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Breaking A Hundred: A Century of Sault Golf


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To a casual observer, Sault Ste. Marie Ontario is most often associated with nearby, glorious
Lake Superior and northern Lake Huron, steel-making, hockey, a vibrant Italian heritage, and
proximity to the US border. Its central Ontario location, and Trans-Canada Highway access
contribute to the Sault’s reputation as a pleasant, livable regional centre – but the Sault has no
serious status as a Canadian golf hotbed, or primary destination for vacation-minded golfers.
The local golf scene is active, and its membership is keen, but the sport has never made a
noticeable contribution to the Sault’s national identity.

In Breaking A Hundred: A Century of Sault Golf, accomplished golf writer
Rick Parnham (long time Canadian Golf Journalists’ Association member),
and award-winning Sault-based author Bryan Davies have completely
deconstructed this conventional Sault golf community narrative, to present
an intriguing, carefully researched history that reveals not only unique
stories, and characters, but also tells the entire Sault city history from a
unique perspective. Sault native, and Olympic champion curler Brad Jacobs
contributes the book forward. In recognition of Team Jacobs wonderful work
undertaken on behalf of the entire Sault community, Rick and Bryan are donating $5 from every
book sold to the Sault Area Hospital Foundation, and its Team Jacobs’ charities.

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Their account reveals the remarkable features connecting the four City golf clubs, and early 20th century ‘Twin Sault’ social, political, and industrial developments, to the wider, international

history of the game. Legendary Canadian designer Stanley Thompson is one of four celebrated course architects whose work, and creative genius have shaped the modern Sault courses.

However, Parnham and Davies move well beyond these technical golf design points, to explain how golf moved from being an elitist, late 19th century North American social pursuit, to join the

cultural continental mainstream – the Sault golf history mirrored these larger trends.


Controversial industrialist Francis Clergue, successive economic booms and busts, world war, the late 20th century golf boom, and First Nations history – each play an important part in this

local golf history that offers deeper insights about the Sault … and its future.


Rick Parnham

Rick is an educator, accomplished writer, successful amateur athlete, and high level Canadian basketball referee – in addition to his over 20 years devoted to golf journalism. Associate editor

of ‘On the Tee’ magazine, a Canadian golf and hospitality online publication, Rick has reviewed several hundred golf courses in Canada and the United States. A low handicap player, Rick

lives in Keswick, Ontario.


Bryan Davies

A criminal trial lawyer by initial vocation, Bryan’s published work spans military history, political commentary, sport, and true crime. With co-author Andrew Traficante, Bryan wrote ‘A Boy from

Botwood’, a Canadian WWI history best-seller. Bryan is a partner in Sault Ste. Marie’s UFE Tagona Press, an independent publishing house. A keen, but often spectacularly unsuccessful

golfer, Bryan lives in the Sault.


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