Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame

Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame Announces Class of 2020

1967 Manitoba Junior Men's Team

WINNIPEG – The selection committee for the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame and Museum is pleased to announce the class of 2020. This year’s honoured inductees include Brian Gilhuly, Tom Kinsman, Rhonda Orr and the 1967 Manitoba Junior Men’s Interprovincial Team Champions.

Brian Gilhuly, 1940-2017 (Builder)

Tom Kinsman (Builder)

Rhonda Orr (Athlete)

1967 Manitoba Junior Men’s Interprovincial Team Champions

Feature image above (left to right): Manfred Broavac, Steve Bannatyne, Ken Redfern, Dave Hill, Dr. Dwight Parkinson (non-playing captain)

The 1967 Manitoba Junior Men’s Interprovincial team finished in 1st place shooting a 36-hole team score of 619 and seven shots ahead of second place Team British Columbia (626).  The team championship was conducted during the first two days of 1967 Canadian Junior Men’s Championship that was held August 21-24 at the Toronto Golf Club in Toronto, Ontario.

An Induction Ceremony for the 2020 Class will be held when it is safe to do so and a further announcement will be made when a date is selected.

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.

Alex & Peggy Colonello Colonello Foundation Golf Canada Foundation Golf in Schools Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame University of Manitoba Bison Golf

Foundation contributes again in 2020

WINNIPEG – Golf Manitoba is excited to announce that the Alex & Peggy Colonello Foundation has again committed to support junior golf programming and the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame in 2020.  The Foundation has agreed to make a $70,000 donation with the proceeds to benefit grassroots and high-performance junior golf programs, the University of Manitoba Bison Golf program and the annual induction ceremony conducted by the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame and Museum.  In 2019, the Foundation made a $60,000 donation with the proceeds also targeted to the above mentioned programs.

In 2018, the Alex & Peggy Colonello Foundation was established with a mandate to support junior golf in the province of Manitoba. The Foundation will eventually commit a total of $3 million dollars to an endowment that will aid in supporting the development of new generations of golfers through grassroots golf initiatives and high-performance programming.

“We are delighted that the Foundation has again provided us with a tremendous opportunity for the coming year” said Ken Warwick, President of Golf Manitoba. “With the donation, we will look to continue with the momentum from 2019 and further expand our ability to grow the sport and support our high-performing athletes.”

In 2019, the donation made an immediate impact in the grow-sport programming offered by Golf Manitoba. A significant portion of the proceeds were directed to the Golf in Schools program where over 9,800 early years students were introduced to the golf through clinics conducted at over 40 schools across Manitoba. Additionally, the donation provided enhanced funding to Golf Manitoba inter-provincial junior teams with 18 juniors representing Manitoba in national championships and inter-provincial competitions.

In addition to the above, Golf Manitoba provided funding to external junior golf programs including the Boys and Girls Club program at Bridges Golf Club, the PGA of Canada Manitoba Zone Future Pros program and junior development programs provided by Golf Mentor.  Again for 2020, existing junior golf programs will be able to apply for funding which will be evaluated by Golf Manitoba to determine eligibility with further announcements to follow.

Additionally, proceeds from the Alex & Peggy Colonello Foundation donation will provide support to the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame which recognizes and celebrates those who have made extraordinary contributions in the Manitoba golf community as well as nationally and internationally. A goal of the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame is to make known the achievements of its Honoured Members and Teams to serve as inspiration to future generations which is consistent with the goals of the Alex and Peggy Colonello Foundation to support junior golf. The 2020 induction ceremony is scheduled to take place in late September.

The donation from the Alex & Peggy Colonello Foundation will again be made through the Manitoba Fund within the Golf Canada Foundation, a fund dedicated to providing development opportunities for juniors in the province of Manitoba. For more information about the Manitoba Fund and how your contribution can help to grow the sport of golf, please contact Jared Ladobruk, Executive Director for Golf Manitoba at jared@golfmb.ca or at 204.925.5729.

About Alex & Peggy Colonello: Peggy Colonello served as president of the Manitoba Ladies’ Golf Association in 1974 – 76 and was an active participant at her home course, the Elmhurst Golf & Country Club, where she and husband Alex had been members since the 1940s.

Peggy also served a two-year term as president of the Canadian Ladies’ Golf Association from 1982-83. During her time on the national executive, Peggy attended World and Commonwealth championships in Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Columbia, Britain and Switzerland, including the various Canadian events in which she participated. Peggy was inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame in 1994 and was an inaugural inductee into the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame on September 29, 2003.

