In 1973 John Sears of Fredericton was forced by illness to retire prematurely from the game of golf. Twenty-three years earlier, he had entered his first-ever provincial tournament at Moncton as a fourth-division player. Between those dates - 1950 and 1973 - he won two New Brunswick-Prince Edward Island and one Newfoundland Amateur championships, was selected as a member of eight NB-PEI and one Newfoundland Willingdon Cup teams, established a record that still stands for consecutive appearances as a Cup Team member; and won over a dozen championships of the Club, District, Provincial and Regional kinds. Some may remember him for his accomplishments as a hockey player; others may salute him for his work since 1973 on behalf of the physically disabled. But we honour him for his accomplishments as one of Atlantic Canada's outstanding amateur golfers of all time. Enrolled in the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame, June 2, 1984.
Won Junior championships at the Fredericton Golf Club from 1951 to 1953
Won club championship at the Fredericton Golf Club in 1968
Major wins include the NB-PEI Amateur title in 1960 and 1965; Newfoundland Amateur in 1972; NB-PEI District title in 1957, 1959, 1960 and 1962; Madawaska Invitational in 1959, 1966 and the PEI Open Amateur in 1969 and 1970
Played Nationally for the RCGA Willingdon Cup as part of eight NB-PEI teams