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SCORING UPDATES | Manitobans at college / university

Golf Manitoba is proud to keep you updated on amateur golfers from our region who are on the course during these winter months while attending post secondary educational facilities.

* If you have information on players not listed, please email Golf Manitoba Director of Communications & Development Brian Munz at brian@golfmb.ca.

Golf Canada

National Golf Day Highlights Golf’s Positive Impact on Canadians

After a four-year pause due to COVID-19, the National Allied Golf Associations (NAGA) are on Parliament Hill leading National Golf Day and discussing with Parliamentarians the many positive benefits of golf for Canadians.

The golf industry representatives are also releasing the results of a new Canadian Golf Economic Impact Study highlighting golf’s financial contributions and incredible popularity as the number one participation sport in Canada.

National Golf Day also celebrates golf’s physical and mental health benefits, its safe sport attributes, social merits, environmental stewardship, diversity, life skills for youth, and economic value to the business community. National data indicates that hundreds of thousands of Canadians have entered the sport since Covid-19, totaling six million Canadian golfers and further strengthening golf’s status as the number one participation sport in the country.

“Canadians played 74 million rounds of golf in 2023, a considerable 24% increase from the last Study in 2019,” stated Jeff Calderwood, CEO of the National Golf Course Owners Association Canada, and Chair of NAGA.

“Existing golfers have been playing more often and new golfers have been taking up the game at impressive levels,” said Calderwood. “The broad appeal of golf as a safe, healthy, outdoor recreation that can be enjoyed by all ages, genders, abilities, and budgets, anywhere in Canada, generates continued growth in the game. The impressive economic impacts that are then generated reflect that popularity.”

NAGA conducts an economic impact study every five years to measure such financial contributions as employment, charitable support, tourism, and gross domestic product. The sport and business of golf are thriving post-pandemic and continue to be an important economic engine for Canadians and their communities across Canada. Some of the highlights from the Canadian Golf Economic Impact Study include:

“Golf is a sport that brings so many benefits to Canadians – not just the economic contributions. It is also a holistic solution to many of life’s necessities and an activity that can enjoyed for a lifetime,” said Laurence Applebaum, CEO, Golf Canada.

“Golf is a healthy, safe activity, promoting environmental stewardship, providing exceptional social value, and is great for business. And importantly, we’re seeing tremendous diversity in our growth with incredible levels of engagement,” said Applebaum. “In addition, the recent success of our Canadian LPGA and PGA Tour Pros has further propelled the enthusiasm for the sport, with such stars on the world stage as Brooke Henderson and Nick Taylor.”

Other attributes of Canadian golf include:

Golf flourished during the pandemic as the nature of the sport easily allowed for social distancing while delivering a social recreation experience that could not be found elsewhere.

With golf now better recognized as an important part of the solution, and all of the health, social and economic benefits, the positive spotlight on golf and its impact on Canadian communities has since sustained most of that increased demand.

Inside Golf Manitoba Media Day Media Release

PHOTO GALLERY | Media Day at Rossmere

Rossmere Country Club hosted members of the media from across the province Tuesday teeing off the 2024 Golf Manitoba season.

A few of them also had an opportunity to play with three time defending Nott Autocorp Men’s Amateur Champion Braxton Kuntz of Breezy Bend Country Club. Kuntz has returned home following his U.S. College season at Ball State University and is now preparing for the final stage of qualifying for the U.S. Open.

2024 Media Day participants:

Evan Andrew (Sport Manitoba)
Christian Aumell (CJOB)
Jason Bell (Winnipeg Free Press)
Clayton Dreger (Golden West Radio)
Thomas Friesen (Brandon Sun)
Brody Jackson (QX 104)
Jared Ladobruk (Golf Manitoba)
Mike McIntyre (Winnipeg Free Press)
Brian Munz (Golf Manitoba)
Bob Peters (Golf Manitoba)
Mike Peters (May Contain Studios)
Sandra Shibata (Golf Manitoba Photographer)
Karly Troschuk (QX 104)
Dave Wheeler (Energy 106)
Ken Wiebe (Winnipeg Free Press)

A special thank you to all of the staff at Rossmere Country Club for making the day possible as we look forward to Rossmere hosting the 2024 Nott Autocorp Men’s Amateur Championship.

For the photo gallery, click here.

The 2024 Championship season gets underway Saturday morning at Winkler Centennial Golf Club in the Match Play Qualifier.

For the 2024 Golf Manitoba Championship calendar, click here.

Golf Canada Inside Golf Manitoba Media Release

Welcome Riverdale Golf Club

Golf Manitoba, in association with Golf Canada, is pleased to welcome Riverdale Golf Club as our newest member club.

Located seven kilometers west of the Town of Rivers off Highway 259, this 9 hole course can be played from two sets of tee boxes ranging from 2,854 to 3,030 yards.

“Our course is a gem that not many people from outside our area know about” said President Andy Gerrard. “It was established during World War Two as an old air force base course and has stood the test of time. A creek that runs through four of the holes keeps everyone on their toes.”

