Year Inducted: 2008
Gary MacDonald achieved in two sports.
This Cornwall native played hockey on the Championship Junior “B” Flyers as well as the Championship St. Jerome Alouettes in the “QMHL”. Gary’s play earned him a hockey scholarship at Clarkson University. In his senior year he led the team in goals scored and was second in total points, while Clarkson ranked 4th in the East.
Academically, Gary regularly made the Dean’s List and later obtained a Master’s Degree from Clarkson.
In 1955, his uncle, Archie MacDonald, built a driving range in Cornwall and Gary was introduced to golf. However, summer was for baseball and it wasn’t until he made the Clarkson Varsity golf team as a sophomore that he developed a passion for the game of golf. In his senior year, he played as Clarkson’s #1 man.
Gary has won a total of five club Championships, and was runner-up several times. During the mid-seventies, he won four club Championships in a row at the Massena CC. In 1989, at age 46, against a strong field, he won the Hermitage CC Championship in Richmond, Va.
MacDonald was the first Cornwallite to win the Cornwall Open in 1973. He also won the St. Zotique, Hawkesbury, and Northern New York tournaments. He represented Cornwall CC on club teams in the St. Lawrence and Border Leagues, and later Massena CC in the Northern New York league.
Gary and his partner won the Cornwall Open Mixed Tournament as well as the Prescott and Smith Falls events. He has won a number of tournaments in New York and Virginia in four-ball competition with various partners. His lowest round is a six under 66 on Hermitage’s Sabot course.
His proudest golf achievement was winning the Virginia State Father/Son Championship with his son Mark in 1989 and again in 2004 in alternate shot format.
Needless to say Gary loves golf “a game of a lifetime”.