Gar Hamilton is both a highly accomplished competitive player and one of Canada's best known head professionals. He has been successful at every level of golf and has enjoyed a 22 year tenure at Mississaugua Golf and Country Club where he has worked tirelessly to promote, teach and play the game of golf. Previous to his current position, he served as head professional at Horseshoe Valley Golf Club in Barrie for eight years.
Hamilton has excelled at competitive golf throughout his life, beginning with his Ontario Junior Boys' title in 1966. After a string of successful national and international amateur finishes and captaining his Indiana University golf team, Hamilton earned Rookie of the Year honours on the Canadian Tour following his win at the Manitoba Open. Two more victories on the Canadian Tour followed, and Hamilton continued as a touring professional from 1973-1980 including a stint on the PGA Tour.
After achieving Class "A" Head Professional status in 1980, Hamilton has captured almost every Ontario PGA individual stroke play event including the Ontario PGA Championship and three Ontario PGA Senior Championships. In addition to his Ontario victories, Hamilton has also won the Canadian PGA Club Professional Championship four times and the Canadian PGA Seniors Championship once. He has played in 13 Canadian Open Championships, earned the Ontario PGA Player of the Year Award (Hunt Trophy) five times, and was named Ontario PGA Professional of the Year in 1998.
Gar now lives in Sarasota Florida during the winter, but yearns for the Spring when he can return to Canada and play the game he loves at the places he loves. Like Dave Pelz, Gar has a unique fascination for the short game, and as a lifelong Teaching Pro, it is Gar’s passion to bring good golf to people all over the country and the world. About the PELZ Player Collection by Catalyst Golf, Gar has said, “It’s Dave Pelz right? What can I say that hasn’t already been said? He is a legend of the short game! I’ve seen and used a lot of training aids in my teaching over the years, but there is nothing like the things that Pelz has come out with. The innovation, the ease of simplicity, the effectiveness. I use these PELZ products every day to help my own game, and I would recommend them to everyone I know who wants to improve their golf and have some fun doing it.”