A couple of veteran Canadian PGA members have found their way into the Ontario Golf Hall of Fame.
Sam Young and Gar Hamilton will become the 56th and 57th members of the hall at induction ceremonies in May at the Wooden Sticks Golf Club in Uxbridge, Ont.
Hamilton, who announced his retirement earlier this year, is recognized for his competitive career and as one of this country’s best-known head professionals, most recently at Mississaugua Golf and Country Club, where he has served for 22 years.
Before going to Mississaugua, Hamilton worked as head professional at Horseshoe Valley in Barrie, Ont., for eight years.
Hamilton won the Ontario Junior Boys’ title in 1966 and went on to be captain of the Indiana University golf team before earning rookie of the year honours on the Canadian Tour, where he won the Manitoba Open and two other events. His touring career from 1973-80 included a stint on the PGA Tour.
After earning his Class A status in 1980, Hamilton won the Ontario PGA Championship and three provincial senior titles, as well as taking the Canadian PGA Club Professional title on four occasions and the national senior title once.
Hamilton has played in 13 Canadian Opens, was named Ontario PGA Player of the Year five times and Ontario PGA Professional of the Year in 1998.
Young, a member of the Canadian PGA for nearly 50 years, is renowned for his work with junior golfers in Ontario.
Through his commitment to junior golf and growing the game, he has transformed the Shelburne Golf and Country Club into an accessible facility for juniors and continues to attend learning workshops and seminars inside and outside of Canada.
In 1986, he was named Club Professional of the Year by the Ontario PGA, a title he also attained with the Canadian PGA. In 2002 and 2003, he was named Ontario PGA Teacher of the Year for Junior Golfers and in 2002, he earned Canadian Junior Leader of the Year honours.