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Phylis Barclay

Phylis Barclay was born in Delisle and moved to Saskatoon with her family in 1926. She attended Buena Vista, Victoria and City Park schools and played school sports like softball, basketball and hockey. Her earliest test in individual sports was in speed skating where she was a silver medallist in a 1932 city half-mile championship.

She started to make an impression on the women's golf scene just as the era of Canadian interprovincial women's team play was being introduced.

She made her first Saskatchewan team in 1948, joining Mabel Palko, Eleanor Van Impe and Renee Robbins on a team which competed at Saint John, New Brunswick. Barclay won the first flight title at the Canadian tournament.

She made the Saskatchewan team on 11 occasions, including 1958 when the Canadian tournament came to the Saskatoon Golf and Country Club.

At the national level, she once played a round against Marlene Stewart Streit of Toronto and once against Ada MacKenzie, who was a six-time Canadian champion.

As well, Barclay was Saskatoon city women's champion in 1949, 1950, 1951 and 1962 and she won the Saskatchewan title in 1948, was runner-up in 1949 and 1950 and won the Saskatchewan again in 1951.

She shot a hole-in-one at the Saskatoon Golf and Country Club on May 20, 1969, and within a month, her husband, Howitt, went out and shot one as well.

After moving to Vancouver in 1970, Barclay joined the Fraser View Golf and Country Club and qualified for the British Columbia senior team in 1971.

Barclay was also a member of the Saskatoon rink which won the Saskatchewan women's curling championship in 1952.

Her husband of 54 years learned of his wife's induction into the Saskatoon Hall of Fame in June but died Aug. 6.

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Barb Danahar

A golfer par excellence, Barbara won her first major event in 1957. Capturing the Saskatoon Riverside club's championship was the first of many awards. All told, she has won 21 ladies' and 2 senior ladies' club championships. She has captured the Saskatoon ladies' crown 16 times and the senior ladies' title twice.

On the Saskatchewan scene, Danahar has won 10 championships. A record that may never be broken, she has represented Saskatchewan in 28 Canadian championships. For 24 years she has made the Saskatchewan ladies team and on 4 occasions she has been on the provincial senior ladies team. In 1985 the Saskatchewan senior women won the Canadian championship. In 1969, Barbara reached the finals of the Canadian open, losing out to Marlene Streit. In 1970 she captained the Canadian team that placed 4th out of 21 countries in the world championships in Madrid.

Barb has been ranked in Canada's top ten three times. In 1967, she was named Saskatoon's Sports woman of the year. She was inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame in 1973. She was named to the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame in 1986.

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Sylvia Fedoruk

Sylvia Fedoruk

Basketball, Volleyball, Golf, Track and Field (B.A. '49, M.A. '51)

Sylvia Fedoruk graduated from high school in Windsor, Ontaio and ented the University of Saskatchewan in the fall of 1946.

While a student at the University, she was a member of twelve intervarsity championship teams. She was a member of the Huskiette basketball team that captured the Cecil Race Trophy five times, a member of the track and field team that captured the Rutherford Trophy two times, a member of the volleyball team that captured the Landa Trophy two times. She co-captained the basketball team for four years.

In addition to her athletic endeavors for which she received a Major Athletic Award, Sylvia was very active in other facets of campus life including the President of the Women's Athletic Board in 1948-49.

For her efforts and contributions to campus life, she was awarded the prestigious "Spirit of Youth Trophy" in 1949. The trophy was awarded to a woman student who has best demonstrated through her university career outstanding qualities of leadership, good sportsmanship, idealism, character, academic ability, athletic ability and general physical fitness.

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Date: 1947

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Pat Fletcher

Pat Fletcher achieved his greatest competitive fame while playing out of the Saskatoon Golf and Country Club. He became the first Canadian to win the Canadian Open since 1914 at the Vancouver Point Grey Golf Club in 1954. In addition he was winner and/or runner-up of many professional and open titles during the years 1937 to 1957.

