May 4 will see the long overdue induction into the Ontario Golf Hall of Fame of Patty Howard, a 2009 inductee to the London Sports Hall of Fame.
Patty retired from her post as Director of Golf at London’s Sunningdale Golf and Country Club in 2013 ending a 40-year career of close association with the game she first undertook as a young girl at Masonville Public School in London. She later attended Lucas Secondary School and graduated with a degree in physical education from Western.
Her achievements through the years include: first female head professional at a private mixed club (London’s West Haven Golf and Country Club, 1990); first female member of the Ontario PGA Board of Directors (1985-86); Club Professional of the Year (PGA of Canada, PGA of Ontario 2007); London Women of Distinction Award – Sport (2001); London Sportsperson of the Year (2008); and London Golf Heart Award winner (2013).
Patty gained her Class A golf professional designation in 1981. She played professionally on the U.S. Futures Tour, winning twice. She also is the only female to have won on the Southwestern Ontario Professional Golfers Association mini tour, competing against a field of men pros. She won the 1988 Ontario Ladies Professional Championship and once held the course record (70) at the Oaks Golf Club in Delaware.
The London Sports Hall of Fame is home to outstanding players – Sandy Somerville, Jack Nash, Ed Ervasti, Sue Hilton, and Patty Howard. Additional information and some outstanding photos in tribute to Patty are available elsewhere on this website.
The 2016 inductees will be announced June 6, 11:00 a.m. at Budweiser Gardens.