Golf Hall of Fame adds foursome

ADAM WAZNY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 7:18 AM ET

The Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame and Museum inducted four new members last night, two people who put in the time on the golf course and two who spent time covering them.

Stan Homenuik and Jim Collins were inducted in the athlete category, while Ralph Bagley and Ed Dearden -- journalists who have spent over 50 years each covering the sport in print and radio -- had their tickets punched in the builder category.

Homenuik started his life in golf in Yorkton, Sask., but spent most of his productive years in the Parkland region, where he was the head pro (and part owner) of the Dauphin Golf Club. Accepting the position in 1964 largely because ownership let him leave for long stretches in the summer to play on the Canadian Tour (he was on the circuit for 20 years), the 67-year-old can't believe how the course pro lifestyle has evolved.

"When I was a pro, I opened up the shop in the morning and I closed the shop at night," he starts. "Now it's an eight-hour job, more like a normal job and that's too bad. I loved being around the game. I never had a job. As my wife puts it, 'When the sun comes up I went to the course and when the sun came down, then I came home.' "

Homenuik, who spends a lot of time in Florida in the winter now, retired in 2001 and has a number of professional career highlights. He 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 joined his brothers Ted and Wilf in the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame, begging the question: Which Homenuik brother was more skilful with the sticks?

"I had a better drive and I was better with my irons, but they had a better short game," Homenuik said. "They were good putters, I couldn't putt a lick. Now we get together and play for a Pepsi and they want me to give them a stroke -- they never game me a stroke back then. If you want strokes, go find somebody else to play with."

Collins served as head pro at St. Charles for 37 years and had an impressive resume on the links. He won three Manitoba PGA championships, five Manitoba PGA senior championships and he was named Manitoba PGA Player of the Year in 1963, 1965 and 1977. Collins wasn't finished there, winning the Canadian PGA Club Pro championship (1980) and the CPGA stroke play senior championship (1990). He also picked up CPGA Club Pro of the Year honours in 1976 and 1988.


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