Phylis Barclay

ImagePhylis Barclay (far left) stands next to skip Maybelle Spooner and teammates Merle Dertell and Eileen Sexsmith, Saskatchewan women’s curling champions in 1952.

Phylis Murial (née Tufts) Barclay

Born: 1915 (Delisle, Saskatchewan)
Died: March 24, 2013 (Burnaby, B.C.)

Member: Saskatoon (Saskatchewan) Sports Hall of Fame (1993)

Phylis Barclay won Saskatchewan’s amateur golf title in 1948 and 1951. She was runner-up for the title to Renee Robins in 1949 and Mavis Palko in 1950.

Barclay was also a four-time Saskatoon city champion. She qualified for Saskatchewan’s team in interprovincial play 11 times, including in 1958 when the tournament was held in Saskatoon.

ImageIn May, 1969, she shot a hole-in-one on her home course, the Saskatoon Golf and Country Club. A month later, her husband, Howitt, matched her feat.

After moving to Vancouver in 1970, Barclay joined the Fraser View Golf and Country Club. She qualified for B.C.’s senior team in 1972, joining Joan Campbell of Kelowna, and Margaret Todd and Joan Lawson, both of Victoria. The latter three were defending champions. B.C. finished third in the 1972 championship. Barclay shot a 93-87 for the second best score in her quartet.

Barclay also curled, winning the 1952 provincial women’s title as second on a rink skipped by Maybelle Spooner. The other curlers on the team were Eileen Sexsmith (third) and Merle Dertell (lead).

Phylis BarclayHer first sporting success came as a schoolgirl when she won a silver medal in the 1932 Saskatoon half-mile speedskating championship.

She was born to Anna and Philip Tufts in Delisle, a rural town whose most famous exports would be the Hockey Hall of Fame brothers Max and Doug Bentley, Phylis’s contemporaries. The Barclay family moved to nearby Saskatoon in 1926.

Barclay, who died of natural causes, aged 98, was predeceased by Howitt Barclay, her husband of 54 years, who died in 1993. She was also predeceased by a brother and three sisters.


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