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Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame

We are honored to have 3 former Superintendents and MGSA members inducted into the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame. See the honored individuals below.


2003 - John B. Steel

Serving as the first president of the Canadian Golf Course Superintendents Association in 1967 was a highlight in the career of John B. Steel, who was the superintendent at St. Charles Country Club for many years.

He was well respected across Canada and in his home province and was a leader in the development of the profession which saw the term “greenskeeper” disappear from the golf language to be replaced by the more descriptive term “course superintendent”.

John was also a founding member of the Manitoba Golf Course Superintendents Association in 1950 and was president of the provincial body on three occasions - 1952-53, 1960-61 and 1976.

He was elected as honorary life member of both the Manitoba and Canadian associations in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the development of the profession of golf superintendents.

John was inducted into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame in 1988, four years before his death in 1992 at the age of 91, and he is an inaugural inductee into the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame & Museum Inc., September 29, 2003.


2011 - Walter Perchaylo

WalterWalter Perchaylo was involved in the golf maintenance business for more than 50 years and earned a reputation as a mentor to many young superintendents as they started their own careers.

He was born in Poland on June 15, 1936, and arrived in Canada in 1939. He died in Winnipeg Aug. 13, 2008.

Perchaylo served as the golf superintendent at Pine Falls Golf Club from 1960 to 1966, then took over as superintendent at Pine Ridge Golf Club from 1967 to 1987. He was also superintendent at the neighboring Elmhurst Golf and Country Club at the same time in 1968 to 1974.

In 1957-58 he was involved in the surveying and ground work when the Falcon Lake Golf Course was constructed and he also served as a mechanic at Niakwa Country Club from 1995 to 2000. He was the owner of Dew Drop Irrigation from 1987 to 1995 and was also the ice technician at Heather Curling Club from 1970 to 1995.

Perchaylo served on the board of the Manitoba Golf Superintendents Association from 1962 to 1970 and was the president of that organization in 1969-70. He was also a member of the Canadian Golf Superintendents Association from 1975 to 1987.He was named Manitoba superintendent of the year in 1986.

Well respected by his peers, Perchaylo was sought out by many in the industry for advice on such subjects as irrigation, equipment repair and innovative methods involved in golf course maintenance.

2013 - Ray Savard

Ray SavardDeveloping a new golf course while keeping an old one in operation was a crowning accomplishment for Raymond Savard as a 35-year career as golf course superintendent came to a close.
Born in Winnipeg January 5, 1949, Savard became course superintendent at the old Charleswood Golf Club in 1976 and held that position until 1988, when he took on the superintendent duties at the Southwood Golf and Country Club. He retired from that position after the 2011 season.
He was an active member of the Manitoba Golf Superintendents Association for 35 years and belonged to the Canadian Golf Superintendents Association for 31 years. He served on the board in several capacities before becoming president of the MGSA in 1986-87. He was on the CGSA board of directors from 1988 to 1992.
Savard was chosen Manitoba superintendent of the year in 1989 and 2011 and received the John B. Steel Distinguished Service Award from the Canadian Golf Superintendents Association in 2011 for outstanding lifetime contribution to the advancement of the profession of Golf Course Superintendent.
The national award, which bears the name of the first superintendent inducted into the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame, was awarded in part in recognition of the efforts Savard and his staff put in on double duty on the construction and grow-in of the new Southwood course in St. Norbert while maintaining the old Southwood course in Fort Garry.
During his career, Ray Savard always kept up with latest developments in course management and was available to provide assistance when fellow superintendents required a hand. He has also been an active volunteer in the community with the Christmas Cheer Board of Winnipeg, where he has been an integral part of the delivery of Christmas hampers.