The Golf Association of Ontario has named four new members to be inducted into the Ontario Golf Hall of Fame on May 6, 2015 at Wooden Sticks Golf Club in Uxbridge.
Bob Breen, Doug Carrick, Edith Creed and Bill Kerr will become the 69th, 70th, 71st and 72nd members of the Hall.
Breen was born in Guelph, Ont. in 1939, before moving to Brampton. He quickly excelled at golf capturing the Ontario PGA Hunt Trophy as a junior, a feat he would go on to do again three times as a senior.
He turned pro in 1960 and went on to 15 victories on the Ontario PGA Tour and another three on the Canadian Tour.
Breen also participated in the Canadian Open on 10 occasions, won the Bahamas International, was four-time winner on the Florida tour and played the South American Tour and events on the PGA Tour.
Success also followed Breen when he began competing on senior tours.
He captured 17 Ontario Senior wins and won the Canadian Super Senior Championship three times (2001, 2005 and 2007).
In 2010, he was the Canadian Diamond Division champion. Breen also had the opportunity to play in a pair of Senior U.S. Opens.
In addition to his individual success, Breen also represented Ontario, 23 times in the Ontario/Quebec Titleist Cup Matches. He was also a 10-time member of the Bobby Orr Nabisco Team.
Breen began working in the industry in 1961 as an assistant professional at Kleinburg and Pine Valley.
He moved on to become the head professional at Malton Golf Club, a position he would also hold at Glen Abbey, Erin Heights and Derrydale.
Breen passed away in August of 2014. At the time, he was serving as ambassador and teaching professional at Brampton and Mississaugua.
Doug Carrick enters the Ontario Golf Hall of Fame in the builder category.
A renowned course designer, Carrick has designed 25 courses in Canada and another four internationally. In addition, he has been involved in the renovations of 45 courses.
His work has earned him numerous awards and his courses have hosted multiple professional events.
A past president of the Summit Golf Club, Carrick has also served in a variety of roles with the American Society of Golf Course Architects, including president in 2009-10.
In 1985, Carrick established his own golf course design firm, Carrick Design Inc.
Edith Creed was born in Toronto in 1928 and now resides in Schomberg, Ont.
A member of the Oakdale Golf and Country Club, Creed had tremendous success as an amateur golfer.
Her list of accomplishments is long and includes being a 37-time Club Champion at Oakdale. Creed also won the York District Championship in 1982.
She captured the Canadian Senior Women’s Championship three times (1979, 1981 and 1982). She also won the Ontario Senior Women’s Championship five times (1978, 1981-83 and 1986).
Creed also added two York Senior Women’s District Championships (1978 and 1985).
She represented Ontario in 1966 as a member of the provincial team and then 10 times as a member of the senior provincial team.
She has given back to the game by helping to organize national competitions at Oakdale, along with being a supporter of their junior program.
Born in Lisburn, Ireland, in 1911, Bill Kerr immigrated to Ontario soon after his birth.
He had numerous affiliations to Ontario courses between 1928 and 1946, before becoming the head professional at Beaconsfield Golf and Country Club in Quebec.
While a resident of Ontario, Kerr captured the 1945 CPGA Championship, a feat he would go on to replicate in 1960.
He also won two Miller Trophy Match Play Championships in 1944 and 1945, another feat he would duplicate while in Quebec in 1947 and 1950.
Throughout his career, Kerr played in six Canadian Opens and the 1961 Masters. He was a five-time winner on the Quebec PGA Tour, the 1956 Bermuda Goodwill Champion, and the 1963 and 1964 CPGA Senior Champion.
In addition to his contributions to the game as a head and touring professional, Kerr also served as a two-time president of the Quebec Golf Association and president of the CPGA from 1955-1958.
Kerr passed away in 1997, but his legacy lives on through his family who have continued his work with contributions to the golf industry in Ontario and Quebec in various capacities.