During his residence in Saskatoon, he won the Canadian Professional Golfers Association title in 1952, the Canadian Open in 1954, the Rivermead trophy for the low Canadian in the Canadian Open in 1953 and 1954, and was runner-up in the Winnipeg Jubilee in 1949. He also represented Canada in four World Cup matches and won two pro tournaments in the West Indies.

As a long-time member of the Canadian Professional Golfers Association, he organized the Saskatchewan Branch, became the first pro President of the Montreal branch and later became President of the National C.P.G.A. As national President and with the assistance of Clarence Campbell, Pat Fletcher revised the C.P.G.A. constitution, adopted a Pension Plan for the members and improved relationships between the pros and their clubs.

Installed in the Hall of Fame on March 30, 1974.

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Date: 1954.

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Joanne Goulet

Joanne Goulet started playing golf at the age of 14. She entered and won her first provincial tournament in 1949, and at 16 years of age was the youngest golfer in the Canadian Championships.

Since 1952, Joanne has won 17 City Championships and has captured the provincial title 6 times.

In 1964 she was a member of the Women's Amateur Golf Team competing in the inaugural world championship where Canada finished fourth in a field of 26 countries.

She also participated in the British Open in 1964, and won the Commonwealth Trophy as a semi-finalist She holds course records for the Regina Golf Club, the Wascana Golf and Country Club, and the Riverside Golf Club in Saskatoon.

Joanne Goulet has served her sport as Junior Golf Chairman, and in a number of executive positions at the Regina Golf Club.

Installed in the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame on March 22, 1980.

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Jack Leddy

Jack Leddy

Dr. Jack Leddy has truly worked his way up the golf ladder. Starting as a caddy, he soon took up the game competitively, became president of the Royal Canadian Golf Association and held a membership in the Royal and Ancient club of St. Andrews, Scotland. In 1952, Dr. Leddy was named president of the Saskatchewan Golf Association.

Since 1954 Jack has been a governor of the R.C.G.A. and was selected its president in 1962. That same year he was named as the non-playing captain of the Canadian team in the World Cup matches in Japan. In 1966 he was one of twenty Canadian members of the Royal and Ancient club of St. Andrews who went to Scotland to present to the club the "Silver Beaver" trophy which is competed for annually by all members of the Royal and Ancient. Jack has worked tirelessly to promote junior golf in Saskatchewan.

He was installed in the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame in 1971, was made an honorary member of the Saskatoon Riverside Country club in 1985 and was named to the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame in 1987.

Text courtesy of Ned Powers.


The golf career of Dr. Jack Leddy ranges from caddy as a school boy in Saskatoon, to being an active competitor, to the Presidency of the Royal Canadian Golf Association; plus membership in the Royal and Ancient Club at St. Andrews, Scotland. His primary contribution has been as an executive and developer of the game of golf.

Dr. Leddy has been a governor of the Royal Canadian Golf Association since 1954; he was elected President of the national association in 1962, the only Saskatchewan resident to date to hold the highest position in Canadian golf. In 1962 he was selected as the non-playing captain of the Canadian team in the World Cup matches in Japan. In 1966 he was one of twenty Canadians who were awarded the "Silver Beaver" trophy in St. Andrews, as chairman of the national handicap and course rating committee, he set up a system which did much to eliminate the massive back-log of unrated courses that existed at that time.

In recognition of Jack's contribution and ability he was elected President of the Saskatchewan Golf Association in 1952 and is still a Director of this body. Through the years he has filled a host of executive positions at the provincial and local levels. Jack has been particularly instrumental in the encouragement and development of high school and junior golf in Saskatchewan.

Installed in the Hall of Fame on September 25, 1971.

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Phil Lederhouse

Phil Lederhouse was born November 23rd, 1915 in Prince Albert. He lost his sight in 1934 at age 19. Fifteen years later he took up golf, and with no prior experience, and six months coaching, won the Canadian Championship in Hamilton, and placed 3rd in an International Blind Golfers' Championship.

