It was very windy this past Wednesday and that's something that all golfers have to get used to at some point. It's not ideal; however, it's a condition that comes with spending time outside.

Over at the Dauphin Lake Golf Club, Logan Chapman was out for another round as he continues to improve every round he plays. This round; however, will go down as an extra special one and one that the 15-year-old from Dauphin will certainly never forget.

The 9th hole is by no means an easy one. A long par-3, it was playing downwind on Wednesday and although it doesn't play as an easy hole, on this particular day and round, Logan made it look easy. 

He struck his 8-iron very well and he knew it landed on the green, he just didn't know where. As he was driving up and approaching the green, Chapman realized it went in the hole as he recorded his first-ever hole-in-one.

"It feels really good to know that I got a hole-in-one," said Chapman. "I know there are so many great golfers that have an ace and it's a fantastic feeling that I'm a part of that club. It also gives me a lot of confidence, I know I'm not the greatest golfer, but I love doing it and I'm feeling better about my game."

Prior to the past two seasons, Logan didn't really take golf seriously. He has; however, hit the course three or four times per week for the past two years. As to why he enjoys golfing, that's a pretty simple answer for the Dauphinite.

"There's nothing to really worry about on the course, it's super calming," he concluded. "I just go out and have some fun with friends, it's a fantastic time."

Anyone who runs in a marathon knows how much hard work it takes to prepare to run it. Whether it is a half marathon or the full marathon, it certainly doesn't come easy and it takes months and months of preparation.

When it comes to the Boston Marathon, just getting the chance to run in the biggest marathon in the world is something most runners’ dream of. Sometimes dreams don't end up coming true; however, for a former native of Grandview, those dreams have come true not once, not twice, but three times.

Lori Shoemaker who grew up in Grandview and moved away for school when she was 17-years-old, has run in three Boston Marathons and one Los Angeles Marathon. Running in the Boston Marathon was always on Lori's bucket list, but she never knew if she would get that opportunity. 

For the former Grandview native who now lives just south of San Francisco, Lori began her extensive training in November of 2008. The training was based on a program that would prepare her to run in the 26.2-mile marathon which attracts more than 900,000 spectators each year.

For the next five or so months, Lori would ramp up her training each week. Some days she would run six miles, some days it would be three. The most she can recollect running before the big day was 23 miles.

100779605 1150241765351876 6316373682264473600 nThen on April 20, 2009, Shoemaker, cousin of Carla Wolfenden who is a co-owner of Steiner Plumbing & Heating in Dauphin, checked running in the Boston Marathon off her bucket list. She finished the 26.2-mile trek in just more than four hours.

"I can't even describe how incredible it was, it was such an amazing run," said Shoemaker. "Everyone in the community from start to finish is out; it's just like wall-to-wall people. There isn't any space for anyone for the entire 26.2-miles. It was truly amazing."

She remembers the race really being split up into two parts. There is the first 20-miles and then the last 6.2. By the time when she had only 6.2-miles left, Lori remembers the struggle and truly how much of a grind it was to finish.

Lori never expected to run another marathon again after she took part in Boston; however, that wasn't the case. In fact, she ran three marathons in three years. After 2009, she took part in the 2012 Los Angeles Marathon before she returned to Boston.

Tragedy:

The 2013 Boston Marathon started like any other marathon; however, the finish was anything but normal. During the event on April 15, two homemade pressure-cooker bombs detonated 14 seconds and 210 yards apart at 2:49 p.m., near the finish line of the race. 

Three spectators died from the blast, the youngest of which was an 8-year-old boy. Sixteen people also lost legs; the youngest was a 7-year-old girl. Lori remembers being about two kilometres away from the finish line when the bombs detonated. She was running for the Boston Public Gardens that year and one of her team members was severely injured by the bomb and ended up spending many months in hospital.

"That was pretty emotional, there's no doubt about that," said Shoemaker. "You never think something like that would happen at such a big event and a safe one. Everyone is always just so happy to be there and when that happens, it's unbelievable."

Back again:

In her own words, Lori says she had to come back for the 2014 Boston Marathon because of what happened the previous year and that's exactly what she did. This time, Lori finished the 100373811 270116087468989 2012643089612537856 nmarathon in just less than five hours and this race would bring the end to Lori's marathon career. 

Although it was an emotional day coming back after what happened in the year prior, for the former Grandview native, it had to happen.

"It was very important that we went back. The team member that was hurt wasn't able to run yet," continued Shoemaker. "It was emotional because you realize how many people were affected by the year prior, and not only physically, but mentally as well."

