Edward Cockburn "Eddie" Gould

2020 Honouree

Edward Cockburn Eddie Gould Edward Cockburn “Eddie” Gould became an honorary member of the Sports Hall in 2020 for his accomplishments in golf. Originally from Uxbridge, UK, he moved to Canada with his family to Midland, Ontario in 1900 then moved to Brantford in 1914. Eddie passed away in 1954 at 71 years old. His grandson, who shares the same namesake, nominated his grandfather who he felt deserved to be honoured considering his many contributions to several sports in Brantford. “The Gould family is proud that Brantfordians are now recognizing Eddie’s life-time achievements,” said Ed Gould his grandson.

E. C., or ‘Eddie’ to his friends, represented Brantford in sports both locally and internationally from the 1920s through to the 1950s.

In 1908, he was the Manager and Rover of the Midland Bulldogs hockey team that won the Ontario Hockey Championship. The team picture today hangs in the Midland Sports Hall of Fame. This team photo was donated by his grandsons Lionel, Brian and Edward Gould. In 1910, Midland was the runner-up to the Ontario Hockey Championship.

He was President of the Brantford Golf and Country Club in 1922 and was a Director of the Club his entire life. As a player, Gould won the Club’s Men’s Championship Golf Tournament three times and was runner-up four times. He also was runner-up at the Hamilton Golf and Country Club three times.

In 1935, Gould was elected President of the Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA) and was a Director for life. He secured Seagram's as the first commercial sponsor of The Canadian Open Golf Championship. Gould represented the RCGA and Canada as an ambassador at the Augusta National and Cherry Hill Golf Tournaments held in the United States of America.

In 1938, Gould was elected President of the Ontario Golf Association and a Director for life. He was also elected a Governor of the Canadian Seniors Golf Association in 1946.

Gould was a co-founder of the Brant Curling Club and became the first President of the Club in 1945. He cut the ribbon at the opening ceremonies of the new Brant Curling Club rink, located on Morrell Street in Branford, in 1950. That same year, he was named a Director of the Ontario Curling Association.

Eddie Gould enjoyed hunting and fishing - especially at his trout ponds along the Grand River upstream from Paris, Ontario. He was also a long-time member of the Dufferin Tennis Club, various fishing clubs and the Brantford Rod and Gun Club. “He was an all-around sportsman,” said his grandson Ed Gould.

Gould's wife, Lorraine, fully supported all of Eddie's sporting activities. She also enjoyed golf and curling. She was President of the Ladies Section of the Brantford Golf and Country Club in 1932 and Honorary President of the Brant Curling Club in the 1950’s.


    Silver Creamer Trophy, Brantford Golf and Country Club

    Silver Creamer Trophy, Brantford Golf and Country ClubIn 1908, Eddie Gould was the Rover and Manager of the 1908 All Ontario Hockey Championship team in Midland, Ontario. He moved to Brantford in 1914 where he joined the Brantford Golf & Country Club. Within three years of joining the club, he won this trophy at age 34. It was the first trophy he ever won in the game of golf.


    Silver The Ker Cup Trophy, Brantford Golf and Country Club

    Silver The Ker Cup Trophy, Brantford Golf and Country ClubThis cup was just one of the many golf trophies won by Eddie Gould. Other trophies included the Brantford Golf and Country Club’s Men's Championships in 1930 and 1933 as well and Brantford Golf and Country Club Runner-Up to the Club Championships four times and Runner-up three times as Men's Champion at the Hamilton Golf Club.


    1938 Ontario Golf Association Crest

    1938 Ontario Golf Association CrestThis crest was presented to Eddie Gould when he was elected President of the Association in 1938. The crest was never worn. It was found by his grandson in the attic of his house in 1984 wrapped in paper.

You can view these artefacts on display at the Brantford and Area Sports Hall of Recognition.