St. Charles, St. Boniface & Glen Lea members advance to Ontario following National Golf League Regional Final
12 two person teams gathered at Southwood Golf & Country Club for the inaugural BDO National Golf League Regional Final.
Throughout this past season, players from participating member clubs Elmhurst Golf & Country Club, Glen Lea Golf Club, Glendale Golf & Country Club, Kenora Golf & Country Club, St. Boniface Golf Club, St. Charles Country Club and Southwood Golf & Country Club qualified for a chance to compete in the Regional Final looking to secure a once in a lifetime, all expenses paid trip to play in the BDO National Golf League Championship just prior to the 2024 RBC Canadian Open.
Using the modified stableford scoring system, Curtis Markusson and Josh Blatt from St. Charles finished in first place with 42 points, one point better than Brett Charette and Nicolas Hince of St. Boniface.
Daniel Beaupre and Benoit Mowbry of Glen Lea needed one playoff hole to eliminate clubmates Sam Vopni and Rob Zihrul to win the final birth to Ontario.
Devon Schade of Larters At St. Andrews Golf and Country Club shot a 3-under par 68 during his final round at The Ranch just outside of Edmonton to finish in a tie for third place at the PGA Assistants’ Championship of Canada.
Schade’s 54 hole 10-under par 203 total was two strokes back of winner YoHann Benson.
We appreciate the time and effort of the host club, Bridges Golf Course led by Director of Golf Larry Robinson, General Manager Corey Braaksma, Food and Beverage Manager Jessica Delorme, Superintendent David Linstead, the staff, club members and volunteers for their warm welcome.
Golf Manitoba would like to thank our Official Performance Partners:
Schade T3 entering final round of PGA Assistants’ Championship of Canada
Devon Schade of Larters At St. Andrews Golf and Country Club shot a sparkling round of 7-under par 64 Wednesday at The Ranch just outside of Edmonton during the second round of the PGA Assistants’ Championship of Canada.
Schade’s round included an eagle, six birdies, 10 pars and a bogey.
Schade’s 36 hole 7-under par 135 total is two strokes behind second place David Li Sheman of Emerald Hills Golf Club and three back of leader Wes Heffernan of the Dynamic Motion Golf Performance Centre.
46 teams will start teeing off shortly before 9am Thursday at Bridges Golf Course as the Men’s Four-Ball Championship brings a close to the 2023 Golf Manitoba Championship season.
The 18 hole championship format is where sides of two partners compete, with each player playing their own ball. A side’s score for a hole is the lower gross score of the two partners on that hole. The partner with the lower score on each hole provides that team’s score for that hole.
The two person team representing their home club will compete for the overall Club Division title while a two person team consisting of any two players from a Golf Manitoba member club are eligible to compete in the Open Division.
Nominations open for National Facility Awards for Junior Golf
Golf Canada is now accepting nominations for its 2023 National Facility Awards for Junior Golf.
This award program was created with the intention of celebrating and recognizing facilities making outstanding contributions to junior golf in their communities. Our hope is that these awards will shine a spotlight on the extraordinary support of junior golf by these facilities and set a positive example for others to follow.
Please consider nominating your facility based on the six categories below:
Junior Golf Opportunity Award
Awarded to a facility that provides exceptional access and membership opportunities for junior golfers. Special consideration is given to facilities with strong non-family sponsored junior programs and facilities with fundraising programs to help athletes compete at provincial, national, and international competitions.
2022 Winner: Sawmill Golf Club
Competitive Junior Program of the Year
Awarded to a facility or academy program with many junior athletes competing in provincial and national championships and earning strong results in those championships.
2022 Winner: Académie de Golf Fred Colgan
Grassroots Junior Program of the Year
Awarded to a facility or academy program that is excelling at creating new junior golfers through local programming.
2022 Winner: Blomidon Golf and Country Club
Tournament Host of the Year
Awarded to a facility that gives back to junior golf by embracing the opportunity to host junior competitions. The facility creates an excellent tournament experience for players and involves the local community through volunteers and fundraising support.
2022 Winner: Royal Regina Golf Club
First Tee – Canada Program Location of the Year
Awarded to a First Tee – Canada Program Location that demonstrates excellent enrolment in First – Tee Canada programming and makes a significant impact on growing participation among new juniors within its community.
