Bernard A. Kern – Class of 2004

bkernBorn in Rolandia, Parana, Brazil on August 11, 1946

  • Immigrated to Canada with his family as a young boy.
  • Began playing golf at age 15 at the Credit Valley Golf & Country Club.
  • Graduated from New Mexico State University (1966-1970)
  • Winner of 10 collegiate events
  • Became the first Canadian to garner First-Team All-American honours.
  • Two-time New Mexico Open Champion, 1968 (Amateur) and 1972 (Professional).
  • Member of two Ontario Willingdon Cup Teams including the victorious 1968 side.
  • In 1967, he represented Canada at the America's Cup Matches in Guadalajara, Mexico.
  • In 1974, he represented Canada at the World Cup in Caracas, Venezuela.
  • In 1965, he lost 1up in the final of the 1965 Ontario Amateur to fellow Hall of Famer Nick Weslock .
  • In 1968, he lost in a playoff with Bill Wakeham at the Ontario Open.
  • Earned his PGA Tour Card in 1969, placing 6th out of 450 competitors.
  • Spent seven years on the PGA Tour
  • His best finish on tour was a tie for fourth at the 1972 Texas Open.
  • Winner of the 1974 New Mexico PGA Championship.
  • Enjoyed a distinguished 20-year career at The National Golf Club of Canada.
  • In 1996, joined the Devil's Pulpit Golf Association as Director of Golf.
  • Has set seven (7) competitive course records
    1. 61 - Skyline CC (Tuscon, AZ)
    2. 62 - El Paso CC (El Paso, TX)
    3. 64 - New Mexico State University GC (Las Cruces, NM)
    4. 66 - Lake St. George GC (Orillia, ON)
    5. 67 - Kings Forest GC (Hamilton, ON)
    6. 67 - Credit Valley G&CC (Mississauga, ON)
    7. 69 - Nobleton Lakes GC (Nobleton, ON)
  • Ben Kern passed away on October 16, 2002