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Athletes Spotlights: Darrell Maxwell

Written by on 8 July 2021

Biography: 

Darrell Maxwell was born in Truro, Nova Scotia in 1946 into one of the most sports oriented families in the region. A younger brother of the late Stan “Chook” Maxwell of baseball and hockey fame, Darrell set a mark of his own in sports, especially, in hockey and golf. In hockey, Darrell was a member of the Victoriaville Bruins hockey team which captured the Quebec provincial junior hockey league championship in 1965 and played with the likes of Philip Myre (Montreal Canadians-NHL), Alain Beaule (Quebec Nordiques-WHA) and many others who went onto professional hockey careers. In 1966, he captained the North River Aces of the competitive Truro and District Hockey League to the Championship title. As well, he was voted MVP and won the regular season scoring title, that year. From ’68-’72, he was a valuable member of the St. Mary’s University (SMU) hockey team in Halifax, Nova Scotia coached by Bob Boucher, who described Maxwell as a strong two-way hockey player who was held in high esteem by his teammates. During his time at SMU, the Huskies won four consecutive Maritime championships but lost the national title to the powerful University of Toronto team, the last three years by very close margins.

 

Hockey aside, it was primarily golf that Darrell left his mark on the sports scene. An exceptionally, long-ball hitter, he proved to be one of the most exciting golfers of his era. Darrell began his golfing career as a caddy at the tender age of five. He was three time (’62, ’63, ’64) junior golf champion at the Truro Golf Club. In 1965, he was the junior and senior club champion in Truro and was named Nova Scotia golfer of the year. That same year he won the Nova Scotia junior golf championship at the Paragon Golf Club which qualified him to play in the Canadian Junior Golf Championship in Brantford, Ontario, whereby, he met the

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legendary Canadian golfer Moe Norman who asked if he could follow Maxwell around during his match, that day. Needless to say, it was a thrill and honor for him to play before this legend. He went on to become a member of the Nova Scotia Willington Cup team that played in the Canadian Amateur Golf Championship in 1967 and ’68. During an eight year period, from ’64-’71, he won the club championship in Truro six times. Darrell was a member of the SMU Maritime intercollegiate golf team from 1968-72 and as well as, winning the team title he was low individual medalist in 1970. From ’77 onwards, he won a number of club championships and tournaments in Quebec and Ontario. One of his highlights, was capturing low medalist honors in 1989 when he won the Ottawa Valley Golf Association Class A Matchplay Championship at the Chaudiere Golf Club, his last major win. In 2003, he qualified to participate in the qualifying school for the Senior PGA Tour, in Florida. This would further attest to the high caliber of golf played by Maxwell.

 

Darrell Maxwell Golf Highlights Bio

1963 – Played in the Canadian Junior Golf Championships (Charlettown, PEI)

1965 – Won the Nova Scotia Junior Golf Championship (Paragon GC- Kingston, N.S.)

1965 – Played in the Canadian Junior Golf championship (Brantford, Ontario)

1965 – Junior & Senior Golf Club champion at Truro GC (Truro, N.S.)

1965 – Named Nova Scotia Golfer of the year

1967 – Member of the Nova Scotia Willington Cup golf team

1967 – Played in the Canadian Amateur Golf championships representing Nova Scotia (Royal Colwood GC – Victoria, B.C.)

1968 – Member of the Nova Scotia Willington Cup golf team

1968 – Played in the Canadian Amateur Golf championships representing Nova Scotia (Mayfair GC – Edmonton, Alberta)

1968-72 – Member of the Saint Mary’s University Golf team

1971 – Member of the SMU golf team that won the Maritime Intercollegiate golf championship (Ken-Wo GC- Kentville, N.S.) (Team members: Carl Boswick, Halifax, N.S.; Dave (Ducky) Weber, Dartmouth N.S.); Gordie Franklin, Ottawa, Ontario & Darrell Maxwell, Truro N.S.)

2001 – Played in the Canadian Senior Golf championship (Truro N.S.)

2003 – Played in the second stage of the Senior PGA qualifying event (Kissimmee, Florida)

1963-76 – Won the Truro GC junior & senior club championships a number of times

1968-76 – Won a number of invitational golf tournaments throughout the Maritimes

 


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