October 6, 2014
One of the most prolific golfers to be born in Canada ended her marvelous run earlier this month. Rosemary Kate Thompson, a member of the Cornwall (Ontario) Sports Hall of Fame since 1968, in the city where she grew up, has passed away in New Mexico at the age of 76.
Her death went largely unnoticed in the nation of her birth, a real shame considering all she accomplished in her chosen sport. In fact, you'd be hard pressed to find much attention given to her golf exploits in Canadian media through the years.
Born in 1943 as Rosemary Phillips, she was part of an extended family of accomplished golfers. The Phillips name is well-known in the city of her birth.
Rosemary found golf success early in life, on the fairways of the venerable Cornwall Golf & Country Club, where she took up the game at age 7. It was there where she became the junior champion in 1956. The next year she would finish as the runner-up at the Quebec Junior's Girls' Championship. She would represent that province at national championships three times.
At the club level, Rosemary would take the trophy at Cornwall Club Championship in 1959, 1961,…
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