Since 1950, Phil has won the Saskatchewan Provincial Championship 17 times, the Western Canadian Championship 16 times, and been Canadian Champion for Blind Golfers 5 times; in 1950, 51 , 61, 62 and 1965. (The last championship held was in 1966).

Phil also was runner-up in world championships twice and in 1966 held the World record for 2 years when he shot an "89" for 18 holes at Saskatoon Golf and Country Club.

Phil Lederhouse has been sponsored extensively by Lions Clubs and has golfed with the celebrities- Jack Nicklaus, Walter Hagan, Bob Hope and Ed Sullivan.

Phil was described as a 'threat' in every tournament he took part in. There was no gimmick in his swing, he does not wallop the ball, he has a natural technique which has been his secret weapon.

Phil's wife, Ruby, a rehabilitation teacher who is also totally blind, was responsible for his initial involvement, and her continued encouragement has made him 'the star' he is today.

Installed in the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame, June 11, 1983.

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Margaret MacMillan

Marnie MacMillan was born in Toronto, came to Saskatoon with her family at the age of two and attended Buena Vista School. She went back east to graduate from high school in Toronto and from a physical education program at McGill University.

Her early golf was played at the Saskatoon Golf and Country Club where her teacher was Bill Kinnear. She competed in the Saskatchewan championships in 1936, finishing second, and competed in the Canadian championships in 1937.

Marnie's adult years of playing golf have been at the Riverside Country Club where she was on the sports committee, then women's club captain and then served a term as northern handicap director on the executive of the Saskatchewan branch of the Canadian association.

In 1963, she was elected to the national executive of the Canadian Ladies Golf Association for a three-year term, the first Saskatchewan woman to be so honored. During her term on the national executive, she wrote a Course Rating Booklet.

In 1967, Marnie was chairperson when the Canadian Ladies Open golf championships came to Riverside, a tournament which featured top players from Canada and from the British Commonwealth.

She has been a life member at Riverside since 1981, is the club's archivist and completed a history of women's golf for the northern half of the province.

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Robert Reid

Dr. Robert D. Reid started playing golf early. By the time he was in collegiate he was the intercollegiate golf champion, 1938, at Summerlea, Montreal, and in 1939 won the same title at York Downs, Toronto. He is the only western player to win these titles. In Saskatchewan golf history Dr. Reid has the distinction of winning three major events: Junior champion, 1934; Saskatchewan Amateur for five years and Saskatchewan Senior, 1973.

He was a member of the Willingdon team for six years, member Canadian Army Team Overseas, 1945 and was 3rd low amateur in Canadian Open in Winnipeg, 1952. In forty years playing Dr. Reid has won numerous regional, city and club titles in North and South. Dr. Reid served six years in the Army, four overseas. For outstanding service he received a citation from field marshall Montgomery.

He was President Saskatchewan Golf Association and served on the executive for some years, worked with junior development, two years, Vice-President Saskatchewan Dental Association, Councilor and Vice-President College of Dental Surgeons (Sask). Active in community work he was President of the Prince Albert Kiwanis Club in 1956.

Installed in the Hall of Fame on March 22, 1975.

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Keith Rever

Keith Rever grew up in the province, attending Luther High School and the University of Saskatchewan. At any early age, he demonstrated a desire to excel in academics, music and sports. At Luther, he received the Principal's Gold Medal for general proficiency. Next, he graduated from university with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. He studied the violin for many years and played for the Regina Symphony Orchestra from 1952 to 1954. Keith's commitment to academics and music did not prevent him from participating and excelling in various sports. From an early age, he was involved in hockey, basketball, and golf. In his adult years, he has officiated and served on executives for basketball and golf on a local, provincial, national and international level. He has worked for SaskPower since 1960 and is presently Vice-President, Transmission and Distribution. Keith and his wife Marianne have two children.

