2009 Honoured Members

Cathy Burton - Athlete/Builder

Now a resident of Calgary, AB, Catherine (Cathy) Anderle Burton was born June 20, 1961, in Brandon and started her golf career as a junior player at Binscarth and Russell in 1977-79. She played out of Selkirk in 1981-82, then Harbour View in 1982-87 before turning to professional ranks.

She won the Manitoba Women’s Amateur Championship in 1984 and 1986 and was also a finalist in Manitoba Golfer of the Year voting in the same years. She won the Saskatchewan Women’s Amateur Championship in 1986. Also in 1986, Burton reached the semi-finals in the United States Public Links Championship, a competition which attracted 1,085 entries.

Burton played on provincial amateur teams at the National Championship for six straight years from 1982 to 1987. She was a Team Canada member in 1986 and 1987 and was a member of Canada’s Commonwealth team, which won the Championship in 1987 in New Zealand. No Canadian team has won the Commonwealth Championship since.

She joined the professional Futures Tour in 1988-90, was an LPGA Teaching Division member 1992-96 and has been a CPGA Class A professional since 1996. She was an associate pro at St. Charles Country Club 1991-94, an assistant pro at Southwood Golf and Country Club 1995-96, pro and manager at the Short Game Golf Training Centre in 1997 and associate pro at St. Charles 1998-2001.

Burton was a leading force behind the establishment in 1994 of the LPGA Girls Club in Manitoba, the first move into Canada for that program after a successful launch in the United States. It provided opportunities for young girls to get into golf.   It was the fore-runner of the successful Future Links Girls’ Club program still in operation across Canada for young girls.  She also served as national junior women’s coach for the CLGA 1998-2004.

Moving to Calgary, Burton was a teaching pro at Cottonwood Golf and Country Club 2001-2003, head pro at Harvest Hills in 2004 and is currently head pro at River Spirit Golf Club.

Cathy Burton is an inductee into the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame and Museum Inc., October 5, 2009.

Lynda Palahniuk - Athlete

She was born Lynda Irene Smith March 22, 1952, in Winnipeg and played golf out of St. Boniface Golf Club from 1965 to 1972, then Elmhurst Golf and Country Club 1972 to 1996 before moving to Kelowna, BC, where she has been a member of Kelowna Golf Club since 1998.

As Lynda Smith, she won the Manitoba Women’s Junior Championship in 1969 and 1970 and also was a member of the provincial junior women’s team in those two years. She won the Manitoba Women’s Amateur Championship four times, in 1982, 1987, 1988 and 1992 and won the Saskatchewan Women’s Amateur title in 1996. She also teamed with her father, Art Smith, to win the provincial father-daughter honours several times.

Palahniuk won the British Columbia Women’s Senior Championship in 2002 and added the Canadian Women’s Senior Championship in 2003. She was also runner-up for the national senior title in 2007 and placed third in 2006.

In addition to her two appearances on provincial junior teams, she was a member of the Manitoba Women’s Amateur team 16 times and played five times as a member of British Columbia Women’s Senior teams.

Her Manitoba Amateur team appearances were in 1974, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992 and 1993.

She was ranked No.10 in Canadian women’s golf in 1990 and was named Women’s Senior Amateur Golfer of the Year by Score magazine in 2003.

Lynda Palahniuk is an inductee into the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame and Museum Inc., October 5, 2009.

William (Billy) Parker - Athlete

William Roy (Billy) Parker was born in Winnipeg Dec. 8, 1956, and made his mark on the Manitoba golf scene before moving to Edmonton, AB, where he is a physician and radiologist.

He belonged to Niakwa Country Club from 1972 to 1975, then Breezy Bend Country Club from 1978 to 1991 and back to Niakwa in 1994-95.

Parker won the Manitoba High School Championship in 1971 and 1972, the Manitoba Men’s Junior Championship in 1974 and the Manitoba Men’s Amateur Championship in 1978, 1979 and 1982. He was winner of the Manitoba Match Play Championship in 1981 and 1982 and was medalist in the match play competition in 1995. He won Manitoba Golfer of the Year honours in 1979 and 1982.

He won the Canadian Juvenile Championship and finished third in the Canadian Junior Championship in 1973 and was in the top 10 at Canadian Junior Championships in 1974 and 1975. He was a member of the Manitoba Junior team twice, in 1974 and 1975 and was on the provincial Willingdon Cup amateur team five times 1976, 1978, 1979, 1982 and 1983.

Parker represented Canada in the Junior World Championship in San Diego in 1974 where he was runner-up to Nick Price in the Foreign Division. He was captain on the Indiana University golf team in 1975-78 (team captain in 1978) and qualified to play in the NCAA Championships in 1977. In 1981, he advanced to the second round of the Trans Mississippi Championship and won the North Central Championship. He won the L.G. Belfour Award for bringing honour and distinction to Indiana University in golf in 1978.

Billy Parker is an inductee into the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame and Museum Inc., October 5, 2009.

J. A. (Jack) Swanson - Builder

John Andrew (Jack) Swanson earned a reputation as “Mr. Golf in Manitoba” for his many years of leadership in the sport from 1951 until his death at the age of 68 in 1979.

Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1910, he came to Canada with his parents in 1921. He and his wife Marion were members of Assiniboine Golf Club from the 1930s to 1959, when they moved to Elmhurst Golf and Country Club.

Swanson got into the executive side of the game as secretary at Assiniboine in 1945, then as president in 1949-50. He was vice-president at Elmhurst in 1964-65. He became a member of the Manitoba Golf Association board of directors in 1951 and was president of the provincial body in 1958-59. He also served as secretary-manager of the Manitoba Golf Association from 1971 to 1979.

He became a member of the Royal Canadian Golf Association Board of Governors in 1959 and went on to become national president in 1968. He was named an honorary life member of the board in 1972.  He was non-playing captain of Canada’s World Amateur team that travelled to Australia in 1968.

During his term on the RCGA Board of Governors, Swanson served as chair of the membership and public relations committee in 1960, chair of the amateur status and reinstatement committee in 1962, chair of the Canadian junior interprovincial team matches and national junior championships in Prince Edward Island in 1964 and as a member of the junior championship committee in 1979.

Jack Swanson is an inductee into the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame and Museum Inc., October 5, 2009.


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