Rick’s involvement with the Manitoba Golf Association (M.G.A.) dates back to 1978 when he became an M.G.A. Council Representative for the City of Winnipeg Municipal Golf Courses. He remained in this capacity until 2000 serving on many and various committees and executive positions. During that time and continuing to the present, Rick has provided volunteer service to the former Manitoba Golf Association and Golf Manitoba for the past 40 years.
The following are some of the highlights of Rick’s extensive volunteer career with the Manitoba Golf Association and Golf Manitoba:
- Council Representative from 1977 to 2000
- Junior Chairman from 1981 to 1985
- Tournament Chairman in 1986 and 1987
- Financial Chairman in 1988 and 1989
- Course Rating Chairman 1989 to 1994 where he introduced the Slope Method of course rating
- President of the Manitoba Golf Association in 1995
- M.G.A. Golf Journal Yearbook Committee member from 1980 to 1991
- Rules Official from 1982 to 2001 where he refereed club, inter-club, provincial and national level competitions
- Non-playing captain four times including the 1981 and 1982 Canadian Junior Championships, 1985 Western-Canadian Junior Championship and the 1995 Canadian Amateur Championship
- Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame Selection Committee from 2001 to 2008 and President in 2007
All of these extra-curricular activities were performed while Rick was employed with the City of Winnipeg as the Superintendent of the Municipal Golf Courses where he managed the administration, financing affairs, club and maintenance operations of the Kildonan Park, Windsor Park, Crescent Drive, John Blumberg and Harbour View Golf Courses.
After 33 successful years with the City of Winnipeg, Rick retired in January of 2005. He is now enjoying life with his wife Angie and their son Sean. Rick still remains as an active volunteer with Golf Manitoba.
Golf Manitoba is very pleased to honor Mr. Rick Thain as the Distinguished Service Award Recipient for 2018.