Throughout his lifetime, Keith Rever has been recognized as a skilled sportsman and builder. Already, he is recognized in the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame and Museum as an athlete - he was a member of the champion 1964 Willingdon Cup team; this year Keith is acknowledged for his contributions to golf as a builder. Locally, he has been on the Board of Directors of the Wascana Country Club for 15 years and acted as President in 1980. In serving the Saskatchewan Golf Association, he has been a member of the Board of Directors (since 1962), and was President (1972-73). At the national level, Keith has been involved extensively with the Royal Canadian Golf Association as Executive Committee Member (1976-1988), Governor (1976-85), and President (1989). Among his many efforts, he was instrumental in establishing the Canadian Pro-Am Championship as a national tournament. Internationally, he has offered exceptional leadership. Keith represented Canada at the 1989 Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta, the 1989 British Open, and the 1989 World Golf Conference at St. Andrews, Scotland. In addition, he captained a Canadian team at Japan's Pacific Team Championships and met with golf officials from Japan, Australia and New Zealand while there.

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Walt Riddell

Walt was born in Coburg, Ontario and came to Saskatoon in 1922. He joined the Star-Phoenix as a reporter in April 1928, and in November was added to the Sports staff. His love of sports was too strong even though he attained a law degree from the University of Manitoba in 1919. He worked in several editorial positions before retiring in 1962. He continued with the Star-Phoenix, supervising provincial news copy and writing sport columns. His last column appeared in 1974. Four years later, Riddell died on Feb. 3rd at the age of 80.

Golf, curling and horse racing were his favorites. It was through his efforts that Saskatoon was selected to host the Canadian Men's curling championship in 1946. In 1953 when Saskatoon hosted the Canada schoolboy championships Walt was its chairman. In golf he launched a high school competition and for 17 years was the drawmaster at the Lobstick tournament at Waskesiu. Walt was a member of the Saskatoon Exhibition Sports Committee from 1929 to 1968.

In 1968, Riddell was the Kinsmen Sportsman of the Year. He was named to the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame in 1976 and in 1989 was named to the Saskatoon Hall of Fame.

Text courtesy of Ned Powers.


Born in Coburg, Ontario, Walt Riddell came to Saskatchewan in 1922. He joined the Star-Phoenix as a reporter in April, 1928, and joined the sports staff in November of the same year.

Golf and curling are his main fields of interest and it has been through his efforts that both sports have experienced amazing growth not only in Saskatoon but throughout the province.

In 1946, he was a member of the brier publicity committee when the national curling championships were held in Saskatoon.

In 1953, he was chairman of the committee in charge of the National School Boy curling championships.

When the brier returned to Saskatoon again in 1965, Walt was co-chairman of the committee.

Walt was one of the driving forces behind the Saskatchewan Golf Association Junior Development program and served as the first secretary of the Saskatchewan branch of the Canadian Golf Association..

He was named the Saskatoon Kinsmen's Club sportsman of the year in 1968. In 1972, he was made an honorary life member of the Saskatoon Golf and Country Club and the Dairy Pool's Fitness Foundation award winner.

At time of installation citation read March 27,1976.

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Date: May 14, 1951.

Photographer: Hillyard, Leonard A.

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Ed Ross Jr.

Ed is one of Saskatchewan's top golfers. Winning many provincial junior and amateur championships, he represented Saskatchewan at three Canadian Junior championships and played for the Willingdon Cup eleven times. 1964 was a big year for Ross. He was co-medallist in the Canadian amateur and low medallist in the Willingdon Cup matches. Eventually, Saskatchewan won the Willingdon Cup that year.

The team that also had Keith Rever, Ernie Greenley and Jim Scissons was inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame in 1978. In 1965 Ross was a semi-finalist in the Canadian amateur and in 1966 was invited to play in the Carling World Open in Southport, England. Following his high school days in Saskatoon, Ed attended Fresno State University in California on a golf scholarship. He won several Fresno city amateur and California College championships. He won the Saskatoon city title three times in 1962, 1966, and 1975.

