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About Golf Manitoba

Golf Manitoba’s mission, as the governing body of golf in Manitoba and North West Ontario is to develop, promote, govern and service the game of golf for the benefit of all participants.

The Manitoba Golf Association was formed in 1915 with five clubs: St. Charles, Pine Ridge, Norwood, Winnipeg Hunt Club and Elmhurst. In 1922, the Manitoba Ladies’ Golf Association was formed. Effective March 31, 2004, the Manitoba Golf Association and the Manitoba Ladies’ Golf Association amalgamated to form Golf Manitoba.

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

Golf Manitoba conducts championships, programs and services to help shape the present and future of golf in Manitoba and North West Ontario.  Assisting in the delivery of the National Golf in Schools & Future Links Programs, training our young athletes for the Manitoba Games, Western Canada Games and Canada Games and supporting the University of Manitoba Bison golf program are some example of player development in our province.   Golf Manitoba also administers the Rules of Golf and handicapping and course rating.

History

The game of golf has a proud history in Manitoba. The first golf course in Canada west of Brantford, Ontario was laid out in Stony Mountain, Manitoba in 1889, probably by the warden of the penitentiary, Lieutenant-Colonel Samuel Bedson. However, this course closed around 1894. The town of Virden, Manitoba opened a golf course in 1892. Portage la Prairie established a golf course in 1896. Brandon opened its first golf course in 1900.

In 1894, the first golf course in Winnipeg was opened, the Winnipeg Golf Club with a nine hole golf course located in Norwood. The golf course opened for play on July 14, 1894 with seventy-three members, one third of them women. The original site was abandoned later in 1894 for a better site off Portage Avenue and a second nine was added in 1896. Other golf courses followed with St. Charles established in 1905, Pine Ridge in 1912, Elmhurst in 1914 and Assiniboine in 1917. The 1920s are rightly called a “boom” period for golf in Manitoba: in 1919, Manitoba had nine golf courses but by September, 1926, there were 68 golf courses in operation with 16 of these in Winnipeg, including Niakwa and Southwood which had both opened in 1923.

In 1916, the Winnipeg Parks Board approved the construction of an 18 hole municipal golf course. Kildonan Park Golf Course was opened in the spring of 1921 and was immediately popular: in its first season, it rented out 55,000 sets of golf clubs. In order to meet this demand, another municipal golf course, Windsor Park Golf Course, was opened in 1925. Courses have been added over the years and now there are well over 100 golf courses throughout Manitoba from the city of Thompson in the north to the U.S. border in the south.

Manitoba has also had an impact nationally in the early days of golf in Canada. The Royal Canadian Golf Association was formed in 1895 by 10 golf clubs, one of which was the Winnipeg Golf Club. The first Canadian Men’s Amateur held outside of Ontario and Quebec was held at the Winnipeg Golf Club in 1921. The first Canadian Ladies’ Amateur outside of Ontario and Quebec was held at Elmhurst in 1926. The first President of the R.C.G.A. who was not from Ontario or Quebec was Charles Harvey of Elmhurst in 1929.

The Manitoba Golf Association was formed in 1915 with five clubs: St. Charles, Pine Ridge, Norwood, Winnipeg Hunt Club and Elmhurst. In 1922, the Manitoba Ladies’ Golf Association was formed. Effective March 31, 2004, the Manitoba Golf Association and the Manitoba Ladies’ Golf Association amalgamated to form Golf Manitoba.

Manitoba is also home to some of Canada’s finest golfers. George Knudson, arguably the best golfer Canada has ever produced, was born in Winnipeg in 1937, winning the Manitoba Junior in 1954 and 1955 and the Canadian Junior in 1955. Knudson joined the PGA Tour in 1958 but still came back to win the Manitoba Open in 1958, 1959 and 1960. Added to his 8 PGA Tour Victories were the low individual in the 1966 World Cup Matches and winning the World Cup Matches in 1968 when he was teamed with Al Balding. Dan Halldorson of Brandon was on the PGA Tour for more than a decade and had two PGA victories along with four Manitoba Open Championships. Glen Hnatiuk of Selkirk is currently playing on the PGA Tour. Gail Graham of Winnipeg has played on the LPGA Tour for over ten years.

Building on these strong roots, the game of golf appears to have a great future in Manitoba.

Mission & Vision Statement

Mission Statement

To develop, promote, govern and service the game of golf in Manitoba and North West Ontario for the benefit of all participants.

Vision Statement

To be the center of excellence that delivers quality, innovative and accessible golf programs and services.

Past Presidents

Past Presidents of Golf Manitoba

2016 – 2017 Tammy Gibson Niakwa Country Club
2014 – 2015 Kevin O’Donovan Breezy Bend Country Club
2011 – 2013 Rob MacDonald Elmhurst Golf & Country Club
2009 – 2011 Harvey Goehring Breezy Bend Country Club
2007 – 2009 Trish Jordan Southwood Golf & Country Club
2005 – 2007 Lou Spado St. Boniface Golf Club
2003 – 2005 Don MacDonald Rossmere Country Club
2002 – 2003 George McLeod Wheat City Golf Course