"I know a lot of people didn't come back; however, we had to," she added. "The support of the community was amazing; it was truly incredible how they rallied behind all of us after 2013."

A career at a glance:

Lori had a goal of running in just one marathon. Instead, she ran in four from 2009-2014, three of which were in Boston. Although her marathon running days are indeed over, Lori will never forget about the experiences she had. 

"Boston is a really special place to run a race like that," continued Shoemaker. "The enthusiasm and the creativity of people is always amazing. Even for the people that aren't running, they make it their own day."

Moving forward:

Lori was getting excited to watch the 2020 Boston Marathon which was originally set to take place back on April 20. However, it was postponed to September 14 because of concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. 

Now, there won't be a Boston Marathon in 2020. For the first time in the race's 124-year history, it has been cancelled. The cancellation will affect the more than 31,000 registered runners.

Not even the Great Depression or ferocious storms had stopped the marathon in the past. The marathon pumps $211 million per year into the city's economy -- not counting the millions more that runners raise for charities. 

Although Shoemaker wasn't set to run in the 2020 event, she's still sympathetic for all that it does affect.

"For so many people, it would have been their first time to ever run and take part in this, it's really sad that it's not going to take place," concluded Shoemaker. 

If you're a golfer, there's a good chance that you've been asked how many rounds you have already played this season. With the season less than a month old, you'll get answers anywhere from just a couple to a handful to dozens, and anything in between. 

Thomas Scott certainly fits in the dozens category as the Dauphinite has teed it up about 25 times already this season. That means on average, Scott is playing more than one round a day, that's just how big of a golfer he is. The fact is he golfs every day and on several days, he'll tee it up more than once with a great group of friends that he plays with at the Dauphin Lake Golf Club.

This is Scott's third year of golfing basically every day in the summer and he says he got the passion for the game from his dad who used to be a big-time golfer as well during his junior days. 

101341587 244823820126523 2709752320823918592 nMost of Scott's rounds in a year are outside of tournament play and all of them this year have been so far. However, that is set to change early next month. Scott will make the roughly four hour trip to Winkler as he tees it up in Golf Manitoba's Match Play Championship qualifier at the Winkler Golf Club. 

The event will be Thomas' first of the season and it'll also mark the first time that he's ever played in the men's amateur event. Scott says there truly is nothing better on a golf course than competing in an event with the best across the province.

"It's such a great chance to get experience, I love competitive golf," said Scott. "I'm a pretty competitive guy, so it just makes sense that I would play in events."

Being just 15-years-old, Scott still has a few years of junior eligibility so he will play some of those events this summer as well. As far as expectations for the event in Winkler, it's more so just about improving for Scott. He knows the field will be extremely tough and deep, full of the best players in the province. It'll also include Austin Dobrescu who won the amateur event last summer. 

The game plan is to keep it simple, minimize his mistakes, and most importantly, have some fun while playing some tournament golf, something that Thomas has certainly loved doing.

"There's going to be mistakes, I just have to find a way to rebound from them," he added. 

Tee-times haven't been published as of yet; however, we will have Thomas' results when the event begins.

Gridiron story:

Thomas says he loves the individuality that comes with playing golf. However, Thomas is also a big team player as he has shown on the football field.

100733861 265754594835360 5150256659439812608 nHe played with the Dauphin Clippers football team this past season where he played quarterback. 

We already know that Thomas has a bright future on the golf course. On the football field, he's known as a man with some speed and a good arm, so a bright future in football could be on the way as well.

"I certainly love football, it's pretty physical, and I find I enjoy that," concluded Scott. "I guess we'll see where it goes."

He also adds that the only thing on his mind right now is the tournament he will play on June 6 and 7. The top 32 men from the tournament will advance to the matches beginning on June 12. 

Like so many junior hockey players, Trevor Schroder's days as a junior player came to an end in mid-March when the Canadian Junior Hockey League cancelled all remaining play due to COVID-19. 

Schroder joined the Swan Valley Stampeders just in time for the 2019-2020 season and he was certainly one of the team's driving forces as they played to another very solid season, one that they had championship aspirations in.

The Stamps' qualified as the fourth-place team heading into the playoffs and they were up 2-1 in their best-of-seven series against the Waywayseecappo Wolverines. 

The Des Moines native was looking forward to a strong playoff push just like the prior season when the Stampeders made the league final and pushed the eventual Anavet Cup champion Portage Terriers to seven games. As he looks back on the season ending, it was, of course, a tough ending; however, he will always remember his time with the Stampeders.

