Finalists named for the Golf Manitoba Female and Male Golfers of the Year and Distinguished Service Award Recipient Announced

(Winnipeg, MB Tuesday, October 17th, 2017) – The Golf Manitoba Selection Committee has announced four finalists for the Female Golfer of the Year Award and four finalists for the Male Golfer of the Year, which will both be presented during the Annual General Meeting and Awards Reception on Monday, October 23rd at the Bel Acres Golf & Country Club.

As part of our centennial celebrations in 2015, Golf Manitoba announced we will be awarding both female and male amateur golfer of the year awards moving forward. This decision would allow for the appropriate recognition for both genders, while recognizing their outstanding performance in all levels of competition on an annual basis.

The female nominees, in alphabetical order are: Marissa Naylor (Pine Ridge), Rhonda Orr (Southwood), Camryn Roadley (Southwood) and Bri-ann Tokariwski (Elmhurst).

Marissa Naylor won the Manitoba Women’s Amateur Championship and was a member of the provincial team who finished fifth at the Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship.  As a member of the University of Manitoba Bison Women’s Team, she had four individual top three finishes including a win at the CSB Blazer Invitational.  Her impressive fall results with the Bison Team resulted in her being named Bison Athlete of the Week twice. She also had strong showings in Maple Leaf Junior Tour events.

Rhonda Orr won the Manitoba Women’s Senior Championship and was a member of the provincial team who finished sixth at the Canadian Women’s Senior Championship.  Individually at the Canadian Women’s Senior, she finished in a tie for 13th.

Camryn Roadley won the Manitoba Junior Women’s Championship and was a member of the provincial team who finished fifth.  Individually at the national Junior Championship, she finished 37th.  She was third in the Women’s Match Play Qualifier (lost in quarter-final match), 15th in Manitoba Women’s Amateur Championship and was a member of Team Manitoba for the Canada Summer Games where the team finished fourth and she finished 10th individually.  As a member of the North Dakota State University Golf Team, Camryn has had a number of top 25 finishes in the fall season.

Bri-ann Tokariwski won the City & District Championship and was tied for third at the Manitoba Women’s Amateur Championship (she was a member of the provincial team who finished fifth).  She finished sixth in the Women’s Match Play Qualifier (lost in semi-final match) and was tied for fourth at the Canadian Mid-Amateur Championship.

Three female players earned honourable mentions for their 2017 accomplishments: Rebecca Kuik of Niakwa, Charmaine Mackid of Breezy Bend and Bobbi Uhl of Shilo.

Rebecca Kuik was fifth in the Manitoba Match Play Qualifier (lost in final match), third in the Manitoba Women’s Junior Championship, ninth in the Manitoba Women’s Amateur Championship and runner up in the City & District Championship.  She was also a member of Team Manitoba for the Canada Summer Games where the team finished fourth and Rebecca was 13th individually.

Charmaine Mackid was runner up in Manitoba Women’s Amateur Championship (lost in a playoff) and was part of the winning team in the Women’s Alternate Shot Team Championship (Gross Division).

Bobbi Uhl was second in the Manitoba Women’s Junior Championship (member of the provincial team who finished fifth), 10th in the Manitoba Women’s Amateur Championship and was a member of Team Manitoba for the Canada Summer Games (team finished fourth and Bobbi was 12th individually).  She also won the Tamarack Tournament at Clear Lake Golf Club and was the youngest female to do so.

The male nominees, in alphabetical order are: Todd Fanning (Niakwa), Travis Fredborg (Pine Ridge), Justin McDonald (Breezy Bend), and Ryan McMillan (Elmhurst).

Todd Fanning won the Manitoba Mid-Amateur (25+) & Mid-Masters (40+) Championships and also won the Canadian Mid-Amateur & Mid-Masters Championships.  This is the first individual national championship win by a Manitoban since 2003 when Garth Collings won the Canadian Mid-Amateur.  He was also a member of the Manitoba Team that finished fourth in the team competition at the Canadian Mid-Amateur.

Travis Fredborg won the Nott Autocorp Manitoba Men’s Amateur Championship and was a member of the provincial team who finished second at the Canadian Men’s Amateur Team Competition (Willingdon Cup).  He was medalist in the Match Play Championship Qualifier (lost in the quarter final match), second at the Elmhurst Invitational, tied for 23rd at Glencoe Invitational in Calgary and is a member of the University of Arizona Wildcats Golf Team where his strongest finish is tied for fifth in an event in New Mexico.

Justin McDonald won the Elmhurst Invitational, was sixth in the Nott Autocorp Men’s Amateur Championship, third in the Manitoba Mid-Amateur Championship, was a member of the Manitoba Team that finished fourth in the team competition at the Canadian Mid-Amateur and tied for seventh in the Match Play Championship Qualifier (lost in the semi-final match).  Nationally, he finished tied for fifth at the Canadian Mid-Amateur Championship.

Ryan McMillan won the Manitoba Men’s Junior Championship and was a member of the provincial team who finished tied for seventh.  He finished third in the Nott Autocorp Men’s Amateur Championship and tied for 13th in the Match Play Championship Qualifier (lost first round match).  He won the Golf Canada Prairie Future Links event in Saskatchewan, was third in the Elmhurst Invitational, won the High School Golf Championship and was a member of Team Manitoba for the Canada Summer Games where the team finished fourth (lost in a playoff for the bronze medal) and Ryan was eighth individually.

Two additional male golfers are being recognized with honourable mentions:

Selkirk’s Wesley Hoydalo was tied for fourth in the Manitoba Men’s Junior Championship (member of the provincial team who finished tied for seventh), won the Rural Junior and Amateur Championships, finished tied for 29th at the Nott Autocorp Men’s Amateur Championship and was 14th at the Canadian Junior Men’s Championship.

Devon Schade of Elmhurst was runner up at the Nott Autocorp Men’s Amateur Championship and also runner up at the RBC Cordova Bay Invitational in Victoria, BC.  He was tied for third at the Elmhurst Invitational and as a member of the University of Manitoba Bison Men’s Golf Team, he had a strong fall showing with a tie for first in one event and a tie for ninth in another.

The Amateur Golfer of the Year Award dates back to 1975.

Distinguished Service Award

Winnipeg’s Irv Benne will be the 2017 Golf Manitoba Distinguished Service Award Recipient.

Irv started volunteering in 1990 as a starter in Manitoba Golf Association Championships.  He then began course rating where he attended advanced course rating seminars at the national level.  His interests then turned to his role as a Rules Official which he continues today.  He has attended several Rules Education Seminars and was certified as a Level Four Official, a status very few people achieve. He has Officiated at many tournaments over the years & conducted rules education seminars at golf clubs.

Irv also has a strong interest in competitive golf as he was the Manitoba Senior Champion in 1993 and 1997 and had played on five Manitoba provincial teams.  He is also a past Manitoba Rural Senior Champion (2003).

He has been a shareholder and member of the Elmhurst Golf & Country Club since 1973.  He has served on the Board of Governors for several years as course captain, secretary and club representative for Golf Manitoba.

"I am very honored and humbled to receive this award”, said Benne.  “I have enjoyed my association with Golf Manitoba for many years”.

“On behalf of the Board and Staff of Golf Manitoba, I would like to extend our congratulations to Irv Benne as this year’s recipient of the Distinguished Service Award,” commented Tammy Gibson, President of Golf Manitoba. “Irv’s commitment and dedication to the game over the years are certainly worthy of this award and we are appreciative of his many contributions to amateur golf in Manitoba and North West Ontario” added Gibson.

Golf Manitoba is very pleased to honor Mr. Irv Benne as the Distinguished Service Award Recipient for 2017.

Past recipients include Jerry Budyk (2007), Don Forsyth (2008), Betty Grant (2009), Brian Gilhuly (2010), Rudy Boivin (2011), Joyce Collier (2012), Bob Forcand (2013), Don MacDonald (2014), Barbara Hamill (2015) and George McLeod (2016).






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