04 Nov 2013
At Coffin Bay in 1989, SAGA Country Councillor Allen Hurst, Western Group secretary Wally Bache, SAGA president Bay McDonald, Western Group president Bernie Newton and SAGA executive director Malcolm Hall.
Wayne Philips (MC)
Now its time to induct our first member into the South Australian Golf Industry Hall of Fame.
To annouce the first inductee I would like to invite to the stage Bill Johnson (President of Kooyonga Golf Club)
*It must be noted that Bill added significant context and content to the official script below.
Ladies and Gentlemen it gives me great pleasure to announce the first inductee tonight into the South Australian Golf Industry Hall of Fame is:
The late HC ‘BAY’ MCDONALD
‘Bay’ had a distinguished career in golf administration. Born on the 7th of Feb 1914 and after having served in the Royal Australian Air Force from 1941 – 1944, he joined the Kooyonga Golf Club in October 1951.
At this time he was a Director of carrying company John Dring and in later years was Managing Director, until retirement in 1982.
By the mid 50’s he became a member of the Kooyonga Committee and was nominated by the club in 1958 as the clubs delegate to the South Australian Golf Association. He maintained a position with the governing body until he retired in 1994. During this time he served on various sub-committees including Match, Rules & Executive.
He served as SA State Team manager for 14 years which included a victory in Melbourne in 1983 and served as Australian Team manager in 1984 for Australia’s bi-annual Senior & Junior matches against New Zealand.
In 1989 he was elected President of the South Australian Golf Association, a position he held until retirement in 1994. During this period he was the States delegate to the Australian Golf Union.
He was President of the AGU in 1992, a one year term and the top administrative position in Australian golf, at the tender age of 78. This position involved countless hours of meetings and interstate and overseas travel, which he handled in his usual efficient manner.
During 1992 he represented Australian golf at the Eisenhower Cup in Canada, The Masters at Augusta National and the Open Championship at Muirfield.
At his club Kooyonga, he was Captain in 1965 -1966 and President for over 10 years from 1977 – 1989. Bay was honoured with Life Membership in 1982.
In 1994 he was awarded Life Membership of the South Australian Golf Association for exceptional services to golf. He was only the second person to be afforded this honour in the history of SAGA.
‘Bay’ continued to take an active interest in golf administration and would be one of the first to respond to an invitation to various activities and events. He was a delight to sit next to at Dinner where his wide interests and humor provided a topic of conversation.
Bay passed away on Monday 26th March 2012 and is missed by his many friends in golf and by the game of golf.
Ladies and Gentlemen for his outstanding contribution – I would like to posthumously induct into the 2013 South Australian Golf Industry Hall of Fame: