Golfing legend earns Hall of Fame honour

By Jamie Harkins

July 7, 2017 11:25 AM

Peter Cushner’s dedication to the game of golf will forever be remembered.
Cushner has been selected as one of the newest inductees into the Saskatchewan Golf Hall of Fame.
The longtime Lloydminster Golf and Curling Centre professional, who passed away on Sept. 10, 2011, will be the hall’s first dual combination inductee as a player, and for his distinguished service to the game.
“Peter Cushner spent 26 years here at the Lloydminster Golf and Country Club,” said Kyle Mulligan, president of Golf Saskatchewan and general manager of the Royal Regina Golf Club.
“He is one of the best players in Saskatchewan of all time. He played on the Canadian tour. He won in Alberta. He won in Saskatchewan. He won nationally. He was a very treasured player, and a very humble man who worked at our club for a very long time.”
Mulligan said he served as an assistant professional under Cushner for six years, before taking over for him as the head professional upon his retirement.
He said Cushner was a mentor, a friend, and someone who helped him carve out a career with the PGA of Canada.
Marty Wheaton, a PGA of Canada instructor at the Lloydminster Golf and Curling Centre, said Cushner helped him develop as a golfer through the club’s junior program.
He noted the same can be said for many of the players who are competing in the 99th Amateur Women’s and 31st Mid-Amateur Men’s Championships that are being played on the course this week.
“Any chance he got to get out there and play with members or compete in a tournament or grow the game with teaching seminars, he was there, all the time,” said Wheaton.
“You’d see him here from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. a lot of nights. He would spend all of his time at the golf course.”
Mulligan said new inductees to the Saskatchewan Golf Hall of Fame are first nominated for their achievements before a committee goes through the submissions and picks who is deserving of an entry. He said the 2017 inductee’s class of Lorie Boyle, Arne Peterson, Cushner, Tom McNail and the 1964 junior men’s team of Murray Osborne, Andy Black, Rick Maguire and Gordon Chipperfield are all deserving of the honour.
“It’s a really important topic to a lot of people at the golf course,” added Wheaton. “If anybody thinks about this golf course previous to 2011, they’re going to say Peter Cushner all the time.”

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