Inside Golf Manitoba Maple Leaf Junior Tour Media Release

RESULTS – 2022 MJT National Championship in Florida

11 Manitobans wrapped up play Sunday in Orlando, Florida at Orange County National competing in the 2022 Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour National Championship.

Ryan Tuck of St. Boniface Golf Club finished as the best scoring Manitoban with a 36 hole total 153 (73-80) in the Bantam Boys division.

Also representing our province:

Bantam Boys:
Adam Blair, Golf Manitoba Public Players Club 84-75-159
Brayden Boge, Pine Ridge Golf Club 81-84-165

Juvenile Boys:
Carson Inman, Portage Golf Club 80-82-162
Payne Wood, St. Boniface Golf Club 79-84-163
Jackson Delaurier, Golf Manitoba Public Players Club 83-81-164
Jacob Taweel, Elmhurst Golf & Country Club 87-81-168
Kaleb Lambert, Elmhurst Golf & Country Club 84-86-170

Junior Boys:
Jack Rudick, St. Charles Country Club 82-78-160

Peewee Boys:
Hunter Oakden, Golf Manitoba Public Players Club 84-79-163

15-19 Girls:
India Young, Carman Golf & Curling Club 88-88-176

For the complete leaderboard, click here.

Inside Golf Manitoba Maple Leaf Junior Tour Media Release

Tuck low Manitoban after opening round of MJT National Championship

15 year old Ryan Tuck of St. Boniface Golf Club shot a one over par 73 and is only one stroke off the lead in the Bantam Boys division of play after the opening round at the 2022 Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour National Championship at Orange County National in Orlando, Florida.

Also representing Manitoba:

Bantam Boys:
Brayden Boge, Pine Ridge Golf Club 81
Adam Blair, Golf Manitoba Public Players Club 84

Juvenile Boys:
Payne Wood, St. Boniface Golf Club 79
Carson Inman, Portage Golf Club 80
Jackson Delaurier, Golf Manitoba Public Players Club 83
Kaleb Lambert, Elmhurst Golf & Country Club 84
Jacob Taweel, Elmhurst Golf & Country Club 87

Junior Boys:
Jack Rudick, St. Charles Country Club 82

Peewee Boys:
Hunter Oakden, Golf Manitoba Public Players Club 84

15-19 Girls:
India Young, Carman Golf & Curling Club 88

The final round tees off tomorrow (Sunday) morning.

For the complete leaderboard, click here.

Inside Golf Manitoba Maple Leaf Junior Tour Media Release

Manitoba well represented as 2022 MJT National Championship tees off in Florida

11 Manitobans will tee off starting tomorrow morning in the 2022 Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour National Championship at Orange County National in Orlando, Florida.

The 36 hole championship will be played tomorrow (Saturday) and Sunday.

Representing our province are:

Adam Blair – Golf Manitoba Public Players Club (Winnipeg) – Bantam Boys
Brayden Boge – Pine Ridge Golf Club (Winnipeg) – Bantam Boys
Jackson Delaurier – Golf Manitoba Public Players Club (Dauphin) – Juvenile Boys
Carson Inman – Portage Golf Club (Portage la Prairie) – Juvenile Boys
Kaleb Lambert – Elmhurst Golf & Country Club (Lorette West) – Juvenile Boys
Jacob Taweel – Elmhurst Golf & Country Club (Winnipeg) – Juvenile Boys
Payne Wood – St. Boniface Golf Club (Winnipeg) – Juvenile Boys
Hunter Oakden – Golf Manitoba Public Players Club (Brandon) – Peewee Boys
Jack Rudick – St. Charles Country Club (Winnipeg) – Junior Boys
Ryan Tuck – St. Boniface Golf Club (Winnipeg) – Bantam Boys

India Young – Carman Golf & Curling Club (Carman) – 15-19 Girls

For the opening round tee times, click here.

