Knudson Oakdale Pro-Am
In Support of Cancer Research

About George Knudson, his battle with lung cancer and how Oakdale has
been inspired by George to lead the fight against cancer.

About George Knudson

Born and raised in Winnipeg, George honed his early playing skills at the St. Charles Golf Club. George moved to Toronto in 1958 and soon thereafter joined the professional staff at the Oakdale Golf and Country Club. With the support and benevolence of a group of Oakdale members, George launched his PGA Tour career, amassing the still-held record for a Canadian of eight wins between 1961 and 1972, a time during which he was indisputably Canada’s ambassador to the world of golf. Punctuating this view was George and the late Al Balding’s 1968 victory representing Canada in the prestigious World Cup of Golf, the first ever such victory for Canada.

Tournament History

George’s passing due to lung cancer gave rise in 1989 to the inaugural George Knudson Oakdale Pro-Am. Celebrating its 27th year, this annual event has raised an  astounding $4.5 million for cancer research at  Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Israel Cancer Research Fund and Mount Sinai  Hospital, part of Sinai Health System.

George Knudson Oakdale
Pro-Am 2016 committee

Chair: Moni Lustig
Committee: Michael Albert, Alex Enchin, Terry Green, Robert Harlang, David  Lieberman, Richard Lorie, Robert (Butch) Mandel, Elliot Medoff, Herb Pirk, Edward Schwartz, Michael Steinberg, Fred Steiner, Roan Vollmer, Jack Winberg, Michael Zeldin,  Carole Herman Zucker, Charles Zuckerman

Sinai Health Foundation: Aaron Lutes
Israel Cancer Research Fund: Joy Wagner Arbus

Supported Charities


Proceeds from the Oakdale George Knudson Pro-Am are split between Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto and the Israel Cancer Research Fund.