2015 Honoured Members

Isa Beairsto - Athlete

Her record was matched twice, but Isa Beairsto was the first to win the Manitoba Amateur golf championship six times.

She accomplished the feat during a 15-year period in the early days of competitive golf in the province. Beairsto claimed the honors in 1925, 1926, 1931, 1933, 1939 and 1940.

For good measure, she also won the City and District championship seven times in 1925, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935 and 1937; won the Manitoba Senior Women’s championship in 1946; and was a 13-time winner of the St. Charles Country Club championship.

While her record six provincial amateur championships has never been bettered, it was matched by two other outstanding Manitoba female golfers. Marg Homenuik of Rossmere won the provincial honors in 1961,1962,1963,1964, 1966 and 1972. Aileen Robertson of St. Charles was the Manitoba champion in 1989, 1990, 1991, 1994, 1995 and 1996.

On male side, no Manitoban has claimed more than five Manitoba Amateur titles.

Isa Beairsto is an inductee into the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame and Museum Inc., September 28, 2015.

Harold Eidsvig - Athlete

His interest in golf began as a teen-age caddie at St. Charles Country Club in the late 1920s and he was 18 before he played the game but Harold (Hal) Eidsvig made a big mark in the annals of golf in Manitoba.

Born in Winnipeg Feb. 26, 1914, he established an enviable record along the way. He was a member of Pine Ridge Golf Club when he won the Manitoba Amateur championship in 1946, then followed that with another Amateur crown in 1947.

He also won the Manitoba Open championship in 1947 and became a golf professional that same year at Assiniboine Golf Club, serving that club through the 1949 season. He moved on to Niakwa Country Club and served as pro there until his death in 1959.

Three more Manitoba Open championships were won by Eidsvig in 1949, 1952 and 1955.

Harold Eidsvig was inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame in 2004 and is an inductee into the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame and Museum Inc., September 28, 2015.

Len Harvey - Athlete

Born in Winnipeg July 21, 1928, Len Harvey earned his place in the provincial golf spotlight by winning the Manitoba Open championship as an amateur player in 1953. He became a professional and returned to claim another Manitoba Open title as a pro in 1954.

He then worked in pro shops and claimed his first head-pro posting at Assiniboine Golf Club from 1958 to 1960. He moved to St. Boniface Golf Club from 1961 to 1965,  then moved away from Manitoba in 1967 to take on head pro duties at the Wascana Golf  Club in Regina until 1980, when he headed further west to live in British Columbia.

He showed his playing ability again in 1967 by winning the Saskatchewan Open championship. He also represented Canada in international competitions at the Carling World matches at Royal Birkdale in England and at the Board of Trade Golf Club in Toronto.

Golf was a year-round activity for Harvey as he spent 28 years of teaching during the winter months at Phoenix, Arizona. .He joined the Canadian Professional Golfers Association in 1954 and served on several committees in both Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

He served as club professional and teaching pro at various locations in BC, including the Predator Ridge Golf Resort between Kelowna and Vernon where he is currently teaching.

Len Harvey is an inductee into the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame and Museum Inc., September 28, 2015.

Barrie McWha - Builder

For nearly 50 years, Barrie McWha has made his mark as a builder of the game of golf across Western Canada. He first attracted attention in 1967 when he joined the Canadian Professional Golfers Association as an apprentice under head pro Bill Thomson at Southwood Golf and Country Club.

In 1968, he attended the first business school organized by the PGA of America. He was named head pro of the Wildewood Club in Winnipeg in 1969, then moved west to serve as assistant pro at Calgary Golf and Country Club in 1970 and in 1971 at the Canyon Meadows Golf Club before returning to Winnipeg in 1973 as head pro at Southwood, succeeding the retiring Bill Thomson.

He was elected president of the CPGA of Manitoba in 1977, and went to the CPGA board of directors in 1971. He served a two-year term as president of the CPGA in 1983-84. He was named general manager and head pro at Southwood in 1985 and also found time to be chosen Manitoba head pro of the year in 1981 and to establish a course record 64 at Southwood in 1979. He played a major role in the growth of the Manitoba Open championship from 1985 to 1990 at Southwood.

McWha headed west again in 1990 and took on duties as director of golf at the new Fairwinds Golf Resort near Qualicum Beach, BC. In 1995, he became manager of the PGA of BC trade show. In 1997, he was named general manager and chief operating officer of Glengarry Golf Links at Qualicum Beach. He later led the rebuilding of the golf course and the rezoning of the property to be a destination resort with 18-hole championship golf course and golf academy with a new brand -- Pheasant Glen Golf Resort. In 2006 he left the company to pursue consulting opportunities and in 2008 joined the BC Golf House Society as Executive Director and stayed there until 2012.

Barrie McWha is an inductee into the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame and Museum Inc., September 28, 2015.

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