Canadian Golf Hall of Fame
The Canadian Golf Hall of Fame welcomed its newest member as the late Canadian PGA Professional Ben Kern was officially inducted during a ceremony at Golf House in Ontario. With his induction as a golf administrator, Kern posthumously becomes the 65th honoured member of the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame.
Kern was long regarded as the champion of junior golf in Canada! A renowned golf insturctor, he also organized the first International Teaching and Coaching Symposium, bringing world-renowned instructors to Canada in 1990. Included in his long list of students is Mike Weir and Lorie Kane. Kern also served on the board of the Canadian PGA and coordinated completion of its teaching manual. A former touring professional, Kern gave his time and energy at every level of the game in Canada with a goal of helping to foster the development of Canada’s elite golfers, both amateurs and professionals. He also wanted to introduce more children to the game of a lifetime and the sport of golf.
Kern was previously inducted into the Mississauga Sports Hall of Fame as well as the Ontario Golf Hall of Fame.
Upcoming Golf Canada Canadian Golf Hall of Fame induction ceremonies include Graham Cooke on June 28 at Summerlea Golf and Country Club in Vaudreuil-Dorion, QC, and Brent Franklin on July 18 at Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club in Vancouver, BC.
My regret in not meeting two great Canadian Golf icons include the late Jack McLaughlin (formally Head Professional at Shaughnessy) and of course the late Ben Kern (formally Head Professional at The National). I would have loved to have had chance to have a chat with these two Canadian golf icons.