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Karl Keffer

Born: 1882
Place of Birth: Tottenham, Ontario
Death: 1950
Inducted: 1986
Category: Professional Golfer
Golf Course Affiliation: Professional of the Royal Ottawa Golf Club, 1911-1945.
Assistant Professional at Albany Golf Club, NY, 1910.

Karl Keffer, winner of the Canadian Open in 1909 and 1914, was the first Canadian-born golfer to win our national championship. He was a founding member of the CPGA and held the positions of secretary-treasurer, captain and president over his 29-year involvement with the association.

Karl Keffer's Golfing Record:

National:

  • 1909, 1914 Canadian Open Champion
  • 1919 Candian Open Runner-up

Provincial:

  • 1926 Quebec Open Champion
  • 1919 Manitoba Open Champion  

Other Items of Note:

  • Karl Keffer was a founding member of the Canadian Professional Golfers Association in 1911, its Honorary Secretary-Treasurer from 1914 to 1928, Captain from 1934 to 1937 and President from 1938 to 1940.
  • Keffer is the only Canadian-born golfer ever to have won the Canadian Open.

To view images of Karl Keffer from the museum collection, click here.

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