Alice Cooke – Athlete
It is often said that a man is only as good as the woman that stands behind him, and that can be said of Alice Cooke, wife to Prince Albert Sports Hall of Fame inductee Hubert Cooke.
For 41 years Alice was instrumental in the development and success of Cooke Municipal Golf Course. Together with course superintendent Hubert, Alice brandished pride and hard work toward all ages who loved the game of golf in her role at Cooke Municipal Golf Course from 1926 – 66.
The Prince Albert Daily Herald paid tribute to Alice’s role at the golf course May 6, 1926. “One can only conceive one thing as good as playing a round over these prettily located lines and that is enjoying a refresher in the cozy and yet commodious clubhouse so ably presided over by Mrs. Alice Cooke, the wife of the genial pro.”
She dedicated her life to ensuring everyone had an opportunity to enjoy golf as much as she did. Alice is remembered for her dedication and enthusiasm towards accomplishing that goal. Her friendship and unselfish character made everyone’s golf game and life in general more enjoyable.
When Alice and Hubert retired in 1965, the Canadian Ladies Golf Union executive paid tribute to her and the respect Alice had earned over her time at Cooke Municipal Golf Course. “Alice, a friend to all golfers, was ever ready with assistance and her cheerful face and manner that will be sorely missed around the pro shop.”
On the course, Alice’s competitive sprit was hallmarked by her passion for excellence. That passion earmarked numerous reputable achievements.Her achievements on the golf course include four Northern Saskatchewan Championships (1939, 1940, 1943, 1945), three Bain Shields as club champion (1932, 1938, 1939), a Saskatchewan Ladies Open title (1942), and was second in the Prince Albert Club Championship (1951).
Alice was also named to represent Saskatchewan at the Canadian Team Championships in 1939. The tournament was cancelled due to the outbreak of the Second World War.
The Prince Albert Sports hall of Fame is proud to include Alice in its athlete and builder categories.
Inducted into the Prince Albert Sports Hall of Fame in 2004.