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Somerville, Sandy '21 - Golf

Sandy's victory in the 1932 U.S. Amateur Golf Championship was said to have served notice that Canada had arrived on the international golf scene. Having finished a university sport career at the University of Toronto, where he played both football and hockey, his rise in golf was meteoric; he won six Canadian Amateurs Golf Championship between 1926 and 1937, finishing second on four other occasions. “[It was] a record of excellence,” reports Golf Canada, “that may never be equaled”.

Sandy was named Canada’s Athlete of the Year in 1932 and in 1950 was rated Canada's top golfer of the half-century by the Canadian Press—while also competing as one of the country’s top cricketers.
 Noted by many sport historians as one of the greatest Canadian athletes of all time, Sandy was inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in 1955, the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame in 1985, and the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame in 1971. 
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