Golf Manitoba Scholarship Fund

Golf Manitoba Scholarship Fund announces 2021 award recipients

Winnipeg, MB – The Board of Directors of the Golf Manitoba Scholarship Fund are pleased to announce the award recipients for 2021. These outstanding individuals are active in the Manitoba golf community, have demonstrated academic excellence and are pursuing post-secondary studies at Canadian universities and colleges.

Golf Manitoba Scholarship Fund awards are available to all Golf Manitoba/Canada members in addition to those young people who are currently involved with golf either through employment or participation. Scholarships are awarded based on a combination of academic achievement, golf ability and community involvement.

For 2021, the Golf Manitoba Scholarship Fund will distribute $13,500 in awards to 9 students. The following individuals will be receiving awards:


The Dr. Dwight Parkinson Award has been made possible by Mr. Dave Hill of the St. Charles Country Club. The award recognizes Dr. Parkinson’s long-time commitment to the sport of golf. This $2,000 award is available to a student entering their first year of studies at a post-secondary institution.

Jordan McDonald
Home club: Breezy Bend Country Club
School: Graduated from Oak Park Collegiate in 2021, accepted into the faculty of Engineering at University of Manitoba in fall of 2021.
Recent golf accomplishments:

Other: Jordan is also a competitive curler winning two provincial championships and a bronze medal at the U18 national championships.


The Brian Gilhuly Memorial Scholarship was made possible by a generous donation from the estate of the long-time Golf Manitoba volunteer, Mr. Brian Gilhuly. Brian started his volunteerism with Golf Manitoba in 1986 where he served in a variety of capacities for over 30 years until his passing in 2017. This $2,000 award is available to students who are currently in the process of continuing with post-secondary studies.

Jacob Armstrong
Home club: St. Boniface Golf Club
School: University of Fraser Valley, Business Administration starting his 3rd year.
Recent golf accomplishments:

Other: Jacob is also a member of the University of Fraser Valley men’s golf team.

GOLF MANITOBA SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS – Sarah Farmer, MacKenzie Forsythe, Anthony Leicht, Jordan Wagner, & Eric Strick

Golf Manitoba scholarship awards are made possible each year by the Scholarship Fund. These awards are made available to both high school and post-secondary students who are pursuing studies in Canada. Scholarships are awarded based largely on academic achievement; however, golf ability and community involvement are also considered. In 2021 each recipient will receive $1,500.

Sarah Farmer
Home club: Elmhurst Golf & Country Club
School: Graduated from Garden City Collegiate in the summer of 2021, will be attending the University of Winnipeg in fall of 2021.
Golf highlights:

Other: Sarah is also an avid hockey player playing AA, AAA and high school hockey over the past three years. She was also a member of the Garden City Collegiate field hockey team that won provincial championships in 2018 and 2019. She also has volunteer coached hockey with the Manitoba Hurricanes female spring hockey program for the past three seasons.

MacKenzie Forsythe
Home club: Elmhurst Golf & Country Club
School: Graduate from St. John’s – Ravenscourt in June of 2021, will be attending the Asper School of Business in the fall of 2021.
Golf highlights:

Other: MacKenzie also plays tennis and was very active at her high school in extracurricular activities including student council, debate and public speaking, music and language clubs, holds a level 8 in the RCM of Piano and Music Theory, is a songwriter, and participated in multiple programs and conferences including the MB Music Biz Industry Youth Mentorship Program, UNESCO Schools National Youth Climate Conference and MB ALIVE Leadership Symposium.

Anthony Leicht
Home club: St. Charles Country Club
School: University of Manitoba Faculty of Arts majoring in psychology
Golf highlights:

Other: Anthony is a member of the St. John’s – Ravenscourt Alumni Board and is also employed with the Academic Learning Centre at the University of Manitoba where he tutors introductory science courses and facilitates study halls for Bison athletes.

Jordan Wagner
Home club: Golf Manitoba Public Player
School: Asper School of Business at the University of Manitoba entering his 3rd year majoring in finance and marketing
Golf highlights:

Other: Jordan has been employed with the City of Winnipeg since 2016 as an instructor guard teaching students from ages 6 months to 80 years old.


For 2021, this Golf Manitoba Scholarship Fund award is named in honor of Golf Manitoba Director of Player Development, Garth Goodbrandson. Garth was at the helm of player development for 23 years and is an honoured inductee of the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame. In 2021 the recipient will receive $1,500.

Eric Strick
Home club: Rossmere Country Club
School: Asper School of Business at the University of Manitoba studying toward a major in actuarial mathematics.
Golf highlights:

Other: Eric played hockey at the AAA level, is currently studying to achieve his grade 9 Royal Conservatory Piano and has been employed in the backshop at the Rossmere Country Club since 2019.


The Craig Yahiro Memorial Scholarship Award is made possible through the generosity of the Yahiro Family and participants in an annual fundraising event at Rossmere Country Club in memory of the late Craig Yahiro. Craig Yahiro was a long-time member of the PGA of Canada where his skillful instruction and great personality and sense of humour helped many improve their game. This award is available for students who are either Golf Manitoba members or who are currently involved with golf either through employment or participation.

Maddie Pennell
Home club: n/a
School: Graduated from MacGregor Collegiate Institute in 2021, attending Brandon University in the fall of 2021.
Golf highlights:

Other: Maddie has been employed at the Clear Lake Golf Foundation in food and beverage operations for the past 5 seasons. Maddie also plays badminton, volunteers at Heartland Recreation as a day camp counsellor, is involved with the MacGregor Elementary School as a teacher assistant and also volunteers with the Big Brother Big Sister’s Program. She was the 2021 Student Council President at MacGregor Collegiate Institute in 2021 and was a member of the drama club and spring productions

Samuel Sullivan
Home club: Carman Golf & Curling Club
School: Graduated from the Carman Collegiate in 2020, will be attending Humber College in the fall of 2021 to pursue a diploma in professional golf management.
Golf highlights:

Other: Samuel has worked at the Carman Golf & Country Club in the backshop from 2016-19, in the proshop from 2019 – 2021 and is now the assistant golf professional.

About the Golf Manitoba Scholarship Fund
The Golf Manitoba Scholarship Fund (GMSF) is a registered charity that provides financial assistance to young golfers entering or continuing in a post-secondary educational institution in Canada. Since 1986, the Fund has awarded over 180 scholarships totalling over $205,000 to students associated with 36 different golf clubs throughout Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario.

For more information about the Scholarship Fund including information on how to apply or to make a donation, please visit the Fund’s website at

For more information:

Jared Ladobruk
Executive Director, Golf Manitoba