Prince Albert’s Danny Jutras inducted into Sask. Golf Hall of Fame

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Master professional Danny Jutras, left, gives Dave Hryhor some pointers on his swing in 2009 at the Cooke Municipal Golf Course. Herald file photo

--PRINCE ALBERT-- Last weekend Prince Albert’s face of golf, Danny Jutras, was inducted into the Saskatchewan Golf Hall of Fame, rewarding him for his lifelong devotion to the sport.

“It’s a great honour for me and I think also for the golf course I worked at for 35 years,” said Jutras, who was the head professional at Cooke Municipal Golf Course from 1974 until the course celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2009. “I am very humbled by the whole process.”

The master professional – one of only 20 in Canada carrying that distinction - dedicated his life to teaching golf, arising at the crack of dawn every morning to instill into his pupils values that could be utilized in all facets of life.

“It is his life and through golf other people’s lives have been influenced,” said Tom Wormworth, co-president of Prince Albert Men’s Golf Club.

Jutras, 67, started playing golf at the impressionable age of 10. And he was no slouch when it came to knocking the ball near the pin. Although his career focused more on teaching, Jutras excelled in his playing days. In his heyday he was a member of Saskatchewan’s junior team and was one of the province’s elite golfers, becoming a bantam, midget and juvenile champion along the way. But his true calling came by way of teaching the sport.

“When I wrote my class A exam I knew it was something I was going to do for the rest of my life because I enjoy the people, the young people. I look at the young people I have worked with over the years and seeing where they are now – it’s so gratifying,” he said. 

Jutras has coached countless champions, including Phil Lederhouse - a five-time national blind-golfing champion – and Darlene Selander, anointed as Saskatchewan’s first lady professional.

Wormworth said he remembers introducing his daughter, Karly, to Jutras years ago. Karly was new to the golf scene, having no experience from which to draw. She thrived under Jutras’ guidance, eventually receiving a golf scholarship to a college in the United States.

A lot of Karly’s success can be attributed to Jutras’ teachings, Wormworth said.

Unbridled dedication and commitment has transcended the master professional’s career to levels even Jutras is overwhelmed by.

Wormworth, whose friendship with the golfing legend dates back over forty years, said Jutras consistently displayed the traits required for success.

“His patience is just incredible and the dedication to his profession,” said Wormworth. “Starting in May for 35 years he would get up at 3:30 in the morning to be at the pro shop.

“If that isn’t dedication I don’t know what is.”

Throughout his years of teaching Jutras has always emphasized the importance of having fun, which drew Cory Sawchuck  - one of Jutras’ pupils – immediately to the sport.

“He doesn’t push us too hard, but he pushes us so we still have fun,” said the 14-year-old. “It’s an honour to learn from a guy that has accomplished so much.”

Still coaching privately, Jutras has no intentions of relinquishing his grip on teaching the sport he has devoted the majority of his life to.

Jutras was an integral in bringing five national golf tournaments to Prince Albert, and in doing so, put Cooke Municipal Golf Course, and the city on the radar nationwide.

The influence Jutras has had on the golf community in Prince Albert is immeasurable, reaffirming the deservedness of his place amongst Saskatchewan golf legends.

Doug Mader, Pat Lawson, Bill Wallace and Terry Meier joined Jutras as inductees into the Hall of Fame. 

 

Organizations: PRINCE ALBERT, Saskatchewan Golf Hall, Golf Club

Geographic location: Saskatchewan, Canada, United States

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