Ed was inducted into the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame in 1986.

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Date: [ca. 1965]

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Tom Ross

Tom Ross was born on July 27th, 1897 at Cruden Bay, near Aberdeen in Scotland. He started playing golf at a very early age and was a formidable competitor by the time he was seventeen.

He arrived in this country in 1924 and by 1926 he was the club professional at the Wascana in Regina. He stayed at the Wascana until 1932 and then moved to the Regina Club where he served 32 years, until his retirement in 1964.

His playing record speaks for itself. Tom won the Saskatchewan Open five times, in 1928,1929,1934, 1938 and 1949, and he was runner up on five occasions. He took great pride in a competition which was in being for only five years. This was a 36 hole tournament open only to Saskatchewan professionals. Tom won the event every year of the five years, between 1937 and 1941.

Tom Ross was considered by his peers across Canada, as being one of the finest club professionals during the era of great upsurge in popularity of golf in Canada and the U.S.A. This contribution of time, knowledge and skill stood him high, and brought recognition from far and wide. His influence on younger players added immensely to the growth of the game in Saskatchewan.

Tom Ross died on October 19,1969.

Installed in the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame on March 21,1981.

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James Scissons

James Scissons

Jim was born in Lucky Lake in 1941. Hockey and golf were his first loves. He played hockey for the U. of S. Huskies, and junior and senior with the Quakers. Jim excelled on the golf course and his shot-making was noticed while a member of the U. of S. team. He won the Western Intercollegiate title in 1962-63 and 1964-65. He won the Saskatchewan junior crown in 1960, and was on the provincial junior team in 1959 and 1960.

From 1961 to 1970, Scissons was a member of Saskatchewan's Willingdon Cup team. In 1964, along with Keith Rever, Ernie Greenley and Ed Ross, Saskatchewan won the Willingdon Cup. That team was inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame in 1978. Jim was the Saskatoon city champion six times and captured the Central Saskatchewan Crown seven times.

He was selected to the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame in 1986. In June that same year, he was inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame.

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Gerry Street

In the world of ladies golf, Gerry Street has been a consistent winner. For 22 years she was club champion at the Saskatoon Golf and Country club. On six occasions she won the city title. Provincially Gerry won the junior crown four times and the amateur championship five times. At the Canadian level she was a junior team member in 1953, was on the amateur team 17 times and has been a senior team member for three years.

Her athletic abilities also extended to other sports. At Nutana Collegiate she played basketball, volleyball and badminton and was active in figure skating. At the University of Saskatchewan Gerry played on the Huskiette basketball, badminton, volleyball and golf teams. As a builder, she has held many executive positions in both golf and curling.

She received a major athletic award at the U. of S., was inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame in 1988 and later in the year was named to the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame.

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Barbara Turnbull

Golfer, Barbara Turnbull won her first Riverside Club championship in 1957 and since then has virtually dominated women's golf in the province, winning the Riverside Club championship 14 times, the Saskatoon City title 8 times, and has been a member of the Saskatchewan Inter-provincial team for 15 consecutive years. She was a member of the provincial team that tied British Columbia for the National Team gross score and won the low net National Team trophy in 1967. Mrs. Turnbull has won the provincial championship 5 times in the past ten years.

In 1969 the popular Saskatoon golfer reached the finals in the Canadian Ladies Open losing to Mrs. Marlene Streit. She has been classed in the top ten in Canada three times and captained the Canadian team to the World championship in Madrid in 1970. The team which also included Marlene Streit, Gail Moore and Jocelyn Bourassa, finished 4th out of 21 countries. Last year Mrs. Turnbull was ranked six in Canada.

Installed in the Hall of Fame on March 31, 1973.

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