"I really loved my time in Swan Valley. The community was amazing, our team was solid, it was a great stop in my hockey career," said Schroder. "I also think the MJHL doesn't get enough credit. It's a very well-rounded league and super competitive. The league definitely helped me develop and strengthen my skills."

99440143 2994069717350491 2106116511574786048 nTrevor was also a regular on the stat sheet throughout the course of the season. In 58 games, he scored 20 times and he added another 30 assists. His 50 points were the fourth most on the team and his 20 goals were only topped by Nathan Carl and Tommy Cardinal. Overall, Schroder was just outside the top-20 in league scoring.

"It was a successful year, I can't complain too much," continued Schroder. "It was the most I produced in a single season, so I'm happy about that. I also had some great teammates, so that always helps."

From south of the border, Trevor's first journey stop was in Fort McMurray where he joined the Alberta Junior Hockey League's Oil Barons in the 2017-2018 season. He had three goals and five assists in 30 games. After a 23 game stint in the North American Hockey League with the Kenai River Brown Bears in the following season, Schroder made his way to the valley.

Now that his junior days are officially over, Schroder is set for the next stage of his life and it will include hockey. The former Stampeder has committed to play with the Saint Mary's University of Minnesota Cardinals.

Located in Winino, Minnesota, the Cardinals compete in the Division 3 MIAC Conference. Trevor will also join former Dauphin King Avery Smith who also committed after his time in the MJHL. 

The team went 6-9-1 in conference play this past season.

"I really can't wait to get on campus. It's unfortunate that I can't go right now to check it out because it's closed, but I understand why," concluded Schroder. "I'm really excited and super anxious for the fall to get my college career going."

Schroder plans to do a double major in Finance and Exercise Science. 

The Dauphin Kings have announced that they will hold their Annual General Meeting on Thursday, June 18 at 6:00 p.m. at the Aspen Lodge inside of the Parkland Rec Complex.

Due to COVID-19, the Club has announced that the capacity will be 25 and physical distancing will be respected. 

"We're going to review the 2019-2020 season both from the hockey side of things and financially as well," said Dean Cooley, President. "We will also have an opportunity to take a look at what next year's team will look like and various other things."

As is the case for many junior teams, Dean does note that the books will have taken a hit. Dauphin was guaranteed at least one more playoff game on top of their spring camp as well as their golf tournament. 

"We do know that we're down some very important revenue," concluded Cooley. "We're going to have to be careful moving forward into next year in terms of what our expense structure looks like."

All the numbers from this past season will be available on June 18 beginning at 6:00 p.m. If you can't make it, Darnell Duff will have a full breakdown right after the meeting.

The golf season is nearly a month old in Manitoba and for Brandon's Austin Dobrescu, the past 23 days have all been about preparation. If Golf Manitoba were to hold its championships, Austin would be front and centre.

Now, Dobrescu will tee it up in less than two weeks as he takes part in the Manitoba Amateur Match Play Championships qualifier which will be played at the Winkler Centennial Golf Course. A member at the Shilo Country Club, Dobrescu also plays at the Wheat City Golf Course as he works there.

99291136 2571730456422480 5355434552909103104 nThe June 6 and 7 event in Winkler will be Austin's first competitive action since last season. Last year also offered up some professional golf as he played in the Mackenzie Tour's Players Cup.

"I haven't played Winkler in quite a few years so I'm really excited to get out there," said Dobrescu. "I know a lot of people will bring their A-game so I'll have to be ready."

At last year's qualifier in Portage, Austin fired rounds of 76-73 which put him in a tie for 12th place. As the 15th seed, Austin won his first match 4&3 which put him up against the second seed and he had no problem winning that match also by a score of 4&3. Dobrescu would end up beating Colwyn Abgrall, 3-1, in the final to claim the match play championship.

If Austin qualifies for the main field this year which will feature 32 golfers, he'll get the chance to defend his title on one of the most prestigious golf courses in the province in St. Charles. 

Dobrescu fully expects to be in the 32 man field and when it comes down to the matches, he'll take each match as a new challenge, a challenge he's excited for.

"I'm just excited to be able to play some events again, it's not really about the pressure," he concluded. "If I play well, I should have a good chance of defending my title. I'll prepare pretty hard for the next couple of weeks and I'll be ready to go in Winkler."

Cam Ziprick was only 12-years-old when he found his passion and that passion is training horses to become champions on the track and his passion has led directly to that.