Past Presidents of the Manitoba Ladies’ Golf Association

2001 – 2003 Ms. Lezlie Parker
1999 – 2001 Mrs. Carol Doerksen
1997 – 1999 Mrs. Anne Liebl
1994 – 1997 *Mrs. Joyce Collier
1992 – 1994 *Mrs. Valerie Spencer
1990 – 1992 Mrs. Allie Lumsden
1988 – 1990 Mrs. Phyllis Bell
1986 – 1988 Mrs. Lorraine MacLeod
1984 – 1986 Mrs. Ethel Calnek
1982 – 1984 *Mrs. M. L. (Phylles) Wotton
1980 – 1982 *Mrs. T. J. (Colleen) Hutchison
1978 – 1980 *Mrs. G. D. (Aihlin) Walker
1976 – 1978 *Mrs. J. (Connie) McCrindle
1974 – 1976 Mrs. A. (Peggy) Colonello
1972 – 1974 *Mrs. H. (Bea) Sharpe
1970 – 1972 *Mrs. D. H. (Lavonne) Pitts
1968 – 1970 *Mrs. J. W. (Melba) Darracott
1966 – 1968 *Mrs. J. C. H. Blackburn
1964 – 1966 *Mrs. N. H. Greenberg
1962 – 1964 *Mrs. O. L. Robinson
1960 – 1962 *Mrs. H. L. Hallett
1958 – 1960 *Mrs. R. S. Pearce
1956 – 1958 *Mrs. T. H. Clarke
1955 – 1956 *Mrs. P. H. S. Campbell
1953 – 1954 *Mrs. E. J. MacKenzie
1951 – 1952 *Mrs. L. P. Mason
1950 – 1951 *Mrs. J. L. Peterson
1949 – 1950 *Mrs. D. P. Allen

Past Presidents of the Manitoba Golf Association

2002 George McLeod Wheat City Golf Course
2000 – 2001 Rob MacDonald Elmhurst Golf & Country Club
1998 – 1999 *Ken MacCharles St. Charles Country Club
1996 – 1997 Syd Cohan Glendale Golf & Country Club
1995 Rick Thain Winnipeg Municipal Courses
1993 – 1994 Dave Morison Breezy Bend Country Club
1991 – 1992 Jim Scollan Elmhurst Golf & Country Club
1990 Ted Chop Northernaire Golf Course
1989 Bob Forcand Breezy Bend Country Club
1988 Rudy Boivin Southwood Golf & Country Club
1986 – 1987 Jim Bristow Breezy Bend Country Club
1985 Al Macatavish Elmhurst Golf & Country Club
1984 Keith D. Armstrong Niakwa Country Club
1982 – 1983 Michael Averbach Glendale Golf and Country Club
1981 *Donald L. Nutley Bel Acres Golf & Country Club
1980 P. M. (Peter) Kremer Charleswood Golf Club
1979 *E. K. (Bud) Foster Elmhurst Golf & Country Club
1978 *Gordon Pattison St. Boniface Golf Club
1977 D. R. (Don) Craig Wpg. Municipal Courses
1976 R. B. (Bob) Goodwin Niakwa Country Club
1975 *W. J. (Bill) Doyle Southwood Golf & Country Club
1974 John C. Brown Winnipeg Canoe Club
1973 *Manuel Bricker Glendale Golf & Country Club
1972 *H. E. Caldwell Elmhurst Golf & Country Club
1970 – 1971 R. E. Galloway Pine Ridge Golf Club
1968 – 1969 *Dwight Parkinson, M.D. St. Charles Country Club
1966 – 1967 *J. P. Vinet Assiniboine Golf Club
1964 – 1965 *Herbert A. Foster Pine Ridge Golf Club
1962 – 1963 *J. W. Abbott Southwood Golf & Country Club
1960 – 1961 *Charles L. Jones Niakwa Country Club
1958 – 1959 *J. A. Swanson Assiniboine Golf Club
1956 – 1957 *W. Arthur Johnston Pine Ridge Golf Club
1954 – 1955 *J. M. Blair St. Charles Country Club
1952 – 1953 *C. M. Thompson Niakwa Country Club
1950 – 1951 *Fred J. O’Malley Southwood Golf & Country Club
1948 – 1949 *W. S. Bickell Elmhurst Golf & Country Club
1946 – 1947 *Harold Parker Pine Ridge Golf Club
1944 – 1945 *H. Bruce Boreham Tuxedo Golf Course
1942 – 1943 *Dr. N. C. Carmichael St. Charles Country Club
1940 – 1941 *Gordon L. Leggo Southwood Golf & Country Club
1938 – 1939 *R. G. Murray Assiniboine Golf Club
1936 – 1937 *R. J. Gallagher Norwood Golf Club
1934 – 1935 *J. L. M. Thomson Niakwa Country Club
1932 – 1933 *Judge J. E. Adamson Sandy Hook Golf Club
1930 – 1931 *Robert Jacob Elmhurst Golf & Country Club
1929 – 1930 * C. W. Jackson St. Charles Country Club
1928 – 1929 *D. E. Clement Brandon Golf & Country Club
1927 *C. E. Harvey Elmhurst Golf & Country Club
1926 *T. J. Lytle Assiniboine Golf Club
1925 *R. H. Baird St. Charles Country Club
1924 *G. B. Saunders Southwood Golf & Country Club
1922 – 1923 *R. C. S. Bruce Norwood Golf Club
1920 – 1921 *T. K. Middlemass Winnipeg Golf Club
1918 – 1919 *C. P. Wilson St. Charles Country Club
1915 – 1917 *F. L. Patton St. Charles Country Club

* deceased