Alex Colonello first moved to Winnipeg in 1941 where, in 1949, Bay Bronze Company asked him to start a machinery division for them. Alex eventually bought control of the company in 1973 becoming President until his retirement in 1996. In 1998, Alex purchased the golf accessory line from Bayco Industries to form Bayco Golf Inc. Alex Colonello passed away in 2013 at the age of 93.

About Golf Manitoba: Golf Manitoba is recognized by Sport Manitoba as the Provincial Sport Organization and governing body of amateur for golf in the province. Its mission is to develop, promote, govern and service the sport of golf in Manitoba and North West Ontario for the benefit of all participants.

About Golf Canada Foundation:  Founded in 1979 with the purpose to raise and grant funds for the advancement of golf in Canada. As a registered Canadian Amateur Association, the Foundation delivers this mandate by awarding scholarships to Canadian student golfers and distributing grants to support initiatives that fall into five key areas:

In 2019, the Foundation granted $1.5 million to programs nationwide which brings our total to more than $8.9 million since 2012, and $10.3 million invested in the sport since the Foundation’s inception.


For more information:

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

Alex & Peggy Colonello Foundation Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame Manitoba Golf Superintendent's Association PGA of Canada Manitoba Zone

Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame announces class of 2019

WINNIPEG, MB – The selection committee for the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame and Museum is pleased to announce the class of 2019.

Brionie Brown and Bruce North will be inducted as Honoured Members in the Athlete category. Rob Officer will be inducted in the Builder category and the 1985 Manitoba Junior Men’s Team that won the Canadian Junior Men’s Inter-Provincial Team Championship will be inducted in the Team category.

“The Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame is very pleased to announce this year’s inductees and to thereby permanently recognize their outstanding achievements in golf and their contributions to the game. We look forward to the Induction Ceremony, which is sponsored by the Alex and Peggy Colonello Foundation, to celebrate the accomplishments of the new Honoured Members” said Don MacDonald, President of the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame and Museum Inc.

The official induction ceremony will take place on Monday, September 30, 2019 at the Southwood Golf & Country Club.

Accomplishments, Contributions & Highlights:

Brionie Brown
Born Winnipeg, Manitoba


Bruce North
Born in Carman, Manitoba

Rob Officer


1985 Manitoba Junior Men’s Team

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.

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

About the Alex & Peggy Colonello Foundation – In 2018, the Alex & Peggy Colonello Foundation was established with a mandate to support junior golf in the province of Manitoba as well act as the title sponsor of the annual Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame induction ceremony. The Foundation will eventually commit a total of $3 million dollars to an endowment that will aid in supporting the development of new generations of golfers through grassroots golf initiatives and high-performance programming.

Peggy Colonello served as president of the Manitoba Ladies’ Golf Association in 1974 – 76 and was an active participant at her home course, the Elmhurst Golf & Country Club, where she and husband Alex had been members since the 1940s.

Peggy also served a two-year term as president of the Canadian Ladies’ Golf Association from 1982-83. During her time on the national executive, Peggy attended World and Commonwealth championships in Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Columbia, Britain and Switzerland, including the various Canadian events in which she participated. Peggy was inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame in 1994 and was an inaugural inductee into the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame on September 29, 2003.

Alex Colonello first moved to Winnipeg in 1941 where, in 1949, Bay Bronze Company asked him to start a machinery division for them. Alex eventually bought control of the company in 1973 becoming President until his retirement in 1996. In 1998, Alex purchased the golf accessory line from Bayco Industries to form Bayco Golf Inc. Alex Colonello passed away in 2013 at the age of 93.

For more information:

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

 

Golf in Schools Golf Manitoba Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame Peggy Colonello University of Manitoba Bison Golf

Foundation Pledges $3 Million to Junior Golf

WINNIPEG – (Golf Manitoba) Golf Manitoba is proud to announce that the Alex & Peggy Colonello Foundation has donated $60,000 to Golf Manitoba to support junior golf programming and the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame. Working cooperatively with the Alex & Peggy Colonello Foundation, Golf Manitoba will apply the donation to benefit grassroots and high-performance junior golf programs, the University of Manitoba Bison Golf female and male programs and the annual induction ceremony conducted by the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame and Museum.

In 2018, the Alex & Peggy Colonello Foundation was established with a mandate to support junior golf in the province of Manitoba. The Foundation will eventually commit a total of $3 million dollars to an endowment that will aid in supporting the development of new generations of golfers through grassroots golf initiatives and high-performance programming.

