Winnipeg – The four finalists in each category have been announced for the Manitoba Male and Female Golfer of the Year for 2016. The winners will be announced at the Annual MGA Awards Reception and Ceremony set for next Monday at Niakwa Golf and Country Club.
Rhonda Orr of Southwood is joined by Bri-Ann Tokariwski of Elmhurst, Shilo’s Bobbi Uhl, and Camryn Roadley of Glendale for Female honours.
Orr won the Manitoba Senior Women’s Championship and finished 5th at the Manitoba Women’s Amateur Championship. She was a member of the Provincial Senior Team that finished 5th in the team competition at the nationals where she finished tied for 4th in the individual competition. Orr tied for low individual at the Women’s Interclub A Championship, was a member of the Alternate Shot Championship winning team and was also a member of the Southwood team that won the women’s Nassau League. She also qualified for and competed in the United States Golf Association (USGA) Women’s Senior Championship.
Roadley was runner up in both the Women’s Amateur and Accurate Dorwin Junior Championships. She won the CN Prairie Future Links and the MB Optimist Championship. The recipient of the inaugural Women’s Golfer of the Year award in 2015, Roadley finished tied for 42nd at the Canadian Women’s Amateur and was a member of the provincial women’s amateur team that finished 4th in the Interprovincial Team competition. She is currently a member of the North Dakota State University Golf Team.
Tokariwski won the Provincial Women’s Amateur and the City & District Championships. She was also a member of the provincial team who finished 4th at the nationals and tied for low individual at the Women’s Interclub A.
Uhl won the Accurate Dorwin Women’s Junior Championship and the Manitoba High School Athletics Association Golf Championship. She won the silver medal at the Manitoba Games in the individual competition and was a member of the gold medal winning team. Uhl was tied for 14th at the Manitoba Women’s Amateur Championship, 4th in the CN Prairie Future Links, 31st in the CN Pacific Future Links, a semi finalist in the MB Match Play Championship, was the MHSAA Rural Athlete of the Week (Sept 27th) and was 1st alternate in the USGA Junior Girls Championship Qualifier in Fargo.
Rebecca Kuik of Niakwa and Marissa Naylor of Pine Ridge earned honourable mentions for their 2016 accomplishments
The male nominees are Travis Fredborg of Pine Ridge, Breezy Bend’s Eric Johnson, Devon Schade of Elmhurst, and Marco Trstenjak of Larters.
Fredborg finished 2nd at the season opening Match Play Championship Qualifier and went on to win the Men’s Match Play Championship. He finished tied for 5th at the Nott Autocorp Men’s Amateur and tied for 10th in the Glencoe Invitational in Calgary. He is currently a member of the University of Nevada Men’s Golf Team where he has a sub 72 scoring average and plays in the number one spot. He has had three top 20 finishes this fall with the team.
Johnson won the Manitoba Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship and was 5th in the Nott Autocorp Men’s Amateur Championship. He was a member of the provincial Mid-Amateur team that finished 5th at the national Mid-Amateur where he finished tied for 25th in the individual competition. He was also a member of the Breezy Bend team that won the Mundie Putter League.
Trstenjak won the Elmhurst Invitational, was tied for 3rd at the Manitoba Match Play Championship Qualifier and finished tied for 28th at the Canadian Men’s Amateur. He had one win and a runner up finish in local Maple Leaf Junior tour events, was the first alternate in the USGA Junior Championship Qualifier in Fargo, won the Juvenile Division in two Canadian Junior Golf Association events, finished 11th at the American Junior Golf Association Canadian Championship and won the 15 & 16 age group division at the World Stars of Junior Golf in Las Vegas, NV.
Schade repeated as the Nott Autocorp Men’s Amateur Champion, was tied for 3rd in the Match Play Championship Qualifier where he lost in the semi-final match, finished T16th at the Glencoe Invitational in Calgary and tied for 61st at the Canadian Men’s Amateur. As the captain of the University of Manitoba Bison Golf Team, he had four top five individual results and a fall scoring average of 72.6. He was also named the University of Manitoba Bison Athlete of the Week for October 2nd to 6th.
Honourable mentions go to Garth Collings of Breezy Bend, Ryan McMillan of Elmhurst, and Glenboro’s Zach Wytinck
The Amateur Golfer of the Year Award dates back to 1975.
In addition to the Amateur Golfer of the Year Awards, Brandon’s George McLeod will also be the recipient of the 2016 Golf Manitoba Distinguished Service Award.
George began volunteering in the 1980’s as a Rural Representative for the Wheat City Golf Club with the Manitoba Golf Association (MGA). He was then nominated and elected to the Board of the MGA in 1985. During the 20 years on the Board, he served on every committee the MGA had with the exception of the Finance Committee and eventually moved on to be President (2002 – 2004). He was the last President of the MGA and the first President of the newly formed Golf Manitoba.
George was also instrumental in the formation and inauguration of the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame and Museum.
Nationally, he served on the Royal Canadian Golf Association Board of Directors as Manitoba’s Class “C” Governor for 10 years. Following a governance change with Golf Canada, he then went on to became a member of the Golf Canada Governors Council, served on the Membership Committee and was Chair of the Canadian Turf Grass Research Foundation until 2015. McLeod also assisted Golf Canada with the amalgamation of the Canadian Ladies Golf Association (CLGA) and the RCGA and served on numerous committees for ten years as a Governor.
George has been a rules official, course rater, and volunteer starter/scorer for Golf Manitoba, the RCGA & Golf Canada for over 30 years. Some of the highlights for him are in 2013, he was a rules official for 4 days at the Nott Autocorp Men’s Amateur held at Neepawa. In 2014, he was the Golf Canada Tournament Chair and Starter/Scorer at the CN Future Links Prairie Championship held at the Shilo Country Club, he was a Starter/Scorer at the 2014 Canadian University Championship at Southwood and a Starter/Scorer at the Canadian Men’s Amateur at Southwood that same year.
” I am very humbled by this honour and privileged to be in the distinguished company of the previous recipients”, said McLeod. “Golf Manitoba has already awarded me with a lifetime of cherished times, memories and friends that is unmatched by anything I’ve been involved with.”
“On behalf of the Board and Staff of Golf Manitoba, I would like to extend our congratulations to George McLeod as this year’s recipient of the Distinguished Service Award,” commented Tammy Gibson, President of Golf Manitoba. “George’s leadership, 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, North West Ontario and Canada” added Gibson.
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) and Barbara Hamill (2015).