The 58th edition of the Grey Owl is near.
We are still accepting entries.
The Draw is posted. 1st Round Draw
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We are still accepting entries for the tournament. However, any new entries will be fitted in where tee time spots are available.
We are still accepting entries for the 2018 Grey Owl. CLICK on REGISTER to submit your entry to the Grey Owl. Remember, returning entrants are guaranteed a spot in the tournament and we are coming up on the 60th Grey Owl.
We expect the draw will be made sometime around mid-May. All those who have submitted their entry are considered accepted. Your acceptance notification will be sent out once the draw is completed.
Stay tuned to our website for updates.
The following was received by the tournament committee from Gerry Cantin, 2016 Honour Award recipient.
First of all thanks to all of the committee for once again hosting such a fantastic event. The course and weather really cooperated but again the organization of this was absolutely top notch.
More importantly I would like to thank you and the committee for even considering me for this award much less actually choosing me for it. When I go back through the list of honorees I personally feel amazed and so honoured to be part of that list.
I remember the first year I got into the tournament I had to sit at the first tee for a couple of hours and wait for someone to not show up (the waiting list was that long). Anyway, I believe that this was in 1987, so I think I just had my 30th tournament. I was instantly taken back by the passion that people like Bob Picken, Jack Wells and Ralph Bagley (along with so many others) had for this event and when I made it to my first howl I was absolutely hooked. I honestly don’t know if I have met anyone with more of an inviting personality as Cactus Jack Wells, what an amazing speaker and gentleman. Since that time the torch and the passion for this event has been passed on to other directors like Wally Jackson, Francois Riopel, Clayton Dreger and Dale Foreman. I am really excited about some of the newer additions to the Board, they definitely have the passion to succeed and continue to make this the best tournament in Manitoba.
Over the years I have been fortunate enough to make it to every year since I started and of course I was able to be lucky enough to have a number of my closest friends join me for the event. Right now there are 8 of us that come to the event and as I mentioned on Saturday night this is clearly for all of us one of our absolutely favourite times. We honestly feel honoured just to have the ability to play in a tournament like this. I know this has been said before but this is our Masters tournament.
Once again, thank you so much for choosing me for this award, I will always cherish it.
In recognition of his long service on the Board of Directors and uncountable contributions to the Grey Owl Golf Tournament, the Honour Award has been renamed The Robert J. Picken Honour Award.
Laurie Artiss, one of the founders of the Grey Owl tournament, died on January 23rd, 2018, in Nanaimo, B.C.,at the age of 85.
Artiss and the Bell Brothers of Wasagaming started the ever-popular golf event at Clear Lake in 1961, and the board of directors continue to follow much of the pattern and format of the original concept.
Artiss was born in Winnipeg, and grew up in Fort Rouge. He worked as a sportswriter with the Winnipeg Tribune, then became sports editor of the Brandon Sun and the Regina Leader Post. He also served as recreation director in both Dauphin and Virden. In Regina, he moved into the curling equipment business, then branched into Laurie Artiss Limited to develop one of the foremost souvenir pin operations in the world, supplying pins for several Olympic Games and national and international sports events.
Until the last days of his life, Artiss retained his interest in the Grey Owl, serving as an honorary director and a much respected consultant. Though suffering from emphysema in the later years of his life, he was a regular player in the tournament through to its 50th edition.
He often stated he was proud to have helped to create a golf tournament that had sustained its long term viability, and like many Grey Owl devotees, he loved to play the challenging Clear Lake golf course.
After his retirement, Artiss had been living in Qualicum Beach and Parksville, B.C.
Ralph Bagley was one of the original media figures to lend his golf experience to the Grey Owl board of directors. He served on the board for over 40 years before he died on July 17th this year at the age of 89.
“Bags” or “Uncle Bulgy”, as he was affectionately known, was a notable golf writer for the Winnipeg Free Press, the Winnipeg Tribune, Backspin Magazine, and the Manitoba Golf Annual (now the Golf Manitoba Journal). He also was a member of the selection committee for the Manitoba Amateur Golfer of the Year award from 1975 to 2015.
In 2007, he was inducted into the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame, and among other special tributes he received the Manitoba Media Roll of Honour. He also was an honorary life member of the Manitoba Golf Superintendents Association, the Manitoba Curling Association, the Manitoba Curling Club Past Presidents Association, and served on the executive committees of the Elmhurst Golf and Country Club and the Winnipeg Canoe Club.
A Celebration of Life was held (will be held) for Bagley on Monday, July 31st, 2017, at 2:00pm at Glendale Golf and Country Club in Winnipeg.
The “Grey Owl” is one of the largest and longest-running golf tournaments of its kind in North America. Every year, during the second weekend in June, 320 golfers tee it up at the picturesque and challenging layout in the Riding Mountain National Park’s Clear Lake golf course. The tournament was started in 1961 after Laurie… continue reading