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Timeline

1910’s

1910 November 11 Foundation of The British Columbia Golf Club Ltd.

1911 June 24 Official opening of first nine holes.

1912 June 17 The Playing Club on the premises of the British Columbia Golf Club Ltd. is named “The Vancouver Golf and Country Club”. Of the first 200 Shareholder members over 90% have Vancouver addresses.

1913, 1914, & 1916 The Vancouver Golf and Country Club teams win the Punch Bowl Trophy and get to keep the trophy. Third hole renamed “Punch Bowl”. The Bowl later becomes part of Vancouver GC logo in 1941.

1914-1918 (World War I) Over 80 members enlist. Eight pay the ultimate sacrifice, including two Directors, one of whom, Harry McInnes Hepburn, was the engineer responsible for drilling the wells that have served the course so well over all these years. Angus McAlister, first Club Captain, loses arm from injuries suffered in France.

1915 Opening of new Colonial-style Clubhouse.

1917 May Second nine holes open for play.

1911-1920 Golf Professionals include Chas Locke (ex of “Westward Ho” and Tacoma), Tom Gallop (Hunstanton, England), Dave Craig (St. Andrews) and Jimmy Huish (Musselburgh).

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1920’s

1920 PNGA Tournament held at VG&CC – the most prestigious tournament in the Pacific Northwest. At the time the largest ever registration for a golfing event, with over 500 players in several categories. The format developed then served as the template for subsequent PNGA tournaments until it eventually split into several stand-alone tournaments. Won by Davie Black (Shaughnessy). Amateur Champion was H. Chandler Egan (two-time US Open Champion and noted golf architect).

1921 Exhibition match – Jimmy Huish (VG&CC) and Davie Black (SHG&CC) triumph over Joe Kirkwood and Vic East.

1922 BC Amateur Championship held at VG&CC for first time, in an all VG&CC final – Bob Bone defeated Jimmy Yellowlees 3 and 2 (over 36 holes). During the Championship the BC Golf Association is formed by representatives of all existing British Columbia Golf Clubs in meeting held at Coquitlam.

1925 Cec Coville runner-up to Bon Stein (Seattle GC) in BC Amateur held at Colwood GC.

1926-1928 Capt. C.H. Perkins is Professional, an Englishman via Brantford, Ontario. Son Jackie shoots new amateur record of 67.

1926-1929 Freddy Wood is four time Club Champion. Together with Cec Coville he plays on the first two BC Willingdon Cup teams (1929 and 1931). Places second to Robert Gardner of New York in 1929 Canadian Amateur at Jasper Park GC, both Wood and Coville laying waste to the best of the Eastern golfers who had never played out west before. Turns professional, ending up at Shaughnessy 1945-1972.

1929 Don Sutherland, with brother Hamish as assistant, arrives from Dornoch as Head Professional. A quiet man of exceptional ability, Sutherland distinguishes himself in major tournaments – BC Open Champion in 1934. In October 1935 as President of the BCPGA he partners Davey Black against Bobby Jones and Ken Black at Shaughnessy where he and his partner triumph over their opponents, playing outstanding golf. Characterized by Royal Dornoch GC historian Donald Grant as “the best golfer to come out of Dornoch”.

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1930’s

1930 B.C. Amateur Championship held at VG&CC again – Freddy Wood defeats Ken Black 10 and 8 (over 36 holes).

1930 PNGA held at VG&CC – 20 year-old Eddie Hogan (a former caddy from Waverley GC) wins. Goes on to distinguished professional career in Oregon.

1933 Club hosts BC Open. Phil Taylor (Victoria) triumphs (283) over favourite Don Sutherland (287) who, nevertheless, shoots a new course record of 65.

1935-1937 Marcia (“Mashie”) Moss is three times Women’s Champion on BC Provincial Team – sadly, dies in 1938 at age 26.

1937 November Colonial Clubhouse completely destroyed by fire.

1938 Third clubhouse rises.

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1940’s

1939-1945 (World War II) Twenty-five members enlist. Many distinguished future members serve, including Squadron Leader Ken Matheson, Captain Larry Story, Flight Lieutenant Art Butler and Wing Commander Bill Barker.

