2008 Honoured Members

Manuel (Manny) Bricker - Builder

Manny Bricker was a member of Glendale Golf and Country Club from 1947 until his death in 1994 and his many years of service to the sport of golf was highlighted by a term as president of the Royal Canadian Golf Association.

Born March 17, 1919, he started to play golf at public courses before joining Glendale, the only club to which he belonged, in 1947.  He served in many capacities on the board at Glendale before he was elected president of the club in 1968.  He became the first Glendale member to serve on the Manitoba Golf Association Council.

He served in many capacities before he became president of the MGA in 1972-73 and began a long association with the Royal Canadian Golf Association.

He was RCGA finance chairman in 1977, had a term as greens chairman, became first vice-president in 1982 and was elected president of the national organization in 1983.He served as chairman for RCGA’s Canadian Men’s Amateur championship at Niakwa in 1974, the Canadian Senior Men’s championship at Glendale in 1977 and the Peter Jackson senior pro tournament at St. Charles in 1982.

He was captain of Canada’s International Team in Venezuela in 1983 and also represented the RCGA at the Masters championship and all of the Canadian championships in that year.

He was instrumental in revitalizing the financial stability of the RCGA during his years of service, just as he was instrumental in many aspects of the operations at the Glendale club and in the Manitoba Golf Association.  His achievements at Glendale were recognized with an honorary life membership in the club.

His education was started at Weyburn, SK., followed by St. John’s College and the University of Manitoba, interrupted by the war.  In business, he was the president of Inland Trust.  He died September 17, 1994.

Manny Bricker is an inductee into the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc., September 22, 2008.

Garth Collings - Athlete

Garth Collings was born in Winnipeg April 15, 1958, and began his golfing career as a junior player at Assiniboine Golf Club, where he won the club’s junior championship three times and the men’s championship twice.  He also won the Bel Acres Golf and Country Club men’s championship once before moving to Breezy Bend Country Club in 1970, where he has claimed the men’s championship 15 times.

On the provincial scene, his record includes 14 appearances on Manitoba Willingdon Cup Teams and 10 appearances on the Manitoba Mid-Amateur Teams.

He was a Manitoba Willingdon Cup team member in 1987, 1988, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008.  He was on the Manitoba Mid - Amateur team in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008.

He was winner of the Manitoba Amateur championship twice (1987 and 1994) and was runner-up four times.  He won the Manitoba Mid-Amateur championship five times (2000, 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2006) and was runner-up twice.  He won the Manitoba Match Play championship in 1996 and was runner-up the following year.  He also won the Grey Owl golf title at Clear Lake seven times between 1997 and 2007 and travelled to Saskatchewan to win that province’s Mid-Amateur championship four times in succession from 2003 to 2006.

Collings was nominated as a finalist for the Manitoba Amateur Golfer of the Year honours 13 times and was the winner of that award four times (1999, 2003, 2005 and 2006).

On the national scene, he was a member of Manitoba’s winning Willingdon Cup team in 1995 and Manitoba’s winning Mid-Amateur team in 2005.  He won the Canadian Club Champions Championship in 2003 and was runner-up in 1994.  He won the Canadian Mid-Amateur Championship in 2003.

On the international scene, Collings played twice for Team Canada - in 1997 in Costa Rica and 2003 in Argentina.

Garth Collings is an inductee into the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc., September 22, 2008.

Ken Fulton - Athlete

Kenneth (Ken) W. Fulton began his life in British Columbia, learned to golf in Manitoba and made his mark on the Canadian golf scene in Ontario.

The golf began at Elmhurst Golf and Country Club where his parents were the club managers and Wilf Homenuik got him involved with the sport.  He was a runner-up in the Manitoba Junior championship twice and was a member of the Manitoba Junior team, winning co-medalist honours at the Canadian Junior championship in 1962.  He attended university in Arizona on a golf scholarship and won the Arizona State amateur championship in 1965.

As a professional, Fulton played on the PGA Tour in the United States for four years (1969 to 1972) and also played two years on the European Senior PGA Tour (1995 - 1996).  He won the Canadian Club Pro championship twice and was winner of the Canadian Senior PGA championship once.  He once placed 12th in the Canadian Open and was second low Canadian behind Al Balding.  He was a four-time winner of the Ontario PGA Player of the Year award and was also winner of the Ontario PGA Professional of the Year honours.

He attained status as Master Professional in the CPGA in 2003, one of only 15 to be so recognized. He is the owner of the Ken Fulton Golf Centre at Ajax, ON, which has become a staple for golfers in the surrounding area.  The location includes an executive golf course, complete practice facilities and a full repair shop.  He also served in the as general manager and part owner of the Glen Eagles Golf Club at Bolton, ON.

Fulton was on the Board of Directors for the Ontario PGA for four years in the 1980s.  He assisted and taught Canadian National Institute for the Blind golfers for several years in the 1980s and 1990s and participated in many charity golf events over the years.

Ken Fulton is an inductee into the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc., September 22, 2008.

Gail Graham - Athlete

Gail Graham was born as Gail Anderson January 16, 1964 at Vanderhoof, BC, moved from British Columbia to Winnipeg with her parents and got her start on a golf career as a junior player at St. Charles Country Club.

She won the Manitoba Junior Women’s championship in 1982 and claimed two Manitoba Amateur Women’s titles in 1983 and 1985. Anderson was in a four – way tie for runner – up honours in the Canadian Junior Women’s championship in 1981. That year, she was one of three named as first recipients of the Canadian Golf Foundation scholarships.

She earned berths on the Manitoba Junior Women’s teams in 1980, 1981 and 1982, and on Manitoba Women’s Amateur teams in 1983, 1984 and 1985.  The Manitoba junior team finished second in the national event in 1981.  Anderson was voted Manitoba Amateur Golfer of the Year in 1983 and was a finalist for the honour in 1981 and 1985.

She attended Lamar University in Beaumont, TX, and was an NCAA Academic All-American in 1986. She was a member of Canada’s winning team in the Commonwealth Championship in 1987 and also was low amateur at the du Maurier Classic in the same season.

She became a professional in 1988 and won the Canadian Ladies PGA title that year. On the LPGA Tour, where she was known as Gail Graham, she won the Fieldcrest Cannon Classic in 1995 and the Alpine Australian Ladies Masters in 1997. She spent 14 seasons on the LPGA Tour, finishing inside the top 90 for 10 straight years. She posted top-10 finishes in three of the four major championships, included a tie for fourth in the 1988 du Maurier Classic. Her career earnings on the LPGA Tour totalled $1,285,769. She retired from competition in 2003.

In addition to her playing career, Graham served as president of the LPGA Tour, helping to guide the association through a re-branding exercise and to help hire a new commissioner. She is now serving as president of the LPGA Tournament Owners Association and also has performed as a regular on Canadian golf broadcasts as an analyst and on-course reporter for both men’s and women’s events.

Gail Graham is an inductee into the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc., September 22, 2008.


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