Marg Homenuik (nee Kiggins) learned to play like very few women golfers in Manitoba history. Her career record of success in Manitoba Amateur and the City and District Championships was matched by only two others, Aileen Robertson and Mrs. Ralph Beairsto.
Homenuik, Robertson and Beairsto top the Amateur records with six titles apiece, while Homenuik and Beairsto each won the City and District crown seven times. Homenuik also qualified for 13 provincial Amateur teams, but she had to decline two of those trips to the nationals due to family commitments. Homenuik won four straight provincial Amateurs (1961-64) in her total of six (1966&1972).
With that kind of a list of achievements it might be difficult to single out special highlights, but Homenuik had no problem. “Winning Manitoba’s only gross team title ever in the National Amateur Championship. Merlene Netterfield, Heather Lawrence, Ann Tachan and I won it in 1962, and it was an exceptional thrill because we did it on a home course at Southwood.” Homenuik also recalled another personal tribute. “After I won my fifth Amateur Championship in 1966 at St. Charles, I walked into the clubhouse for the presentation and they gave me a standing ovation,” she said. “Shivers went up and down my spine. It was great.”
At the club level, Homenuik captured 11 Women’s Club Championships at Rossmere and three at Elmhurst. She won Amateur tourneys at Pine Ridge, St. Boniface, Niakwa, Bel Acres, Clear Lake, Madge Lake and Bemidji, the Free Press Tournament of Champions and the 1974 Winnipeg Centennial Tournament. Homenuik was only 39 when she had to curtail her golf career in 1977 due to severe arthritis.
“So, I turned to harness racing and became a trainer,” she recalled, and worked the Alberta racing circuit, training horses.
b. October 23, 1938