2010 Honoured Members

Rob McMillan - Athlete

He was born on December 8, 1975, at Thunder Bay, ON, but Rob McMillan’s outstanding golf achievements are strictly a Manitoba production.

The golf record books are filled with the McMillan name. The lists show him as a four-time Manitoba Junior Champion, three-time Manitoba Amateur Champion, one-time Manitoba Open Champion, two-time Canadian Juvenile Champion, three-time Canadian Junior Champion, one-time Canadian Amateur Champion, one-time World Junior Champion, twice member of Manitoba’s winning Willingdon Cup teams, six-time winner of Manitoba Amateur Golfer of the Year awards and two-time selection as Manitoba Male Athlete of the Year.‘Robo’, as he is known, made history early as the first ever to win the Canadian Juvenile and Junior Championships in the same year. His three Canadian Junior titles tied for the most ever won. He won the 1996 Manitoba Open as an amateur, competing against the professionals on the Canadian Tour, then added the Canadian Amateur title in the same season.

McMillan was Provincial Junior Champion for four straight years, 1991 through 1994, also adding the Provincial Amateur title in ’93. He followed up with two more Manitoba Amateur crowns in ’95 and ’96. He played on four provincial junior teams, winning national honours in 1991. He played on two Manitoba Willingdon Cup teams in 1995 and 96, winning the national competition both years. He also represented Canada twice at the World Amateur Championships.

He was chosen Golfer of the Year in 1990, was a finalist in 1991 and won the honour again in 1992-93-94-95-96.

Attending University of New Mexico, McMillan was a two-time All-American selection, three-time All-conference selection, Western Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year in 1995 and placed sixth at the NCAA Division 1 National Championship in 1996.

McMillan played nine years of tour professional golf, seven on the Canadian Tour and two on the Nationwide Tour. Adding to his 1996 Manitoba Open victory as an amateur, he also won twice as a pro on the Canadian Tour -- 2000 Vancouver Open and 2002 Barefoot Classic. He was fourth on the all-time career money list for the Canadian Tour and was a board member for three years. He played in 10 PGA events (seven Canadian Opens and three Air Canada championships). He is currently the Executive Chairman of the Canadian Tours Players Cup event.

Rob McMillan is an inductee into the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame and Museum Inc., September 27, 2010

Aileen Robertson - Athlete

Born in Winnipeg on June 9, 1969, Aileen June Robertson was an outstanding figure in Manitoba women’s amateur golf circles in the decade from 1986 to 1996.

During that time, Robertson was winner of two Manitoba Junior Women’s Championships, three City and District titles, six Manitoba Amateur Women’s Championships and crowned it all with a Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship.

Playing out of St. Charles Country Club, she was the Provincial Junior Champ in 1986 and 1987 and claimed the Amateur honours in 1989-90-91-94-95-96. The National Championship was won in 1994, when she was also declared Manitoba Amateur Golfer of the Year along with Rob McMillan.Robertson was also a Finalist for the Golfer of the Year honours twice, in 1989 and 1991 and was a nominee for Manitoba Female Athlete of the Year twice, 1992 and 1994. She also won the Ontario Women’s Amateur title and was named Score Magazine’s Female Amateur of the Year in 1994.

Robertson represented the province on Manitoba golf teams for 13 straight years, as a junior from 1984-87 and on nine consecutive amateur teams from 1988 through 1996.

She represented Canada seven times at international events including the World Amateur, British Amateur, Australian Amateur, New Zealand Amateur, Mexican Amateur and Commonwealth Championship.

In 1996 at the Women’s International Four-Ball tournament in Florida, Robertson teamed with Marlene Streit and they set a course record 64 and made it to the semi-finals. That same year, Robertson shared medalist honours for both the U.S Women’s Amateur and U.S Women’s Mid – Amateur qualifiers.

While obtaining her Bachelor of Psychology at University of South Carolina, Robertson graduated cum laude and was named to the National Dean’s Honour List 1988-91 and was named National Golf Coaches Association All-American in 1990-91.

Robertson turned professional in April, 1997, and she won the Guess Challenge event in Quebec, tied for first place in a duMaurier series event in New Brunswick and finished sixth overall in the duMaurier series in that year. She also had two top-five finishes in the series in 1998. In the years from 1997 – 2003 Robertson claimed five professional wins. Robertson won two events in Canada (1997 Guess Challenge, 1999 Sally Hanson Challenge) and three events in the United States on the U.S Challenge Tour.

