The late Ben Kern was officially inducted into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame last Thursday at a ceremony held in Oakville, Ont.
Kern organized the first International Teaching and Coaching Symposium, bringing world-renowned instructors to Canada in 1990. He also served on the board of the Canadian PGA and coordinated completion of its teaching manual.
Kern played on the PGA Tour for six years and went on to coach some of Canada’s best-known players, including Mike Weir and Lorie Kane and had particular interest in the development of players and the introduction of children to the game, designing the curriculum for what is now the CN Future Links program.
He also played a role in the development of the Accuform bunker rake, now in use at many golf courses and PGA Tour stops across North America.
Kern has also been inducted into the Mississauga Sports Hall of Fame and the Ontario Golf Hall of Fame.
Other ceremonies this year will see Graham Cooke inducted on June 28 at Summerlea Golf and Country Club in Vaudreuil-Dorian, Que., and Brent Franklin inducted on July 18 at Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club in Vancouver.