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Born October 1, 1932, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Barry Babcock spent the first twelve years of his life at the Gorsebrook Golf Course in Halifax where his father Reg Babcock was the club professional. Although the Gorsebrook Golf Club no longer exists, the many memories of the club live on in Barry’s life as a result of the time he spent there as a young man and his dedication to the game of golf as a career.

Barry officially started playing golf at the age of just 20 months, using one of his father’s clubs to hit the ceremonial first tee shot at the first annual Nova Scotia Ladies’ Championship in 1934. In 1984, Barry was invited to the Paragon GC, and using one of his own clubs he hit the ceremonial first tee shot for the 50th anniversary of the Nova Scotia Ladies’ Championship.

Once the Gorsebrook GC closed, Barry played most of his junior golf at the Ashburn GC, winning the Junior Club Championship in 1948 and 1949. In 1949 he also finished runner up at the provincial junior championship.

Barry completed high school in 1949 and joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1950 as an aircraft engine technician. He would later move on to become a telecommunications technician.

The game of golf continued to mean a lot to Barry throughout his career in the armed forces and in 1960 he played his way onto the NB/PEI Willingdon Cup Team and reached the quarter final in the Canadian Amateur Championship that same year. His military golf career allowed him to capture the RCAF & Tri Services Championship from 1961—1964 and in 1967 while still working in the armed forces he decided to become a golf professional.

He joined the Canadian PGA in 1971 while working at the Paragon GC and has since spent almost forty years contributing in any way he can to the growth of the game of golf. His accomplishments and service to the industry include: nine years as a Member of the Atlantic PGA Board of Directors, Canadian PGA National Seminar Chairman, Atlantic PGA Education Seminar Speaker, initiated the first three day junior camp, designed the Atlantic PGA Logo, produced the first Atlantic PGA television promotion, worked with the Atlantic Titleist rep on the first ever demo program, was recognized as the Atlantic PGA Club Professional of the year in 1987 and along with his wife was awarded a Life Membership at the Paragon GC after serving the club for twenty two years.

In 1991 Barry and his wife moved to Calgary, Alberta where he has remained an active part of the PGA of Alberta and the Bearspaw Country Club.

He possesses the gift of patience when communicating with others and enjoys being around all aspects of the game of golf, assisting Head Professional Wib Lamb in mentoring the young Apprentices who work at the Bearspaw Country Club every summer.

Today, Barry spends most of his time enjoying the club repair work he does day in and day out as well as teaching golf to a few beginners and seniors and to those who have physical challenges in playing the game. This is evident in his work with his son Glenn and the Ontario Visually Impaired Golfers’ Association.