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Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame inducts class of 2020

(left to right): George Sigurdson accepting on behalf of the late Brian Gilhuly, Dave Hill and Steve Bannatyne of the 1967 junior boys team, Rhonda Orr and Tom Kinsman.

The Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame formally inducted the class of 2020 last night at the St. Charles Country Club. The event was postponed in the fall of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The honored inductees for the class of 2020 include Brian Gilhuly, Tom Kinsman, Rhonda Orr and the 1967 Manitoba Junior Boys Interprovincial Team Champions. For more information on the class of 2020, please click here.

The event was a tremendous success with over 100 guests in attendance. A note of thanks to the members of St. Charles Country Club for their hospitality in hosting this year’s induction ceremony. Thank you also to the Alex & Peggy Colonello Foudation, title sponsor of the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.

Special thanks also to Mike Lagace, Golf Manitoba volunteer photographer. To view the event photo gallery, please click here.

About the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame & Museum Inc. – The Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame & Museum Inc. was formed to acknowledge the contributions and accomplishments made by Manitobans as competitors, both amateur and professional, builders and course superintendents to the game of golf.  It is a tripartite organization, the partners being Golf ManitobaManitoba Golf Superintendents’ Association and the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) of Manitoba. The annual induction ceremony is sponsored by the Alex & Peggy Colonello Foundation.

Individual members and member clubs wishing to nominate an individual (amateur or professional golfers, superintendents, builders, media, etc.) for the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame may obtain nomination forms through any of the three member organizations or at manitobagolfhalloffame.com.

For more information:

Jared Ladobruk
Executive Director
Golf Manitoba
e. jared@golfmb.ca
p. 204.925.5729

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Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame to hold induction ceremony for class of 2020

1967 Manitoba Junior Boys Canadian Inter-provincial Team Champions

The Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame will hold its induction ceremony for the class of 2020 on May 10, 2022 at the St. Charles Country Club. The 2020 induction ceremony was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The honored inductees for the class of 2020 include Brian Gilhuly, Tom Kinsman, Rhonda Orr and the 1967 Manitoba Junior Men’s Interprovincial Team Champions. For more information on the class of 2020, please click here.

About the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame & Museum Inc. – The Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame & Museum Inc. was formed to acknowledge the contributions and accomplishments made by Manitobans as competitors, both amateur and professional, builders and course superintendents to the game of golf.  It is a tripartite organization, the partners being Golf Manitoba, Manitoba Golf Superintendents’ Association and the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) of Manitoba. The annual induction ceremony is sponsored by the Alex & Peggy Colonello Foundation.

Individual members and member clubs wishing to nominate an individual (amateur or professional golfers, superintendents, builders, media, etc.) for the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame may obtain nomination forms through any of the three member organizations or at manitobagolfhalloffame.com.

For more information:

Jared Ladobruk
Executive Director
Golf Manitoba
e. jared@golfmb.ca
p. 204.925.5729

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2021 Golf Manitoba score posting summary

It was another active year for Golf Manitoba members posting over 260,833 rounds to the Golf Canada Score Centre in 2021. The season total represents a 17% increase over 2020 (223,711) and a 28% increase over 2019 (205,384).

The top five member clubs for score posting were as follows:

1. Breezy Bend Country Club – 23,051
2. St. Charles Country Club – 20,203
3. Pine Ridge Golf Club – 17,513
4. Niakwa Country Club – 17,409
5. Elmhurst Golf & Country Club – 16,846

There was a total of 4,101 members who posted 25 scores or more. Two hundred and seventy-six (276) members posted over 100 scores.

Below is a summary of Golf Manitoba member golfers, categorized by gender and Handicap Index (as of November 9, 2021):

Handicap IndexWomenMen
Less than 02104
0.0 – 4.920627
5.0 – 9.0631,353
10.0 – 14.91301,868
15.0 – 19.92581,373
20.0 – 24.0327692
25.0 – 29.9326237
30.0 – 34.923170
35.0 – 39.915135
40.0 – 44.9489
45.0 – 49.9435
50.0 +215
No Handicap3541,315
Total1,9747,693
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Bobbi Uhl & Braxton Kuntz named 2021 Amateur Golfers of the Year

November 18, 2021 – On behalf of selection committee members Clayton Dreger, Jill Hardy, Adam Speirs and Ken Wiebe, Golf Manitoba is pleased to announce the 2021 Female and Male Amateur Golfer of the Year Award winners. 

Bobbi Uhl of Shilo Country Club is the Female Amateur Golfer of the Year. 

Bobbi Uhl (bob poole/golf manitoba images)

Uhl had a flawless 2021 provincial competitive season.  She started with a win at the Women’s City & District Championship, her first ever title in the event and carried that momentum going on to capture the Diamond Athletic Women’s Amateur Championship.  It was the first provincial women’s amateur title for Uhl and her second straight tournament victory. With the amateur win, Uhl has now won every single Golf Manitoba major women’s event including the Junior Girls, City & District, Match Play and Amateur championships.

Having won this award in 2020, the 21 year old follows in the footsteps of 2018 and 2019 winner Rhonda Orr.

Uhl is currently in her senior year at Longwood University majoring in Athletic Training.

Braxton Kuntz of Breezy Bend Country Club is the Male Amateur Golfer of the Year.