Golf Manitoba Awards Inside Golf Manitoba Media Release

WATCH | Braxton Kuntz wins 2022 Male Amateur Golfer of the Year

Braxton Kuntz – Breezy Bend Country Club
Golf Manitoba Awards Inside Golf Manitoba Media Release

WATCH | Rhonda Orr wins 2022 Female Amateur Golfer of the Year

Rhonda Orr – Southwood Golf & Country Club
Golf Manitoba Awards Inside Golf Manitoba Media Release

Orr & Kuntz named 2022 Female & Male Amateur Golfers of the Year

On behalf of selection committee members Clayton Dreger, Jill Hardy, Adam Speirs and Ken Wiebe, Golf Manitoba is pleased to recognize the 2022 Female and Male Amateur Golfer of the Year Award winners. 

This year’s recipients were announced at the annual Golf Manitoba Awards reception that was held at the Breezy Bend Country Club.

Rhonda Orr of Southwood Golf & Country Club is the Female Amateur Golfer of the Year. 

Orr, 61, from Winnipeg, won the Mid-Amateur Flight and finished second overall at the Diamond Athletic Women’s Amateur Championship. She represented Team Manitoba at the Canadian Women’s Amateur. The Southwood Golf and Country Club member won the Hodson Financial Women’s Senior Championship, her seventh senior provincial championship in a row and ninth in the last ten years. Orr went on to finish 10th on the leaderboard playing for Team Manitoba at the Canadian Women’s Senior Championship. Orr also tied for eighth place at the AGA Women’s Senior Amateur Championship in the United States.

With the selection, it is the fourth time that Orr has been recognized as Female Amateur Golfer of the Year (2016, 2018, 2019).

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

Kuntz, 18, from Winnipeg, won the Manitoba Junior Championship presented by the Alex & Peggy Colonello Foundation and represented Team Manitoba finishing in a tie for fifth place at the Canadian Junior Boys Championship. The Breezy Bend Country Club member also won the Nott Autocorp Men’s Amateur Championship. Kuntz is the first player in Manitoba to win both the Manitoba Junior and Amateur Championship in back to back seasons (2021 and 2022). He also finished tied for third place at the Elmhurst Invitational.

With the selection, it is the second time in as many years that Kuntz has been named Male Amateur Golfer of the Year (2021).

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. 

Canadian All Abilities Championship Inside Golf Manitoba Media Release

Top 10 finish for Hammerback at Canadian All Abilities Championship

Winnipeg’s Kristian Hammerback, a Golf Manitoba Public Players Club member, finished 8th on the leaderboard at the Canadian All Abilities Championship this week in Essex, Ontario.

Over 36 holes at the Essex Golf & Country Club, Hammerback shot 80 and 81 to finished at +19, 161.

Kurtis Barkley of Ontario won the Men’s Gross Stroke Play Championship at 4 under par 138.

In the Net Stableford division, Hammerback tied for fifth place with 70 points, only five back of Ontario’s Kevin Delaney.

For the complete leaderboard, click here.

Inside Golf Manitoba Media Release

WATCH | 1on1 with Curtis Markusson

Curtis Markusson

Back in Winnipeg following his Canadian Men’s Mid-Master Championship, St. Charles Country Club member Curtis Markusson chats with Golf Manitoba Director of Communications Brian Munz about his national championship and the 2022 Golf Manitoba season.

Canadian Men's Senior Championship Inside Golf Manitoba Media Release

Doyle finishes T7 at Canadian Men’s Senior Championship

Winnipeg’s Jay Doyle shot a final round of 1 over par 73 to finish four days of play at the Canadian Men’s Senior Championship tied for seventh place on the leaderboard at 297.

The Niakwa Country Club member’s final round included two birdies, three bogeys and 13 pars.

Hodson Financial Men’s Senior Champion Rob Oliphant of Rossmere Country Club ended play with an 87 and 316 tournament total.

