Times Colonist Open

Jim Rutledge of Victoria battled gutsy winds Friday at Uplands Golf Course to carve out a 2-under par 68 and a two-shot lead after the second round of the Times Colonist Open.

Rutledge, who is taking a week off from the Nationwide Tour to play in the Canadian Tour event, has a total of 131, two strokes ahead of Adam Speirs from Winnipeg and three in front of Calgary’s Wes Heffernan.

Rutledge opened the event Thursday with a sizzling 7-under 63 to be the co-leader with Garrett Frank of Youngs-town, Ohio. Frank fell well off the pace after posting a 77 and he is tied for 42nd place.

The field was trimmed to the top 60 and ties for the final two rounds. The winner receives $24,000 from the total purse of $150,000.


Maurice Dumontier Memorial Golf Tournament

Maurice Dumontier Memorial Golf Tournament

WHERE · Transcona Golf Club
WHEN · Saturday, June 14, 2008
TIME · Tee off is 11am

Join us for the 16th Annual Maurice Dumontier Memorial Golf Tournament. It’s open to everyone and you can enter yourself or your own foursome or fivesome for the 18 hole Texas Scramble. There will be dinner to follow and draws for some great prizes! Entry deadline is June 12th, 2008. To register please contact Phyllis Thomson at 222-5590 or email epilepsy.seizures.mb@mts.net. Proceeds from this event go to Epilepsy and Seizure Association of Manitoba.

Glendale A Course Near 6,500 yards

Corina Kelepouris of Drayton Valley, Alta., now living in California, is entered. The 35-year-old pro defeated amateurs Laura Matthews and Jessica Luciuk by two shots. Luciuk is also entered.

The players will be chasing $41,250 at this event, with the winner earning a double prize — a payday of $6,875 and an exemption straight into the CN Canadian Women’s Open, the $2.25- million LPGA Tour event taking place later in the summer in Ottawa.

The winner from events Nos. 1 and 2 this season was amateur Sue Kim of B.C., who will not be in Winnipeg. Kim’s double victory has added that extra Open exemption to the order of merit standings and now the top three, instead of the top two, will also get entries to Ottawa.

Competing at Glendale will be several players with local connections. Amateurs Jill Hardy of Elmhurst, Stacey Bieber of St. Charles, Kathryn McKenzie of Winnipeg and Angela Daykin of Thunder Bay, Ont., are among them.

Bobbi Brandon, formerly of Dauphin, and Christin Thomson of Fort Frances, Ont., also have experience on the Manitoba golf scene.

As well, the runners-up from the event in London, Ont., earlier this month, Jennifer Greggian of B.C. and Jessica Carafiello of the U.S. will be here. American Susan Choi, who lost to Kim in a three-way playoff in the tour’s opening event in Richmond, B.C., in May, will also play Glendale.

Head pro Jim Steep said Thursday that the RCGA has asked Glendale for a course near 6,500 yards, which seems to perfectly fit the description of the club’s white tees at 6,491 yards for a par of 73. The RCGA has also asked the club to keep the rough at its current height of two-and-a-quarter inches and speed up the greens fractionally to 10.5 to 11 on the stimpmeter.

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The Links at Crow Wing, the new Graham Cooke/Wayne Carleton creation at Niverville, is still on track for at least a partial opening next spring.

Work continues to progress on the much-awaited links-style course with an old-country feel, owner Kerry Church said this week.

“We’re well along with the drainage and irrigation work on the front nine,” Church said. “Things are moving right along and I’d expect the seeding will begin in the next four weeks.”

Cooke was at the site two weeks ago to direct some shaping and drainage refinements on the back nine. He gave the green light for the finishing work to proceed on the front.

Now Church, like many other course operators, said the rain can stop any time.

“It had been dry but we need it to dry out a little. You expect some rain and I live in a farming community, so I have to wear two hats on that issue,” he said, laughing.



Readers had great things to say about my Winnipeg

Today I’m going to announce the winner in my big My Winnipeg Contest, in which I, the personable and hard-working Page 2 columnist, asked you, the compassionate and kind-hearted newspaper readers, to share your innermost feelings about the city in which we all live together in harmony and bliss.

I got the brilliant idea for this contest last week when my colleague and good buddy Boris dragged me to the Winnipeg premiere of local filmmaker Guy Maddin’s new film My Winnipeg, during which some of us middle-aged audience members with weak bladders laughed so hard that, later in the evening, when we gave the film a standing ovation, we sincerely wished we had thought to bring along an extra pair of pants.

