Ontario PGA Past President Ben Kern Inducted into Canadian Golf Hall of Fame


Story from the RCGA - Terry Lenyk

(Oakville, Ont., - March 4, 2010)
- The Canadian Golf Hall of Fame will posthumously welcome the late Ben Kern (August 11, 1946-October 14, 2002).  Kern will long be remembered for his dedication to Canadian junior golf.  He organized the first International Teaching and Coaching Symposium, bringing world-renowned instructors to Canada in 1990. He also served on the board of the Canadian PGA and coordinated completion of its teaching manual.

A former touring professional, Kern played on the PGA Tour for six years and was one of Canada's leading golf instructors.  He gave his time and energy at every level of the game in Canada with a goal of helping to foster the development of Canada’s elite golfers, both amateurs and professionals. He also wanted to introduce more children to the sport of golf.

In the mid 1990’s, Kern partnered with the RCGA to design the curriculum for what is now the CN Future Links junior development program. Until that time, there were no formally organized junior programs to teach golf to children in Canada. The CN Future Links program was launched in 1996 and continues to serve as a junior golfer program run by Canadian PGA professionals across the country in partnership with Canada’s provincial golf associations and the RCGA. More than 845,000 have taken part in CN Future Links programming since 1996.

With help from Devils Pulpit Superintendent Ken Wright, Kern also invented the Accuform bunker rake which has became the industry standard at most golf courses and PGA TOUR stops across North America.

Kern also played an instrumental role in starting the Golf Management program at Humber College in Toronto.

Kern served as the Ontario PGA President from 1984-1986.

He was born in Brazil, but moved to Canada with his family at an early age.

Kern joins Quebec's Graham Cooke and BC's Brent Franklin as the 2010 induction class.

Kern’s posthumous induction will take place at the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame in early June.

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 please visit www.cghf.org.

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