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Memorable Manitobans: William “Billy” Roy (1928-2002)

Golf pro.

Born at Pine Falls on 24 August 1928, he was introduced to golf at the age of 5 by his father. He was club champion at Pine Falls Golf Club for five years and won the Manitoba Junior Golf Championship in 1945 and 1946. He worked as a Class A PGA Golf Professional for 50 years, being Assistant Pro at Dearborn Country and Tucson Country Club, and Head Pro at the 49ers Country Club at Tucson, Arizona; Haven Country Club at Green Valley; and Country Club of Green Valley, where he was Head Golf Pro for over 20 years. He retired in March 1999 and received a letter of achievement from the Prime Minister of Canada and the Order of Sport Excellent Achievement Award from the Premier of Manitoba. His name is registered in the World Golf Hall of Fame Walk of Champions in Florida. He died on 4 June 2002.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 6 June 2002.

“They will never be forgotten,” Winnipeg Free Press, 31 December 2002, pages A8-A9.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 July 2015

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