A humbling honour

KEN WIEBE -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:35 AM ET

Todd Fanning misses competitive golf so much that he's planning to make a return to his roots in 2008.

When his bid to reclaim his amateur status is official, Fanning will have added Manitoba Golf Hall of Famer to his already impressive resume.

The Saskatchewan-born Fanning, who moved to Winnipeg in 1980, was among four individuals inducted into the Hall of Fame last night in a ceremony held at McPhillips Street Station.

'MAGNIFICENT'

"As I look at the names, I don't know if I belong with the Allan Boes, Jimmy Doyles and Dan Halldorsons," said Fanning, 38. "When my career is over and done with, perhaps I will have achieved half of what they did. It's a big honour to be mentioned in the same breath. This is magnificent."

The fourth set of inductees also included Margaret Ford in the athletes category and Al Macatavish and Bud Foster in the builder category.

Fanning's credentials include Manitoba Junior Championships in 1984 and 1985 and Canadian Junior Championship crowns in 1985 and 1986, Manitoba Amateur Championships in 1984, 1990, 1991 and 1992 and a Manitoba Men's Match Play title in 1992.

After turning pro in 1993, he earned his Canadian Tour card at the spring qualifying school.

He was second in the 1996 CPGA Championship and had three second-place finishes on the Canadian Tour. Fanning, who played in 17 Buy.Com Tour events in 2002, also played in four Canadian Open Championships and one Air Canada Championship on the PGA Tour.

"As I sit down and reflect, there are lots of things I can share," said Fanning. "It's just nice to look back and say 'wow, you have done a lot and you've been fortunate to have the support from many people around you that allowed you to do that.' It wasn't just me. There were a lot of people involved."

Fanning is looking forward to his return to the amateur scene, but won't be practicing nearly as much as he once did.

"My career has run its course and I had no more desire to play professionally and I wasn't gaining anything from it," he said. "I achieved the levels I was capable of achieving. Everybody misses the competition and I want to play once or twice a year and have it mean something."

Ford's story is quite something, considering she has been a member at Pine Falls Golf Club since she was a teenager but didn't begin playing golf competitively until she was 44.

Between 1970 and 1985, Ford played on 13 provincial women's golf teams (four amateur and nine senior) and won three Manitoba Senior Women's Championship titles (1976, 1978 and 1984).

Macatavish has been a member at Elmhurst Golf and Country Club since 1964 and is currently co-chair of the Elmhurst master plan restoration committee.

He's been a member of the MGA board of directors and was president in 1985 and has been a member of the Royal Canadian Golf Association board from 1987 until present.

Among his other highlights was a term as national president in 1997, being named an honorary life governor in 2000 and being on the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame selection committee since 2000.

Foster played golf as a youngster but left his mark as a golf executive, course rater and rules official.

His playing highlight included qualifying for the Canadian Amateur in 1936 and 1946. He became a member of the Elmhurst board of directors in 1968 and later worked with the Manitoba Golf Association and was elected to the RCGA board of governors.


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