Monday, February 15th, 2010
Garth Collings of Matlock capped a fantastic golf season after he was honoured with the Golf Manitoba Amateur Golfer of the Year award for the fifth time at the annual dinner and awards banquet held at the Elmhurst Golf & Country Club.
Collings, now a 15-time nominee, won the Manitoba amateur for the third time, had a runner-up finish in the mid-amateur, won the mid-masters category (40-and-over) and was a member of two provincial teams (Willingdon Cup and mid-amateur).
He also finished tied for 10th at the Canadian mid-amateur and was fifth at the national mid-masters.
Collings also won the Grey Owl Championship for a record eighth victory.
He is currently ranked 21st on the RCGA Order of Merit.
The other finalists for this prestigious award were Tyler Mancini of Pine Ridge and Ryan Pitzel of Rossmere.
Meanwhile, Lindsay Stewart of Selkirk was one of six players to earn honourable mentions for their strong 2009 golf campaigns.
She was joined by Tammy Gibson (St. Boniface), Jill Hardy (Golf Manitoba Public Player Club), Don Jackson (Portage), Scott Markham (Niakwa) and Jesse Skelton (Breezy Bend).
Stewart had a great season, winning the provincial junior women’s title while placing seventh at the women’s amateur.
She also was the low female Manitoban at the Canada Games and had two top-five finishes with the University of Manitoba Bison women’s golf team.