Oakville, Ont. (RCGA) – The Canadian Golf Hall of Fame and the Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA) announced today that Lisa (Young) Walters and James Alexander Barclay have been named the 2008 inductees into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame.
With their inductions, Walters and Barclay become the 62nd and 63rd honoured members of the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame. Walters is the Hall of Fame’s 19th female inductee while Barclay is only the third writer to be honoured for his contributions to the game of golf in Canada joining Ralph H. Reville in 1986 and 2007 inductee Lorne Rubenstein.
“The Canadian Golf Hall of Fame seeks to recognize excellence as golfers, contributors and supporters of the game,” said David Shaw, Chair of the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame. “Lisa Walters and James Barclay have each amassed their own unique golf-related legacies and are both fine examples of what makes golf the game it is. Each has made tremendous contributions to the game and it is only fitting that as such, they are recognized for their accomplishments.”
Throughout her illustrious playing career, Walters, 48, distinguished herself as one of Canada’s top female professional golfers. Among her many accomplishments, the native of Prince Rupert, B.C. is a three-time winner on the LPGA Tour (1992-93 Hawaiian Ladies’ Open; 1998 Oldsmobile Classic). Walters’ record on Tour ties her with fellow Hall of Fame member Dawn Coe-Jones for LPGA Tour victories (3). In a career plagued by injury, knee, back, rib, shoulder, and wrist problems ultimately cut short her professional playing career. Prior to turning pro, Walters was a three-time winner of the British Columbia Ladies Amateur Championship (1978-81) and former British Columbia Junior Champion (1977) as well as being named an All-American in 1981 while attending Florida State.
For over 25 years, Barclay has been researching and writing about the game of golf in Canada and around the world. Renowned as one of this country’s pre-eminent golf historians, Barclay is most famous for authoring Golf in Canada: A History – a book often referred to as Canada’s finest golf chronicle. Other notable works include Canadian Professional Golfers – The Scottish Invasion of 1881-1933; The Toronto Terror – The Life and Works of Stanley Thompson Golf Course Architect; and St. George’s Golf and Country Club, Celebrating 75 Years. Barclay has also contributed to several other publications including Golf Canada Magazine; Score Golf Magazine; The Golf Historical Society of Canada newsletter; Canadian Banker’s Magazine; and Golfiana Magazine. He served as volunteer curator of the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame and Museum for several years and was responsible for running the former Canadian Golf Foundation (now RCGA Foundation) from 1983-86. His indices to such publications as the Canadian Golfer and Canadian Sport Monthly have made it possible to successfully reference the history of golf clubs and tournaments throughout Canada. In 2006, Barclay was honoured for his contributions to the game of golf in Ontario with an induction into the Ontario Golf Hall of Fame.
The pair will officially be inducted into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame later this year with St. George’s Golf and Country Club hosting Barclay’s induction on Tuesday, May 13 and Walters’ induction taking place Thursday, August 14 during the 2008 CN Canadian Women’s Open at the Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club.
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ABOUT THE CANADIAN GOLF HALL OF FAME & MUSEUM
The Canadian Golf Hall of Fame celebrates the outstanding individuals of Canadian golf from players, both amateur and professional, to the builders, architects and others who have been fundamental to the evolution of the game in this country. Operated by the Royal Canadian Golf Association, the Hall of Fame, museum and library are open to visitors to discover more about the game and the inductees. For more information please visit www.cghf.org.
ABOUT THE ROYAL CANADIAN GOLF ASSOCIATION
The Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA) is the governing body of golf in Canada, representing 377,000 members at 1,600 clubs across the country. Recognized by Sport Canada as the National Sports Organization (NSO) for golf in this country, the RCGA’s mission is to grow participation in and passion for the sport while upholding the integrity and traditions of the game. The RCGA actively conduct major programs and services to help shape the present and future of golf in Canada. High performance athlete development, rules of golf and amateur status, handicapping and course rating, turfgrass and environmental research, the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame and Museum and CN Future Links, Canada’s national junior golf program, are only some of the initiatives the association leads for golf in Canada. In addition, the RCGA conducts Canada’s most prestigious golf championships. The RBC Canadian Open and CN Canadian Women’s Open attract the best professional golfers in the world, while regional junior and national amateur championships showcase the best performers of Canadian golf.
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