Karl Keffer

Karl Keffer

Born: 1882 in Tottenham, Ontario

Karl Keffer was a founding member of the PGA of Canada in 1911. He sat as Honorary Secretary-Treasurer from 1914-1928, Captain from 1934-1937 and President from 1938 to 1940. Keffer was also a two-time winner of the Canadian Open, winning in 1909 and 1914. With his national open win in 1909, he became the first (and only) Canadian-born golfer to win the championship.


  • Canadian Open 1909, 1914
  • Quebec Open 1927
  • Manitoba Open 1919
  •  He is the only Canadian born Canadian Open Champion


  • One of the founding members of the PGA of Canada 
  • Served as the Secretary Treasurer 1914 -1928, Captain 1934 to 1937, and President 1938- 1940

Served as Head Professional: 

  • Jekyll Island C.C.
  • Royal Ottawa

Hall of Fame Induction History:

  • Canadian Golf Hall of Fame 1986
  • Ontario Golf Hall of Fame 2000
  • Quebec Golf Hall of Fame 2016
  • PGA of Ontario Hall of Fame 2020
  • Ottawa Valley Golf Association Hall of Fame 2021

Source: PGA of Canada Hall of Fame / Golf Ontario Hall of Fame /Canadian Golf Hall of Fame