The 2018 golf season has come to a close across Manitoba and what a year it was. I have not posted on here since writing about my new position in Minnedosa and that speaks to the type of season it was, BUSY.
Most of Manitoba, including Minnedosa was blessed and cursed with great weather this season. The dry hot weather meant minimal rain days and a lot more time to golf. It also created a challenging environment for our maintenance staff to handle but Dan Bailey and his staff came through. Conditions at Minnedosa Golf & Country Club came a long way from the extremely dry 2017 to a point in the fall where the greens were rolling amazing, fairways were still lush and the course was as good as I have seen it in years past. Great work Dan and company.
My first season at Minnedosa Golf & Country Club was great. It was very busy between learning the new position, planning a wedding (Nicole did it all), & moving to a new home & community but all in all it was extremely enjoyable. The town of Minnedosa and it's community members welcomed me in with open arms and helped me out big time with the transition. Nicole & I are very happy to be a part of such a great community.
Our season saw a large volume of green fee traffic with the outstanding weather. We held many of the same events that everyone has come to know and love at the golf course including the RFM Par 3, Mixed, Senior Men's, Senior Ladies Opens, $1,000 Draw, Senior Men's Fall Classic & the Credit Union Cup most of which had an increase in numbers this season. We also hosted the Brandon Chamber of Commerce Tournament and added the Minnedosa Masters to the tournament schedule. I would like to thank all of the sponsors that make these tournaments possible, and everyone who participated and supported MinnedosaGCC. Expect to see more fun events added to the schedule in 2019 and an increased investment in getting the entire family out to enjoy #DosaNational!
2018 Minnedosa Masters Champion - Zach Wytinck
This year I was also able to continue with Junior Golf programs throughout rural Manitoba. Programs were held in Minnedosa, Glenboro, Carberry and a one day camp in Pleasant Valley. Overall, there were over 100 juniors reached through these programs and I hope to continue these rural programs in some capacity in 2019. Junior golf, as I have said many times, is vital to the continued growth and health of our game so I am going to make every effort I can to support that aspect of the industry throughout my career. Thank you to all of the parents who bring their kids to these program offerings and especially to those who continue to encourage and support their child to play golf after the programs have concluded.
I did not get to my home golf course of Glenboro much this year. Just to play 162 holes with Dylan Thornborough to raise over $7,200 for the Canadian Cancer Society and for one other big event. On August 25th, Nicole & I got married on the Glenboro Golf Course in front of a crowd of friends and family that we are extremely fortunate to have supporting us. The weather cooperated, Nicole did not get cold feet and I believe some wine was drank. It was the perfect way to wrap up a crazy summer and one that I will not forget.
Thank you to everyone for the support in what has been the toughest but most rewarding season of my career. Stay tuned for more golf related ramblings throughout the offseason and I will see you on the course in a few short months.
- Patrick Law