The development of the game of golf in Prince Albert is closely linked to Hubert Cooke.
Born in England in 1901, Cooke was managing superintendent from 1924 to 1965 at the golf course that now bears his name. He was instrumental in the construction and design of the original Prince Albert Golf Course.
However, Cooke’s real stamp on the game in Prince Albert and Saskatchewan came with the development of people.
Cooke was one of the founders of junior golf in Saskatchewan and developed four generations of junior golfers, several of whom later became golf professionals. He taught and coached Phil Lederhouse to the winners circle in provincial, western, national and international blind golf competitions.
Recognized as one of the best teaching professionals in Saskatchewan, he was a mentor to many junior and adult players who represented Saskatchewan at the Canadian Amateur and Wellington Cup team championships. Among those he coached was his son Geoff who won many golf tournaments including the prestigious Saskatchewan Amateur.
In 1955, Prince Albert hosted the Saskatchewan Open, an event that attracted such well known names in Canadian golf as Al Balding, Henry Martel and Stan Leonard.
Hubert Cooke passed away in 1967.
The Prince Albert Sports Hall of Fame is pleased to induct Hubert Cooke in the builder category.
Inducted into the Prince Albert Sports Hall of Fame in 2001.