The region’s golf community has lost a giant of the game with the passing of Margaret Todd, who passed away July 15, 2019 at the age of 101.
Born May 31, 1918 in Montreal, Todd was a pioneer in women’s golf, and was one of the Northwest’s most accomplished players. She represented Canada in 1951 in matches against the British Curtis Cup Team, the 1953 Commonwealth championships in England, and was a three-time captain of the Canadian National Team.
Todd won three BC Women’s Amateur championships (1947, 1948 and 1949) and was runner-up five times. She won the BC Senior Women’s Amateur in 1975 and 1976, and the Canadian Senior Women’s Amateur in 1976 and 1977.
She represented British Columbia on eight inter-provincial teams. In 1973, Todd became the first female golfer inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame. She is also an inductee of the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame (1997), Victoria Sports Hall of Fame (1997) and Golf Hall of Fame of BC (2001).
Beyond the fairways, Todd gave back to the game three-fold, through administrative work with the Canadian Ladies’ Golf Association (CLGA). She served the CLGA in many capacities, including stints as National Course Rating Director, National Teams Director and National Director of Rules.
In 2010, Todd donated $100,000 to the University of Victoria (BC) for the creation of a women’s golf athletic financial award bearing her and her late husband Jack’s name. The PNGA Super Senior Women’s Amateur Championship trophy is named after Todd.
Predeceased by her husband of 65 years Jack Todd, Margaret will be missed by her three sons John, Rick and David, as well as her many grandchildren and great grandchildren.
She will also be missed by her legions of friends within the golf community.
Margaret Todd’s accomplishments:
- Canadian Senior Women’s Amateur Champion 1976 & 1977
- British Columbia Women’s Amateur Champion 1947, 1948 & 1949
- British Columbia Senior Women’s Amateur Champion 1975 & 1976
- Victoria City & District Ladies Champion – 11 Times
- Canadian National Team Member 1951 & 1953; Captain 1963, 1972 & 1995
- British Columbia Interprovincial Women’s Team Member – Five Times
- British Columbia Interprovincial Senior Women’s Team Member – Three Times
- Canadian Ladies Golf Association Distinguished Service Award 1996
- British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame 1973
- Canadian Golf Hall of Fame 1997
- Victoria Sports Hall of Fame 1997
- Golf Hall of Fame of British Columbia 2001
- Pacific Northwest Golf Hall of Fame 2011