Inside Golf Manitoba Maple Leaf Junior Tour Media Release

MJT Season Opener at St. Boniface

59 golfers from Manitoba and Saskatchewan gathered at St. Boniface Golf Club this weekend to open the 2022 Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour schedule.

Winnipeg’s Noah Fiks, who had the low two round total over 36 holes carding a 75 and 77 to finish at 8 over par 152, won the Junior Boys event by two strokes over Ryan Orchard of Carman.

Addison Kartusch of Winnipeg won the 15-19 Girls title by three strokes over Jeri Lafleche, also of Winnipeg. Kartusch finished at 168 (84-84).

Taking a look at the Division Winners:

U15 Girls: Jewel Lafleche (Winnipeg) 108-103-211
Juvenile Boys: Zostrianos Giordani-Gross (Brandon) 80-77-157
Bantam Boys: Ryan Tuck (Winnipeg) 80-81-161
Pee Wee Boys: Hunter Oakden (Brandon) 87-92-179

As well, congratulations to Fiks for acing the 206 yard 12th hole using a 4 iron.

For the complete leaderboard, click here.

Inside Golf Manitoba Media Release

3rd place finish for Aaron Cockerill

Teulon, Manitoba’s Aaron Cockerill made headlines in Spain this weekend with a top three finish on the DP World Tour.

Cockerill shot a three under par 67 Sunday in the ISPS Handa Championship to finish the four day tournament at 13 under par.

Pablo Larrazabal of the host country carded a final round eight under par 62 to finish atop of the leaderboard at 15 under par.

Cockerill put himself in contention for his first DP World Tour victory with his own 62 in round three on Saturday. Over those 18 holes, the 30 year old had an eagle (on the 18th hole) and six birdies.

Cockerill’s third place finish earns him a cheque for $143,111.55 CAD.

For the complete leaderboard, click here.

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
204.899.1092
brian@golfmb.ca

Manitoba All Abilities Championship Media Release

Golf Manitoba to host All Abilities Championship

Golf Manitoba

Golf Manitoba is proud to announce the Manitoba All Abilities Championship will be played June 25-26, 2022, at the La Broquerie Golf Course.

The championship will be a 36-hole competition open to golfers from across the province who identify with neurological, intellectual, sensory and physical impairments.

“We are excited to announce this event and add it to our 2022 championship calendar” said Golf Manitoba Executive Director Jared Ladobruk. “This event is an important step in helping to create a more inclusive, diverse and inviting golf community in our province.”

“We want to thank Mitch Tetrault and the ownership group at La Broquerie Golf Course for their role as the host venue and inviting the athletes to compete for a provincial title.”

Golf Manitoba is excited to partner with Kristian Hammerback on the Manitoba All Abilities Championship. Hammerback is currently the President of the Canadian Amputee Golf Association and sits on the Governors Council of Golf Canada.

“I’m incredibly proud to be involved with Golf Manitoba as they become one of the first provinces to host an All Abilities tournament,” said Hammerback. “This is a massive step forward for the disabled golf community.”

The Manitoba All Abilities Championship will be officially recognized as a WR4GD (World Rankings for Golfers with Disability) counting event.  The World Ranking for Golfers with Disability (WR4GD) ranks the top golfers with disability on the basis of their average performance in Counting Events.

Registration for the Manitoba All Abilities Championship will open on April 15, 2022. Players must have a Golf Manitoba/Canada membership to compete in the championship and will be able to register at golfmb.ca.

One month following the Golf Manitoba event, Golf Ontario will host the Ontario Disabled Open July 25-26 at the Woodington Lake Golf Club. Later in the year, Golf Canada will host the second playing of the Canadian All Abilities Championship September 13-14 at the Essex Golf & Country Club in LaSalle, Ontario.

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:

Brian Munz
Director of Communications
Golf Manitoba
204.899.1092
brian@golfmb.ca

Golf Manitoba Alumni Media Release

Cockerill finishes T2 on European Tour

Teulon’s Aaron Cockerill shot a four under par 67 in his final round to finish tied for second place on the leaderboard at 12 under par at the Magical Kenya Open presented by Absa in Nairobi, Kenya.

Cockerill’s final round included an eagle on the par five tenth hole and five birdies.

The 29 year old finished the four round event with two eagles on 19 birdies over 72 holes.

For the leaderboard, click here.

Golf Manitoba Alumni Media Release

Kuntz & Uhl back in action

The second half of the American College Golf season is underway with a pair of Golf Manitoba members taking part.

