Ottawa Valley Golf Association
Hall of Fame

Helen (Paget) Holmes

 

Inducted: 2021

Category: Player (Amateur)

 

Golf Club Affiliation:

Royal Ottawa: 1921-1924 & 1926 Ladies Champion

Rosedale (Toronto)

 

Canadian Championships:

1925 - Canadian Women Amateur Close

 

Provincial Championships:

1926, 1927 - Quebec Amateur Women

 

Local Championships:

1922, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1928 - OVGA City & District Women

Photo from the Royal Ottawa

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Miss Helen Paget of the Royal Ottawa Golf Club first came to the attention of Ottawa Citizen Readers in a September 21, 1920 article titled, "Ladies Golf Meet Starts Today in Hamilton" where "Miss Paget is regarded as a very promising player". The 1920 Canadian Ladies Amateur Championship was won by Miss Alexa Stirling from Atlanta, Georgia giving her both the United States and Canadian titles.

 

Miss Paget was a member of the first executive of the newly formed Women's Ottawa City and District Golf Association in 1922 and continued on the Executive as a member of the prize committee until 1929.

 

Helen was the winner of the first four and the 1928 City and District Championships and was presented with the "Ahearn Trophy" first presented in 1922 by Mrs. A. T. Ahearn and still played for today in OVGA Women's City & District Championships.

 

In a June, 1929 Canadian Golfer Magazine article titled "FAMOUS OTTAWA LADY GOLFER REMOVES TO TORONTO", "The ladies of the Royal Ottawa Golf Club on Thursday, June 13th paid au revoir to their fellow member, Mrs. Ronald Holmes (nee Helen Paget), who, as a result of her recent marriage, takes up residence in the city of Toronto."

 

The article continues - "Mrs. Holmes removal to Toronto will be keenly felt in Royal Ottawa and Quebec golfing circles. From girlhood up she has been an outstanding figure in golfing circles not only in the Capital but in the Province of Quebec. She won the Ladies' Quebec Championship in 1926 and 1927. The year 1925, however, witnessed her greatest triumph on the links when at Rivermead, Ottawa, she defeated Miss Ada Mackenzie 2 and 1 for the Ladies' Close Championship of Canada. Mrs. Holmes will be a great addition to the ladies' golfing ranks in Toronto and for that matter in Ontario. Heretofore she has always played for the Province of Quebec. Many golfing friends throughout Canada will heartily join in wishing her a happy married life and golfing successes many now and in years to come."

 

According to her grandsons, Helen joined the Rosedale Golf Club in Toronto and played regularly into her 80's.