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Al Balding (April 29, 1924July 30, 2006) was a Canadian professional golfer best known for being the first Canadian to win on the PGA Tour. April 29 is the 119th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (120th in leap years). ... 1924 (MCMXXIV) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... July 30 is the 211th day (212th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 154 days remaining. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... In golf the distinction between amateurs and professionals in rigorously maintained. ... The PGA Tour is an organization headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, USA that operates the USAs main professional golf tours for men. ...


Balding was born in Toronto, Ontario. He served in France and Germany as a member of the Canadian Army during World War II. He became a professional golfer in 1950. Template:Hide = Motto: Template:Unhide = Diversity Our Strength Image:Toronto, Ontario Location. ... Canadian Forces Land Force Command (LF) is responsible for army operations within the Canadian Armed Forces. ... Combatants Allies: Soviet Union United States United Kingdom and others Axis Powers: Germany Japan Italy and others Commanders Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Harry S. Truman Winston Churchill Adolf Hitler Hideki Tojo Benito Mussolini Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000,000 Total dead: 50,000,000 Military... 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ...


Balding began play on the Canadian Tour winning his first two tournaments in 1952. In 1955, Balding became the first Canadian to win a PGA Tour event when he won the Mayfair Open. In 1957, he won three events on the Tour and finished 6th on the money list, the highest of any Canadian at that point. 1952 (MCMLII) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The PGA Tour is an organization headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, USA that operates the USAs main professional golf tours for men. ...


Balding would go on to win an impressive number of victories in a number of different venues over a long period of time during his career. He won 10 events on the Canadian Tour from 1952 through 1973. He won four tournaments on the PGA Tour. In 1968, he won the World Cup Team Title (with George Knudson) and the Individual Title. Balding played on the Canadian National Team in the World Cup from 1956 – 1970 except in the years 1962, 1965 and 1966. Perhaps his most remarkable win came at the age of 76 when Balding captured the 2000 Canadian PGA Senior Championship. In 2002 during a senior event, Balding shot 66, twelve shots lower than his age, a feat unparalleled in the history of tournament golf according to historians at the PGA Tour. [1] 1952 (MCMLII) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday. ... 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ... The WGC-World Cup is an annual mens golf tournament. ... George Knudson (June 28, 1937 - January 24, 1989) was a Canadian golfer, who still holds the record for the Canadian with the most wins ever on the PGA TOUR, with 8 career victories. ...


Balding was named Ontario Athlete of the Year in 1955 and 1957. He was elected to Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in 1968, and the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame in 1984. He was one of the 40 original seniors on the U.S. Senior Tour. Canadas Sports Hall of Fame is a Hall of Fame established in 1955 to preserve the record of Canadian sports achievements and to promote a greater awareness of Canadas heritage of sport[1]. As of June 2004, there were 436 inductees. ... Canadian Golf Hall of Fame is the hall of fame for Canadian golfers. ...


Balding lived in Mississauga, Ontario in the summer and Sebring, Florida in the winter with his wife of more than 50 years, Moreen. They have two children, Alan and Erin. He died in Mississauga on July 30, 2006. Motto: Template:Unhide = Pride in our past, Faith in our future Location City Information Established: 1974 Area: 288. ... Sebring is a city located in Highlands County, Florida. ... July 30 is the 211th day (212th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 154 days remaining. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Professional wins

PGA Tour

  • 1955 (1) Mayfair Inn Open
  • 1957 (3) Miami Beach Open, West Palm Beach Open, Havana Invitational

Canadian Tour

  • 1952 (2) Quebec Open, Canadian Match Play
  • 1954 (1) Canadian Match Play
  • 1955 (1) Canadian PGA Championship
  • 1956 (1) Canadian PGA Championship
  • 1958 (1) Canadian Match Play
  • 1961 (1) Canadian Match Play
  • 1963 (1) Canadian PGA Championship
  • 1970 (1) Canadian PGA Championship
  • 1973 (1) Alberta Open

Other

  • 1963 Mexican Open
  • 1968 World Cup Team event (with George Knudson), World Cup (Individual event)
  • 1994 Legends of Golf "Demeret Division" (with Jay Hebert)

George Knudson (June 28, 1937 - January 24, 1989) was a Canadian golfer, who still holds the record for the Canadian with the most wins ever on the PGA TOUR, with 8 career victories. ... Junius Joseph Jay Hebert (February 14, 1923 – May 25, 1997) was an American golfer. ...

References

  1. ^ Robert Thompson's Going For The Green: November 2004

External links

  • Profile on PGA Tours Official site
  • Obituary

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Legend Al Balding in the field at CPGA Seniors' Championship
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It was three years ago when Balding made headlines by winning the tourney at age 76 with three identical rounds of two-under par 70 at the Hawk Ridge Golf Club in Orillia, Ontario.
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