2016 Honoured Members

Gord Lenton - Athlete/Builder

Whatever golf has given Gord in his life, Gord has more than given back as a player, volunteer and role model.

Gord was born in Stonewall, Manitoba on June 8, 1927 and took up golf at an early age, joining the Selkirk Golf and Country Club in 1939 and moving to Pine Ridge Golf Club in 1952. Gord has had associations with both clubs, being a member of Selkirk between 1973 and 1993 and Pine Ridge since 1973. For his many contributions to the game, Gord was inducted into the Selkirk Golf and Country Club Wall of Fame in 1989.

During the 1959 and 1960 seasons, Gord was the first golf professional at Selkirk. He was re-instated to the amateur ranks in 1964 and the golf accomplishments came quickly. Gord was the low amateur in the 1965 and 1966 Manitoba Opens.

From 1969 to 1972 Gord lived in Québec due to work commitments and was low amateur in the 1971 Québec Open. He tied for third in the 1972 Québec Men’s Amateur.  Gord has been a member of both Manitoba (1967) and Québec (1970) Willingdon Cup teams.

A two-time Manitoba Senior Champion (l982 and 1987), Gord had an epic battle in the 1982 Championship with fellow Honoured Member Bill Pidlaski at Pine Ridge when, on the final day Gord had 18 consecutive pars to force a playoff which he promptly won on the first extra hole with a birdie.  Gord was especially proud that his son Scott, who was 12 years old at the time, caddied for him all three days of the 1982 Senior.

Gord was the Senior “A” Group winner in the 1982 Canadian Senior Open Championship and tied for 2nd in the 1986 Canadian Senior.  He was also the Manitoba Rural Senior Champion in 1984 and 1985. In addition, Gord was a member of the Manitoba Senior Team eight times 1982, 1983, 1984, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, and 1993.

Gord first shot his age (69) in a Senior Tournament in Carman in 1996 and has done so more the 180 times since then.

Gord’s love of the game also prompted him to volunteer to assist other golfers. He was a Manitoba Golf Association rules official from 1984 until 2001 including a time as head rules official, and he was a member of the first course rating team in 1991 and over the course of a decade was involved in rating more than 35 golf courses.  He has always given freely of his time to others and was instrumental in teaching the basics of golf to a 9 year old Glen Hnatiuk at Selkirk Golf and Country Club who would go on to play the PGA Tour and himself become an Honoured Member of the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame.

Gord continues to golf with enthusiasm in his 89th year, always with a smile and quick wit.

Gord Lenton is an inductee into the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame and Museum Inc., September 19, 2016.

Garth Goodbrandson - Builder

“Developing champions on and off the course” was the goal of the University of Manitoba Golf Team when it was co-founded in 1999 by Garth Goodbrandson and Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame Honoured Member Derek Ingram.  This goal is also descriptive of Goodbrandson’s entire professional career.

Born in Selkirk, Manitoba in 1960, sports immediately became an important part of Goodbrandson’s life. He attended Manitoba Golf Association development camps as a junior and his talent and passion for golf increased so much that he decided to make golf his profession.

Goodbrandson joined the PGA of Canada in 1982 and served as an Assistant Professional at Tuxedo Golf Course in Winnipeg from 1982 to 1986.  After attaining his class “A” status, he was the Head Professional at Halcrow Lake Golf and Country Club in The Pas, Manitoba from 1987 to 1990.  Goodbrandson returned to Winnipeg to become Associate Golf Professional at Breezy Bend Country Club in 1991 and then served as the Head Professional at Minnewasta Golf & Country Club in Morden, Manitoba from 1992 t0 1997.

Goodbrandson’s professional career direction changed from club professional to golf coaching and leadership when he became the Director of Player Development for Golf Manitoba in 1997, the first full time coach hired by any provincial golf association.  In that capacity, Goodbrandson, in addition to providing support for the introductory to elite level players, has coached over 20 provincial teams at national events since 1998 and has been instrumental in establishing ongoing development programs for Canada, Western Canada and Manitoba Summer Games golf teams in the province.  He was a member of the Royal Canadian Golf association Coaching Team from 2004 through 2007 and has been the Tournament Director with the Maple leaf Junior Tour since 2004.

