George Knudson, often thought to be aloof or distant, was really a man of quiet confidence and determination. As soon as he started playing golf at the St. Charles Country Club he showed how good he really was.
In the mid 50’s, he proved himself to be the class of the junior ranks, winning the Manitoba title in 1954 and in Calgary posting a record score, that stood to this date, to win the Canadian Title.
He went east to Toronto/Oakdale with club mate Jim Collins (the pro at St. Charles) where he graduated from Bill Hamilton’s “Finishing School” as player extraordinaire.
He went on to win five Ontario Opens, five Canadian Professional Golfers Association (CPGA) Championships, and posted eight major victories on the U.S. tour as well as countless international triumphs. He finished tied for second (with Tom Weiskopf and Billy Casper) one shot behind George Archer in the 1969 Masters.
In World competition, he was nine times a member of the Canada Cup Team. In 1966 he was the individual winner in Tokyo, and in 1968 partnered with Al Balding to win the doubles in Rome. He was the winner of international events in Maracaibo, Puerto Rico, Panama, Caracas and Australia, as well as eight Professional Golf Association (P.G.A.) victories (Phoenix and Tucson back-to-back in 1968).
Knudson, three time Manitoba Open winner, turned his interest to teaching and writing about golf.
George Knudson was a member of the PGA Senior tour and inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. He was named Canada’s Golfer of the Century in 2000 by the Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA).
b. June 28, 1937
d. January 24, 1989