Bill Wakeham with his clubs

Like many aspiring pro golfers, Bill Wakeham first hit the heights in the amateur ranks, representing Canada in such competitions as the World Amateur Cup, Commonwealth Competition and Americas Cup. After collecting more than 20 amateur titles, it was inevitable that he would turn pro; the only question was when. He got his answer in 1964 at age 23, when he aced the 12th hole at the Vancouver Golf Club during the B.C. Open. At first he declined the hole-in-one prize of a boat, but he had second thoughts and accepted, thus launching a professional career that continues to this day. Wakeham grinded it out on golf's touring trail for nearly seven years before accepting his first head pro job at the Cowichan course. He continued to play tournaments, however, and ultimately eclipsed the 50-win mark as a pro. His best year was 1974, when he had five wins. After years as an Associate and Teaching professional, one of the game's great promoters holds court today as head pro at the Royal Oak Golf Club.

Dorothy Wilks

The term "rookie phenom" didn't exist in the early 1950's but "whiz kid" did and the moniker fit Dorothy Wilks (nee Herbertson) to a tee. After spending several years as an uninvited guest on the fairways next to her home she joined the Gorge Vale Club in 1948 and by the time she was 16 had won the Mid-Island women's title. The Board of her home club sensed there was something special about Dorothy and they named her an honourary life member in 1954 at the ripe old age of 19. That same year, the powerful young lady won her second B.C. junior title, first B.C. Amateur women's crown, was second best at the Nationals and was named to a Canadian team that played a prestigious match against the British team in Montreal. While she occasionally took years away from competitive golf to devote time to raising a family, Dorothy still managed to excel on the local and provincial levels into her 60s. In all she collected an amazing 12 B.C. amateur titles and was the first lady to win in all three divisions. Two as a junior, four women's amateur titles, then six seniors crowns during a dominating eight-year stretch from 1987 to 1994. She won Victoria City & District titles 16 times in the women's and senior women's divisions, taking her last one in 1997. She is a member of the B.C. Golf Hall of Fame.


Victoria enjoys a stellar sports history and we celebrate the many athletes, teams and builders who have contributed to that history.  Our displays are seen at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre (1925 Blanshard St.)  through Gate Three.


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