benefit the PGA of Ontario by reporting accomplishments, activities and/or events of its members and professional golf in Ontario in general, adding significant benefit to the PGA of Ontario.

NOTE:  All inductees are to be considered as equal members of the Hall of Fame unless the Board of Directors determines a Nomination to be of such superior excellence that they deserve a special form of recognition. Therefore, inductions will be based on the criteria listed under the various categories (listed above) and the exceptional performance and/or efforts put forth to achieve them. No category is assigned any more or less value than another and nominees might present a high level of accomplishment in several categories but once inducted they are equal in their position as a ‘member’ of the Hall of Fame. The categories are listed to provide a guide for The Board of Directors, The Selection Committee, The Nominator, The Nominee and all concerned parties. Nominations are not limited to any one category but may include facets of multiple categories.