Dosdall inducted to Golf Hall of Fame

by Phil Ambroziak

“Ron Dosdall is honoured as an outstanding Saskatchewan golfer who dominated sand green competitions from 1975 to 1981 with seven consecutive provincial titles. His work for the Meadow Lake Golf Club leaves a legacy for future generations.”

These are the words inscribed on the plaque presented this past weekend to Belle Dosdall, the widow of Ron Dosdall, in celebration of her late husband’s inclusion in the Saskatchewan Golf Hall of Fame (SGHF).

Mr. Dosdall, who died in 2011, was immortalized in the Hall of Fame’s player’s category for his success in provincial competitions, as well as for his contributions to the game at a more local level.

“Ron’s application for the Hall of Fame actually came to us in our very first year – so, four years ago,” explained Brian Lee, executive director of the Saskatchewan Golf Hall of Fame. “It was difficult to induct him the first few years, however, because we had so many inductees going in. Even though his application was very good and his merits nothing short of miraculous, it just kind of got put off until now. But, we knew it would be just a matter of time until he would go in.”

Described as a fierce competitor, Mr. Dosdall won the Saskatchewan sand greens championship for the first time in Moose Jaw in 1975, an achievement that launched a streak of seven consecutive provincial titles. He dominated the competition during those years, acquiring the nickname King of the North. Afterward, he continued his strong involvement with the Meadow Lake Golf Club after they switched to grass greens in 1982. As club president in 1994, he spearheaded the funding and construction of the back nine.

“Along with his success as a player, Ron is recognized for his distinguished service to the Meadow Lake community and to the people of the Meadow Lake area,” Lee added.

Ron Dosdall was born in 1947 in Nokomis, SK. Upon earning his Bachelor of Education from the University of Regina, he moved to Meadow Lake with his wife and began his long-time teaching career at Carpenter High School. He was also a high school athletics coach. Meadow Lake resident Doris Young remembers him for both his interest in golf and his career as a coach.

“He coached my kids in basketball when they were in school,” Young said. “He would do some silly things like spill water on the court to ensure a time out, but he was also a very good, hardworking coach. He was also an amazing golfer. And, what a lot of people may not know, is how much he encouraged young people to establish an interest in golf.”

Young said Dosdall didn’t believe in charging kids to play a round and, if a child showed up wanting to play, he’d always make sure they had access to a set of clubs.

“He believed everyone deserved a chance to participate,” she said.

As for his induction into the Saskatchewan Golf Hall of Fame, Young said it was a long time in coming.
Mr. Dosdall’s daughter, Tara Strelezki of Lloydminster, said her family was honoured to learn about the induction.

“We’re all tremendously honoured and so proud of him,” Strelezki said. “He did so much for the sport of golf and for the development of golf in Meadow Lake. He provided a strong push behind the development of the back nine in Meadow Lake and now that course is supported by thousands of players each year.”

Growing up, Strelezki said she remembered going to golf tournaments with her father, but not realizing at the time how significant these events were.

“When you look at how many provincial championships he won, it’s pretty amazing,” she said. “It’s very impressive, especially when you consider he did all this while working full-time as an administrator at Carpenter High School, while coaching high school athletics and while raising a young family. It’s very overwhelming and great to see him honoured in this way.”

The fourth annual SGHF induction ceremony took place Sept. 28 at Saskatoon’s  Riverside Country Club.


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