Braxton kuntz (mike lagace/GOLF MANITOBA IMAGES)

Kuntz was a perfect 2-0 in provincial competition in 2021. He led wire-to-wire at the Junior Boys Championship shooting a three-day total of 219, good for a three-shot victory.  The 18 year old carried the momentum from his first junior boys title into the Nott Autocorp Amateur Championship where he posted an impressive 16-under par total winning his first men’s amateur title. 

With the win, Kuntz set a new Men’s Amateur scoring record in relation to par and becomes only the 4th golfer in Manitoba golf history to win both the junior boys and the men’s amateur championships in the same year joining Todd Fanning, Rob McMillan and Mike Keast, who also accomplished the feat.

Kuntz is currently in his first year at Nicholls State University majoring in Finance.

About the Golf Manitoba Amateur Golfer of the Year Award – The Manitoba Amateur Golfer of the Year award recognizes outstanding performance by Manitoba golfers in all levels of competition with the first award presented in 1975. In 2015, the award was re-established to include both a female and male category.

About Golf Manitoba – Golf Manitoba is the governing body for golf in the province of Manitoba and North West Ontario. Its mission is to develop, promote, govern and service the sport of golf for the benefit of all participants. 

For interview requests with Uhl and Kuntz, contact:

Brian Munz
Director of Communications
Golf Manitoba
(204) 899-1092
Email: brian@golfmb.ca

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Michelle Lee named Golf Manitoba 2021 Volunteer of the Year

Michelle Lee is the fifteenth recipient of the volunteer Distinguished Service Award.

Michelle’s volunteerism with golf first began serving as a district representative with the Manitoba Ladies’ Golf Association. In this role, Michelle would visit and advocate for the MLGA with member clubs inside the district.  She also ran the district “Bronze Tournament” where she met numerous women golfers from around the city.  Michelle remained a volunteer of the MLGA until the amalgamation with the Manitoba Golf Association in 2003.

In 2004, Michelle joined the Board of Golf Manitoba where she completed a full 10-year term. During that time, Michelle was very active taking on numerous volunteer roles including the following:

Of special note in 2007/2008, Michelle assisted Volunteer Committee Chair Bonnie Stephenson in establishing the inaugural Golf Manitoba volunteer Distinguished Service Award.

In addition to her volunteerism with Golf Manitoba, Michelle also volunteered at St. Charles Country Club, her home course.   She joined the Board of St. Charles where she completed three full terms holding the following appointments:

Michelle continues to sit as a member of the St. Charles Ladies Executive serving as the Communications Chair.

“I feel that I have gained more than I have given as a volunteer to Golf Manitoba,” said Lee. “It is humbling and amazing to be part of a group of distinguished service recipients who have mentored me in the past and who have trained me, and they have inspired me to continue on as a Golf Manitoba volunteer.  My deepest gratitude for the nomination and I am humbled and honored to receive this award.”

“On behalf of the Board of Directors and our entire Golf Manitoba volunteer family, it is my great pleasure and honour to recognize Michelle Lee of the St. Charles Country Club as the 2021 Distinguished Service Award recipient,” said Wayne McWhirter, President of Golf Manitoba.  “Michelle’s leadership and contributions to the sport of amateur golf during her many years of service are admirable and very worthy of this award.  Thank you, Michelle, for all that you have given.”

Golf Manitoba is very pleased to honour Michelle Lee as the volunteer Distinguished Service Award recipient for 2021.

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WATCH: Golf Manitoba 2021 Virtual Awards

Golf Manitoba is pleased to announce our 2021 Volunteer of the Year and the Female and Male Amateur Golfer of the Year award winners during our Virtual Awards presentation.

To watch our show: click here.

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Golf Manitoba announces 2021/22 Board of Directors

WINNIPEG, MB – Wayne McWhirter has been elected as President of Golf Manitoba by members at the 19th Golf Manitoba Annual General Meeting that was held virtually on November 3, 2021.  McWhirter, a member of the Southwood Golf & Country Club, becomes the 11th president of the association.

Also elected at the meeting were returning Board members Craig Martin (Assiniboine Golf Club), Bob Peters (St. Charles Country Club), and Ken Warwick (Niakwa Country Club). Two new Board members were also elected and include D’Arcy Lachance (Elmhurst Golf & Country Club) and Matt Simmons (Whitewater Golf Course).

Of special note, Ken Warwick (Niakwa Country Club), concluded his two-year term as president and Vince Mariani (Elmhurst Golf & Country Club), Past President of Golf Manitoba, concluded his 10-year term of Board service. Matt Simmons also assumes his seat on the Board representing the PGA of Canada Manitoba Zone.

The Board of Directors is comprised of dedicated volunteers from across the golf community in the Golf Manitoba jurisdiction. The Board’s duties are to direct the business affairs of the association.

In addition to the election, Golf Manitoba also released its 2021 Annual Report, which includes a recap of the past season, as well as the association’s 2020/21 Financial Statements.

The members of the 2021/22 Golf Manitoba Board of Directors are:

Board Executive

Directors

About Golf Manitoba – Golf Manitoba is the governing body for golf in the province of Manitoba and Northwest Ontario. Its mission is to develop, promote, govern and service the game of golf for the benefit of all participants.

For more information:

Jared Ladobruk
Executive Director
Golf Manitoba
204-925-5729
jared@golfmb.ca