“DID YOU KNOW”
Philadelphia Section Professionals Dominated the Canadian Open!
The Canadian Open has been played more than 100 times and twenty-one of the winners have had ties to the Philadelphia Section PGA. Most of those victories came before 1963 but there have been a few recent ones.
The following were the Canadian Open winners with Philadelphia PGA ties:
Hackney was the professional at the Atlantic City Country Club from 1915 to 1941. He was a member of a pre-Ryder Cup Team in 1921 and won the New Jersey Open three straight years.
Leo Diegel—1924, 1925, 1928, 1929
Diegel was the professional at Philmont Country Club from 1934 to 1935 and a member of four Ryder Cup Teams. He won the PGA Championship in 1928 and 1929.
Joe Kirkwood, Sr.—1933
Kirkwood was the professional at the Huntingdon Valley Country Club from 1938 to 1949. He was the greatest trick shot artist of all time and when he put his mind to it, a winner of important golf tournaments.
In 1935 Kunes was the professional at the Jeffersonville Golf Club and the defending champion of the Philadelphia PGA Championship. Instead of defending that title Kunes chose to play in the Canadian Open, which he then won.
Little was a great amateur golfer winning both the U.S. Amateur and the British Amateur twice each in 1934 and 1935. He also won the U.S. Open as a professional. In the mid 1940s he was Section member while working out of Philadelphia for A.G. Spalding & Bros.
Sam Snead—1938, 1940, 1941
Snead was the Shawnee Inn & Country Club’s playing professional from 1940 to 1942. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1942 two days after winning the PGA Championship at Seaview Golf Club.
McSpaden was the professional at the Philadelphia Country Club from 1942 to 1944. He won 17 times on the PGA Tour.
Nelson was the professional at Reading Country Club from 1937 to 1939. The victory at the Canadian Open was one of his famous eleven straight wins in 1945.
Fazio was born in Philadelphia and worked a golf professional at several clubs in the Philadelphia area. He was a very good tournament player but became more renowned as a golf course architect.
Harrison was the professional at the West Shore Country Club and the Country Club of York in the 1940s. The Canadian Open was one of his 18 wins on the PGA Tour.
Douglas, the son of a golf professional, was born in Philadelphia. He was the professional at the Newark Country Club from 1940 to 1943. After serving in World War II he played on the PGA Tour for ten years.
Wall was born in Honesdale. He represented the Pocono Manor Golf Club on the PGA Tour for more than 25 years winning 14 times which included the 1959 Masters Tournament.
Kroll was an assistant pro at the Philmont Country Club from 1947 to 1949. He won eight times on the PGA Tour and played on three Ryder Cup Teams.
Jim Furyk—2006, 2007
Furyk was born in West Chester to a father who was a golf professional and grew up in Lancaster County. After college he joined the PGA Tour where he won many tournaments including the 2003 U.S. Open.
O’Hair married a girl from the Philadelphia area and moved to West Chester in 2004. After early success on the PGA Tour with three wins he fell into a deep slump in 2011, but after missing the cut at the British Open he won the Canadian Open the next week.