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This exceptional amateur golfer developed his skills growing up in Red Rock during the 1980s and never looked back. His first success came at the high school level and he soon started making a name for himself in junior golf circles, claiming victories and competing at the Ontario and Canadian junior championships.

Attending the University of Windsor, he made a significant contribution to their men's varsity golf program and also played hockey while there. His play in Ontario inter-university golf was record setting, winning the 1992, 1993 and 1994 Ontario University individual golf award, becoming the first three-time consecutive winner in over 75 years.

Helping lead the Lancers to three OUAA Team golf titles, he was invited to represent the school at the 1995 University of St. Andrew's Boyd Quaich Memorial Golf tournament at the Old Course featuring students from around the world. Awarded the Olympic Shield as Male Athlete of the Year for golf in 1993-94, he was named MVP for each of the four years that he was a U of W golf team member, and was inducted into their Hall of Fame in 2005.

In addition to his exceptional scholastic golf career, he dominated throughout the Thunder Bay District for much of the 1990s and early 2000s, with his name etched on over 40 tournament trophies, often multiple times. A 5-time Thunder Bay District Open champion and 2001 District Amateur winner, he was named Player of the Year in 2001 and 2003.

Competing across Ontario he cracked the top-5 in rankings and claimed invitational championship titles, and in New Brunswick he was a back-to-back winner of the prestigious Barrett Amateur in 2006 and 2007. Participating in multiple Ontario Men's Amateur Championships, he earned runner-up honours in 2004. At the 2001 Canadian Tour Ontario Open Heritage Classic he carded the lowest score by an amateur at the event. Qualifying for 9 Canadian Men's Amateur Golf Championships, his third place showing in 2000 was one of the best ever by a golfer from the region, which he accomplished using borrowed clubs.

The only Canadian to qualify for the 2007 US Mid-Amateur held at Bandon Dunes, Oregon, he closed out the decade with a record setting fifth victory at the 2009 Early Bird tournament in St. Thomas, Ontario, one of the longest running in the province. Recognized as one of the finest golfers produced in the region, in 2019 he earned entry into the Thunder Bay District Golf Association Hall of Fame.

Inducted into the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame, September 30, 2023

Bill Seagris

Red Rock
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