Gary Cowan

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Gary Cowan
— Golfer —
File:Gary Cowan at Osprey Links Golf Course.jpg
Cowan in 2009.
Personal information
Born (1938-10-28) October 28, 1938 (age 83)
Kitchener, Ontario
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
Nationality  Canada
Turned professional 1990
Former tour(s) Senior PGA Tour
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T25: 1964
U.S. Open DNP
The Open Championship DNP
PGA Championship DNP
Achievements and awards
Canada's Sports
Hall of Fame
Canadian Golf
Hall of Fame
Canadian Male Golfer
of the 20th Century

Gary Cowan (born October 28, 1938) is a Canadian golfer who has achieved outstanding results at the highest class in amateur competition.


Cowan was born in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. He began to play golf at the municipal golf course, Rockway, in Kitchener, and found great rivalries there with such excellent players as Moe Norman and Gerry Kesselring. The three were coached by Lloyd Tucker.[1]

Cowan reached the semi-finals of the Ontario Amateur Championship at age 17 in 1956, a record for a player so young.

He won the 1956 Canadian Junior Championship. His first national championship victory at men's level was the 1961 Canadian Amateur Championship, which was to be his only win, but he reached the finals on four other occasions (1959, 1960, 1964, 1968), and finished second at stroke play twice more (1974, 1978). Cowan finished as the low individual scorer at the 1962 Eisenhower Trophy, an international amateur team event, in Japan.[1]

Cowan went on to win the United States Amateur Championship on two occasions. In 1966, he was victorious at the Merion Golf Club in suburban Philadelphia, after defeating Deane Beman in an 18-hole playoff. Then in 1971, he won at the Wilmington Country Club in Wilmington, Delaware, by sinking his approach shot on the final hole with a nine-iron for an eagle two. Cowan remains the only player to win the U.S. Amateur twice at stroke play, and he remains one of only two Canadians (the first was Sandy Somerville in 1932) to win the U.S. Amateur.[1]

Cowan also won the Sunnehanna Amateur in 1964 and the Porter Cup in 1969.

Cowan has captured nine Ontario Amateur Championships, a record.

Cowan turned professional at age 52 and played on the Senior PGA Tour (now Champions Tour) for a couple of years with three top-10 finishes.

Cowan was inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in 1967, the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame in 1972, and was selected as the Canadian Male Golfer of the 20th Century in 2000 by the Royal Canadian Golf Association. Cowan is also a member of the Ontario Golf Hall of Fame.[2] In 2003, he was inducted into the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame.[3]

Cowan had a successful career in the insurance business.

Amateur wins (17)

Team appearances

this list may be incomplete


  • Eisenhower Trophy (representing Canada): 1960, 1962 (individual winner), 1964, 1966, 1968, 1970, 1978


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Barclay, James A. (1992). Golf in Canada: A History. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart. ISBN 978-0-7710-1080-4.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Rubenstein, Lorne (May 14, 2010). "Every pro has to start somewhere". The Globe and Mail.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Gary Cowan". Ontario Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved September 25, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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