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George Seymour Lyon
FROM THE Footprints COLLECTION
A part of our heritage...
Canada, it has been said, is Scotland's revenge on England. Scottish immigrants formed the backbone of the nation's fur trade more than 200 years ago and our first Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald, was also Scottish. Yet we have tended to forget the diversity of our earlier immigrants and the variety of our sporting history. Golf has a long history in this country, and this, at the very least, we owe to the Scots.
At the 1904 Olympic Games in St. Louis, George Lyon became the only Olympic gold medalist in golf. In the final round the 46-year-old beat 20-year-old Chandler Egan and then proceeded to walk the entire length of the clubhouse on his hands.
Marlene Steward-Streit's place in the pantheon of women’s golf has been assured. She is the only golfer to have won the Canadian, United States, British and Australian amateur championships. Beyond this, she captured eleven Canadian Ladies Open championships during her career. Five years later, in 2004 she was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in St. Augustine, Florida – a first for a Canadian.
Moe Norman (often called the King of Swing and the Glenn Gould of Golf) is recognized by many as the greatest golfer who ever lived. He developed a grip and posture that led to the nickname "Pipeline Moe" for its infallible accuracy. When Norman contacts the ball, it goes straight, every time. From the 1950s through to the 1980s Norman won numerous tournaments and broke 30 course records in Canada, shooting 59 (on a par 72) several times.
Winnipeg native George Knudson was Canada’s ambassador of golf. Lacking the physical size of a natural long-ball hitter, Knudson became a technician of the sport. So much so in fact, that on the PGA Tour (eight victories, $527,371 earned) fellow golfers would pause to watch the Canadian's swing.
At the 1968 LPGA Championship, Sandra Post became and remains to this day the youngest winner of a modern major. It was the first win for a Canadian at a major professional golf tournament. Over her career, she won a total of nine events including three majors and also had 20 second-place finishes, including one at the U.S. Women's Open.
They are all Footprints on the greens of Canadian sport.