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Winnipeg’s Jack Taylor at Team Canada Development Squad Selection Camp

Golf Manitoba Junior Boys Development team member Jack Taylor, of St. Charles Country Club, is one of 22 men in Toronto this week looking to impress Golf Canada at their annual Development Squad Selection Camp.

Heading into this selection camp, Golf Manitoba Junior Boys Development Head Coach Derrik Goodwin believes the future is bright for Taylor based on what he puts into his preparation.

“It has been a privilege to watch Jack grow over the past couple seasons. Implementing regular strength training and fitness sessions into his regular routine has really allowed him to take the next step in his game. Jack has become bigger and stronger, allowing him to pick up some serious distance off the tee” said Goodwin. The detail he puts into his golf training sessions is something all juniors can learn from. He comes with a plan to the course each day knowing exactly what he is going to practice, and how he is going to practice it. From short game to full swing, he is constantly working his plan to improve. The biggest part to his success over the past year has been his off-season training. Jack doesn’t take time off; he continues to work on his swing and putting indoors in the off-season which keeps him sharp 12 months of the year.”

Taylor played his first round at TPC Toronto at Osprey Valley carding a six over par 78 and is tied for 18th on the leaderboard.

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Junior Development Teams Close 2020 Season

Golf Manitoba (Winnipeg, MB) – The 2020 Golf Manitoba junior development program has come to a close. It was another fantastic year of learning and competition despite the challenges faced from COVID-19 pandemic.  This year’s program was led by Golf Manitoba’s Director of Player Development and PGA of Canada professional, Garth Goodbrandson. Golf Manitoba intern Seth McMahon also assisted throughout the season.

The junior boys’ team season started in May with testing sessions led by Golf Canada men’s amateur and Olympic coach, Derek Ingram. The season continued with two teams competing in the 2020 Mundie Putter league. Team Gold lost in the semi-finals and team Black had a solid season as well.  Congratulations to all members of our boy’s development program!

2020 Junior Development Gold Team:

2020 Junior Development Black Team:

The Juniors Girls Development Team also began practicing at the end of May and continued through the summer working with PGA of Canada professional Bri-Ann Tokariwski of the Elmhurst Golf & Country Club. The team was also fortunate to work with PGA of Canada head professional Cory Kartusch of the St. Charles Country Club early in the season. Special thanks also to Golf Manitoba volunteer Lori Russell for her help throughout the year!

2020 Junior Girls Development Team:

Congratulations to all team members and coaches and we look forward to doing it all again in 2021!

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Junior Development Teams begin winter program

While the frigid January temperatures would suggest otherwise, golf season has officially begun for the 2020 Golf Manitoba Junior Development Teams.

Seventeen U18 boys and ten U18 girls started their training at the Golf Dome in early January and will continue to do so until the end of March. The program includes weekly practice sessions where the athletes will work on skills development under the guidance of Golf Manitoba’s Director of Player Development and 2019 PGA of Manitoba Coach of the Year, Garth Goodbrandson. Also helping with the program is Elmhurst Golf & Country Club Assistant Professional Bri-Ann Tokariwski along with players from the University of Manitoba Men’s Golf team.

Upon completion of the winter program, the teams will start their green grass season with a two-day development camp in early May and then move into club season where the teams will compete in the men’s Mundie Putter and women’s Nassau leagues.

For more information on the Golf Manitoba Junior Development Teams, contact Garth Goodbrandson at