2022 Winner: Club de Golf Municipal Dallaire
Youth on Course Program Location of the Year
Awarded to the facility that provides the largest number of Youth on Course green fee subsidies to junior golfers in the calendar year.
Stasiuk & Willis win Canadian All Abilities Championships
Natasha Stasiuk and Chris Willis earned wire-to-wire victories at the third playing of the Canadian All Abilities Championship, presented by BDO at the Kamloops Golf and Country Club in Kamloops, B.C on Friday.
In the Women’s Gross Stroke Play Championship, Stasiuk of Oakville, Ont. earned her third straight national championship, finishing at 28-over following rounds of 85 and 87 to win by 16 strokes ahead of runner-up Tess Trojan of St. Catharines, Ont. (95-93 – 188). Emma Bittorf of Strathmore, Alta. finished third (95-101 – 196). Stasiuk has enjoyed quite the season as she also won the Ontario Adaptive Championship in July for a fifth time.
“Pretty amazing that I can do it three times now and nice to have more competition. It was great to have another girl, even though I love playing with Tess, but it was nice to have more people,” said Stasiuk after her round on Friday.
Another three-time champion was crowned in the Women’s Net Stableford competition as Trojan edged out Bittorf in a close battle. Trojan earned 34 points on Friday to finish with 67 stableford points, to win by two over Bittorf (65 points), Stasiuk finished third with 57 points.
In the Men’s Gross Stroke Play Championship, a playoff was required and Chris Willis of Aurora, Ont. beat Dustin Boydell of Chilliwack, B.C. on the first playoff hole with a 15-foot putt for eagle to win the national championship.
Winnipeg’s Kristian Hammerback finished 24th on the Gross Stroke Play leaderboard carding a final round 92 for a +32, 176 tournament total. Over in the Net Stableford Championship, Hammerback placed T28 with 23 points in his final round and 52 points overall.
Willis and Boydell battled back-and-forth throughout Friday’s final round and both men birdied 18 to send the championship to a playoff. Willis finished the tournament at 2-over (68-78 – 146) as did Boydell (69-77 – 146). Willis matches Stasiuk as he also won the 2023 Ontario Adaptive Championship in July. Craig Dowling of Vancouver finished third at 4-over (76-72 – 148), Keifer Jones of Calgary, finished 5-over (75-74 – 149) for fourth and Jesse Florkowski of Medicine Hat, Alta. finished 6-over (78-72 – 150) to round out the top-five.
In the Men’s Net Stableford competition, a new winner has been crowned as Patrick Griffin of Leduc, Alta. earned 41 points on Friday to finish with a combined 83 stableford points. Griffin finished eight points clear of Rod Reimer of Thorndale, Ont. (75 points). Walter Vanderrijst of Victoria, B.C. (74 points), Craig Dowling of Vancouver (73 points) along with Josh Hunke of Wilmot, Ont. (70 points), and Kevin Delaney of Windsor, Ont. (70 points) round out the top-five.
A field of 43 players, regardless of disability classification, competed over 36-holes in four different divisions in the national championship: Women’s Gross Stroke Play; Women’s Net Stableford; Men’s Gross Stroke Play; and Men’s Net Stableford.
The third playing of the national championship featured competitors from Canada and the United States with neurological, intellectual, sensory, and physical impairments. First conducted in 2021 at Humber Valley Golf Course in Toronto, Ont., the competition supports Golf Canada’s commitment to create a more inclusive and respectful sport environment across the Canadian golf community.
RESULTS | Round 1 at the Canadian All Abilities Championship
Winnipeg’s Kristian Hammerback carded a 12-over par 84 in the opening round of the Canadian All Abilities Championship at The Kamloops Golf and Country Club in Kamloops, B.C.
Hammerback shot a 42 on both the front and back nine holes respectively to place him T17 on the Gross Stroke Play leaderboard. He earned 29 points in the Net Stableford division to sit T23.
Hammerback is looking to build on last year’s T5 finish in the Men’s Net Stableford Championship and an 8th place finish in the Men’s Gross Stroke Play Championship. He won the 2022 Manitoba All Abilities Championship at La Broquiere Golf by nine strokes.
In 2021, he finished 4th in the Men’s Net Stableford and 5th in Men’s Gross Stroke Play.