Gail Graham headlines 2018 class for Canadian Golf Hall of Fame

Gail Graham, pictured above in 2003, is a part of the 2018 Canadian hall of fame class. (Wily Low/AP)

OAKVILLE, Ont. — Former LPGA Tour player Gail Graham headlines the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame’s 2018 induction class.

Graham and course architect A.V. Macan, were announced Thursday as inductees by the Hall.

Graham will be inducted in the player category while Macan, who died in 1964, will go in as a builder.

"I am, to say the least, blown away, excited and humbled," said Graham. "I admire and respect all of the Hall’s members and to join these amazing people who have contributed so much to Canadian golf is an absolute honour."

The Vanderhoof, B.C., native was a member of the LPGA Tour for 15 years (1990-2005) and recorded two career wins — the 1997 Alpine Australian Ladies Masters and 1995 Fieldcrest Cannon Classic. Graham also won the 1988 PGA of Canada Women’s Championship and competed in Canada’s National Women’s Open 17 times.

Macan becomes the fifth golf course architect to be inducted into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame. He was born in Dublin in 1882 and emigrated to Canada in 1908.

Macan revolutionized golf architecture in the Pacific Northwest region over a career which spanned five decades. He also invented the Herringbone drainage system which eliminated the accumulation of water around, on and under the putting surfaces.

"Mac was my grandfather and although I never had the pleasure of meeting him, I feel he is a part of our lives even today," said Matthew Macan, one of Macan’s seven grandchildren. "This is a tremendous honour for our family and we look forward to making the trek from Britain to join you in Canada for the ceremony later this year."

Graham and Macan will be formally inducted July 24 during the opening day of the RBC Canadian Open at Glen Abbey Golf Club.

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