Place of Birth: Athens, Ontario
Deceased: April 24, 2004
After losing his sight in a dynamite explosion in 1948, Claude Pattemore took up golf three years later at the insistence of a friend. By the following year, he was the best blind golfer in the country and continued a career as one of North America’s premier blind golfers for more than 20 years. He was the International and U.S. Blind Golfers Champion in 1963 and was a 12-time winner of the Canadian Blind Golfers Championship between 1952 and 1972
Claude Pattemore’s Record:
- 1963 U.S. Blind Golfers' Championship Winner
- 1963 International Blind Golfers' Championship
- Winner of the Canadian Blind Golfers' Championship 12 times between 1952 and 1972
- Represented Canada in team matches against U.S
- Winner Ontario Blind Golfer's Championship 14 times between 1952 - 1972
Other Items of Note:
To view images of Claude Pattemore from the museum collection, click here.
- Lost eyesight in 1948 in a dynamite explosion
- Took up golf in 1951
- Attributes his success to the teachings of Clare Chinnery the professional at Chedoke GC, and his coaches, Dick Morris, Hugh Dunlop and Jack McCallum who are essential to helping him play.
- Spent years encouraging the newly blind to challenge their new and foreign world.
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