Last month, Golf Ontario announced this year’s Class of the Ontario Golf Hall of Fame. The time has come for the ceremony which will take place next week, on May 2, at the Wooden Sticks Golf Club in Uxbridge.
The newest members of the hall will be Terrill Samuel, Dave Bunker and Warren Crosbie. In addition, Wayne Redshaw will be receiving the Lorne Rubenstein Media Award, presented annually to accredited members of the Ontario media for “major contributions to golf.”
To complement the proceedings the Hall of Fame will also reach back into provincial history and recognize a group of individuals who made an impact on the game long before the Hall was established.
2018 Ontario Golf Hall of Fame Inductees
Toronto resident Terrill Samuel, 57, enters the Ontario Golf Hall of Fame in the Amateur Golfer category. Samuel has captured many titles both provincially and nationally throughout her career. Provincially she has won the Ontario Women’s Amateur twice, Ontario Women’s Mid-Amateur three times and the Ontario Senior Womens. In addition, she has claimed the Ontario Women’s Match Play and Mixed 4-ball championships. On the national level, she has won the Canadian Women’s Mid-Amateur, the Canadian Women’s Mid Master, and the Canadian Women’s Senior twice. She also finished second in the 2004 C.P.G.A. Ladies Open.
Samuel also represented Canada on the international stage multiple times. Highlights include winning the Mellsop Stroke Play at the 1990 New Zealand Ladies Golf Championship and defeating Annika Sorenstam in a match play event in the 1992 Ladies British Open Amateur Championship.
Samuel has been a member of Weston Golf and Country Club since 1983.
Entering the Hall in the Amateur Golfer category is Woodbridge’s Dave Bunker. Bunker, 53, has amassed an almost immeasurable amount of championships and accolades. Just some highlights of his career include capturing 15 provincial titles including three Ontario Mid-Master titles, countless course Championships and 8 Canadian titles including The Canadian Mid-Master and Mid-Amateur for three straight seasons.
Bunker has also achieved international success playing in the U.S. Senior Open twice, the Canadian Open twice and has been a part of Team Ontario playing international events around the world.
In 2010, Bunker was named Fairways Magazine’s Amateur Player of the Year and 2010 GJAC Canadian Male Amateur Player of the Year.
He has also topped the Ontario Mid-Amateur ranking an incredible eight times. Bunker also holds the club record at six different courses. He is a member of Brampton Golf Club and is a middle school teacher.
Niagara-on-the-Lake resident Warren Crosbie is well-known as one of Canada’s most respected golf developers and maintains significant involvement in the associations guiding his profession. He enters the Ontario Golf Hall of Fame in the Builder category.
Crosbie has been a Golf Professional for 44 years including 32 years at Bayview Golf and Country Club. One of the remarkable aspects of Warren’s career is the number of golf professionals who he’s trained and mentored. Further, Warren supports the junior program at Bayview and continues to teach young aspiring golf professionals.
His credentials include PGA of Canada President present 2006-08, Member of Professional Golfers’ Association since 1976 including honorary status in 2008, Honorary Director of PGA of America 2006-08, and board member of Golf Management Institute of Canada 2010-present (current chair). Crosbie is also currently the chair for the PGA of Canada Hall of Fame.
Wayne Redshaw – Lorne Rubenstein Award
Wayne Redshaw is a veteran sports writer and sports editor whose career began as a sports beat writer in 1962. His history in sports writing includes an extensive background including covering the Buffalo Sabres. Redshaw has covered the team since its inception in 1970, on many game nights doing triple duty by filing separate stories to the Canadian Press and the Associated Press.
Besides covering 30 Canadian Opens on the golf scene, he also covered the World Series in 1968 and again in 1992-93, when the Toronto Blue Jays won back-to-back titles, as well as Grey Cup games played in Hamilton and Toronto.
Redshaw left the newspaper world in 1995 but not the industry. FORE! Golfers Only was launched a year later and for the next eight years he wrote stories that his late wife Dianne proofread, compiled columns of stats and sold ads for what at the time was Canada’s only weekly golf publication. As boss of DWR Sports Publications Redshaw would deliver as many as 20,000 magazines to golf courses and Avondale stores across the Niagara peninsula.
Redshaw is also a member of the Sabres Hall of Fame and life member of the Professional Hockey Writers Association.
This additional and special group represents the early history of golf in Ontario. Research going back to the early 1900’s identified individuals whose accomplishments would likely warrant membership in the HOF but were unlikely nominated due to their accomplishments being so far back. This class consists of seven amateur golfers: Muriel Dick, J. Cole, Frances Scott Gibson, Sydney Pepler Mulqueen, Miss Cecil Hedstrom (Gooderham), Bill Thompson and Frank Thompson. Three professional golfers include Percy Barrett, Andy Kay and Jack Littler. Walter Hastings Webling will be inducted under the Lorne Rubenstein Media Award.