Casmir “Kas” Zabowski was born in Pine Ridge, Manitoba, and grew up on the family farm during the Great Depression. Tough times steered Zabowski to the local golf course at an early age, where extra money could be made as a caddy. With that came the opportunity to play, and his love of the game turned this opportunity into a career. He served as the pro at Pine Ridge from 1931-39, during which he captured the Manitoba Open three times, in 1936 & 38 and doubled with the Saskatchewan Open in 1939. Twice during this era Zabowski made the cut at the prestigious U.S. Open (as the only Canadian in 1937 at Cherry Hills near Denver and in 1939 at Philadelphia Country Club).
In 1940 Zabowski moved to Halifax and was the Club Pro at Ashburn Golf Club. He dominated the Maritimes’ golf scene during the ‘40’s & ‘50’s. A four time Maritimes Open champ (1942/46/48/49) and three time Maritimes PGA champ (1950/51/52), Zabowski played in the Canadian Open at Beaconsfield in Montreal and made the cut (76-72-74-79 =301) again. He also won the Nova Scotia Open four times (1948/49/53/54), including a course record “60” on his home course at Ashburn.
b. May 11, 1911
d. December 18, 2000