Braxton Kuntz, representing Nicholls State University, shot a final round 74 at the Gulf Coast Collegiate Tournament Tuesday on the Pine Course at Diamondhead Country Club in Bay St Louis, Mississippi.

He finished the three round event tied for 35th on the leaderboard with a 231 total.

For the leaderboard, click here.

Bobbi Uhl, representing Longwood University, carded an 82 Tuesday in her final round of the Rivertowne Invitational in Charleston, South Carolina.

Uhl’s tournament total was 247 and finished 74th on the leaderboard.

For the leaderboard, click here.

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Manitoba Blue Cross named Official Health and Wellness partner

Golf Manitoba Executive Director Jared Ladobruk announced today a new multi-year partnership with Manitoba Blue Cross.

Under the agreement, Manitoba Blue Cross will have a presence at select Golf Manitoba championships and events to provide golfers with on-the-spot wellness support. The health benefits provider will also offer monthly physical and mental health tips and strategies to support a golfer’s game and their overall well-being. To protect health when away from home, Golf Manitoba members can also save 10 per cent on travel health coverage from Manitoba Blue Cross. This discount will also be applied to any eligible family members listed on the policy who are travelling with the member.

“We are looking forward to embarking on this new relationship with Manitoba Blue Cross” said Ladobruk. “The avenues that Manitoba Blue Cross makes available to support the health and wellness of Manitobans is second to none.  That is why this partnership is a natural fit for us. Their mission aligns with our desire for more individuals to start to understand and appreciate the game’s wider range of health benefits.”

“Our new partnership with Golf Manitoba is fitting as we continue to support Manitobans to live better and healthier lives,” says Benjamin Graham, Manitoba Blue Cross President and CEO. “We are excited to support golfers throughout the province in preventing injury and strengthening mental health as they play the game and appreciate all the ways the sport can benefit them on and off the green.”

Manitoba Blue Cross and Golf Manitoba encourage more Manitobans to experience the benefits of golf. Throughout the pandemic, golf played a valuable role in many people’s lives as it was one of the few ways that friends and family were able to safely connect while experiencing the physical, social, mental and emotional benefits of the game.

About Manitoba Blue Cross

As an independent licensee of the Canadian Association of Blue Cross Plans and together with its subsidiary, Blue Cross Life, they provide health, dental, employee assistance, life, disability, wellness and travel coverage for over half a million people. Their personal and group plans fill the gap between government health plans and what Manitobans want and need.
Learn more at www.2.mb.bluecross.ca.

About Golf Manitoba

Golf Manitoba is the Provincial Sports Organization and governing body for golf in Manitoba representing 9,000 golfers and 80 member clubs across the province. A proud partner of the Golf Canada, Golf Manitoba’s mission is to develop, promote, govern and service the game of golf for the benefit of all participants. By investing in the growth of the sport and introducing more participants of all ages to the game, our vision is to be a leader in delivering quality, innovative and accessible golf programs and services.

Follow Golf Manitoba at golfmb.ca

Manitoba Match Play Championship Media Release Partners

St. Vital Dental Centre named Title Partner for Manitoba Match Play Championship

Golf Manitoba is pleased to welcome St. Vital Dental Centre as our newest corporate partner.

With today’s announcement, our Match Play event will be known as the Manitoba Match Play Championship presented by St. Vital Dental Centre.

“Having St. Vital Dental Centre’s support of our Match Play Championship is another step in continuing to build to the excitement of the first major on the 2022 calendar” said Golf Manitoba Executive Director Jared Ladobruk. “Dr. Terry has been valued member of the golf community for years and we thank him for partnering with us to enhance everyone’s experience moving forward”.

St. Vital Dental Centre has moved to its new location at 167 St. anne’s road

St. Vital Dental Centre has been providing high-quality patient-centered dentistry since 1963. The St. Vital Dental Centre team is currently led by Dr. Terry James and recently moved to its new location at 167 St. Anne’s Road in Winnipeg. He and his dedicated team of dental hygienists, dental assistants, front-desk staff, and associate work together to provide care to patients 6 months old to 99+ years old. 

“As far as my motivation or enthusiasm for the project, I think it mostly lies in an appreciation for the game of golf and all my past experiences in golf competitions across the country” said Dr. Terry James. “Golf has grown tremendously over the past couple years as an excellent way to enjoy the outdoors in a safe environment from the pandemic, and although this is great, we need to maintain the integrity of the sport and that will always exist with healthy competitive amateur golf in our province. It has always been a dream of mine to give back to those who helped me when I was younger, and this is one of the ways I am living that dream”.

