Rivals honoured

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:11 AM ET

June Bagley entered the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame last night with one of her closest rivals.

No punches were thrown on the way in.

Bagley and Merlene Netterfield were two of the eight inductees in the class of 2004. They both enjoyed immensely successful and parallel amateur careers.

So the big question is, did it ever get ugly?

"No, I don't think so," Bagley said yesterday. "Nobody hit anybody else with a wedge, if that's what you mean. We were all quite civil. It was a healthy rivalry."

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Two other prominent female amateurs were also inducted last night. Marjorie Edey won five Manitoba amateur championships, four Manitoba seniors and played on 18 provincial teams. Margaret Homenuik, meanwhile, won six amateurs and played on 12 provincial squads.

The other four inductees last night at McPhillips Street Station Casino were Ted Homenuik and Bill Pidlaski in the player category, and Aihlin Walker and Jack Blair in the builder department.

Bagley, whose husband Ralph has been a local golf writer for decades, got into the game at the Winnipeg Canoe Club because her father, Arthur Baker, was the pro.

"I figured all these other silly people did it, so I would do it, too," she said.

She never stopped and ended up becoming the first Manitoban to complete the province's triple crown of golf -- winning junior, amateur and senior titles. She captured the junior in 1948, the amateur in 1952 and the senior in 1979. She won her second senior championship in 1981.

"I used to hit a lot of balls at one time, and I was quite a good putter always," said Bagley, who was inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame in 2000. "I didn't hit it far, but I hit it straight. I kept it on the fairway."

Bagley either won a Manitoba major or played on a provincial team in a whopping six straight decades, from 1948 and 1993. She played on 14 provincial teams in all.

"Doesn't that sound awful?" Bagley said. "It sounds like a long time.

"Like I say, if you hang around long enough they do nice stuff for you."

Bagley isn't able to play regularly anymore because she suffered a stroke a year and a half ago, but she was able to play nine holes this summer.

"It was pretty ugly, but it was nice to get out," she said.

And last night, it was nice to get into the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame, which wasn't incorporated until last year.

"It's very exciting ... but I don't really like blowing my own horn," Bagley said.

No worries, June. The Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame is finally here to do it for you.


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