1941 Name change to “The Vancouver Golf Club”.

1942-1970 New Westminster Amateur Open Stroke play tournament played on first Sunday in June – attracts high-calibre field since it is a qualifying tournament for the BC Willingdon Cup Team. 1959 Canadian Amateur Champion Johnny Johnston wins 8 times over the years. Course known as “Johnston’s Alley”. Trophy donated by Fred Hume, a sometime member, and the only man to have been Mayor of both New Westminster and Vancouver.

1948 BC Amateur played at VGC – won by Percy Clogg, former VG&CC caddy of the 1930s.

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1950’s

1955-1988 Al Nelson is Professional – distinguished record in City Amateur Match Play, BC Open, and numerous Pro-Am Tournaments. President of BCPGA on three occasions, 1964, 1965, and 1974. He is known as a great innovator, and a man of diplomacy and great charm. Designs VGC Dogwood Logo. Holds course record of 64 for three decades.

1950s Mrs. Doug (Flo) Heritage Women’s Club Champion 6 times. In 1960 founds Tee Shots along with husband as first editor. In 1985 she aced “the mousetrap” – the 20th hole.

1957 BC Amateur won by Bob Kidd, who defeats VGC member Frank Proctor, 7 and 5.

1957 BC Open won by Bill Mawhinney 140, Ron Willey 141.

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1960’s

1961 BC Amateur – Bob Kidd repeats winning 1-up from Joe Jeroski.

1961-1979 VGC hosts Dogwood Invitational Tournament over Labour Day weekend.

1962 PNGA Held at VGC – Kermit Zarley wins (later, on leading 1st round of US Open at Pebble Beach in 1972, dubbed by Bob Hope as “The golfer from the Moon!”).

1962 October 12 Typhoon Frieda – trees on back nine fall “like matchsticks” – over 1,500 trees lost. VGC hardest hit of all golf courses by a factor of ten times. Longtime greenskeeper Manny Gueho works wonders in returning course to play.

1963 Doug Reid on Willingdon Cup Team.

1964 Fourth Clubhouse opens. Club hosts BC Open in 1964 and 1965. Ken Still and Al Mengert respective winners.

1965-Present The annual Spring Pro-am Tournament – now styled as the MCL Motors Classic (since 1994), but originally begun as The Fogg Motors Pro-Am (begun by the late Bill Hill and continued until 1990 by son Jim) is host to the most distinguished of BC’s Professionals, partnered with Club Members in a tournament that is widely regarded as being the best perennial Pro-Am in the Province.

1965 Gary Puder joins Club – VGC Club Champion 10 times, runner up 5 times, BC Amateur Champion 1987. VGC Senior Champion 1996-2001. Willington Cup Team 3 times (1981, 1987 and 1988). BCGA (Zone 4) Senior Champion 3 times (2000, 2002, and 2003).

1967 Gail (Harvey) Moore joins the club. VGC Ladies Club Champion 13 times. Only RCGA Hall of Famer in Club history, inducted in 1998. Subsequently inducted into BC Sports Hall of Fame and BC Golf Hall of Fame in 2005.

1967 Gail (Harvey) Moore wins Ladies PNGA Championship at VGC.

1966 & 1968 Herb Fritz wins Empress Hotel Tournament in Victoria.

1969 Gail (Harvey) Moore runner-up in Ladies PNGA Championship at VGC. Known as the “vichyssoise” championship, loses to Shelley Hamlin.

1960s & 1970s Jo Chapple Women’s Club Champion 9 times.

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1970’s

1970 Jo Chapple and Herb Fritz win Women’s’ and Men’s Trophies at the Totem Trophy, Jasper Park. Herb Fritz repeats in 1971.

1970 Doug Reid wins BCPGA Tournament.

1972 After major re-design of many holes, especially #17 and #18, course hosts BC Open again. Terry Small wins.

1974 BC Amateur – Bob Mitchell 287, Cec Ferguson 290.

1977-2000 VGC hosts Sandy McLeod Pro-Am Charity Golf Tournament in memory of young Scottish Professional, Sandy McLeod, who was an assistant at Point Grey Golf Club, dying at an early age of cancer. In 1992 Ray Dodson (Head Professional 1989-2001) receives Commemorative 125th Anniversary of Confederation Medal for his part in organizing the tournaments which contributed over $300,000 to Charities over the tournament’s lifespan.