The Manitoba Match Play Championship presented by St. Vital Dental Centre will be played May 28 to June 5th with the qualifying round held at the Carman Golf & Curling Club followed by the championships matches at Quarry Oaks Golf Course in Steinbach.

For more information about the St. Vital Dental Centre, visit stvitaldentalcentre.ca.

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Golf Manitoba welcomes Taylormade Canada as Official Performance Partner for 2022

Golf Manitoba Executive Director Jared Ladobruk announced today TaylorMade Canada has agreed to extend its partnership as the association’s official performance partner. 

Under the agreement, TaylorMade Canada will continue as the sole provider of performance equipment for Golf Manitoba for the 2022 season.

“Over the past four seasons, we have been fortunate to build a successful partnership with TaylorMade Canada,” said Ladobruk. “As we look forward to 2022 and the continuing growth of our sport for both amateur and competitive players, we are thrilled to work in association with Eric and the Taylormade staff. This agreement guarantees our provincial team will be equipped with TaylorMade high-performance carry bags, TP5 balls and headwear giving them a great opportunity to play at their highest capabilities.

“We at TaylorMade Canada are very excited to continue our partnership with Golf Manitoba for the upcoming 2022 golf season” said Eric Johnson, Territory Sales Manager for Manitoba and Ontario, Lake Head. “It’s great to be able to pair the province’s best amateur golfers with the best performance golf brand in the world. We are thrilled to continue supporting amateur and junior golf in the province of Manitoba and can’t wait for another fantastic competitive season”.

About TaylorMade Golf Company

Headquartered in Carlsbad, California, TaylorMade Golf is a leading manufacturer of high performance golf equipment with industry-leading innovative products like Stealth Carbonwood metalwoods, Stealth irons, milled grind 3 wedge, TP5/TP5X golf balls and Spider putters. A major force on the PGA TOUR, TaylorMade has an unrivaled athlete portfolio that includes Tiger Woods, Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day, Tommy Fleetwood, Sergio Garcia, Rickie Fowler, Matthew Wolff and Collin Morikawa.

Follow TaylorMade Canada at taylormadegolf.ca

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.

Follow Golf Manitoba at golfmb.ca

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Golf Manitoba announces 2022 championship schedule & long term championship hosting venues

Golf Manitoba is pleased to announce its 2022 Championship schedule. The provincial amateur golf governing body will host 14 events at member clubs across Manitoba. The first official event of the 2022 season will begin with the Manitoba Match Play Championship qualifier May 28 at the Carman Golf & Curling Club.

Golf Manitoba is also excited to announce that it has received long-term championship hosting commitments from nine Winnipeg-area private and semi-private member clubs until 2035.  Under the agreement, the nine member clubs will form a rotation to host up to three Golf Manitoba major championships per year including the Match Play, Junior, Women’s Amateur and Men’s Mid-Amateur, Men’s Amateur and Senior Championships.  The multi-year hosting commitment schedule is as follows:

Elmhurst Golf & Country Club will host the 111th Nott Autocorp Men’s Amateur Championship

“Since inception in 1915, Golf Manitoba has had the tremendous support of its member clubs in hosting golf events and competitions, and we are extremely appreciative of those clubs that have committed to host in 2022,” said Wayne McWhirter, President of Golf Manitoba.  “Today’s long-term schedule announcement is a major step forward in securing the long-term viability and future of our provincial golf championships. To receive this kind of commitment is a tremendous recognition of and investment in both player development and amateur golf by our city member clubs and our association cannot be more appreciative of this show of support.”

The 111th Nott Autocorp Men’s Amateur will see a change in 2022 moving from a 72-hole to a 54-hole event with a cut after 36 holes. “This change was necessary to allow Golf Manitoba to successfully conduct this event for years to come,” said Jared Ladobruk, Executive Director of Golf Manitoba. “With increased demand on tee-sheets and member access, this move was crucial to the viability of this championship. We of course, cannot conduct this event without the support of our member clubs and they have been very receptive to this change and are excited to host this championship in its new format.”

2022 Golf Manitoba Championship Schedule

Also on the local golf calendar for 2022 is the Golf Canada junior NextGen Prairie Championship being held at the Quarry Oaks Golf Course from June 10-12 in Steinbach, Manitoba. Golf Canada’s NextGen program aims to support and develop Canada’s next wave of future Team Canada athletes.

More information on Golf Manitoba championships including dates, times, eligibility, how to register and host venue will be available in the coming weeks on the competitions schedule page at golfmb.ca. Registration for most Golf Manitoba championships is set to open at 12pm on April 15, 2022.

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Brian Munz
Director of Communications
Golf Manitoba
204.899.1092
brian@golfmb.ca