One of the GTA’s oldest private golf and country clubs will celebrate its 100th anniversary this year, but its curling launch event has been canceled due to increased capacity limits imposed by the province.
Officially opened on June 14, 1922 as The Thornhill Golf and Country Club, the golf course was designed by Canadian master architect Stanley Thompson, who created 150 golf courses during his career.
Hosting numerous provincial and national events over its 100-year history, the most significant is the 1945 Canadian Open, famously won by PGA Tour legend Byron Nelson in his record-breaking streak of 11 consecutive tournament wins. golf professionals.
The club became a year-round facility with the addition of a curling rink in 1963.
And this is the rink where the centennial celebrations are said to have kicked off before the province stepped up restrictions this month in a bid to curb the spread of the Omicron variant.
Club officials have confirmed that the 2022 Ontario Scotties Tournament of Hearts, which was originally scheduled to be hosted by the club Jan. 5-9, is due to be canceled due to new capacity limits announced by the province on Jan. 3.
But the curling rink, the club’s champions and builders – including Karri-Lee Grant, Chrissy Cadorin, Peter Cadorin, George Karrys, Colleen Madonia and Austin Palmer – will always get a well-deserved spotlight.
They are featured in “The Thornhill Club, 100 Years, An Illustrated History,” written by golf journalist, author and Canadian Golf Hall of Fame member Lorne Rubenstein and sports reporter and curling commentator Bob Weeks.
Available January 13, the 132-page book delves into the stories and accomplishments of Thompson and Thornhill Hall of Fame pro Joe Noble and Course Superintendent Dave Gourlay.
Notable Canadian amateur golfers Marlene Stewart Street and Judith Kyrinis of Thornhill, as well as former member and singer Anne Murray, are also featured.
At this point, a number of events marking the club’s major milestone this year are still in the planning stages, with the golf, curling, tennis and bridge departments planning special centennial events for 2022.
For example, the golf course is slated to host some of the best male amateur golfers in the world at the 2022 Canadian Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship August 22-26.
The winner of this event gets an exemption for the 2023 Canadian Open at Oakdale Golf and Country Club in North York.