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Lapointe & Rubenstein Receive Canadian Golf Hall of Fame Invite


The Canadian Golf Hall of Fame in Oakville, Ont., and the Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA) announced today that Mary Ann Lapointe (née Hayward) and Lorne Rubenstein have been named the 2007 inductees into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame.

With their inductions, Lapointe and Rubenstein become the 60th and 61st members of the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame. Lapointe is the Hall of Fame’s 18th female inductee, while Rubenstein is only the second media representative and first since Ralph H. Reville in 1986 to be honored for his contributions to the game of golf in Canada.

“The Canadian Golf Hall of Fame seeks to recognize excellence as golfers, contributors and supporters of the game,” said Karen Hewson, director of the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame. “Mary Ann and Lorne and have each amassed their own unique golf-related legacies and are both fine examples of what makes golf the game it is. Each has made tremendous contributions to the game and it is only fitting that as such, they are recognized for their accomplishments.”

Throughout her career, Lapointe distinguished herself as one of North America’s top female amateur golfers. Among her many accomplishments, the native of Lachine, Que., is a four-time Canadian Amateur champion, a six-time winner of the Quebec Amateur Championship, a five-time Ontario Amateur champion and a 12-time winner of the Ontario Mid-Amateur Championship. Lapointe has been a member of countless provincial teams for Quebec and Ontario and, in 2005, she became the first Canadian to win the U.S. Mid-Amateur title. At the international level, Lapointe has represented Canada eight times at the World Amateur Championship and four times at the Commonwealth Matches.

For almost 30 years, Rubenstein has been chronicling the game of golf in Canada and around the world. Renowned as one of this country’s preeminent golf journalists, he has written a weekly column in the Globe and Mail since 1980; appeared in every major golf publication in Canada and abroad – winning many awards along the way; authored a number of best-selling books; hosted television shows; and offered commentary on radio. Rubenstein has covered golf at both the amateur and professional level and co-authored books for many of the game’s top players. Through his career, the Toronto native has also spent time as a curator for the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame and Museum, was the first editor of SCORE Golf magazine, caddied on the PGA Tour and written a number of golf club histories.

The announcement marks the second time in as many years that Lapointe and Rubenstein have shared an induction honor: the pair was also named in 2006 to the Ontario Golf Hall of Fame.

The two will be inducted into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame in their home communities later this summer, with North Halton Golf and Country Club hosting Lapointe’s induction on July 28 and Rubenstein’s induction taking place at Maple Downs Golf and Country Club on June 27.

Tickets may be purchased for each of these events by contacting the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame at 905/849-9700 ext 411, or emailing cghf@cghf.org.

About the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame

The Canadian Golf Hall of Fame celebrates the outstanding individuals of Canadian golf from players, both amateur and professional, to the builders, architects and others who have been fundamental to the evolution of the game in this country. Operated by the Royal Canadian Golf Association, the Hall of Fame, museum and library are open to visitors to discover more about the game and the inductees. For more information, visit www.cghf.org.     

About the Royal Canadian Golf Association

The Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA) is the governing body of golf in Canada, representing 377,000 members at 1,650 clubs across the country. Some of the RCGA’s core services include the Rules of Golf, handicapping and course rating, support of turfgrass and environmental research, the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame and Museum and CN Future Links, Canada’s national junior golf program. In addition, the RCGA conducts Canada’s most prestigious golf championships. The Canadian Open and CN Canadian Women’s Open attract the best professional golfers in the world, while six regional junior championships, 10 national amateur championships and the CN Canadian Women’s Tour showcase the best of Canadian golf. For more information, visit www.rcga.org.