Coach of the Year Award PGA of Canada PGA of Canada Manitoba Zone

Garth Goodbrandson honoured as PGA of Canada Manitoba Zone Coach of the Year

Garth Goodbrandson, Director of Player Development with Golf Manitoba and PGA of Canada member, was recognized and honoured by his peers on October 8 when he was awarded the 2019 PGA of Canada Manitoba Zone Coach of the Year at the annual PGA of Canada Manitoba Zone Awards Ceremony.

Goodbrandson has been with Golf Manitoba since 1997 and was one of the first PGA of Canada members to assume the role of Player Development with a provincial golf association. Garth oversees all aspects of the Golf Manitoba Player Development portfolio including junior player development from grassroots to high-performance, multi-sport games team development and selection, coaching and technical sport instruction. In addition to his post with Golf Manitoba, Garth is the co-founder and former head coach of the University of Manitoba Bison Golf program where he recently celebrated 20 years with the team.  In 2014, Garth led the Bison men to their first ever national championship that was captured on the Bison’s home course at Southwood Golf & Country Club.

This year’s award is the third straight year that Garth has received recognition as Coach of the Year when he was also honored in 2017 and 2018.

About the PGA of Canada: The PGA of Canada was established in 1911 and is the second oldest and third largest professional golf association in the world. The PGA of Canada is a non-profit Association comprised of 3,700 golf professionals across the country. The PGA of Canada develops, promotes, and supports members in living a better life and earning a better living. The Association consists of the National Office located in Acton, Ontario and nine Zone Offices across the country.

The PGA of Manitoba are golf professionals and golf leaders in the community committed to preserving the well-being of the game within the province of Manitoba.

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