History Walk – Greg Olson Wins Canadian Amateur

1980 Canadian Amateur, Doug Olson (2nd from right) Photo: Canadian Golf Hall of Fame archives
1980 Canadian Amateur, Doug Olson (2nd from right) Photo: Canadian Golf Hall of Fame archives
1980 Canadian Amateur, Doug Olson (2nd from right) Photo: Canadian Golf Hall of Fame archives

In modern times the strongest tie to the Canadian Amateur Golf Championship for Ottawa came in 1980.

That year a 26 year-old Ottawa golfer, Greg Olson, won the most coveted amateur title in the country at the 6,827-yard new Ashburn Golf Club in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Olson fired a final round of 73 that year to complete the tournament win with a score of 6 over par, 290.  He also helped team Quebec capture their first Willingdon Cup since 1937 and was the first player representing that province to win the individual title since 1932 when Gordon B. Taylor from the Kanawaki Golf Club was the Canadian Amateur winner in match play.

Greg finished three strokes ahead of Steve Hayles from the St. Georges Golf & Country Club and Stu Hamilton from the Brampton Golf Club.

“It’s my biggest thrill in golf,” Olson was quoted at the time in an Ottawa Citizen article by Martin Cleary.  “I’m on cloud nine and I don’t think I’ll come down for a week.  To win the amateur is something every Canadian strives for.”

The Chaudière Golf Club member would go on to a short professional career but always held the Canadian Amateur win as his career golfing highlight.

/ Joe McLean @FlagstickJoe