Golf Manitoba is pleased to announce the hires of Bri-ann Tokariwski as the Head Coach for the Junior Women’s Development Program and Derrik Goodwin as Head Coach for the Junior Men’s Development Program.
As development team coaches, Tokariwski and Goodwin will lead Golf Manitoba in the skill development of Manitoba’s top and aspiring junior golfers. Both will take on a number of responsibilities including designing and administering a provincial development program, providing ongoing coaching support to targeted athletes on the competitive pathway, coaching at regional, provincial and national competitions and collaborating with allied partners to support enhanced excellence.
Tokariwski joins Golf Manitoba as the organization’s first female development head coach and is no stranger to coaching and high-performance golf. An alumni of the Golf Manitoba junior development program, Tokariwski has won eleven Golf Manitoba titles including three women’s amateur championships, a junior championship and represented the province ten times on six amateur and four junior women’s interprovincial teams. She was also the head coach of the University of Manitoba Bison women’s golf program from 2016-19. For the past three years, she assisted Golf Manitoba with its junior women’s development program and was head coach of Team Manitoba in the women’s golf competition at the 2019 Western Canada Summer Games.
This past summer, Bri-ann was accepted into the Golf Canada Women in Coaching Program, an initiative designed to provide PGA of Canada women professionals with the tools necessary to coach at the highest levels. Bri-ann is a PGA of Canada assistant professional at the Elmhurst Golf & Country Club and was recently recognized as the 2020 PGA of Canada Manitoba Zone Apprentice of the Year.
“I am very honoured and excited to be the Junior Girl’s Development Coach. I have watched so many fantastic juniors go through this program and I am excited to work with the next generation of golfers in the province,” said Tokariwski. “It is really special to have been apart of the first group that went through this program as a junior and know how much this program means to the members of the team. I truly believe that programs like these can show young girls that they not only can make golf a lifelong sport, but they can excel at anything they put their minds to. Garth created such an inspiring and strong program that has grown the game, I know I have some big shoes to fill!”
Derrik Goodwin also brings with him an extensive background in coaching and high-performance golf. The 2016 and 2018 PGA of Canada Manitoba Zone Player of the Year is entering his fifth year of coaching, two as head coach, with the University of Bison men’s golf program. He is an associate golf professional at the St. Charles Country Club and was recently recognized as a four-time award recipient by the PGA of Canada Manitoba Zone as 2020 Teacher of the Year, Junior Leader of the Year, Class A Professional of the Year and the Professional Development Award.
“I am extremely excited to have the opportunity to grow the sport of golf on a provincial level,” said Derrik Goodwin. I admire the things Garth Goodbrandson has done for athlete development and look forward to the challenge of growing this program even further.”
“Both Bri-ann and Derrik have a tremendous energy and enthusiasm for junior golf and coaching and we are thrilled to have them lead our junior development teams,” said Jared Ladobruk, Executive Director of Golf Manitoba. “We are excited about the leadership and expertise they bring as our association strives to provide opportunities for excellence for Manitoba’s top and aspiring young golfers.”
About Golf Manitoba – Golf Manitoba is provincial sport organization (PSO) for amateur golf in Manitoba. Its mission is to develop, promote, govern and service the sport of golf in Manitoba and Northwest Ontario for the benefit of all participants.
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