Former BC Senior Zone Champion Barry McKenzie To Be Inducted To Manitoba Golf Hall Of Fame

The 1974 Team (L-R) Steve Bannatyne, Ted Homenuik, Barry McKenzie, Gavin Speirs And Non-Playing Captain Bill Doyle Was The First Manitoba Team To Win the Willingdon Cup - Image Courtesy Golf Manitoba

The Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame & Museum Inc. will hold its sixteenth annual induction ceremony on Monday September 24th, 2018 at Elmhurst Golf & Country Club.

Three new Honoured Members and an Honoured Team will be added: Greg Holden and Alan (Al) Scott will be added in the Builder Category; the late Alexander (Sandy) Weir will be inducted in the Athlete/Builder Category; and the 1974 Men’s Team Steve Bannatyne (Rossmere), Ted Homenuik (Rossmere), the late Barry McKenzie (Rossmere) and Gavin Speirs (Southwood), that won the first Willingdon Cup for Manitoba, will be inducted in the Team Category.

“The Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame is very proud to welcome the individuals who have devoted so much time and talent to contribute to the game of golf. The team was able to accomplish something no other Manitoba men’s team had done to that point after many decades of effort. They have all earned their place as Honoured Members” said Don MacDonald, President of the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame and Museum Inc.

Barry McKenzie will always be an important part of Manitoba’s rich golfing history as a member of that victorious 1974 Willingdon Cup Team. Their total of 348 was 4 shots better than defending champion British Columbia and 6 shots better than Ontario.

McKenzie, who was born in Vancouver, BC on August 4th, 1935 was also a prominent player in British Columbia and upon returning to BC in 1975 he became a member at Beach Grove Golf Club for over 40 years where he was a mulitple winner of the men's club championship. He registered four BC Zone 4 Senior Championships in 1990, '91, '94 and '96 while also being recognized as the BC Zone 4 Senior Golfer of the year on 5 different occasions, 1994, '96, '97, '98 ' and 2002 (along with Robert Munro).

McKenzie, who is the grandfather of PGA of Canada Golf Professional Ashley Zibrik (out of Shaughnessy G&CC) and her brother, Kevin Hogg - an accomplished player in his own right, and introduced both of them to the game, unfortunately passed away in November of 2015 in New Westminster, the day after playing a round of golf at Beach Grove.

Barry McKenzie was able to leave his mark in both Manitoba and British Columbia as a very talented golfer and a highly respected gentleman.