(Winnipeg, MB Tues. October 14th, 2014) - The Golf Manitoba Selection Committee has announced three finalists for the 2014 Amateur Golfer of the Year Award, which will be presented during the Annual General Meeting and Awards Dinner on Oct. 20th at the St Boniface Golf Club.

The nominees, in alphabetical order are: Todd Fanning of Niakwa, Travis Fredborg of Selkirk, and Bret Thompson of Southwood.

MB Golf Hall of Fame honored member Todd Fanning won his fifth Manitoba Amateur title by winning the Nott Autocorp Men’s Amateur Championship at his home course of Niakwa.  Fanning was a member of the Willingdon Cup Team that finished fourth in the team competition at the national Men’s Amateur and he finished tied for 27th in the individual competition.  Fanning was also a member of the Niakwa CC winning Mundie Putter League team and the 2014 Niakwa CC Club Champion.

Selkirk’s Travis Fredborg won his second Manitoba Junior Championship and also won the Manitoba Optimist Junior tournament.  He made the cut at the PGA Tour Canada Players Cup and was low amateur at that event.  Fredborg was a member of the Provincial Junior Team who finished in second at the Canadian Junior Championship Interprovincial Team Competition.  He finished tied for 35th at the national junior championship and also had a top twenty finish in the Nott Autocorp Men’s Amateur.

Bret Thompson of the Southwood G&CC won the season opening Match Play Championship.  He finished 5th at the Elmhurst Invitational, tied for 7th at the Nott Autocorp Men’s Amateur Championship and finished tied for 8th where he was the low Manitoban at the Canadian Men’s Amateur.  He is currently in his third year as a member of the Simon Fraser University Golf Team where he has had a runner up finish, a third place finish and was named 2nd team all-conference for the Great Northwest Athletic Conference helping the team make it to its first NCAA division 2 National Championship.

Four players earned honourable mentions for their 2014 accomplishments: Charlie Boyechko of Southwood, Jenna Roadley of Glendale, Bryce Sholdice of Bel Acres and Bri-ann Tokariwski of Elmhurst.

Charlie Boyechko was the runner up at the Nott Autocorp Men’s Amateur Championship and made it to the semi-finals of the Match Play Championship.  He was a member of the University of Manitoba Bisons who won the National University / College Championship and he finished 16th individually.  He also won the Cobber Invite as a member of the Bison Team and set a course record 64.

Jenna Roadley won the Manitoba Women’s Amateur Championship by an impressive 12 stokes.  She was also the low 36 hole qualifier in the Women’s Match Play Championship.

Earning a spot on both the Provincial Junior Team and the Willingdon Cup Team earned Bryce Sholdice an Honourable Mention.  He finished third in both the provincial Junior Championship and the Nott Autocorp Men’s Amateur Championship, helped the Junior boys team to finish second in the Interprovincial Team Competition at the Canadian junior where he also finished 18th individually.

Bri-ann Tokariwski won the Manitoba Women’s Match Play Championship and the City & District Championship and finished 2nd at the Manitoba Women’s Amateur.

The Amateur Golfer of the Year Award dates back to 1975. It will be presented for the 40th time on October 20th.


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