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Growing up in Port Arthur this outstanding golfer learned the game at a young age while following her father Bob Devine around Strathcona Golf Course. Becoming a member herself at the age of 12, success soon followed. In 1964 at the age of only 14 she competed against women many years her senior to win what would be her first of many Thunder Bay District Women's Championship titles.

Although denied entry into some tournaments due to her young age, she forged ahead and continued to do well in the events she entered, claiming another district title at the age of 17. Over the course of the next three decades she continued to dominate the headlines with her strong golfing abilities.

While still of junior age she was invited to participate in the 1968 LPGA Supertest Ladies Open in Toronto, a golf tournament featuring North America's top professional women golfers. Following that event she made her way to Winnipeg where she claimed the 1968 Manitoba Women's Amateur title, becoming only the second golfer of junior age to win top honours at that event.

Travelling to Montreal for the 1968 Canadian Women's closed championships she teamed up with Winnipeg's Tannys Aspevig to win the Canadian Junior Ladies team title. In individual play she emerged as the top junior in the field to become the Canadian Junior Ladies champion, the first and only golfer from the region to win a national individual title. Honoured by her hometown, she was named the 1968 Lakehead Female Athlete of the Year.

Declining an offer to turn professional, she continued to add more and more titles to her amateur record. Competing from the 1970s to 90s she won multiple tournaments and club championships. Between 1972 and 1993 she won sixteen Thunder Bay District Women's titles, thirteen of them consecutively. Continuing to compete in Manitoba she added three more provincial women's amateur titles to her record of success, and travelled throughout the country competing in numerous Canadian Women's Amateur Championships.

Just as her father did for her, she instilled the love of the game of golf into her daughter Alissa Lauder who became a LPGA teaching and club professional. The success on the links shown by this outstanding golfer, from the 1960s to 90s has truly earned her the distinction of being one of Northwestern Ontario's most successful and prominent female golfers of all time.

Inducted into the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame, September 29, 2018

Lynda Devine

Port Arthur/Thunder Bay
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