Sask. Golf Hall of Fame announce 2021 class

The Saskatchewan Golf Hall of Fame committee is pleased to announce the 2021 induction class.

Three individuals will be enshrined later this year including Brad Birnie (player/distinguished service), Blaine Fagnou (distinguished service), and Bruce Klaassen (distinguished service).

Brad Birnie (Saskatoon)

Brad Birnie was born in Saskatoon and played his early years of golf at Wildwood Golf Course, Holiday Park Golf Course, and Saskatoon Golf and Country Club. He became a professional in 1986 after winning two straight Saskatchewan Amateur Championships. He also has six Lobstick wins and three professional championships. Birnie is a highly respected coach has 26 provincial championships won by his students. He was named the PGA of Saskatchewan Coach of the Year twice.

Blaine Fagnou (Saskatoon)

Blaine Fagnou has spent 26 years as the superintendent of Elk Ridge Resort. While employed at the resort the golf course hosted 11 provincial events and the 2007 Royale Senior Women’s Championship, the only time the event has been held in Saskatchewan. Fagnou also oversaw construction of Elk Ridge’s Tamarack and Birch nines while designing the construction of Aspen nine.

Bruce Klaassen (Regina)

A long-time superintendent, Bruce Klaassen has left his mark on two legendary Saskatchewan courses. Beginning his career in Toronto at St. George’s Golf Club Klaassen returned to the province taking over as turf specialist for the City of Regina. In 1985 he became the head superintendent at Waskesiu Golf Course, he returned to the Queen City and the “home of golf” in Saskatchewan, the Royal Regina Golf Club where “in 19 years as superintendent at the Royal Regina, Bruce has significantly improved and transformed the course.”

The 2021 induction ceremony is scheduled to be held on Sept. 18 at Riverside Country Club in Saskatoon. The 2020 banquet was cancelled due to COVID-19. The 2020 induction class will also be honoured that evening.

Golf Saskatchewan will feature each 2021 inductee leading up to the induction ceremony.

Ticket details and ticket availability will be announced in the future.