Norman to enter Hall

DEAN MCNULTY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:53 AM ET

The late Toronto Sun sports columnist Jim Hunt loved telling and retelling stories of how legendary golfer Moe Norman used to upset the stuffed shirts of the Royal Canadian Golf Association.

It seemed that Norman --who will be inducted posthumously into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame tonight -- would sell the prizes he accumulated on the RCGA Tour out of the trunk of his car to the highest bidder.

Hunt told how he once phoned Norman's father after the golfer had again been criticized by the RCGA, to see if he could get a reasonable explanation for Norman's actions.

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"What do they expect him to do with (the prizes)," the elder Norman told Hunt, "rent a storage unit?"

Then there was the time Norman was playing in the Canadian Open being played in Calgary that year.

Hunt recounted that Norman got so upset at the slowness of his playing partner, Gerrie McGee, that he took off his socks and shoes, rolled up his pants and began wading into a nearby water hazard collecting lost balls.

The punch line was that Norman had a contract with Titleist where the golf ball manufacturer would provide him with 500 dozen free balls a season -- most of which he promptly sold.

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation on its Life and Times series called Norman the "greatest golfer who ever lived."

Included among Norman's highlights: The 1955 and 1956 Canadian Amateur Championships; 55 career Canadian Tour event victories; eight Canadian Professional Golfers Association Seniors Championships; 33 course records and two appearances in The Masters.

Norman died in 2004 at age 76.

Also being inducted into the Hall of Fame tonight are: Figure skating champion Elvis Stoyko; wheel chair athlete Rick Hansen; squash champion Jonathon Power; women's Olympic rowing coach Al Morrow; synchronized swimming coach Julie Sauve and equestrian legends Ron and Margaret Southern.


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