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Stanley Thompson to enter Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame
At a press conference in Toronto today (April 22, 2015) the CSHOF announced that Stanley Thompson will be inducted into the Canadian Sport Legends Class, Builder of the Calgary based sports shrine.
“The Stanley Thompson Society is thrilled that Mr. Thompson was chosen to join the elite group of athletes and builders who are being inducted,” said Grant Forrest, executive director of the STS.
“Thompson, who was Canada’s foremost golf course architect, forever changed the way golf is played in this country by pioneering the risk-reward style of play in Canada through his designs.”
During his career, which spanned from 1921 until just before his untimely death in 1953, Thompson left an indelible mark on the Canadian landscape. He designed 117 courses in Canada, 20 in the United States and eight in Central and South America.
Six of the top 12 ranked courses in Canada, including Highlands Links in Nova Scotia, St. George’s in Toronto and Banff and Jasper in Alberta, were designed by Thompson.
He was inducted into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame in 1980.
The Stanley Thompson Society, which was formed in 1998, helps preserve his legacy through cataloguing and verification of his courses as well as the creation of a world class archive.
For more on Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame visit www.sportshall.ca.