No 'Tobans on PGA Tour

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 1:28 PM ET

For the first time since 1999, Manitoba won't have a regular member on the PGA Tour in 2006.

Selkirk's Glen Hnatiuk got to play on the big tour in 2005 thanks to a major medical extension following elbow surgery last year, but he didn't use it to his advantage.

Hnatiuk, 40, made just eight cuts in 21 starts this year and earned only $185,162 before his extension ran out.

Hnatiuk got to enter PGA Tour qualifying school at the second stage in November and was in good position after three rounds, but he ballooned to a 75 in the final round and missed the cut.

That means Hnatiuk is headed back to the Nationwide Tour in 2006 to ply his trade.

Meanwhile, Winnipeg's Rob McMillan had a decent season on the Canadian Tour, finishing 18th on the money list with $29,814, but he bowed out of PGA Tour qualifying school in the first round.

"I shot 8 under par and just happened to be at a site where the scores were really low. That's just the way it goes," McMillan told the Sun in November.

"If you would have told me at the start of the week I could have 8 under par, I would've laughed and thought I was walking to second stage."

Dauphin's Jason Hrynkiw and Winnipeg's Glenn Collins weren't as successful as McMillan on the Canadian Tour and will have to retreat to Q-school if they want to get their cards back.

Collins, who rarely touched a club between 1997 and 2003, struggled in his return to the game. He made just three of 12 cuts and finished 109th on the money list, earning $2,681.

Hrynkiw also made just three of 12 cuts, but he finished 129th on the money list with $1,681.

Meanwhile, Winnipeg's Adam Speirs spent 2005 trying to get his game back in shape. He hit the Dakotas Tour and did well, ending up eighth on the points list and 15th on the order of merit with $7,065.

Speirs is contemplating going after a return to the Canadian Tour.

"I heard the schedule is going to be a bit better, and if it is, the Canadian Tour is the best of the mini-tours out there," Speirs told the Sun in September. "But I'm not worrying about it. I didn't have status anywhere and it ended up being one of my better summers."

In other local pro golf news:

- Indiana native Lee Williamson, 26, drained a 25-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole at Pine Ridge and made a bogey on the 18th to win July's MTS Classic by one shot over Jamie Gomez, whose missed four-foot par putt on 18 would have forced a playoff.

- Carman native Dean North was the 2005 Manitoba PGA player of the year. The St. Charles Golf and Country Club assistant won three tournaments, including the MPGA Championship at Elmhurst in late July. 


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