Born in Regina, Eleanor Reid has spent the majority of her adult life involved in the sport of golf and for more than 30 years has been working to make the game more appealing to women.
Reid first became a member of the Prince Albert Ladies Golf Club in the early 1960s and since that time she has held a number of executive positions locally, provincially and nationally.
Elected to the position of Second Vice‑President in 1962, Reid followed that with a two‑year term as First Vice‑President (1963 ‑ 64) and then two years as Club President (1965 ‑ 66).
After two years as Past‑President at the local level, Reid moved to the provincial scene where she was Second Vice‑President of the Saskatchewan Branch of the Canadian Ladies Golf Association in 1971 ‑ 72. Reid then became First Vice‑President of that branch in 1973 ‑ 74 and the following two years (1975 ‑ 76) Reid was the Provincial President and largely responsible for Prince Albert hosting the 1976 National Ladies Amateur at Cooke Municipal Golf Course. Reid’s term as Provincial President also saw Regina play host to the 1976 National Junior Championship.
Part of Reid’s duties as Provincial First Vice‑President and President were to attend national board meetings and for four years she travelled across the country attending these events in hopes of making women’s golf more visible and acceptable.
Additional duties taken on by Reid during the 1960s and ’70s were chairing such events as the Saskatchewan Ladies Amateur, Saskatchewan Junior Girls Championship, Saskatchewan Senior Ladies Championship, Saskatchewan Ladies and Juniors Combined and the Provincial 19 ‑ and over Handicap Tournament ‑ among others. Reid didn’t limit her involvement in the sport to an executive capacity as she also became a successful golfer in her own right.
Reid won the club championship in 1968 and that same year she accomplished the golfer’s dream when she recorded a hole‑in‑one on the par‑3 14th hole at Cooke Municipal Golf Course.
A major force behind her involvement in the sport is her husband, Dr. Bob Reid, and it is with great pleasure that the Prince Albert Sports Hall of Fame adds Eleanor Reid’s name to its honour roll alongside that of her husband who was one of the inaugural inductees into the local shrine in the builder’s category.