Rod Spittle to be Inducted into Canadian Golf Hall of Fame
[HAMILTON] – Today will mark the first time Rod Spittle has visited the historic Hamilton G&CC since winning the Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship in 1977. This time around he will be joined by friends and family to celebrate his induction into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame as part of RBC Hall of Fame Day and tournament week festivities for the RBC Canadian Open.
Spittle, 63, from Niagara Falls, Ont., will be inducted in the player category and be joined by an old friend in 67-year-old Herb Page, who is a native of Markham, Ont. and will be inducted as a builder for his accomplishments as a collegiate golf coach with the NCAA Division I Kent State Golden Flashes.
With their inductions, the pair become the 82nd and 83rd honoured members of the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame.
“It’s very exciting thinking about going into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame. It’s been very emotional. I’m looking forward to it, and to be able to go back to Hamilton G&CC, where I enjoyed that first win four decades ago, is going to be very special,” Spittle says. “It’s been a great run. I could never have dreamt up a story like this when I won the Canadian Am at HGCC in 1977.”
Rod graduated from Ohio State in 1978 with a degree in Business Administration and opted to focus on supporting his family by selling insurance for 25 years in Dublin, Ohio, and continuing his passion for the game in amateur golf.
In 2006 and at 49-years old, Spittle and his wife, Ann, left their regular jobs behind and made a five-year plan to fulfill the dream of playing professional golf. In 2010, the final year of the five-year plan, Rod was forced to Monday qualify into events. He Monday qualified into the final event of the year, the AT&T Championship in San Antonio, and in a storybook ending, he beat Jeff Sluman in a playoff for his first-ever professional title. With the victory, he earned full PGA TOUR Champions status in 2011 and retained it for the next seven years in what would become a storybook PGA TOUR Champions career.
In 195 starts, Rod missed just five cuts and earned more than $4M in prize money. He had a pair of runner-up finishes, a pair of third-place finishes and 23 top-10s. He played his final PGA TOUR Champions event on home soil, finishing T17 at the 2018 Shaw Charity Classic.
Full announcement from Golf Canada and the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame can be found here – http://golfcanada.ca/article/rod-spittle-herb-page-inducted-canadian-golf-hall-fame
Other pieces include:
Jason Logan from ScoreGolf – http://scoregolf.com/news/spittle-page-called-to-canadian-golf-hall/
Bob Weeks from TSN – https://www.tsn.ca/spittle-page-named-to-canadian-golf-hall-of-fame-1.1238011
Ian Hutchinson from Golf News Now with an audio interview – http://www.golfnewsnow.ca/voices/voices-rod-spittle-on-being-named-to-the-canadian-golf-hall-of-fame/
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