Ches Dawson (1914 – 1986)

Sport: Golf
Year of Induction: 1999

About

A native of Wallaceburg, Ches excelled at hockey but golf was his passion. He began caddying at the Chatham Golf and Country Club when he was 8 years old and won his first golf tournament at age 16. He won his last tournament in 1981, fifty-one years after his first.

Career Highlights
  • 1914 – born in Wallaceburg, Ontario
  • 1930 – won his first golf tournament – Essex-Kent Junior Boys Tournament in Windsor
  • 1933 – runner-up in first flight of the Ontario Amateur Golf Championship in Toronto
  • 1934 – 1936 – played hockey for the original Chatham Senior Maroons
  • 1935 – was the leading scorer in final series when the Maroons won the Ontario-Michigan Hockey Championship
  • 1936 – 1937 – played professional hockey for Streatham Maroons in the English Hockey League
  • 1937 – 1938 – played for Chatham Maroons
  • 1938 – 1939 – played professional hockey for Glasgow Mohawks in the Scottish Hockey League
  • 1934 – 1957 – won Men’s Club Championship at the Chatham Golf and Country Club a total of 7 times
  • 1957 – 1978 – won Men’s Club Championship at Maple City Country Club a total of 8 times
  • 1966 – 1976 – won Men’s Annual Invitational at Maple City Country Club a total of 4 times
  • 1981 – won his last golf tournament 51 years after he had won his first one
  • Over the years, Ches won numerous Stag Days and Invitationals in Lambton, Essex, and Kent Counties as well as being a member of the Legion Branch #628 team that won various championships
  • 1973 – was honoured by the Ontario Golf Association for his “distinguished contribution to the game of golf in Ontario”
  • 1986 – died in London, Ontario while playing golf at Sunningdale Country Club
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