Goodbrandson has coached every University of Manitoba Bisons Golf Team since 1999, initially with Ingram, and since then with Ed Boge.  The University of Manitoba bestowed on him the University of Manitoba Coach of the Year Award in 2012.  In 2014, the Bisons Men’s Golf team won the Canadian University Championship which was remarkable accomplishment given that Manitoba has a much small population to draw on and a shorter golf season than some of the perennial powers in Canadian University Golf.  In recognition of this accomplishment, Goodbrandson was named Canadian University Golf Coach of the Year in 2014 and received the City of Winnipeg Outstanding Achievement Award in the same year.  The Golf Team was a finalist for the 2014 Manitoba Sportswriter/Sportscaster Team of the Year.  In spite of all these deserved accolades, Goodbrandson is most proud f the quality of the individuals who have made up all of the Bisons teams ha has coached.

Goodbrandson has also received multiple recognition of his professional excellence both within and outside of Manitoba:  PGA of Manitoba Junior Leader of the Year (1999 and 2000) and Professional Development Award (2014); PGA of Canada Junior Leader of the Year (1999); Named as a Top 50 Teacher in Canada by National Post (2007); Nominated as a Top 100 Teacher by Golf Magazine (2006).

Goodbrandson continues to be the Director of Player Development for Golf Manitoba and Head Coach of the University of Manitoba Bisons Golf Team.

Garth Goodbrandson is an inductee in to the Manitoba Golf Hall of fame and Museum Inc., September 19, 2016.

Mauriel (Bremner) Rogers - Athlete

When Edith Mauriel Bremner of Ottawa, Ontario married John Rogers of Winnipeg in the summer of 1929 and they decided to live in Winnipeg, women’s golf in Manitoba was about to become home to a new champion golfer. Although they moved back to Ottawa in 1942, she had a lasting impact on women’s golf in Manitoba during those 13 years.

Born on August 31, 1903, upon moving to Winnipeg, Rogers joined St. Charles Country Club. She immediately had fine competition from club mate and Honoured Member of the Manitoba Golf Hall Of Fame Isa Bearisto who won six Manitoba women’s amateur titles from 1925 to 1940.

In 1932 and 1938, Rogers won the Manitoba Women’s Amateur Championship title. She added City and District championships in 1940 and 1942.

In 1937, St Charles hosted the Canadian Ladies Golf Union Open Championship which was the predecessor to today’s Canadian Women’s Amateur Golf Championship. Rogers won the Championship on her home course in decisive fashion, 8 and 7, in the final match Rogers thereby became the first woman from Manitoba to win the Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship.

For her golfing accomplishments Mauriel (Bremner) Rogers was inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame in 2004. She passed away on March 6, 2001.

Mauriel (Bremner) Rogers is an inductee into the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame and Museum Inc. September 19, 2016.

Casmir (Kas) Zabowski - Athlete

Casmir "Kas" Zabowski was born in Pine Ridge, Manitoba on May 11, 1911. At an early age, Zabowski began caddying at Pine Ridge Golf Club and it was at this time that he became proficient at playing golf. In fact, in 1931 at the relatively young age of 20, he became the golf professional at Pine Ridge which was a position he held until 1939.

Zabowski was a tremendous competitive golfer. He won three Manitoba Opens (1936, 1938 and 1939) and one Saskatchewan Open (1939). 0n two occasions he made the cut at the U.S. Open, In 1937 at Cherry Hills and in 1939 at Philadelphia Country Club.

In 1940, Zabowski moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia to become the golf professional at Ashburn Golf Club. He won the Nova Scotia Open four times (1948, 1949, 1953 and1954), the Maritimes Open Championship four times (1942, 1946, 1948 and 1949) and the Maritimes PGA three times (1950, 1951 and1952).

In 2004, Zabowski was inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame. Zabowski passed away on December 18, 2000.

Casmir ("Kas") Zabowski is an inductee into the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame and Museum Inc, September 19, 2016.

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