Florence Harvey

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Florence Lyle Harvey
Three golfers, one man and two women, posed outdoors.
George S. Lyon, Mabel Thomson, and Florence Harvey, all Canadian golf champions, from a 1909 publication.
Born(1878-11-10)November 10, 1878

Florence Lyle Harvey (November 10, 1878 – 1968) was a Canadian golfer, and an ambulance driver in Serbia during World War I. She was inducted into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame in 1972.

Early life[edit]

Harvey was the daughter of John and Williamina Harvey; both parents were born in Scotland.[1] She was raised in Hamilton, Ontario.


Harvey won the Canadian Ladies' Amateur Championship twice,[2] in 1903 and 1904, and was runner-up in the same competition in 1911 and 1913. She won the 1914 North and South Women's Amateur Golf Championship and was also Ontario Ladies' Amateur Champion in 1904, 1906, 1913 and 1914.[3] In 1910 she was a semi-finalist in an international Ladies' Championship, defeated by fellow Canadian Dorothy Campbell.[4] She competed in the British Ladies Amateur Championship in 1911, 1912, 1913, and 1920.[5][6]

Harvey applied for a patent on a process of manufacturing golf balls in 1912.[7] She was a founder of the Canadian Ladies' Golf Union (CLGU) in 1913,[8] and served as secretary of the organization.[9] She organized Canadian women's golf into three regional divisions, subdivided into districts.[10] In 1963, she attended the CLGU's 50th anniversary event at Rivermead Golf Club. [11][12]

During World War I, Harvey worked on fundraising efforts among women golfers to buy an ambulance.[9][13] Harvey was a Red Cross volunteer ambulance driver in Vranje and Belgrade in 1918 and 1919, working with a Scottish Women's Hospital unit.[14][15] Writing about her experiences, she commented, "The screams of a woman at any time are awful, but the screams of a man you never forget to your dying day."[16] She wrote a monthly column called "Golfing Hints" for Golfers Magazine in 1919.[17]

During World War II she was in England with the Canadian Red Cross.[18]

Personal life[edit]

Harvey moved to South Africa and raised poultry on a farm with her friend from the war, Marjorie Pope-Ellis.[16][19] She returned to Canada in 1954, and died in Ancaster, Ontario in 1968, aged 89 years.[15] In 1972, she was inducted into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame.[9] She was also inducted into the Ontario Golf Hall of Fame in 2000,[14] and the Hamilton Sports Hall of Fame in 2012.[20]

Amateur wins[edit]


  1. ^ https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FMQ8-J96
  2. ^ "Best of the Best: Great Canadian Female Golfers". The Ottawa Citizen. August 21, 2011. p. 24. Retrieved July 1, 2019 – via Newspapers.com.
  3. ^ "Open Canadian Championship". Spalding's Official Golf Guide. 1915. p. 176.
  4. ^ "National Women's Golf Reaches Final". The New York Times. October 15, 1910. p. 12 – via ProQuest.
  5. ^ "The Evolution of the Canadian Ladies Golf Union (Canadian Ladies Golf Association) in BC from 1933-2004". BC Golf House Society. Retrieved July 1, 2019.
  6. ^ Leitch, Cecil (1922). Golf. J.B. Lippincott. p. 153.
  7. ^ The Canadian Patent Office Record Vol XI No 7 1912. 1912. p. 2815.
  8. ^ Hall, M. Ann (October 15, 2008). Immodest and Sensational: 150 Years of Canadian Women in Sports. James Lorimer & Company. pp. 22–23. ISBN 9781552770214. Florence Harvey golf.
  9. ^ a b c "Florence Harvey's Hall of Fame Profile". Golf Canada. Retrieved July 1, 2019.
  10. ^ Hall, Margaret Ann (2002). The Girl and the Game: A History of Women's Sport in Canada. University of Toronto Press. pp. 39–40. ISBN 9781551112688.
  11. ^ Lutes, Carol (June 21, 1963). "CLGU Plans Anniversary Tourney". The Ottawa Citizen. p. 27 – via Newspapers.com.
  12. ^ "200 Arrive in Ottawa for Golf Championships". The Ottawa Citizen. July 9, 1963. p. 24. Retrieved July 1, 2019 – via Newspapers.com.
  13. ^ "A Heritage Day Celebration of Canadian Golf - part two". Osprey Valley Golf Course - Caledon, Ontario. Retrieved July 1, 2019.
  14. ^ a b "Florence Harvey - Class of 2000". Golf Ontario. Retrieved July 1, 2019.
  15. ^ a b McKay, Garry (June 22, 2017). "Golf wasn't the only great thing Harvey did". The Hamilton Spectator. Retrieved July 1, 2019.
  16. ^ a b Harvey, Florence (1919–1920). "Some Experiences in Serbia". Canadian Club Yearbook: 143–168, quote on page 150.CS1 maint: date format (link)
  17. ^ Harvey, Florence L. (August 1919). "Golfing Hints". Golfers Magazine. Vol. 35. p. 30.
  18. ^ "Greatest Hamiltonians" Hamilton Historical Board.
  19. ^ "Untitled news item". The Ottawa Journal. November 29, 1919. p. 25. Retrieved July 1, 2019 – via Newspapers.com.
  20. ^ "Florence Harvey". Hamilton Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved July 1, 2019.

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