The Canadian Golf Hall of Fame has announced that Judy Darling-Evans and renowned golf club maker Bob Vokey, both from Montreal, have been selected as its 2017 inductees.
Darling will be inducted under the player category while Vokey will be inducted as a builder.
“The Canadian Golf Hall of Fame recognizes the accomplishments of outstanding individuals and their tremendous impact on the game of golf and it is, without question, an honour to welcome July Darling-Evans and Bob Vokey as our newest honoured members,” said Sandra Post, chair of the Hall of Fame’s selection committee.
“During her competitive career, Judy was fierce and accomplished competitor while the Vokey name has become synonymous with excellence in craftsmanship. Their respective elections exemplify the diversity of talent represented among the members of the Canadian Golf Hall Fame,” she added.
During an outstanding amateur career, Darling-Evans, 79 was a dominant force in Quebec and Canadian women’s amateur golf, including three Quebec Junior titles (1953, 1956, 1957); six Quebec Amateur victories (1957-1961, 1972); and a Quebec senior championship (1988), as well as three Quebec interprovincial team titles.
At the national level, she won a Canadian Junior (1957) and a pair of Canadian Amateur victories (1960-61). She also represented Canada at the 1959 and 1963 Commonwealth Games and in 1998, her accomplishments were recognized with induction into the Quebec Golf Hall of Fame.
Born in Montreal and raised in Verdun, Que., Vokey has become one of the world’s renowned wedge designers and a short game advisor to many of the modern game’s greatest golfers. His innovative designs have made Titleist Vokey wedges a trusted brand among golfers of every age and skill level.
Over his career, Vokey, 77, has designed wedges for many of golf’s notable players including Seve Ballesteros, Lee Trevino, Bernhard Langer, Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els, Davis Love III, Sergio Garcia, Adam Scott, Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy, as well as Canadians Mike Weir, Ian Leggatt, Graham DeLaet and Brad Fritsch.