2007 Honoured Members

Ralph Bagley - Builder

The name Ralph Bagley has been synonymous with the sport of golf in Manitoba for more than five decades.

Born in Winnipeg on January 6, 1928, Bagley started his journalism career by writing a weekly sports column for the St. James Leader while attending high school.

His full-time link to news and sports reporting began in 1944 at the Winnipeg Tribune, and over the years he gained experience at the Minnedosa Tribune, the Dauphin Herald, CKDM Dauphin, CKRC Winnipeg and the Winnipeg Free Press, where he covered the golf and curling scenes from 1954-59.

After stints at Stovel-Advocate Publishers and the Neepawa Press, he returned to Winnipeg in 1968 to rejoin the Free Press. He served in a variety of positions before he became assistant sports editor in 1981, followed by10 years as the golf and curling writer-columnist until his retirement in 1993.

As a golf volunteer, he served on the executive committees at Elmhurst and the Canoe Club, and while on the Manitoba Golf Association council was editorial director of the Manitoba Golf Annual which was first published in 1980. That was the forerunner of the present Golf Manitoba Journal, the association's annual publication of which he now is the editor and publisher.

In 1998, when the Manitoba Open was dropped by the Canadian Golf Tour, Bagley chaired a committee that extended the Open for four years at John Blumberg and Transcona. He also wrote golf articles for Backspin magazine for 10 years, has served for 30 years on the selection committee of the Labatt Manitoba Amateur Golfer of the Year Award, and as a director of the Grey Owl tournament at Clear Lake for over 40 years.

Bagley is a past president of both the Manitoba and Canadian Curling Reporters, and served two separate terms as president of the Manitoba Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association. He was inducted into the MSSA Media Roll of Honour in 1990, is an honourary life member of the Manitoba Curling Association, the Manitoba Curling Past Presidents Association, and the Manitoba Golf Superintendents Association.

Ralph is an inductee into the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame and Museum Inc., September 24, 2007.

Ed Dearden - Builder

Edmund Samuel (Ed) Dearden earned his nickname “Steady Eddie” during a span of 50 years of reporting on the golf scene in Manitoba.

Born in Winnipeg September 8, 1927, Dearden grew up in the West Kildonan area and began his career as a freelance writer at the Winnipeg Tribune in the early 1950s. He joined the Tribune sports staff in 1959 and became the official golf writer, golf columnist and assistant sports editor in 1965.

That same year, he started covering golf on a freelance basis on CJOB radio. Following the demise of the Tribune in 1980, he continued doing golf reports on CJOB until 1989. For 10 years, he was media co-ordinator for the sports branch of the provincial government, retiring in December, 1990.

In addition to local golf coverage, he reported on many national and international competitions. In the mid 1970s, Dearden also covered the Winnipeg Jets for the Tribune and served as a colour man for Jets games on CJOB. He travelled extensively throughout North America and also was on trips to Japan and Russia with the Jets.

He served for many years on the selection committee for the Manitoba Golfer of the Year and has been on the Grey Owl Golf Tournament board of directors for more than 40 years. He is a past president of the Manitoba Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association and was elected to that group's Media Roll of Honour in 1990. He has also been honoured with election into the Media sections of the Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame and the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame.

In 1992, Dearden received the commemorative medal for the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada in recognition of significant contributions to the community.

Ed is an inductee into the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame and Museum Inc., September 24, 2007.

Jim Collins - Athlete/Builder

James Mayo (Jim) Collins served as head golf professional at St. Charles Country Club for 37 years and becomes the first to be recognized in the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame and Museum as an athlete and a builder.

Born in Winnipeg March 31, 1938, Collins began his association with St. Charles as a teenager, working in the pro shop while establishing himself among the leading junior golfers in the province. He was runner-up twice to George Knudson in the Manitoba junior championship.

He turned professional at Oakdale in Toronto in 1959 and won the Ontario assistant pro championship in 1960 before returning to Winnipeg to become head professional at St. Charles in 1961. His major golfing achievements included three Manitoba PGA championships (1965, 1977 and 1979) and five Manitoba PGA senior championships (1989, 1990, 1991, 1994 and 2000). He was Manitoba PGA Player of the Year three times (1963, 1965 and 1977).

On the national scene, Collins won the Canadian PGA Club Pro championship in 1980 and the CPGA stroke play senior championship in 1990. He was named CPGA Club Pro of the Year in 1976 and in 1988.

Off the course, he was deeply involved with the development of golf in Winnipeg and across the country. He served on the CPGA rules committee from 1985-88 and was an instructor at RCGA rules seminars from 1985 to 1990. He was a director of the Manitoba PGA for nine years, including terms as president in 1964-1965 and 1970-1971. He served on the CPGA national board of directors in 1965-66 and attended various USPGA, CPGA and RCGA business and management seminars from 1965 to 1988.

Collins was instrumental in the development in 1987 of an invitational golf tournament in his name, which provided a $6,000 donation to the Manitoba Golf Scholarship Foundation. Though the tournament was renamed after his retirement it has been continued and has provided thousands of dollars for the scholarship fund.

Jim is an inductee into the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame and Museum Inc., September 24, 2007.

Stan Homenuik - Athlete

Stan Homenuik began his golf career more than 50 years ago in Saskatchewan, but the highlight has been a 37-year period as the head professional and part owner of the Dauphin Golf Club in Manitoba.

He joins his brothers Ted (inducted in 2004) and Wilf (inducted in 2005) as members of the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame and Museum.

Born January 24, 1940, in Yorkton, his early accomplishments included the Saskatchewan juvenile championship and a place on the Saskatchewan Willingdon Cup team in the 1950s. He also established a course-record 11-under-par 56 at the Deer Park course in Yorkton in 1956. In 1961, he was low amateur at the Canadian Open championship in Saskatoon.

He entered professional ranks as an apprentice under Joe Tachan at Elmhurst Golf and Country Club in the early 1960s and then served as the head pro at Dauphin from 1964 until his retirement in 2001.

He won the Manitoba PGA championship in 1978, was named the MPGA Player of the Year in 1985 and won the MPGA senior championship in 2003.

He competed for 20 years in Canadian professional tour events, played in numerous Canadian Opens, played one year on the Asian Tour and was on the Caribbean Tour four times.

The development of a successful junior program was one of his major projects at the Dauphin club and he also led Dauphin teams to the Manitoba championship twice in the Crown Life team competitions, going on to win the western inter-provincial honours in 1973.

In 1968, Homenuik was recognized by the Dauphin Chamber of Commerce as the Goodwill Ambassador of Golf for his contributions to the area. In 1998, the three golfing Homenuik brothers were inducted into the Yorkton Sports Hall of Fame.

Stan is an inductee into the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame and Museum Inc., September 24, 2007.


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