Riverdale Golf Club also features a putting green and a full service restaurant for all guests to enjoy.

As an official Golf Manitoba / Canada member club, all rounds played at Riverdale Golf Club are acceptable for handicap purposes and may be recorded toward establishing or maintaining an official Golf Canada Handicap Index.

To reserve a tee time or for more information, call the proshop at (204) 328-7122 or go online riverdalegolfclub.com.

Alex & Peggy Colonello Foundation Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame

Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame welcomes Classes of 2022 & 2023

Golf enthusiasts, industry members, friends and family gathered at Breezy Bend Country Club Monday night as the 2022 and 2023 Induction Classes were officially welcomed into the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame.

The five individuals were honoured together in an effort to restore logistics from the halt of proceedings due to COVID.

For more information and background on these newest Hall of Fame members, click here.

To view the photo gallery, click here.

Inside Golf Manitoba

2024 Course Openings

As the snow melts and the temperature rises, Golf Manitoba is pleased to share our member course opening dates.

For the complete Golf Manitoba member course directory, click here.

To join us as a Golf Manitoba Public Player Club member and take advantage of numerous benefits, click here.

Inside Golf Manitoba USGA

Dobrescu into Final Stage for U.S. Open Qualifier

Golf Manitoba Public Players Club member Austin Dobrescu is the latest Manitoban to advance to the Final Stage of Qualifying for the 2024 U.S. Open.

Dobrescu carded a 1-under par 71 on Monday at The Country Club of Sioux Falls in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. His round included three birdies, 13 pars and a pair of bogeys. He is one of five players from the field of 90 competitors who started the day to advance.

The final qualifier is scheduled for June 3rd with the location to be determined by the USGA.

Five Manitobans also took part but failed to qualify:

Sam Diamond (St. Charles Country Club) 76
Evan Nachtigall (Wheat City Golf Course) 76
Charlie Boyechko 79
Spence Mott (Shilo Country Club) 79
Andrew Bauer 80

Golf Canada Inside Golf Manitoba Media Release

Welcome Shanks Driving Range & Grill

Golf Manitoba, in association with Golf Canada, is pleased to welcome Shanks Driving Range & Grill as our newest off-course member facility.

Located just five minutes west of Brandon along Highway #1, this 30,000 square foot facility features 20 outdoor hitting bays with individual ball dispensing featuring the availability to aim at 8 various targets which automatically keeps track of your score using Top Tracer technology. All outdoor hitting bays have a gas powered 23 foot radius heating system along with 40 outdoor televisions.

“We are thrilled to open this new venture to provide Brandon and area residents a new level of sports entertainment” said Owner Ross Sheard. “Shanks is for all ages and levels of golf who are looking to spend time with family, friends and business associates in a unique atmosphere.”

Shanks Driving Range & Grill also features four indoor Golf Zon simulator bays, a fully licensed restaurant and lounge as well as club storage.

As an official Golf Manitoba / Canada member facility, guests may purchase a Golf Manitoba / Canada membership at a special rate to take advantage of various benefits and to record scores at participating Golf Manitoba / Canada member clubs toward establishing or maintaining an official Golf Canada Handicap Index.

For more information, call Shanks Driving Range & Grill at (431) 432-GOLF or go online to www.shanksbrandon.ca.

Inside Golf Manitoba Maple Leaf Junior Tour Media Release

Giordani-Gross opens 2024 Maple Leaf Junior Tour season with victory at Kildonan Park

Zostrianos Giordani-Gross of Shilo Country Club shot a 1-under par 68 in his final round at Kildonan Park Golf Course Sunday to finish at even par 138 over two days of competition to win the Maple Leaf Junior Tour’s adidas Golf Series.

It was the first of nine tournaments on the Manitoba schedule.

Giordani-Gross finished first in the Junior Boys division by five strokes over Hayden Delaloye of Neepawa Golf & Country Club.

Other Division winners included:

Juvenile Boys: Brady Comaskey (Pine Ridge Golf Club): 74-71-145
Bantam Boys: Hunter Oakden (Glendale Golf & Country Club): 72-74-146
Pee Wee Boys: James (Chenrui) Qiu (Surrey, B.C.): 77-75-152
15-19 Girls: Keira Krahn (Carman Golf & Curling Club): 76-77-153
U15 Girls: Maisy Shewchuk (Golf Manitoba Public Players Club): 83-79-162

For the final leaderboards, click here.

Inside Golf Manitoba USGA

Kuntz into Final Stage for U.S. Open Qualifier

Braxton Kuntz of Breezy Bend Country Club shot a 6-under par 66 on Thursday to advance to the Final Stage of Qualifying for the 2024 U.S. Open.

Kuntz’s round featured an eagle, six birdies, nine pars and two bogeys at the Broadmoor Country Club in Indianapolis, Indiana. He was one of five players from the field of 84 competitors who started the day to advance.

The final qualifier for Kuntz is scheduled for June 3rd with the location to be determined by the USGA.