She is now serving as a golf coach for Henry Brunton Golf located at Eagle’s Nest Golf Club in Maple, Ont.

Aileen Robertson is an inductee into the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame and Museum Inc., September 27, 2010

Terry Hashimoto - Athlete

Born in Winnipeg on March 14, 1958, Terry Glen Hashimoto established a remarkable record on the Manitoba golf scene. He was named Manitoba Amateur Golfer of the Year three times and was a finalist five more times through a 22 year span from 1976 to 1998.

He represented Manitoba in team play 10 times -- as a junior in 1976, eight times on the Amateur Willingdon Cup teams (1977, ‘79, ’80, ’81, ’83, ’85,’96 and ’98) and on one Mid-Amateur team in 1998. He was a member of Manitoba’s winning Willingdon Cup team in 1996. He won the Manitoba Amateur Championship twice (1985 and 1998), the Manitoba Match Play Championship three times (1983, 1985 and 1998), the Manitoba Mid-Amateur Championship in 1998 and was low amateur in the Manitoba Open Championship twice (1979 and 1980).

‘Hash’, as he is known, was a triple champion in Manitoba in the 1998 season, winning the Provincial Amateur, Mid-Amateur and Match Play titles. His Golfer of the Year honours came in 1976, 1980 and 1998, and he was a finalist for that title in 1978-79-81-83-85. He was also a nominee for Manitoba Athlete of the Year in 1998 in recognition of his triple title accomplishment.

He attended the University of Miami on a scholarship and won seven college tournaments during his career. He was low amateur in the Pan-Am Open Tournament and served as a team captain of both the junior and senior teams at Miami. At age 17, he placed seventh in the Junior Orange Bowl Tournament in 1975.

He became a professional golfer in 1986 and served for a year as club pro at Bel Acres Golf & Country Club. He played on the Canadian Tour from 1986 to 1988, finishing seventh in the CPGA Championship in 1986 and getting to 17th on the Order of Merit in 1988. It took five years for him to regain his amateur status in 1993.

Hashimoto was also known for golf activities off the course, particularly the development of Jazz Golf, the first and only club manufacturing operation in Manitoba. He opened the first Caddy Shed golf store in 1981. He opened the Champions Nest driving range and practice facility in 2003.

Terry Hashimoto is an inductee into the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame and Museum Inc., September 27, 2010

R. J. (Bob) Picken - Builder

For more than 60 years, Robert John Picken has kept Manitobans well informed on events in the world of sports through broadcasting and writing and he has been recognized for his achievements in many areas.

His induction into the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame is a tribute to his detailed attention to golf events in the province. He is similarly honoured by his inductions in recent years to the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame, Manitoba Curling Hall of Fame, Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame, Winnipeg Football Club Media Hall of Fame, Canadian Football Media Hall of Fame and the Manitoba Sportswriters and Sportscasters Roll of Honour.

Born in Winnipeg on September 24, 1932, Picken attended St. John’s High School and his journalistic career began in 1948 while in high school when he joined the staff of the Winnipeg Citizen to cover a variety of sports, including golf. The paper folded in 1949.

From 1965 to 1969, he was on the sports staff at CJOB and he later returned to that radio station on a free-lance basis from 1993 to 2008, covering mainly golf and curling. He was the voice of sport on CBC radio commencing in 1969 until his retirement in 1990.

During his career, Picken covered virtually every type of golf event, from provincial and national amateur championships through the Canadian Open, Canadian Senior Open, the duMaurier Classic, the America’s Cup, the World Amateur in Vancouver and two trips to the Masters at Augusta.

In addition to his extensive radio reporting, he also contributed articles in Backspin magazine from 1993 to 1998 and to the Golf Manitoba Journal since 1993.

He has been an active contributor to the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame, being involved as it was being formed and serving on the selection committee from 2003 to 2007. He was master of ceremonies for the first two induction ceremonies. He has also served as chair of the selection committee for the Manitoba Amateur Golfer of the Year award since its inception in 1975.

Picken has been a director of the Grey Owl golf tournament since 1979, serving as secretary for many years, a two-year term as president and currently is the drawmaster for the event, which marked its 50th year in June.

R. J. (Bob) Picken is an inductee into the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame and Museum Inc., September 27, 2010


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