HOLE # 4 DOUG ROXBURGH – “Wins the BC Men’s Amateur in 4 Decades”
During Doug’s illustrious career one could logically ask: “How many BC Men’s Amateur crowns could he win?” He won titles in 1969 – 1972,’73,’76,’77,’78 – 1983,’85,’88,’89 – 1991,’95, and’96. He accomplished this rare feat playing on courses throughout the province and against all the top amateurs from every age group. The 13th title came at the difficult Shaughnessy G.C. The shot of the tournament came on the 11th hole where he missed his albatross by an inch.
HOLE # 5 LANGARA GOLF LINKS – “First 18 hole public golf course in BC”
The Canadian Pacific Railway decided to take advantage of the growing public demand for golf by constructing an 18-hole public golf course on their last large tract of land in Vancouver. To ensure a quality design the company chose Vernon Macan, the busiest golf architect on the Coast, to design the layout. On Saturday June 26th, 1926, golfers, desiring to play the game without the cost of an expensive club membership, began forming lines at dawn waiting for the opportunity to try the new links course.
HOLE # 6 STAN LEONARD – “First Canadian Professional to win on the PGA Tour”
At the mature age of forty Stan decided to take the giant step to compete full time on the PGA Tour. He gave himself two years to see if he could make a living. “In 1955 I figured I had only two or three years of tournament play left and by May of 1955 I had accumulated enough money to get by for two years even if I fell flat on my face.” After two years of competing amongst the world’s best professionals Stan broke through to win the 1957 Greater Greensboro Open.
Come back as we post 3 more holes of BC golf history! Special Thanks to Mike Riste who complied this info for the 2016 BC Guide Guide Pocket Guide! More history can be found at the BC Golf House