As the saying goes, there’s power in momentum. It’s a saying that Rusty Strawn knows all too well after securing back-to-back victories this September at the U.S. Senior Amateur Championship in Marion, Mass., and the Canadian Men’s Senior Championship, presented by BDO in Red Deer, Alta. Nine days separated the two wins. Needless to say, the McDonough, Ga. resident is going to need a bigger trophy case.

Heading into the final round at Red Deer Golf and Country Club, the 59-year-old shared the lead with fellow American, Mike Lohner of Southlake, Tex. The pair went back and forth throughout the day, both beginning their round at 5-under-par. It wasn’t until the back nine when Strawn hit a groove, birdieing three of his last eight holes to pull away from the pack to secure the 60th Canadian Men’s Senior Championship title.

“I was very fortunate last week to win the United States Senior Amateur,” said Strawn. “And of course, by doing it I got the exemption to the United States Mid-Amateur, and I told the people at the USGA, I said, there is no way I’m going to miss the Canadian Men’s Senior. I absolutely love it here.”

To celebrate, Strawn popped a bottle of champagne and toasted the volunteers, Red Deer Golf and Country Club staff, and fellow competitors “To my new Canadian friends!”. He also commented, “having my picture taken with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police is the coolest picture I’ve ever taken.”

Strawn was also highly complimentary of the host club.

“It’s just been a wonderful week here in Red Deer,” said Strawn. “When I arrived here for my practice round on Sunday – probably the strength of my game is my putting – and when I rolled those first few putts on the practice green, I was like, I have nobody but myself to blame because they were absolutely awesome.”

Low Canadian Ken Griffith, who is a member at Red Deer Golf and Country Club, placed third on the leaderboard, carding a total score of 288, his best finish ever at the national championship.  Fellow members, Grant Lee and Peter Innes also competed in the tournament and finished T7 and T15, respectively.

Frank Van Dornick ran away with the Super Senior division securing the title and the Governor’s Cup by 10 strokes.

Earlier in the week, host club Team Alberta won the 36-hole inter-provincial team competition in an impressive 11-stroke victory over runner-up Team British Columbia. Ken Griffith (Red Deer Golf & Country Club), Senan Foley (Public Player – Alberta), and Kelly Risling (Medicine Hat Golf & Country Club) shot a collective one-under to give Team Alberta the back-to-back victory as they defended their 2019 title and claimed the Phil Farley Memorial Trophy.

For the complete leaderboard, click here.

Canadian Men's Senior Championship Inside Golf Manitoba Media Release

Doyle inside the Top 10 at Canadian Men’s Senior Championship

Clear skies over Red Deer Golf and Country Club set the stage for a picturesque day in Red Deer, Alta. as the Canadian Men’s Senior Championship, presented by BDO, wrapped up its third day of play in the Energy Province.

For the third consecutive day, Mike Lohner continues to hold prime real estate at the top of the leaderboard, firing even par 72 to share the lead with fellow countryman Rusty Strawn. A resident of Southlake, Tex., Lohner finished second in the Carlton Woods Invitational earlier this year and is in the hunt for his first victory north of the border.

Strawn finished the first round tied for the top spot with Lohner, but dipped down to second place after navigating three bogeys during yesterday’s second round. After a steady performance today where the McDonough, Ga. resident made birdie on five holes, Strawn holds a share of the lead once again and will look to keep the momentum going after securing a victory at the U.S. Senior Amateur Championship last week.

Niakwa Country Club’s Jay Doyle shot a 4 over par 76 to sit T9 on the leaderboard at 224.

Rob Oliphant of Rossmere Country Club had a strong finish to his third round making four birdies on the back nine carding a 74. The Hodson Financial Men’s Senior Champion is T31 at 229.

Friday promises to be an exciting battle of top amateur talent with an exemption into the 2023 U.S. Senior Amateur Championship on the line. Not only will the winner etch their name into the historic John Rankin Memorial Trophy, but also into Canadian golf history as the field of 156 top senior golfers comes down to one champion.

For the complete leaderboard, click here.