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Inspiring Canadians - In Sport and Life

Honoured Member

AL BALDING

Inducted in 1969

Member Details

Date of Birth: April 24, 1924
Place of Birth: Toronto, Ontario
Date of Passing: July 30, 2006
Sport: Golf
Member Category: Athlete

Career Highlights

1955

First Canadian to win the PGA Tour event (Mayfair Open)

1957

PGA victories - Miami Beach Open, West Palm Beach Open, and Havana International

1963

Mexican Open winner

1968

World Cup in Rome, won individual championship and team title with George Knudson

1955, 1956, 1963, 1970

CPGA Champion

1952, 1954, 1958, 1961

Miller Trophy winner

Honoured Member AL BALDING
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Story

Al Balding made pioneering contributions in the golfing world for Canada. With his 1955 Mayfair Open victory, Balding became the first Canadian to win a PGA Tour event. Balding was at the forefront of the Canadian golfing scene throughout his career, with CPGA victories in 1955, 1956, 1963, and 1970. He was also an international champion, winning a number of significant titles both in the U.S. and overseas. In 1957, he captured three PGA events-the West Palm Beach Open, the Miami Open, and the Havana International. At the 1968 World Cup in Rome, Balding won the individual championship and teamed with George Knudson to win the team title for Canada. Since his retirement from professional competition, Balding has remained active in the golf community as a player, consultant, teacher, and fundraiser. "Golf is the game of a lifetime," he once said. "You can play it from the time you're able to swing a club until they put you away. And I want to go with a golf club in my hand." Most notably, he captured the 2000 Canadian Professional Golfer's Association Senior title at the age of 76. Balding was also the founder of the "Golf Week for Timmy," an annual tournament that raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Ontario Society for Crippled Children.


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