Gar Hamilton of Oakville and Sam Young of Cookstown, Ontario will be honoured at the Ontario Golf Hall of Fame induction ceremony today, May 4th, at Wooden Sticks Golf Club in Uxbridge, Ontario.
The ceremony will celebrate the contributions and accomplishments that both inductees have made to the game of golf. Hamilton and Young will be the 56th and 57th members inducted into the Hall.
Gar Hamilton is both a highly accomplished competitive player and one of Canada’s best known head professionals. He has been successful at every level of golf and has enjoyed a 22 year tenure at Mississaugua Golf and Country Club where he has worked tirelessly to promote, teach and play the game of golf. Previous to his current position, he served as head professional at Horseshoe Valley Golf Club in Barrie for eight years.
Hamilton has excelled at competitive golf throughout his life, beginning with his Ontario Junior Boys’ title in 1966. After a string of successful national and international amateur finishes and captaining his Indiana University golf team, Hamilton earned Rookie of the Year honours on the Canadian Tour following his win at the Manitoba Open. Two more victories on the Canadian Tour followed, and Hamilton continued as a touring professional from 1973-1980 including a stint on the PGA Tour.
After achieving Class “A” Head Professional status in 1980, Hamilton has captured almost every Ontario PGA individual stroke play event including the Ontario PGA Championship and three Ontario PGA Senior Championships. In addition to his Ontario victories, Hamilton has also won the Canadian PGA Club Professional Championship four times and the Canadian PGA Seniors Championship once. He has played in 13 Canadian Open Championships, earned the Ontario PGA Player of the Year Award (Hunt Trophy) five times, and was named Ontario PGA Professional of the Year in 1998.
Hamilton has announced his intent to retire from Mississaugua Golf and Country Club at the end of the 2011 season.
Sam Young is one of Canada’s most revered teaching professionals. As the owner and operator of Shelburne Golf and Country Club since 1986, Young has been instrumental in developing countless athletes through his golf programs. He has been a member of the Canadian PGA for almost 50 years and is a former board member and past-president of both the CPGA and Ontario PGA.
Following a successful playing career including a year on the Canadian Tour, Young has taught golf at every level and his junior programs are well known across the province. Through his ongoing commitment to growing the game of golf, he has developed Shelburne G&CC into one of the most comprehensive and accessible junior golf facilities in Ontario. Young continuously attends learning workshops and seminars throughout the world and his teaching methods are constantly evolving with the science of the game.
Young’s contributions to golf in Canada have been recognized on several occasions; in 1986 the Ontario PGA named him Club Professional of the Year, a designation he was also awarded by the CPGA and Score Golf Magazine in 1989. In 2002 and 2003, Young received the Ontario PGA Teacher of the Year Award for Junior Golfers and in 2002 the CPGA named Young the Canadian Junior Leader of the Year.
The Ontario Golf Hall of Fame was founded in the year 2000 by the Ontario Golf Association and the Ontario Ladies’ Golf Association to help perpetuate the memory and acknowledge the contributions and accomplishments made by Ontarians to the game of golf. Inductees in the Ontario Golf Hall of Fame have made an extraordinary provincial, national or international contribution to the game of golf in Ontario in the form of golfing accomplishments, an illustrious golf-related career or some another exceptional contribution to the sport.
The Ontario Golf Hall of Fame is maintained by the Golf Association of Ontario and is housed within the clubhouse at Wooden Sticks Golf Club in Uxbridge, Ontario. The tenth anniversary of the Hall was celebrated in 2010.