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At 62-years-old Jim Rutledge still can swing with the best of them.
The Greater Victoria Sports Hall-of-Famer earned a second-place finish with a four-round score of five-under par at the 100th edition of the PGA of Canada Championship at Beacon Hill Golf Club, held in Aurora, ON last week.
While he would ultimately be unable to best Calgary, AB’s Wes Heffernan – who took first place with a score of 10-under par – the second-place finish is the latest achievement in Rutledge’s long and distinguished career as a pro.
The Victoria native began his professional career back in 1978 after recording wins at the Canadian Juvenile Championship in 1975 and the Canadian Junior Championship in 1977.
For the next four decades, Rutledge would build a reputation as a true journeyman of the game, appearing in the Canadian Tour, European Tour, PGA Tour, Nationwide Tour, Asian Tour, and the Champions Tour – where he now plays.
He would find his greatest success playing on the Canadian Tour, where he earned six of his nine total professional wins, which included a six-shot victory in the 1984 PGA of Canada Championship and a pair of BC Open wins.
Rutledge also competed twice in The Open Championship, finishing in 57th in the 1991 edition of the event and missing the cut in 1992.
This year, Rutledge received nominations into both the Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame and The Professional Golfers’ Association of Canada Hall of Fame, in recognition of his accomplishments for his long and storied career.