But the thrust of my gist is that My Winnipeg got me to thinking about “my Winnipeg,” as in what I, a person who grew up in Vancouver, truly feels about the city where I have now lived for the last 30 years or so.

And so I launched the My Winnipeg Contest because I knew, deep in my heart, that if I got enough entries I’d be able to slap them into a column and spend the rest of the long weekend in my backyard drinking beer.

And, boy, did you readers ever come through big time. I received dozens and dozens of entries, some from as far away as Cork County, Ire., and Stockton, Calif. As I write this, my desk is littered with printed copies of your e-mails, most of which are now coated with peanut butter because I’m also trying to eat my breakfast.

Anyway, all the entries were subjected to a rigorous two-part judging process, in which I first checked each one to see if it contained any money (they did not) and then read them to my buddy Boris in a professional radio-announcer voice and asked: “How about this one?” Or: “OK, what about that one?”

After perusing all the entries, I am delighted to report that you readers really love your city. Except, of course, for those of you who do not. I received several e-mails from readers who made the lighthearted points that (a) they hate Winnipeg; and (b) they hate me even more.

But most of the entries gave me a definite warm and fuzzy feeling, so here are a whole bunch of them, culminating with the GRAND PRIZE WINNER. Your Winnipeg is …

The model they (whoever they are) used when they (whoever they are) coined the phrase, “There’s no place like home!”

The way all of us come together whenever there is any kind of emergency or need to fundraise; our city is the most caring one in Canada, if not the world.

The way people from afar always order their favourite food “memories,” like Winnipeg rye bread, corn beef sandwiches, Jeanne’s cakes, Sals nips. But for the future, my Winnipeg will be the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

The many outdoor activities you can do year-round (Fringe Festival, Red River Ex, Folklorama, Festival du Voyageur).

BDI only if it’s mid-day or just as they’re closing — and I only live a few houses away.

A Timmies, not far from where you are ANYWHERE!

The Blue Bombers through thick and thin.

My Winnipeg is filled with columnists who get their readers to write their columns (OK, that one came from my boss).

Dodging the beer police at the local golf course because you want to drink your far superior contraband beer instead of the (bad word) they sell from the booze cart.

Portage and Main, the windiest corner in Canada.

Bitching about everything in Winnipeg but being the FIRST one to stand up and defend it when someone takes a shot. Gotta love it!

Everyone knowing each other, yet there are enough strangers to keep this place interesting.

My Winnipeg is that never leaves you even if you live it (Huh?).

Warm summer evenings; there are patio heaters around but they’re usually not necessary in the Peg.

The Fat Boy and Fries at George’s on St. Mary’s Road; I haven’t found a comparable burger in “Cowtown” yet! (from an ex-Winnipegger in Calgary).

Wide blue skies.

Just 45 minutes to a lake (and not just a puddle).

Tobogganing when it’s not minus 40.

Gelati and wandering the Corydon area.

Everything I need to have a wonderful life — my family and friends, reasonable housing, clean air, green space, four wonderful seasons, and best of all, great people!

A city of wondrous sights, gastronomical delights, warm fuzzy people and the holder of my heart though I’ve been gone for 50 years (from an ex-Winnipegger in California).

The climate of warm people.

Knowing I can get anywhere in the city in 30 minutes or less, and to waterfront paradise, in less time than an average Torontonian commute.

Which brings us at last to our winning entry, which was submitted by the very sweet and clever Kathy Labossiere:

“My Winnipeg is … being able to use your car’s heater and air conditioner on the SAME day!”

I hope you will be as deeply moved by Kathy’s entry as Boris and I were. And, just as soon as Kathy answers her phone, I will tell her that she has won a lovely $100 gift certificate for Giselle’s Professional Skin Care & Spas, as well as a copy our fabulous book, The Hermetic Code.

In conclusion, I’d like to thank all of you for taking the time to enter. I realize some of you would have picked a different winner, but in a great city like ours everyone is entitled to their own opinion.

And yours is wrong.


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Winkler golfer wins Manitoba Junior Bantam crown

Zachary Klassen of Winkler shot a 3-over 72 on Sunday to win the Manitoba Junior Bantam Championship at Kildonan Park Golf Course.