“We are extremely excited about the impact the Alex & Peggy Colonello Foundation will have in supporting and growing the sport of golf in the province,” said Vince Mariani, President of Golf Manitoba. “As far as we know, this type of personal commitment to golf, and amateur sport for that matter, is unprecedented in Manitoba.”

“For 2019, the donation will have an immediate impact on our regional Golf in Schools program, a key grassroots program that delivers basic golf skills instruction through the school system,” said Jared Ladobruk, Executive Director of Golf Manitoba. “More funding means we can expand our capacity and visit more schools thereby introducing more young people to golf. The increased funding gives us the ability to train and certify early years educators who will then be able to deliver basic golf skills instruction as part of physical education programing. By training and certifying educators, we expand our Golf in Schools capacity and can now introduce more young girls and boys to the sport of golf with physical literacy in mind. Linking golf to physical literacy I believe is an opportunistic area for the future of the sport and hopefully this serves to grow the game even further.”

“Another key area of golf benefiting from the Alex & Peggy Colonello Foundation donation is Golf Manitoba’s interprovincial junior golf teams,” added Ladobruk. “This new funding will offset the costs of travel and equipment for the girls and boys who have earned the right to represent Manitoba in national competitions conducted by Golf Canada. This generous funding will reduce the financial barriers that come with participation in national competitions and will mean that Golf Manitoba’s best young golfers will not be denied the opportunity to compete against the nation’s best due to financial constraints.”

The University of Manitoba Bison Golf Program will also benefit from the Alex & Peggy Colonello Foundation donation. Funding will be allocated to support both the men’s and women’s programs. The Bison Golf Program is celebrating its 20th year in 2019 and the program is entirely self-funded through sponsorships and donations.

Golf Manitoba will now also fund external junior golf charitable programs through the Alex & Peggy Colonello Foundation donation. Existing junior golf programs will be able to apply for funding which will be evaluated by Golf Manitoba to determine eligibility with further announcements to follow.

Additionally, proceeds from the Alex & Peggy Colonello Foundation donation will provide support to the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame which recognizes and celebrates those who have made extraordinary contributions in the Manitoba golf community as well as nationally and internationally. A goal of the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame is to make known the achievements of its Honoured Members and Teams to serve as inspiration to future generations which is consistent with the goals of the Alex and Peggy Colonello Foundation to support junior golf. The 2019 induction ceremony is scheduled to take place in late September.

The donation from the Alex & Peggy Colonello Foundation was facilitated through the Golf Canada Foundation and its partnership with Golf Manitoba. Golf Canada Foundation is a Registered Canadian Athletic Amateur Association (RCAAA), and as such is recognized by the Canadian Revenue Agency as a qualified donee. Gifts received by Golf Canada Foundation qualify for an official donation receipt.

About Alex & Peggy Colonello: Peggy Colonello served as president of the Manitoba Ladies’ Golf Association in 1974 – 76 and was an active participant at her home course, the Elmhurst Golf & Country Club, where she and husband Alex had been members since the 1940s.

Peggy also served a two-year term as president of the Canadian Ladies’ Golf Association from 1982-83. During her time on the national executive, Peggy attended World and Commonwealth championships in Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Columbia, Britain and Switzerland, including the various Canadian events in which she participated. Peggy was inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame in 1994 and was an inaugural inductee into the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame on September 29, 2003.

Alex Colonello first moved to Winnipeg in 1941 where, in 1949, Bay Bronze Company asked him to start a machinery division for them. Alex eventually bought control of the company in 1973 becoming President until his retirement in 1996. In 1998, Alex purchased the golf accessory line from Bayco Industries to form Bayco Golf Inc. Alex Colonello passed away in 2013 at the age of 93.

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 in Manitoba and North West Ontario for the benefit of all participants.

Recognized by Sport Manitoba as the Provincial Sport Organization for golf in the province, Golf Manitoba is responsible for promoting participation in and a passion for the sport of golf in Manitoba and North West Ontario. Golf Manitoba is also involved in national golf events through its affiliation with Golf Canada.

About the Golf Canada Foundation:  The Golf Canada Foundation is the leading source for Golf Philanthropy in Canada, awarding more than $7.76 million in grants and scholarships since inception in 1979. Golf Canada Foundation’s mission is to inspire young players to build strong core values and character while living a healthy lifestyle. Golf Canada Foundation is a Registered Canadian Athletic Amateur Association (RCAAA), and as such is recognized by the Canada Revenue Agency as a qualified donee. A qualified donee is an organization that can receive gifts and issue official donation receipts for those gifts.


