Sharing their golfing secrets

SCOTT UNGER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:12 AM ET

Golf Manitoba got exactly what it was after when it hosted its inaugural players' forum last month.

A panel of seven, including Canadian Tour pro Rob McMillan and three-time Manitoba amateur golfer of the year Garth Collings, answered questions about their experiences before a crowd of about 25 people at the Rossmere Country Club on May 9.

"It was a terrific evening with lots of information being passed from the golfers on the panel to those that were in attendance," said Garth Goodbrandson, Golf Manitoba's director of player development. "It was exciting to listen to the experiences of the panel and how people can transfer that to their own game."

The main theme of the evening was how to prepare for a tournament and how to get in a mindset to do well.

"Both good and bad experiences were talked about," said Goodbrandson, who hopes another forum will be organized next season.

"We were little disappointed in the turnout, but those that were in attendance got to see golf from a different angle. Hopefully that makes them a better golfer in the future."

McMILLAN CRACKS TOP 20: Winnipeg's Rob McMillan finished tied for 18th at the 2006 Greater Vancouver Charity Classic in Surrey, B.C., on Sunday with a four-day total of even-par 288. He was eight shots back of Lee Williamson, who glided to an eight-under total with an even-par 72 on Sunday to win by one stroke.

The win was Williamson's second of the season. He took home the Diablo Grande California Classic title in April and was also the winner of last year's MTS Classic at Pine Ridge.

Another Winnipegger, Glenn Collins, finished the tournament at seven-over-par 295 with back-to-back rounds of 75 on the weekend. Adam Speirs missed the cut after posting rounds of 74 on Thursday and Friday.

Just two events remain before the Canadian Tour visits Manitoba for the MTS Classic, which takes place July 13-16 at the Pine Ridge Golf Club. The Times-Colonist Open goes this weekend at the Royal Colwood Golf Club in Victoria. The tour begins its trek east from British Columbia on June 26 when the Glendale Golf and Country Club in Edmonton, Alta., hosts the TELUS Edmonton Open.

LIDSTONE LEADING: Judi Lidstone of Elmhurst has a four-stroke lead at the women's City District Championship after shooting a one-over par 72 at the South Interlake Golf and Country Club in Warren yesterday.

Michelle Gisiger of John Blumberg is in second after Day 1. She fired a five-over par 76. Jamie Jones will also be in the final group today. The Southwood member was the only other competitor in the 19-player field to finish in the 70s. She shot a seven-over par 78.

The second and final round begins today at 9 a.m.

FANNING INDUCTED: Todd Fanning and Margaret Ford will be inducted into the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame on Sept. 25, in the athletes category. Bud Foster and Al Macatavish will be honoured as builders.


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