The late Karl Keffer, a member of the Canadian and Ontario Golf Halls of Fame, was formally inducted into the Golf Quebec Hall of Fame in a ceremony at the Royal Ottawa Golf Club in Gatineau, Quebec last evening (June 29).
The Royal Ottawa Golf Club is celebrating its 125th Anniversary this year and the induction of one of their former golf professionals was a fitting tribute to the history of the Club.
Present for the induction ceremony was Kyle Keffer, the great grandson of Karl Keffer along with Kyle’s daughter and Karl’s great, great grand-daughter Seren Keffer.
As a local golf historian and member of the Golf Historical Society of Canada and also a writer for Flagstick Golf Magazine and Ontario Golf News, I was honoured to talk about Karl Keffer to a room full of Royal Ottawa Golf Club Members and their guests from around the world who were also on hand to celebrate the Club’s 125th Anniversary.
On hand for the induction ceremony were officials from Golf Quebec including Executive-Director J.P. Beaulieu, President Marcel Paul Raymond, Vice-President Robert Bissonnette, Hall of Fame Committee Members Dave Ross and Paul Schofield as well as Golf Canada Vice-President Charlie Beaulieu.
Mr. Beaulieu, on behalf of Golf Quebec and Golf Canada presented Royal Ottawa Golf Club President Tim Wardrop with a plaque commemorating the 125th Anniversary of the Club.
Also on hand were Ottawa Valley Golf Association President Alex Pugh and Office Manager Rick Henderson. Alex Pugh presented a plaque to Royal Ottawa President Tim Wardrop recognizing the Club’s 125th Anniversary.
When asked what this induction ceremony meant him and his family, Kyle Keffer responded – “History. It’s hard to explain. Lineage, it’s about being connected to something greater than just an individual person; it’s about being part of a family and a culture and realizing that family culture can extend to history. It’s about recognizing that although the feats of my great grandfather are amazing; it’s not just about what he accomplished but who he was as a part of this Club. It’s amazing. When I first talked to my family about it, we really thought it was just about his accomplishments. But it’s not just about a man’s accomplishments, it’s about who the man was and the kind of imprint he made on society and history.”
I talked with Royal Ottawa Golf Club President Tim Wardrop about the 125th Anniversary of the Royal Ottawa Golf Club and his feelings on this special Anniversary. “Every since I joined the Royal Ottawa Golf Club, it was obvious to me that the members here guard the history and revere golf and its lore and so each of us in our own way is a guardian and keeper of that as we pass the mantle. For me, the 125th helps mark the passage of time but also serves to remind us of what is basic about this game that brings out the best in us; both humbling and rewarding. So this type of event for us is very important in celebrating the passage of time and reminds us how important we are as a Club in the history of golf in Canada. It’s interesting how events like this and our April launch party bring the members together as a Club.”
Congratulations to the Royal Ottawa Golf Club on the occasion of their 125th Anniversary as a Club and also on Karl Keffer, their golf professional from 1911-1943, being inducted posthumously into the Golf Quebec Hall of Fame.
/ Joe McLean @FlagstickJoe