The Canadian Golf Hall of Fame has named Graham Cooke, Ben Kern and Brent Franklin as its 2010 inductees.
“Graham Cooke, Brent Franklin and Ben Kern have each amassed their own unique golf-related legacies and are fine examples of what makes golf such a great sport,” said Hall of Fame chair David Shaw.
“Each of our 2010 inductees made tremendous contributions to the game and it is only fitting that, as such, they are recognized for their accomplishments.”
Cooke, also a renowned course designer, and Franklin will be inducted as players, while Kern goes into the Hall of Fame as a builder.
The following is a quick look at the careers of each of the inductees:
- Seven Canadian Mid-Amateur championships.
- Four Canadian Senior championships.
- 1965 Ontario Junior Championship.
- 1981, ’84, ’93. ’96 Quebec Amateur championships.
- 2006, 2008 Quebec Senior amateur championships.
- Five-time Duke of Kent champion.
- Four-time Alexander of Tunis champion.
- 27 Willingdon Cup appearances.
- RCGA governor (1990).
- Contributor to Golf Quebec’s slope and handicapping system.
- Graham Cooke & Associates has worked on over 100 courses.
- 1983, ’84 Canadian Junior Boys’ championship.
- 1983, ’84 British Columbia Junior Boys Championship.
- Earned scholarship to Brigham Young.
- Three All-American selections including Honourable Mention (1985), First Team (1986), Second Team (1987).
- 1985 Alberta Amateur championship.
- 1985, ’86, ’87 Canadian Amateur champion.
- Member of Canadian team that won 1986 World Team championship.
- 1988 Canadian PGA champion.
- Canadian Tour rookie of the year (1988).
- Four runner-up finishes on Japan Golf Tour (1989-95).
Ben Kern (to be inducted posthumously)
- Organized first International Teaching and Coaching Symposium.
- Board of directors, Canadian PGA
- Coordinated Canadian PGA teaching manual.
- Played on PGA Tour.
- Worked with RCGA in developing what is now the CN Future Links program.