2006 Honoured Members

Todd Fanning - Athlete

Todd Kenneth Fanning dominated the Manitoba amateur golf scene in the 1980s and 1990s beforeturning to professional ranks.

Born in Saskatchewan, he spent his early years in Thunder Bay before moving in 1980 to Winnipeg where he started his golf career at the Winnipeg Canoe Club, then at Southwood Golf & Country Club from 1981 to 1993.  He won the Manitoba junior men’s championship in 1984 and 1985 and played on provincial junior teams in 1984-85-86.  He was runner-up in the Canadian juvenile championship in 1983 and 1984 before going on to win the Canadian junior titles in 1985 and 1986.  The Manitoba junior team also won the Canadian team championship in 1985.

The first of Todd’s four Manitoba amateur championships also came while he was a junior in 1984 and he won the honours again in 1990-91-92.  He played on Manitoba Willingdon Cup teams six times from 1984 through 1992.  Two of these teams lost in playoffs and finished as runners-up for the national team honours, 1986 and 1991.

He also won the Manitoba men’s match play championship in 1992 and was selected Manitoba Golfer of the Year four times in 1984, 1985, 1986 and 1991 and was a finalist in 1992.  He was selected Manitoba Male Athlete of the Year in 1985 and was a finalist in other years.

Fanning turned to professional ranks in 1993, earning his Canadian Tour card at the spring qualifying school.  Playing out of Niakwa Country Club, his pro career featured a second-place finish in the CPGA championship in 1996 and he also place second in one Canadian Tour event in 1997 and two in 1998.  In 2002, he earned conditional playing rights on the Buy.Com Tour and played in 17 events.  He participated in four Canadian Open championships and one Air Canada championship.

He is an inductee into the Manitoba Golf hall of Fame and Museum Inc., September 25, 2006.

Margaret Ford - Athlete

Margaret Ford joined the Pine Falls Golf Club as a teenager in 1941, but she wasn’t involved with competitive golf until she was 44 years old.

In the 17 year span from 1970 through 1986, she played on a total of 13 provincial women’s golf teams (four amateur and nine senior) and laid claim to three Manitoba senior women’s championship crowns.

She took her place among the province’s top female golfers be winning berths on the Manitoba amateur team in 1970, 1971, 1973 and 1974, then followed with berths on the provincial senior teams in seven consecutive years from 1976 through 1982 and added two more senior team appearances in 1984 and 1986.

In addition to her playing ability, she was also recognized for her work around the Pine Falls course to encourage and assist junior golfers to get involved with the sport.

She is still a member of the Pine Falls Golf Club, a relationship that has lasted more than 65 years from her teenage start in 1941.

She is an inductee into the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame and Museum Inc., September 25, 2006.

E. K. (Bud) Foster - Builder

Edward Kennings (Bud) Foster was a competitor in the younger years, but he made his mark on the Manitoba golf scene in the builder category as a golf executive, course rater and rules official.

It all began more than 75 years ago when he joined the Winnipeg Canoe Club in 1930 and played there until 1941.  After wartime service, he resumed his golf career at the Charleswood Golf Club from 1946 to 1964, and then moved in 1965 to Elmhurst, where he is still a member.

Bud competed in Manitoba Amateur and Open championships and qualified for the Canadian Amateur in 1936 and 1946.  He won the medal round at the Totem Pole tournament at Jasper, AB in 1960 and was runner-up to Ted Homenuik in the Grey Owl tournament at Clear Lake, MB in 1963.

His move to the builder category began in 1968 when he decided to put something back into the game he loved and became a member of Elmhurst Board of Directors.  Two years later he was the club president and held that position for four years.  This led to this participation in the Manitoba Golf Association and he rose to the office of president of the provincial governing body in 1979.  He was elected to the Royal Canadian Golf Association Board of Governors in 1980 and served 10 years on handicap, course rating and rules committees.

Bud headed the MGA rules committee for more than 20 years and was a familiar figure as a rules official at many golf events.  He was also instrumental in the official rating of many of the provincial golf courses.

The Manitoba Golf Association nominated Bud on four occasions to receive the Outstanding Volunteer Award sponsored by the Manitoba Sports Federation.  In 1997 he was presented with a plaque form the RCGA in recognition of his contribution to golf.

He is an inductee into the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame and Museum Inc, September 25, 2006.

F. A. (Al) Macatavish - Builder

Frederick Alvin (Al) Macatavish has a history of dedicated service to golf not only in Manitoba but also on the national and international golf scene.

He has been a member of Elmhurst Golf and Country Club since 1964 and was on the club’s Board of Directors from 1967 to 1979, including a term as president in 1976-77.  He is co-chair of the Elmhurst master plan restoration committee.

Provincially, he was Elmhurst representative to the Manitoba Golf Association in 1978-79 and a member of the MGA Board of Directors from 1980 to 1988, including a term as president in 1985 and past president 1986 to 1988.  He was the non-playing captain for Manitoba’s 1983 junior men’s team and the 1985 Willingdon Cup Team.

Al has been a member of the Royal Canadian Golf Association Board from 1987 to the present, serving in many capacities including a term as national president in 1997.  He was appointed as an Honorary Life Governor in 2000 and has been active on the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame selection committee since 2000.

He served as Canada’s delegate to the World Golf Council from 1997 to 2000 and has served as a rules official at international events on four continents in addition to many appearances as a rules official at events across Canada and in Manitoba.

He is an inductee into the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame and Museum inc., September 25, 2006.


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