Canadian Seniors’ Golf Association Celebrates Centennial








Wilson Golf Reed on the Greens
CSGA 1918-2018
by Jeffrey Reed, Editor,

Ever since the modern game of golf originated in 15th Century Scotland, senior-aged golfers have far outweighed any other demographic. Even today, with more leisure time on their hands, seniors are the game’s largest participants. In the 2016 readers’ survey, almost half of respondents were 55 and older.

But there’s one group of senior golfers in Canada who have made their mark on the game more than any other seniors’ group: the Canadian Seniors’ Golf Association (CSGA). Established in 1918, the CSGA is pulling no stops in celebrating its centennial this year, culminating with the biennial Devonshire Cup championship tournament versus the United States Seniors’ Golf Association (USSGA) at founding club, The Royal Montreal Golf Club, from September 9 to 13.

With support from the leading private golf clubs in Canada, including charter member London Hunt and Country Club, two men were instrumental in forming the CSGA: Walter Reginald Baker, President of Royal Montreal, elected CSGA President in 1918 and widely considered the founder of the CSGA; and Ralph H. Reville, editor of Canadian Golfer, and a member of Brantford Golf and Country Club.

The CSGA officially formed on May 18, 1918 at Royal Montreal. Among the charter board of governors were London Hunt’s Major Hume Cronyn, Member of Parliament. Over the years, a number of London and area golfers have been CSGA members, including Charles Ross “Sandy” Somerville, winner of the 1932 U.S. Amateur golf tournament and Canada’s Golfer of the Half Century 1900-1950; and Ed Ervasti, perhaps the greatest senior golfer to have ever lived.

Today, the CSGA counts 56 local golfers amongst its membership, including London Hunt’s Doug Alexander, Kelly Roberts and Don White, all three who have represented Canada at the Devonshire Cup matches, as well as the biennial Triangular Cup matches involving Canada, the USSGA (est. 1905), and the Senior Golfers’ Society of Great Britain (est. 1926).

(L-R): London Hunt’s Doug Alexander and Kelly Roberts, CSGA President Mike Jackson with 2017 Earl of Derby Cup.

“Before I became a CSGA member, Donny White had told me about the different opportunities to compete in CSGA annual tournaments, and international tournaments,” Roberts remembered. “That sounded very exciting to me. But soon after joining, I realized that there’s a lot more to belonging to the CSGA. You quickly realize that there are endless opportunities to meet people through golf, and to have a lot of fun.”

“I had the pleasure of joining the CSGA in 1995, without knowing the history of the association,” White remembered. “The two gentlemen who sponsored me, Ed Ervasti and Emerson Creed, were long-time members of London Hunt and Country Club. Both told me that I would never regret being a member, and that I would meet and play golf with some of the finest people you could ever meet in this world. How right they were.”

“On reflection,” added CSGA international squad captain Alexander, “I think it is great that as a senior, we can still get the same level of excitement and competitive spirit playing the game as we may have had 30 or 40 years ago. But we are now playing with gentlemen with whom we enjoy friendships and share a respect and passion for this great game.”

In addition to competing at an annual tournament, this year slated for August 13-15 at Scarboro Golf and Country Club, and Rosedale Golf Club – two of the CSGA’s founding members – and competing at international matches, the CSGA has given back to the game like no other group in Canada. The association is deeply invested in growing the game of golf, through its own CSGA Student Scholarships, and the John Powell Memorial Scholarship; support of the national Golf In Schools program, and Adopt A School Week; and a myriad of fundraising efforts as a Golf Canada Foundation Trustee.

Said CSGA President Mike Jackson, “As we enter another century, the CSGA will continue to work diligently to provide value for each and every member. In fact, since our inception in 1918, the CSGA has set the gold standard for seniors’ golf in Canada. The CSGA is proud of its philanthropy, too. Few golf groups in Canada help grow the game as much as the CSGA and its members.”

I am proud to have written the CSGA’s centennial book, which will be published this spring, and I can’t wait to help the association celebrate its present, past and future this summer at the annual tournament, and at the Devonshire Cup matches in September at The Royal Montreal Golf Club.


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