2005 Honoured Members

Wilf Homenuik - Athlete

Wilf Homenuik got his golfing start at Yorkton and later made a name for himself as an amateur and professional in Manitoba before settling in Ontario.

Wilf won the Saskatchewan men’s amateur champion as a junior player in 1953, then followed up with a win in the Saskatchewan junior men’s championship in 1954. After moving to Winnipeg, he claimed the Manitoba amateur championship in 1956 and 1957. He played on Willingdon Cup teams for Saskatchewan in 1953 and for Manitoba in 1956 and 1957.

He was an assistant professional at the Elmhurst and Glendale courses in Winnipeg before becoming head pro at Bel Acres from 1963 to 1965. Heading east, he was head professional at Highlands in 1976-77, at Cherry Downs in 1980-81, then became teaching pro at Oakdale from 1982 to the present.

On the national scene, Wilf was Canadian junior runner-up in 1954, low Canadian in the Canadian Open in 1962, won the CPGA championship in 1965 and 1971 and the CPGA match play title in 1967 and 1968. He played for Canada on three World Cup teams, in 1965 with George Knudson, 1971 with Moe Norman and 1974 with Ben Kern.

In 2005, he was inducted into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame and is an inductee into the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame and Museum Inc., September 26, 2005.

Don Gardner - Athlete

Born in Winnipeg, Don Gardner’s major golf accomplishments were recorded in Manitoba and British Columbia.

He won the Manitoba junior men’s championship in 1946 and 1949 and the Manitoba men’s amateur title in 1958. He was also the medallist for the amateur championship in 1954 and 1958.

Don played on four Manitoba Willingdon Cup teams, in 1954, 1956, 1957 and 1958 and was on the British Columbia Willingdon team in 1963. He also played on the British Columbia senior men’s teams eight times from 1985 to 1994.  He won the British Columbia senior men’s championship twice in that span, 1985 and 1992. He was runner-up to Bob Wylie in the Canadian senior men’s championship in 1987.

Don was a member of the Charleswood Golf Club from 1948 to 1956, belonged to Niakwa Country Club in 1956-58, then moved to Ontario from 1958 to 1962 before settling at the Capilano Club in Vancouver from 1963 to 2003.

He also made his mark on the executive side of the sport, serving as executive director of the British Columbia Golf Association from 1987 to 1995.

He is an inductee into the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame and Museum Inc., September 26, 2005.

Arthur Johnston -  Builder

Arthur Johnston is recognized for his contributions  to the sport of golf in the builder category and his talents were recognized provincially, nationally and on the international scene.

Locally, his executive talents were first recognized when he served as president of the Pine Ridge Golf Club in 1952.  He then served on the Manitoba Golf Association executive from 1952 to 1956, when he was elected president of the MGA.

That led him to the national scene as a member of the Royal Canadian Golf Association board and executive from 1957 to 1965, including a year as national president in 1964.

He served as chairman of the RCGA rules committee and became the only Canadian member of the Royal & Ancient rules committee from 1968 to 1976. He also had a seat on the five-man negotiating team that met with the United States Golf Association to establish the 1972 and 1976 Code of Rules to be followed by players worldwide.

Arthur is an Honorary Life Member of both the Manitoba Golf Association and the Royal Canadian Golf Association.

He is an inductee into the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame and Museum Inc., September 26, 2005.

Jo-Ann Lindsay - Athlete

Jo-Ann Lindsay captured golf championships over a span of nearly 50 years, starting with her first Manitoba junior women’s title in 1955 at the age of 14 as Jo-Ann Percy from the Charleswood Golf Club.

She won the Manitoba junior crown again in 1957 and played on the Manitoba junior teams in 1955-56-57. She also played on the B.C. junior team in 1959.

Leaving competitive golf from 1959 to 1965, she returned as Jo-Ann Snyder to win her first Manitoba women’s amateur championship in 1965, then retired from the scene again until 1974.  As Jo-Ann Lindsay, she won two more amateur championships in 1997 and 2000.  She also won the Manitoba City and District championship five times, in 1978, 1983, 1996, 1997 and 2000.

Her greatest achievements came in the senior division and the highlight was the Canadian senior women’s championship in 1991. She tied for second in that national event in 1992 and 2000 and was in the top five three more times in that span.

Jo-Ann won the Manitoba senior women’s championship nine times from 1992 to 2005 and was runner-up in 2001. In addition to her appearances on junior provincial teams, she played for Manitoba on eight amateur teams from 1958 to 2001 and was on four consecutive Manitoba senior teams in 1996 through 1999.

She was named Manitoba amateur Golfer of the Year in 2000 and was a finalist in voting for Manitoba female Athlete of the Year twice, in 1998 and 2000.

She is an inductee into the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame and Museum Inc., September 26, 2005.


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