||Ada Mackenzie (1891 - 1973)
Year of Induction: 2000
Ada Mackenzie won her first tournament at age 13 when she substituted for her mother. Her spirit, ability and passion for the game had her winning championships late into her golfing career. In 1969, the same year Ada celebrated her 78th birthday, she won the Ontario Seniors’ title at the London Hunt Club.
During her golfing career, which lasted more than 60 years, Ada won the Canadian Open five times, the Canadian Women’s Seniors’ Golf Championship eight times, ten Toronto and District Ladies Championship, nine Ontario Ladies’ Championships, two Ontario Senior Women’s Championships, five Canadian Ladies’ Closed Championships and two Bermuda ladies titles.
In 1924, Ada was the moving force in the opening of the Ladies’ Golf and Tennis Club of Toronto. She initiated the Ontario Junior Ladies Championships and established the first golf course exclusively for women – which resulted in restricted hours for men, a reversal of the common policy of restricted hours for women! The Toronto Ladies’ Golf and Tennis Club is located in Thornhill. In 1927 Ada Mackenzie Ltd., a women’s clothing and golf apparel store was founded – a successful store situated in Toronto’s exclusive Yorkville shopping district. Although she was born in Toronto, Ada made Richmond Hill her home from 1940 to 1973 in Highland Cottage, on Maple Sideroad, which was later renamed Major Mackenzie Drive.
Her spectacular golfing career served to improve women’s golf (and women’s golfing apparel) in Canada, earning her the titles “The queen of Canadian amateurs” and “First woman of Canadian golf.” Ada passed away in 1973. Women’s golf in Canada owes much to her innovations and long-term involvement in the sport.