The Canadian Golf Hall of Fame welcomed its 66th member in Vaudreuil-Dorion, Que., on Monday when Graham Cooke was inducted for his contributions as a standout amateur player and a renowned golf course architect.
As a player, Cooke has won seven Canadian Mid-Amateur titles and four Canadian Senior championships. His 11 national titles are the most ever won by a Canadian male amateur.
Cooke also won the 1965 Ontario Junior championship, the 1981, 1984, 1993 and 1996 Quebec Amateur titles, as well as the 2006 and 2008 Quebec Senior Amateur championships.
He is also a five-time Duke of Kent champion, a four-time Alexander of Tunis champion and has made 27 Willingdon Cup appearances at the Canadian Men’s Amateur as a member of Quebec’s provincial team.
He also served as a Royal Canadian Golf Association governor in 1990 and played an important role in implementing Golf Quebec’s slope and handicapping system for courses.
Cooke attended Michigan State University where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture.
He later apprenticed with Canadian golf course architect Howard Watson before starting his own firm. As a golf course architect, Cooke and his team at Graham Cooke & Associates have worked on more than 100 courses, earning 10 awards for their efforts.
Brent Franklin, whose induction to the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame will take place on July 18 at Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club in Vancouver, will mark the final induction of 2010.
Ben Kern, who was inducted in a ceremony on June 10th, was inducted as a builder.