October 6, 2014
Jon Mills, Brad Fritsch, and Matt McQuillan followed in his footsteps. It was a path Gary Bowerman blazed that still remains largely unrecognized among golf enthusiasts in Eastern Ontario. Decades before the more modern trio ascended to PGA TOUR membership, it was Bowerman who first earned the status as a golfer from the region. Unfortunately, his premature death has left his story largely lost in time.
Born in 1941 in Picton, an enclave for many branches of the Bowerman clan, Gary moved to Belleville, Ontario in 1951 with his family where he took up membership at the Bay of Quinte Golf & Country Club.
At the Bay of Quinte the young Bowerman quickly distinguished himself, winning multiple junior championships, as well as the men's club championship in 1962. Soon after that he decided to turn professional (1963), leading to employment at the Islington Golf Club in Etobicoke.
He continued his fine play in the professional ranks, winning the Ontario Assistants' Championship in 1965 and 1966. He also returned to his hometown to win the Bay of Quinte Festival Pro Tournament in 1967; a title we could also capture in 1976.
Bowerman made the first of seven RBC Canadian Open appearances…
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