For more information:

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

Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame

Nominations open for induction for the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame

The Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame recognizes and honours those who have made their mark on Manitoba’s rich golf history through their extraordinary activities and accomplishments.

Do you know of someone who should be recognized for their contributions and accomplishments to the game of golf as either a competitor (both amateur and/or professional), builder and/or superintendent? Nominations for induction for the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame 2019 Induction Class are now open.

Learn more and to nominate today >> http://bit.ly/MBGolfHallofFame

Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame

Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame Member Bob Picken (1932-2019)

The world has lost a great friend, gentleman and a sports legend. On January 30, 2019, Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame honoured member Mr. Bob Picken passed away. He was 86 years old.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Barbara as well to his family and friends.

Mr. Picken was a tremendous supporter of golf in the province of Manitoba, and, as a tribute to Mr. Picken, we thought it fitting to re-publish the biography from his induction into the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame. The biography was written by his good friend, fellow sports journalist and fellow Honoured Member of the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame, Ralph Bagley.

R. J. (Bob) Picken – Builder

For more than 60 years, Robert John Picken has kept Manitobans well informed on events in the world of sports through broadcasting and writing and he has been recognized for his achievements in many areas.

His induction into the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame is a tribute to his detailed attention to golf events in the province. He is similarly honoured by his inductions in recent years to the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame, Manitoba Curling Hall of Fame, Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame, Winnipeg Football Club Media Hall of Fame, Canadian Football Media Hall of Fame and the Manitoba Sportswriters and Sportscasters Roll of Honour.

Born in Winnipeg on September 24, 1932, Picken attended St. John’s High School and his journalistic career began in 1948 while in high school when he joined the staff of the Winnipeg Citizen to cover a variety of sports, including golf. The paper folded in 1949.

From 1965 to 1969, he was on the sports staff at CJOB and he later returned to that radio station on a free-lance basis from 1993 to 2008, covering mainly golf and curling. He was the voice of sport on CBC radio commencing in 1969 until his retirement in 1990.

During his career, Picken covered virtually every type of golf event, from provincial and national amateur championships through the Canadian Open, Canadian Senior Open, the duMaurier Classic, the America’s Cup, the World Amateur in Vancouver and two trips to the Masters at Augusta.

In addition to his extensive radio reporting, he also contributed articles in Backspin magazine from 1993 to 1998 and to the Golf Manitoba Journal since 1993.

He has been an active contributor to the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame, being involved as it was being formed and serving on the selection committee from 2003 to 2007. He was master of ceremonies for the first two induction ceremonies. He has also served as chair of the selection committee for the Manitoba Amateur Golfer of the Year award since its inception in 1975.

Picken has been a director of the Grey Owl golf tournament since 1979, serving as secretary for many years, a two-year term as president and currently is the drawmaster for the event, which marked its 50th year in June.

R. J. (Bob) Picken is an inductee into the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame and Museum Inc., September 27, 2010

1974 Men's Team Holden Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame Media Releases Scott Weir

The Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame to honour 2018 inductees September 24, 2018

The Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame & Museum Inc. will hold its sixteenth annual induction ceremony on Monday September 24th, 2018 at Elmhurst Golf & Country Club.

Three new Honoured Members and an Honoured Team will be added: Greg Holden and Alan (Al) Scott will be added in the Builder Category; the late Alexander (Sandy) Weir will be inducted in the Athlete/Builder Category; and the 1974 Men’s Team (Steve Bannatyne (Rossmere), Ted Homenuik (Rossmere), the late Barry McKenzie (Rossmere) and Gavin Speirs (Southwood), that won the first Willingdon Cup for Manitoba, will be inducted in the Team Category (Career highlights for all Inductees below).

“The Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame is very proud to welcome the individuals who have devoted so much time and talent to contribute to the game of golf. The team was able to accomplish something no other Manitoba men’s team had done to that point after many decades of effort. They have all earned their place as Honoured Members” said Don MacDonald, President of the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame and 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.

For more information about members of the Golf Hall of Fame and Manitoba’s rich golfing history, please go to the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame website at: www.manitobagolfhalloffame.com.

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 from the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame website.

