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PGA of Canada Member Derek Ingram Inducted into Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame

Files from Golf Canada at www.golfcanada.com :

Earlier this week I was honored to be inducted into the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame. It was very humbling to be recognized alongside of the three other inductees—Gary Kullman, Judi Lidstone and Walter Perchaylo.

The Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame committee and Golf Manitoba did an unbelievable job and I was just overwhelmed how beautiful the night was from start to finish. The event, sponsored by Manitoba Lotteries, was held at the wonderful McPhillips Station Casino and I think all 200-plus people in attendance were treated to a truly delightful time.

Obviously over the years I’ve been very fortunate to have benefited from a great number of relationships with people in golf and it weren’t for them, I wouldn’t be in position I’m in right now. 

Obviously over the years I’ve been very fortunate to have benefited from a great number of relationships with people in golf and it weren’t for them, I wouldn’t be in position I’m in right now.

People like Jim Doyle (1968 Canadian Amateur Champion) from the Sandy Hook Golf Course who has been my first mentor and really like a second father to me. Jim and the entire Doyle family really treated me like a son and brother over the years and if it wasn’t for them there’s no chance I’d even be a golfer these days.

More recently, Garth Goodbrandson, Golf Manitoba’s Director of Player Development, has really been a great mentor and friend to me. In fact, all the good people and staff at Golf Manitoba have been amazing and have afforded me numerous opportunities over the years.

I certainly have to say that the PGA of Canada has had a big impact on my coaching and teaching career too with the great opportunities for education and access to resources. One of those great resources is the unbelievable PGA of Canada professionals that I’ve been fortunate enough to spend time with over the years. It’s been a real treating being able to listen to, prod and poke, and steal great ideas from you.

Fellow coaches and PGA of Canada professionals Henry Brunton, Robert Ratcliffe, Ralph Bauer and Doug Roxburgh, Golf Canada’s Director of High Performance have also been great friends and mentors. These gentlemen have had a tremendous impact on my career.

And there is just no way I can thank the people closest to me enough. It was great to have my mom, dad, and especially my wife Kim and family there with me. It’s special and important that they were able to be at my side on that remarkable night.

It’s been a great run so far, and I’m only 41-years-old, so I didn’t think I was old enough to go into the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame, but I do honestly feel like there’s a lot more I want to accomplish in the next 10-15 years. So really, this is just the beginning.

Until next time,

Derek.

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