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Jack Ellis


Little Jack, Big Jack (Ellis), Ross Deerskin

Jack Ellis, a charitable and honourable man, joined Marine Drive on July 1, 1942 and for almost 59 years served the Club with integrity and distinction, both as a builder and champion golfer. Jack's significant contributions include being the Director at Marine Drive for 21 years and also served on various committees for a further 15 years. The majority of his time spent with the Links and Finance. He was also the past President of Marine Drive and held every other board position except junior chairman. With George Norgan, Jack obtained the "Title" for Marine Drive in 1946 when we almost lost it to the City of Vancouver. In addition, he introduced the progressive Junior program at the Club that allowed Juniors to graduated into the intermediate category from age 19-30. In addition, Jack was named Amateur Golf Tour Man of the Year in 1984. He thoroughly enjoyed serving the Club and the countless rounds of golf he played and the many valuable friendships which resulted.

Jack had a unique zest for life and was appropriately labeled "Action Jackson" by another long-time Member.


Big Jack Ellis, unidentified, Little Jack Ellis

A serious golfer, 5-time Club Champion with numerous other honours won on the course, he was a steady partner with Stan Leonard in competition and played too with champion boxer, Jimmy McLarnin. He also counted as friend the well known Clint Eastwood Sr. and Jr. Jack was the 1939 Low Amateur in the BC Open and 6th overall for the 72 holes. He won the Parks Board Championship in 1945 and with Stan Leonard, won the Pacific Northwest Pro-Amateur Championship. In 1946, he was a quarter finalist, and was runner-up three times for the Vancouver City Amateur championship. In 1975, Jack won the 72 hole BC Senior's championship.


Jack Ellis, Don Bodie, Terry Campbell, Bill Tibbetts

Marine Drive played a large part in Jack's life and his service to the Club will continue with establishment of the Jack Ellis Scholarship Fund, for deserving Juniors who combine a high academic standing with financial need.

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