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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.

Text courtesy of the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame

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