BOSTON, Feb. 1, 2018 – Legends Tour member and LPGA Tour winner Gail Graham will be inducted into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame this summer.
The Canadian Golf Hall of Fame and Museum made the announcement today, giving Graham, along with the late golf course architect Arthur Vernon (A.V.) Macan, the official nod for induction in 2018.
The induction ceremony will be held July 24, during Hall of Fame Day and Opening Ceremony of the 2018 RBC Canadian Open at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, Ontario.
“It’s pretty heady and very, very humbling,” said Graham, who was driving her car in Florida when she received the news of her induction from Canadian Golf Hall of Fame member and selection committee chair Sandra Post.
“I almost drove off the road, but I parked, had a little cry and then hyperventilated a little bit,” admitted Graham, who added, “Lots of memories came flooding back with Canadian golf.”
While Post and Joceyln Bourassa were among the first Canadian winners on the LPGA Tour, Graham was watching when the late Dawn Coe-Jones of British Columbia sparked the next wave of Canadian players on the LPGA.
Graham (nee Anderson), along with Coe-Jones, Lisa Walters and Jennifer Wyatt, all moved on to the LPGA Tour from college golf at American universities and all offered support to their Canadian compatriots throughout their respective careers. Coe-Jones, Wyatt and Graham were college teammates at Lamar University in Texas.
“We all fed off each other in the 1990s,” said Graham, who retired from the LPGA Tour after two career wins. “Having each other there kept us all pretty grounded, but also helped us to be inspired by each other.”
“Dawn continued to win, then Lisa won and then I won,” she added. “We became our own tour family.”
Graham was present for the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame inductions of Coe-Jones and Walters. (Legends Tour member and LPGA veteran Lorie Kane is also a member.) And when she learned the news of her own nomination into the Hall, Graham thought of her late friend.
“I knew what [the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame] meant to them and [remembered] both of them saying, ‘One day, you’ll be there,’” added Graham, who will be the Hall’s 80th inductee. “When I heard the news, I could immediately see Dawn’s smile and I knew she would be happy for me.”
A member of the LPGA Tour for 15 years from 1990-2005, Graham won the 1995 Fieldcrest Cannon Classic and the 1997 Alpine Australian Ladies Masters.
On the Futures Tour (now Symetra Tour), she won the 1988 Manhattan Futures Classic and the 2016 Wendy’s Charity Classic on The Legends Tour.
Graham is a member of the Manitoba and British Columbia Golf Halls of Fame. She played junior and amateur golf in Manitoba, as well as amateur golf in B.C.
The Canadian served two terms on the LPGA Executive Committee (1994-1997, 1999-2002), including as the tour’s president from 2001-2002. She also served as president of the LPGA Tournament Owners Association from 2001-2013.
On The Legends Tour, she has served on the board since 2016 and is the tour’s current president.
“I always knew there would be a career after my career,” said Graham, who credits her late father for giving her a sense of service. “I don’t want to sit still for too long.”
Graham’s outgoing personality, sense of duty and exemplary sportsmanship won her honors as recipient of the LPGA’s 2002 William and Mousie Powell Award -- voted on by fellow LPGA Tour members as the player whose behavior and deeds best exemplifies the spirit, ideals and values of the LPGA.
Her latest accolade places right beside her longtime friends in Canada’s Golf Hall of Fame.
“I’m so very, very honored,” said Graham.
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About The Legends Tour
The Legends Tour is the official senior tour of the LPGA, providing competitive opportunities for female golfers, professional and eligible amateurs, age 45 and over. The tour was founded in 2000 by 25 veteran LPGA Tour professionals to showcase the talents of some of the greatest women’s golfers of all time. The Legends Tour now has more than 120 members, including 14 LPGA and World Golf Hall of Fame members. Legends Tour members have over 750 combined LPGA Tour victories, including 84 major championships. In its 17 seasons, The Legends Tour has awarded more than $16 million in prize money and helped raise over $22 million for charity. The Legends Tour has hosted nearly 100 charity golf events and professional tournaments nationwide in multiple states and overseas in Japan and Australia.