The Canadian Golf Hall of Fame now includes 73 people. British Columbia increased their representation in the institution greatly on March 6th with the addition of of John (Jack) McLaughlin, Jim Nelford, and Jim Nelford to the list of inductees.
Each of the trio has long ties with Canada’s western-most province. Nelford was born and raised there while McLaughlin and Murdoch migrated there from Ontario.
McLaughlin enters the hall in the builder category posthumously having passed away in 1991. During his life he was a deeper influence on the game of golf in Canada. The PGA of Canada Club Professional was a mentor and coach to many and was heavily involved in the development of the industry at a professional level.
He got his start in 1953 at the Scarboro Golf & Country Club before moving on to positions at other Toronto area clubs, Cedar Brae Golf & Country Club and Bayview Golf & Country Club.
In 1974 McLaughlin moved to the west coast, taking on the Head Professional position at Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club.
McLaughlin was a champion of junior golf throughout his life, with top Canadian golfers like Lorie Kane, Ray Stewart, and Brent Franklin, among those he coached. He was a gifted teacher who gave back to the game that brought him so much.
Always paying attention to the standards of his chosen profession, he served as the President of the PGA Boards in both Ontario and British Columbia and was also a director of the PGA of Canada.
Jim Nelford is likely the most widely known of this year’s inductees when it comes to recognition by the average Canadian golfer. In the last two decades his gentle voice and golf insight has carried him as a broadcaster for various networks including ESPN, TSN, Golf Channel, CTV, CNBC, USA Sports, and others.
Nelford moved to the broadcast side of the business after recovering from a horrific boating accident that effectively ended his professional golf career.
The two-time Canadian Amateur winner was a star in his native British Columbia as an amateur. He would go on to play collegiately at Brigham Young and then turn professional. As a pro he teamed up with Dan Halldorson to win the World Cup for Canada and had several brushes with wins on the PGA Tour prior to his accident in 1984.
His formal induction will take place at the 2013 RBC Canadian Open at the Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, Ontario.
A resident of British Columbia since 1998, Alison Murdoch (now 63) had her golfing start in Chelsea, Quebec, just east of Ottawa. The 1967 Quebec Junior Girls Champion out of Larrimac Golf Club would eventually move to Royal Ottawa Golf Club where she developed into a player of national renown. She joins Alexa-Stirling Fraser and Karl Keffer as Royal Ottawa Golf Club affiliated persons in the Hall.
Murdoch’s playing record includes four Canadian Senior Championships, wins at the last two Canadian Super Senior Championships and numerous other titles both domestically and internationally. That total includes 4 Irish Senior Women’s Open titles.
She has been the Pacific Northwest Golf Association Senior Women’s Player of the year five times, was the SportBC Female Master Athlete of the Year in 2007, and in 2009 she was inducted into the British Columbia Golf Hall of Fame.
Murdoch’s Canadian Golf Hall of Fame Induction will be held at her current home club, the Victoria Golf Club, on August 2, 2013.