Year Inducted: 1996
Richard Greer’s golfing accomplishments began in 1970, when, as a teenager, he was part of the Cornwall Collegiate and Vocational School’s golf team, which won EOSSA and went on to finish third at OFSSA. As well, CCVS became the first Ontario high school to win the Quebec Golf Association’s High School Championship.
During his years at university, he won his first important men’s tournament, the 1974 Bruce Wylie Invitational. He followed it with a victory in the St. Zotique Open later that summer.
After gradutating from Queen’s with a teaching certificate in 1977, he went on to win numerous invitationals in eastern Ontario and northern New York, namely the St. Lawrence National Bank Invitaional (1977-79-86), Alexandria Open (1979-80-2001), the Cornwall Open (1982-95-98), the Kanata Invitational (1984-86), The Ottawa Valley Amateur (1985), the Morrisburg Open (1992), the Links O’Tay Invitational (1992), and the Hawkesbury Invitational (1996).
At the club level, from 1976 until 2005 he won 17 Club Championships at the Cornwall Golf and Country Club. As well, he was victorious the only two times he competed for the club Championship at the Hawkesbury Golf and Curling Club (winning one of the Championships by a record 19 shots).
At the age of 40, he joined the highly rated Beaconsfield Golf Club in Pointe Claire, Quebec and added to his club Championship total with 8 victories which ties him for the most wins ever at this prestigious club.
Although golf is considered an individual sport, Richard has competed often and well in team events. Since 1971, he has only once missed representing Cornwall or Beaconsfiled in the annual Intersectional matches and has been an integral part in helping Beaconsfield make it to Division One in this highly competitive team event.
In the annual St. Lawrence Team Matches played on courses along the river of the same name, he has been medalist three times, runner-up on another three occasions, and a member of the last winning Cornwall team in 1979. He has partnered with good friends Rick Martin (1984 Provincial Four-Ball Champions), Rick McCullough (two-time winners of the prestigious Phoenix Invitaional held annually at the Beaconsfield Golf Club), and Tom Henderson (four-time winners of the OVGA Four-Ball best ball).
At the provincial level, Richard has competed against all the best golfers in Quebec for the past 40-years. His accomplishments have included: a runner-up finish in the 1998 Duke of Kent, third place finishes in the 1991 and 1993 Alexander of Tunis, and top ten finishes in four Quebec Amateurs. As well, he has been ranked as one of the top ten amateurs in Quebec six times with a highest placement of sixth in 1993 and 99.
In national competitions, he has represented the Quebec Golf Association in two mid-Amateur Championships and was a member of the winning Interrovincial team in 1994 along with Canadian Golf Hall of Fame member Graham Cooke and Bill Herb. He qualified to be a member of the 2008 Golf Quebec Senior Interprovincial team after a third place finish in that year’s Quebec Seniors, but had to forfeit his spot due to work obligations.
Richard is proud and honoured to be a member of the Cornwall Sports Hall of Fame.