Manitoba Junior Boys Championship Media Release

Golf Manitoba to celebrate 100th playing of the Manitoba Junior Boys Championship

St. Charles Country Club

Golf Manitoba is excited to celebrate the 100th playing of the Manitoba Junior Boys Championship July 13-15, 2022, at the historic St. Charles Country Club.

“2022 will be a special year for our junior boy’s provincial championship and we are excited to recognize the centennial playing of this event,” said Golf Manitoba executive director Jared Ladobruk. “St. Charles Country Club is an iconic venue that has a rich history of amateur and professional golf in both Manitoba and Canada and we are delighted for the support of the club’s membership to host this championship. The planning for the celebration of the great history and past champions of this event is well underway.”

“St. Charles is proud to host the 100th playing of the Manitoba Junior Boys Championship,” said Cory Kartusch, COO of St. Charles Country Club. “The Manitoba Junior Championship is the hallmark event for all junior girls and boys in the province. In the past number if years we have seen Golf Manitoba make significant strides in its support of junior golf in the province. We are happy to play a small role in supporting them by hosting this championship. We look forward to welcoming all the players to St. Charles in July for a great week of competition.”   

The Manitoba Junior Boys Championship was first played in 1923 at the Alcrest Golf Club (later became the Charleswood Golf Course) and won by Foster Woolley of the Norwood Golf Club winning with a score of 89. There were 112 competitors in the inaugural event ranging in age from 10 through 16 years old. Of special note, Foster Woolley also went on to win an Olympic gold medal (1932) playing for the 1931/32 Winnipegs (men’s hockey).

The junior boys event has been contested every year since 1923 and has a celebrated list of past champions including George Knudson, Dan Halldorson, Todd Fanning, Rob McMillian, Dale Goerhing, Adam Speirs and Aaron Cockerill.

Last year, at the 2021 Manitoba Junior Boys Championship, Breezy Bend Country Club’s Braxton Kuntz lead from start to finish capturing his first junior boys championship in his final year of eligibility.  Kuntz shot a 54-hole score of 3-over par at the Shilo Country Club in Shilo, Manitoba.

The 81st Manitoba Junior Girls Championship will also be contested at St. Charles Country alongside the junior boy’s event.

For the third consecutive season, the 2022 Manitoba Junior Boys and Girls Championships will be presented by the Alex & Peggy Colonello Foundation.  The Foundation has committed to subsidize entry fees making the championships one of the most affordable provincial junior golf championships in the country. 

More information about the 100th Manitoba Junior Boys Championship and the various activations that will take place to celebrate the playing of the tournament will be announced in the coming months.

About St. Charles Country Club

St. Charles Country Club has three distinct 9-hole courses designed by world renown golf architects including Donald Ross, Dr. Alister Mackenzie and Norman Woods.  St. Charles first opened to members in 1904 and has been host to several provincial and national amateur championships and several professional championships including the Canadian Open, the Canadian Women’s Open and the Canadian Seniors.

About Golf Manitoba

Golf Manitoba is the Provincial Sports Organization and governing body for golf in Manitoba and Northwest Ontario representing 9,000 golfers and 80 member clubs. A proud partner of Golf Canada and Sport Manitoba, Golf Manitoba’s mission is to develop, promote, govern and service the game of golf for the benefit of all participants.

For more information, contact:

Brian Munz
Director of Communications
Golf Manitoba