For further information, contact:
Don MacDonald (204) 771-3825 or by email at dmacdona@mymts.net


2018 Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame Honoured Member Inductees
Career Highlights

Greg Holden

  • Born St. Boniface, Manitoba in 1951
  • Educated at Erickson High School, University of Manitoba and Fairview College Diploma Turf
  • Superintendent of Clear Lake Golf Course since 1993
  • Wrote the environmental section of the successful bid for Clear Lake Golf Foundation to Parks Canada in 1993 to operate Clear Lake Golf Course
  • Nickname is “Turf”
  • Has spearheaded many initiatives over 25 years including organic fertilizer programs and non-chemical approaches to controlling weeds and disease
  • One of most innovative superintendents including installing composting toilets which saves up to 300,000 gallons or water each season and collects up to 10,000 litres of used cooking oils to run 7 pieces of equipment
  • Manitoba Eco-Network Environmental Stewardship Award – 2009
  • Finalist Canadian Tourism Achievement Association Conservation –2012
  • Little Saskatchewan River Conservation District Award — 2012
  • Manitoba Golf Superintendents Association “2012 Superintendent of the Year”
  • Canadian Golf Superintendents Association “2017 Superintendent of the Year”
  • Been an active member of CGSA, serving on board from 2003 to 2012 and is a Past President of the CGSA

Sandy Weir

  • Born in Selkirk, Scotland in 1892
  • Came to Canada in 1913 living in Weyburn, Edmonton, Regina and Saskatoon before moving to Winnipeg in the 1920s
  • Won Saskatchewan Open in 1919; Won Saskatchewan Men’s Amateur in 1920 and 1924
  • Low Amateur in 1925 Manitoba Open
  • Runner-up in 1925 Western Canadian Men’s Amateur
  • Semi-Finalist in Canadian Men’s Amateur in 1926
  • Won Manitoba Men’s Amateur in 1929 playing out of Niakwa
  • Played in 1930 British Open Championship
  • Won Manitoba Men’s Amateur in 1934 playing out of Winnipeg Beach
  • Manitoba Senior Age Champion in 1944
  • For over 25 years wrote the column “Tee Topics” for the Winnipeg Free Press
  • Strong supporter of junior golf in Manitoba
  • Described by Maurice Smith as “…never happier than when he was playing or discussing golf”
  • Passed away February 4, 1968

Alan (Al) Scott

  • Born in Loughborough, England in 1963
  • Class “A” PGA of Canada
  • University of Manitoba Certificate in Management
  • Director of Golf Course Operations for Lakeland Golf Management
  • Golf Professional:
    • Assistant/Associate Elmhurst Golf and Country Club – 1982 to 1988
    • Head Professional Selkirk Golf and Country Club – 1989 to 1997
    • Head Professional Grand Pines Golf Course (Lakeland Golf Management) – 1997 to 2005
    • Director of Golf Links at the Lake Golf Course (Lakeland Golf Management) – 2006 to present
  • Manitoba PGA Professional of the Year in 1992 and 1993
  • Manitoba PGA Player of the Year in 1995
  • Multiple winner of one day Professional Events, e.g. Pro Ams with low competitive scores of 64 in St. Charles Pro Am; 65 in Rossmere Crown Life Pro Am; 66 in Niakwa Pro Am and 66 in Pine Ridge Pro Am
  • Was member of Manitoba Assistant Professionals Board of Directors in the middle 80’s and moved on to the Manitoba Zone Board where he served on multiple committees and was President in 1995 and 1996
  • In 1993, joined the Canadian PGA Board of Directors, served on multiple committees, and was President in 2004 and 2005
  • During his presidency of CPGA the organization was without an Executive Director for 11 months during which Al led the Association as a volunteer for the betterment of the CPGA and as a result the CPGA enjoyed a positive financial turnaround under his leadership
  • Involved in initial meetings between RCGA and CLGA that led to the development of the Future Links Junior Program
  • Also involved in discussions that led to the creation of the National Allied Golf Associations
  • Strong supporter of golf development, especially junior golf
  • Al started the “Selkirk Little Swingers” that introduced over 500 children to golf between the ages of 4 to 9 over a 6 year period
  • In the CPGA biography for Al he was commended for his “…passion & devotion to the game, his loyalty & his tireless dedication to the Canadian PGA. He is a true ambassador, a leader & one of the Association’s most memorable national officers.”

Manitoba Men’s Amateur Team — Winners of 1974 Willingdon Cup

  • First Manitoba Men’s Amateur Team to win the Willingdon Cup which was first competed for in 1927
  • Members of team were Steve Bannatyne (Rossmere – Manitoba Amateur Champion), Ted Homenuik (Rossmere), Barry McKenzie (Rossmere), Gavin Speirs (Southwood) and Bill Doyle (non-playing captain)
  • Conducted over 36 holes at Niakwa
  • Total of 348 was 4 shots better than defending champion British Columbia and 6 shots better than Ontario