1978 Lynne Cooke wins BC Women’s Amateur at VGC. Two years later she loses in the final to Lisa Young at Shaughnessy.

1979 PNGA Junior Tournament held at VGC. A Young Fred Couples is in the field. Todd Erwin defeats Kirk Triplett in the final.

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1980’s

1980 Lynne Cooke wins Women’s PNGA title at Uplands GC in Victoria.

1981 Gary Puder on Willingdon Cup Team, repeats in 1987.

1982 Former VGC and City of Vancouver Women’s Junior Champion, Janine Lee Getty places 11th in the Women’s Canadian Amateur, ahead of Gail Moore, Dawn Coe, Patty Grant and Lynne Cooke.

1983 RCGA Canadian Junior Championship at VGC – winner Brent Franklin.

1985 Senior PGA DuMaurier Classic – winner Peter Thompson.

1987 Gary Puder wins BC Amateur Championship at Rivershore GC, Kamloops – at age 49 is oldest winner.

1988 LPGA DuMaurier Classic – winner Sally Little.

1989 Fumi Limoli is BC Women’s Senior Champion.

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1990’s

1990 BC Open – Brandt Jobe 203, S. Chapman 206. Future Open Champion Todd Hamilton is in the field.

1991 LPGA DuMaurier Classic – winner Nancy Scranton.

1996 Installation of new Irrigation system; development of 3 million gallon reservoir, making Club completely independent of city water; new turf care centre built, incorporating state-of the-art machinery.

1997 Herb Fritz inducted into PNGA Hall of Fame:

  • Canadian Senior Amateur Champion (over 65) 1988
  • PNGA Men’s Master-40 Amateur Finalist 1977
  • PNGA Senior Men’s Amateur Runner-Up 1981 & 1983
  • BC Senior Men’s Amateur Champion 1986 and 1988
  • RCGA Governor 1978-1979
  • PNGA President 1983-1985
  • BCGA President 1978-1979
  • PCGA Trustee 1985-1992

1998 Gail Harvey Moore inducted into RCGA Hall of Fame:

  • 1969 Pacific Northwest Golf Association Runner-Up
  • 1966 World Amateur Team Member (Runner-up finish)
  • 1968 World Amateur Team Member
  • 1970 World Amateur Team Member
  • 1979 Commonwealth Team Member (Winning Team)
  • 1967 Commonwealth Team Member
  • 1971 Commonwealth Team Member
  • 1958 Canadian Junior Girl’s Champion
  • 1959 Canadian Junior Girl’s Champion
  • 1960 Canadian Junior Girl’s Champion
  • 1970 Canadian Ladies’ Amateur Champion
  • 1963 Canadian Ladies’ Amateur Runner-up
  • 1964 Canadian Ladies’ Closed Champion
  • 1965 Canadian Ladies’ Closed Champion
  • 1963 Canadian Ladies’ Closed Runner-up
  • 1968 Canadian Ladies’ Closed Runner-up
  • 1970 British Columbia Ladies’ Championship
  • 1962 Quebec Ladies’ Championship
  • 1960 Ontario Junior Ladies
  • 1959 Ontario Ladies’ Amateur
  • 1958 Ontario Junior Team
  • 1959-1966 Ontario Inter-Provincial Team Member
  • 1968-1972, 1977-1980, 1982, 1983, 1991 British Columbia Inter-provincial Team Member

1999 CPGA Seniors Open – Ken Girard ( London, Ont.) 144, Bob Panasik (Windsor, Ont.) 145.

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2000’s

1998, 2000, & 2001 Matt Makinson Club Champion – 2001 wins B.C. Amateur at Royal Colwood.

1999-2002 Rhea Lees is Women’s Club Champion. Repeats in 2005.

2002 June Renovation and upgrading of clubhouse facilities completed.

2002-2004 Jarad Boddy is Men’s Club Champion.

2003 Scott Rodger, Assistant Pro (67, 67 – 134) wins BCPGA Assistant Trophy.

2003 Redesigned state-of-the-art practice facility opened.

2004 Gail (Harvey) Moore inducted into BC Sports Hall of Fame and BC Golf House Hall of Fame.

2006 VGC wins BC Champion of Champions tournament.

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