Troop early leader

KEN WIEBE -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:53 AM ET

Other than a couple of minor hiccups, Kaitlin Troop had very little to complain about.

Troop, who plays out of Clear Lake, began defence of her Manitoba Women's Amateur title by firing a 2-under 71 at Glendale Golf & Country Club yesterday morning.

The Brandon product had an eagle, four birdies, nine pars and four bogeys during her opening round.

And Troop would have been in the 60s were it not for a two-stroke penalty she was forced to take on 15.

"Angela (Daykin) and I each played each other's ball, so we both had to take a penalty, which kind of hurt. Other than that it was good," Troop said after the round. "We were using the same brand of ball but it had a different logo on it and I didn't look closely enough, so I hit her ball and she hit mine. We got to the green before we realized it."

Troop, who played in the first group of the day and finished her round in roughly three hours, was generally pleased by the way she struck the ball.

"I was putting really well and hitting my shorter irons solid," said Troop. "I had a few drives that were a little astray. The course is in really good shape. The greens are rolling really true and the fairways and everything are good."

Women's Match Play champion Mindy Lichtman of Grand Pines sits in second spot after shooting 76.

Tammy Gibson of St. Boniface is third (77), Vanessa Watson of Southwood is fourth (78) and Angela Daykin of Strathcona Ladies is in fifth spot (79).

The 54-hole event continues this morning and wraps up tomorrow.

In the Women's Senior Championship, Karen Saarimaki of Kenogamisis Golf Club and Donna Brownridge of Elmhurst are tied for top spot after shooting 80.

Noreen Stewart of Southwood is one shot off the pace at 81, Judi Lidstone of Elmhurst is three back after shooting 83 and Jody Bieber of St. Charles rounds out the Top-5 after carding an 84.

HALL OF FAME: The Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame and Museum will induct four new members into its ranks at its fifth annual induction ceremony to be held Sept. 24 at the McPhillips Street Station Casino, it was announced yesterday. Joining the Hall of Fame will be Dauphin head pro and long-time golf professional Stan Homenuik as an athlete, St. Charles head pro Jim Collins as an athlete/builder and golf journalists Ralph Bagley and Ed Dearden in the builder category.

Homenuik joins brothers Ted and Wilf as members of the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame. The head pro at Dauphin from 1964 until his retirement in 2001, Homenuik won the Manitoba PGA Championship in 1978, was named MPGA Player of the Year in 1985 and won the MPGA senior championship in 2003. He competed for 20 years in Canadian professional tour events, played in numerous Canadian Opens and on the Asian Tour and Caribbean Tour.

One of the leading Manitoba junior golfers of his day, Collins served as head pro at St. Charles for 37 years. His golfing achievements include three Manitoba PGA championships and five Manitoba PGA senior championships and he was named Manitoba PGA Player of the Year in 1963, 1965 and 1977. Deeply involved in the development of golf in Winnipeg and across Canada, Collins won the Canadian PGA Club Pro championship in 1980 and the CPGA stroke play senior championship in 1990 and was named CPGA Club Pro of the Year in 1976 and 1988.


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