ONE of Manitoba's most popular and well-known golfers heads a class of five who will be inducted into the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame and Museum later this year.
Selkirk native Glen Hnatiuk, a former full-time member of the PGA Tour and four-time winner on the Web.com Tour, will join Tannys Aspevig and Dale Goehring as player inductees. Steve Bannatyne has been elected to the Hall as a player/builder, and Joyce Collier will be inducted in the builder category, all on Sept. 24 at a special ceremony at McPhillips Station Casino.
"It's an honour, and we are looking forward to coming up there for the induction," Hnatiuk told the Free Press from his Florida home Wednesday night. Now 47 and a phys-ed teacher and golf coach at Explorer K8 middle school, he is currently in summer break.
"Done playing golf? For now, yeah," Hnatiuk said. "I play every once in a while and that's it, maybe once every five or six months."
During his career, which included six full-time seasons on the PGA Tour, Hnatiuk made close to $3 million from tour golf. Before he turned pro, he captured the Manitoba Amateur in 1986 and was player of the year in 1987.
While he spent more than 10 years playing with and against the world's best players, he was always amazed at how intense and involved his fans were, especially in his home province.
Hnatiuk said he now enjoys working with young golfers, having coached the middle-school golf team for three years.
Bannatyne, 62, captured provincial Amateur titles in 1972 and 1974 in an era many consider the toughest ever, with the likes of Jim Doyle, Gary Kullman and the Homenuik brothers all in the mix.
He was a member of the 1974 Willingdon Cup winning team, Manitoba's first ever. Bannatyne is also being recognized for 25 years operating the Mundie Putter League, the local inter-club circuit popular among Manitoba's competitive players.
Aspevig, who passed away two years ago at 60, won two Manitoba juniors and four Manitoba Amateurs in her short but brilliant competitive golf days. Her first Amateur came in 1967, then she took three in a row from 1969 to 1971.
Goehring, now 40 and a resident of Calgary, never won a Manitoba Amateur but he won two national titles in his competitive playing days.
He captured the Canadian juvenile championship in 1988 and then won the Canadian Amateur in 1997 in its match-play format. He was named Manitoba golfer of the year in both instances.
Collier is being inducted into the Hall after stellar years as a volunteer and executive in golf circles. She was president of the MLGA from 1995-97, an associate governor of the RCGA from 2006-08 and president of the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame from 2003-06.