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For Immediate Release

July 31, 2014

The Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame & Museum Inc. will hold its twelfth annual induction ceremony, presented by the McPhillips Station Casino, Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries, on Monday, September 29th, 2014 at the McPhillips Station Casino.

Jack Cuthbert and Dean North will be inducted as Honoured Members in the Athlete category.  Harry Brotchie will be inducted in the Athlete and Builder categories. Lorraine MacLeod will be inducted in the Builder category.   (Career highlights attached).

“Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries is proud to host the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony for the 12th consecutive year.” said Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries Chief Community Relations & Marketing Officer, Larry Wandowich. “This year’s inductees have each made lasting contributions to advance the game of golf in Manitoba.  Congratulations to each of the Inductees and their families.”

“Golf in Manitoba has been enriched by so many people over the years and 2014’s new Honoured Members are leaders in that regard. They have each demonstrated excellence and commitment to the game and are very deserving of this recognition”, said Don MacDonald, President of the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame and Museum Inc.

The Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame & Museum Inc. was formed to acknowledge the contributions and accomplishments made by Manitobans as competitors, both amateur and professional, builders and course superintendents to the game of golf.  It is a tripartite organization, the partners being Golf Manitoba, Manitoba Golf Superintendents' Association and the Professional Golfers Association (PGA) of Manitoba.

In addition to the annual inductions, future plans include enhancing the ability of the public to access information about members of the Golf Hall of Fame and Manitoba's rich golfing history as well as to assist golf clubs in preserving their heritage.

Individual members and member clubs wishing to nominate an individual (amateur or professional golfers, superintendents, builders, media, etc.) for the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame may obtain nomination forms through any of the three member organizations or from the following website:

www.manitobagolfhalloffame.com

For further information contact:

Don MacDonald (204) 771-3825 or by email at dmacdona@mymts.net


HARRY BROTCHIE

From a teenage involvement in competitive golf, Harry Brotchie went on to become one of the top builders and developers of the sport in Manitoba. His reputation extends beyond the province and into national and international activities.

As a young amateur player, Brotchie emerged as a three-time winner of the John Blumberg municipal course championship in 1972-74 and two-time winner of the City of Winnipeg municipal championship in 1973-74. As a professional he won the Manitoba PGA Assistants championship in 1975 and 1977 and placed fifth in the Canadian Assistants championship in 1975. He won the Manitoba PGA title in 1975 and was winner of more than 15 other Manitoba pro events.

His long list of accomplishments in the business and development of the sport earns him a place among the golf builders of Manitoba. Provincially, he developed and conducted junior golf camps and rural clinics for the Manitoba Golf Association and Manitoba Ladies Golf Association. He was president of the Manitoba PGA Assistants and later served as president of the Manitoba PGA in 1985-86. He was president of the Prairie Chapter of the National Golf Course Owners Association in 2013-14.

On the national scene, he was on the CPGA Board of Directors for 10 years and was a member of the executive committee for seven years. He served as chairman of several committees and became national CPGA president in 1993-94. He is recognized as a CPGA Master Professional and is a director of the  National Golf Course Owners Association. Internationally, he was non-playing captain of three Canadian World Cup teams, was honorary vice-president of the PGA of America in 1993-94 and was elected to membership in British PGA.

As president of Lakeland Golf Management, Brotchie is in charge of the operation of nine public and resort golf courses in Manitoba and Saskatchewan – Tor Hill, Murray, Lakeview and Joanne Goulet courses in Regina;  Harbour View and Tuxedo courses in Winnipeg; Grand Pines, Links at the Lake and Hecla courses in rural Manitoba.

JACK CUTHBERT

He was the first winner of the Manitoba men’s Amateur golf championship in 1919 and Jack Cuthbert went on to become a dominant figure on the provincial golf scene through the early 1920s.

He followed that 1919 victory in three more Manitoba Amateur titles in 1921, 1923 and 1925 and added the Manitoba Open championship in 1924. He was a member of Manitoba’s first men’s Willingdon Cup team in 1927.

Earlier, Cuthbert claimed the Saskatchewan Amateur honours in 1917, 1918 and 1919 and was the Saskatchewan Open winner in 1931. He also won the Alberta Amateur championship twice, the Western Canada Amateur title twice and the Western Canada Open championship once.

He was born in Scotland and came to Winnipeg in 1911.  He worked with the Bank of Commerce until the late 1920s, when he moved west to Moose Jaw, then on to Calgary and Edmonton. He became the golf professional at the Calgary Country Club in the 1930s and held that post for 33 years.

Along with his list of championship performances, Cuthbert had the honour of playing in exhibition matches with such noted golfers as Harry Vardon, Ted Ray, Gene Sarazen and Walter Hagen. He had a trading card created in his honour.

LORRAINE MACLEOD

Years of dedicated service to golf in and out of the province have earned the right for Mabel Lorraine MacLeod to be recognized as a true builder of the sport in Manitoba.

It all started at the Winnipeg Canoe Club, where she served in executive positions (including a term as president) from 1978 to1982. She researched the history of the WCC ladies golf and presented an article and pictorial display. This was followed with the organization of Manitoba Ladies Golf Association records and later a full review of MLGA activities for the 75th anniversary in 1997. All material has been deposited into the provincial archives.

She served on the MLGA executive from 1982, chairing several committees and becoming provincial president in 1987-88. She was instrumental in the development of junior clinics, target fitness, sport psychology and a winter golf school with members of the Manitoba PGA. She was on the board of directors of the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame and Museum from 2001 to 2008 and was on the selection committee from 2001 to 2003.

MacLeod was involved with the operation of several Canadian Ladies Golf Association championships from 1981 to 2001 and received a CLGA Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contributions in 2000. Other awards included most outstanding member from Winnipeg Canoe Club in 1986, MLGA outstanding volunteer award in 1989, Gal of the Year award from Southwood ladies section in 1996 and Volunteer Service Award for 25 years of service from Golf Manitoba in 2007.

DEAN NORTH

From the time he left the amateur ranks in 1994, Dean North has been an outstanding figure on the Manitoba professional golf scene.

His main claim to fame as an amateur was as a member of the winning Manitoba team at the Canadian junior interprovincial championship in 1991 along with Rob McMillan, Darren Magda and Brian Houston.

North moved out of the amateur picture and started his pro career as an assistant at St. Charles Country Club from 1994 to 2005. From 2006 to 2009 be served as head professional at Selkirk Golf and Country Club, then returned to his home town of Carman in 2010 where he now serves as general manager of the Carman Golf and Curling Club.

He won the qualifying tournament for the Canadian Tour in 2000 and played as a member of the Tour in 1998, 2001, 2003 and 2004.

On the local pro scene, North won the Manitoba PGA Player of the year honours in 1997, 1999, 2000. 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010 and 2011; won the MPGA Championship in 2000, 2009, 2010 and 2011; and won the Fall Classic championship in 1995, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2009 and 2011. He has also claimed victories in many one-day tournaments and pro-am events over the years.

In 2004, North won the North Dakota State Open at the Fargo Country Club with a record 18-under-par total 198 over three rounds, including the current course record of 10-under 62. He also is the holder of course records of 59 at Carman and 61 at Selkirk.







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