Born: July 10, 1962 – Parry Sound, Ontario
Lynn Hurd was introduced to golf at the age of ten by her Uncle Jake Hurd and her late Aunt Shirley Hurd.
Golf quickly became her passion and the great promise she showed at a very early age was soon realized. At 12 she won the Parry Sound Jr. Girls’ Club Championship, her first golf championship and placed third in the Northern Ontario Jr. Girls’ Championship.
In 1975, at thirteen, Lynn won her first Northern Ontario Jr. Ladies Championship. She went on to win it three more times. Her Jr. Golf coach, Wayne Young, could not have been more proud with her rapid success. But at the same time it was not all that surprising considering her great desire to improve and her unrelenting dedication to practice.
Not only did Lynn excel in golf, she and her sister Marcia won several badminton trophies. She was also on the West Parry Sound Elementary School District Girls’ Softball Championship Team.
Lynn had the determination and focus necessary to compete in golf at a high level. Never resting on her laurels, she persevered in a humbling and difficult sport. In 1980, she competed in the National Ir. Ladies Championship and was ranked 9th in Canada. She was the only Canadian to make the cut to qualify for the match play round in the North-South Amateur tournament in North Carolina. The following year, at 19 years of age, she represented Ontario in the Canadian Ladies Golf Championships.
During her early days Lynn set several course records, including the course record in the Northern Ontario Ladies Golf Association Championship, in North Bay in 1980 and the NOLCA invitational in Parry Sound in 1983. In the same year she was selected to represent Ontario in the prestigious Sea Pines Invitational event at Hilton Head, South Carolina, finishing a very respectable third.
Her impressive golf accomplishments did not go unnoticed and she got an invitation for a full golf scholarship from Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri. In her first year she was the number 1 Player on the golf team and remained the number 1 Player for the next four years.
According to her college coach, Ann Casey Johnson, “Lynn is one of the most talented young players I have had the opportunity to coach throughout my career.” Lynn had a very active and successful golf career at Stephen’s College competing in many State and National Invitational Tournaments. With Lynn as the Captain of the Team, Stephen’s College finished in the top ten in almost every tournament they participated. In 1982 Lynn made the NCCA and was ranked in the top 15 college players in United States. She was a medallist at the University of Purdue, the University of Kansas and the University of Missouri. In 1983 she earned her first tournament victory at the Missouri Invitational.
In addition to her outstanding golf accomplishments Lynn earned a spot on the Dean’s List for academic achievement. Upon graduation Lynn coached golf at Stephens College from 1987 to 1989.
She then pursued a career in professional golf and played competitively for the next two years on the Futures Tour. Due to the high cost of pursuing a professional golf career Lynn returned to her academic interests while continuing to play at a high level. Currently Lynn is living in Columbia Missouri and working in the book distribution business.
As a very quiet and humble individual Lynn has a great sense of responsibility, a high level of integrity and a very positive outlook in everything she does. Her incredible golf accomplishments together with her outstanding academic credentials and deep appreciation for her roots, she has earned a deserving place as a 2004 inductee into the Bobby Orr Hall of Fame. Lynn is the first woman to be inducted and also the first non-hockey related Inductee. Quite an honour for Parry Sound’s most accomplished golfer.
It is most fitting that the Parry Sound Golf and Country Club while Celebrating its 75th Anniversary can also celebrate Lynn Hurd’s induction into the Bobby Orr Hall of Fame.
Awards & Achievements
|1976-79||Parry Sound Jr. Girls Club Champion|
|1975-76, 78||Northern Ontario Jr. Girls Champion|
|1979||Player in First National Jr. Championship|
|1980||Ontario Jr. Girls Golf – 1st
Hilton Head Heritage international – 3rd
Sunningdale, England – tied 4th
Ranked top 9, best Jr. Golfer in Canada
Golf Scholarship, Stephens College
|1981||Played in Canadian Amateur
Ontario Women’s Amateur – 7th
Iowa State University – 4th
Illinois Invitational- 3rd
Regional Six Iowa- 7th
Kansas City Invitational – 4th
|1982||South Missouri State- 2nd
Illinois University – 5th
University of Iowa Invitational – 2nd
Ranked top 15 in United States, NCAA
|1983||Kansas University Invitational – 3rd
Missouri University Invitational – 5th
Iowa State University Invitational – 4th
|1982-83||Missouri & Kansas Invitational -1st|
|1984||Iowa State Invitational – 4th
Purdue University Invitational – 1st
Stephens College Invitational – 2nd
|1980-84||Number 1 Player at Stephens College|
|1985-86||Futures Tour Participant|