When he was 12, Cam had a friend whose dad trained horses in Saskatoon, and Ziprick spent a week there. From the first day that he went to the track, Ziprick was hooked and so many years later, he still is. In the end, a week wasn't enough for Cam; however. He wanted to go back and eventually, he went back to Saskatoon and he ended up spending the summer there.

Cam mentions he was bit by the bug and the rest is history.

"I find myself very lucky to have had found my passion so early in life," said Ziprick. "Being from a small town and going to the big city, it was incredible. I was so addicted to horse racing and the environment. That first experience was one that I'll never forget, that's for sure."

The road has included many different awards and first-place finishes, one of which was early this week. We'll chat about that in a little bit. First; however, we'll go back to early last year when a horse that Cam bred made history. 

Escape Clause, a mare that was bred by the Russell native won a $100,000 race called the "La Canada" at Santa Anita Park in southern California. With the win, Escape Clause became the first-ever Manitoban-bred mare to win the race in Santa Anita history. In three other races prior to that one, Escape Clause finished 1st, 3rd, and 4th.

"That's pretty cool, it's like setting a record," said Ziprick when he remembers back. "She's our horse, we're down as her registered breeders and no one can take that away from us. It's very special to know she was the first Manitoban born horse to win that race."

That was in January of 2019. Now, we look forward to May 25, 2020 and another horse that was bred by Cam made history. Assiniboia Downs became the first track in Canada to host live racing in 2020. All of the races were run without fans in the stands, something that is completely different than what horse racing fans have become accustomed to.

99156896 250914579554135 3903007459580575744 nBear Me A Moment is trained by Mike Nault, owned by Barry Arnason, the jockey is Rigo Sarmiento, and as mentioned above, Cam is the breeder. The horse ended up winning the first race in Canada without fans as Cam was once again a part of history.

"It was a pretty unique situation because no fans were allowed in the stands so we were just watching on our iPad," continued Ziprick. "It's always great when a horse that I bred ends up joining the winner's circle, it's a special moment."

Ziprick says he has bred about 40 or 50 horses that currently are at Assiniboia Downs and will hit the track in race action throughout the summer. After starting the season with a win in race number one, this summer could be one full of wins and great times.

Cam also has a sister to Escape Clause who is just two-years-old and she is expected to start midsummer. He also has another full sister to Escape Clause that was born this year.

"The list continues to get bigger and as long as they keep running, we're going to have a lot of fun," concluded Ziprick.

You can hear Darnell Duff's full chat with Cam right here.

If you're a male aged 55 or older, the Dauphin Lake Golf Club is welcoming you down every single Thursday throughout the summer.

Beginning this Thursday at 9:00 a.m. is the Dauphin Senior's Golf Club. 

Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. and as mentioned above, it's open to any senior male aged 55 or older. There is a one-time fee and in years past, it's been $40 for the season. 

"It's a great opportunity to get out and the golf course is in fantastic shape," said Ray Karlson, General Manager. "You get to play with people you don't always and just make some new friends. It's a great way to spend your Thursday mornings, there's no doubt about that."

Your entry fee will include a couple of lunches throughout the summer and every week, there are different mini-games that you can take part in as well.

You don't have to be a member to take part. However, if you aren't, you'll be required to pay your green fee every week as well as a cart fee, if need be. 

For more information, you can call Don at 638-9080.

There may have been a delay; however, that delay is officially over.

The horse racing season begins tonight at Assiniboia Downs just outside of Winnipeg in Headingley; however, no fans will be allowed in the stands.

"We are very excited to get going and get off the ground," said Darren Dunn, Chief Executive Officer. "It's great to be a part of helping restart the economy in our province. Manitobans have done a wonderful job of flattening the curve throughout the past couple of months."

Assiniboia Downs will also be making history when post time comes tonight as they'll be the first track in Canada to host live racing this season. Several tracks south of the border have already been hosting races; however, Assiniboia Downs will be the first in Canada.

Only essential staff will be on-site and they will all be wearing masks while respecting social distancing to continue flattening the curve, something that Manitobans have done a great job at. 

Dunn also realizes there will be a significant hit to the books this summer. All 140 of their VLT's remain closed, they'll lose all food and beverage sales on-site, there will be no facility rentals and other revenue-generating streams. 

"It's going to be a different year, there is no doubt about that," continued Dunn. "We know it may not be easy, but to be honest, we're just very excited that racing can take place this summer."

Racing in a normal year took place on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday nights. There would also be the odd Sunday or Monday holiday afternoon thrown in as well. This year, racing will be on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday with post-time starting at 7:30. There will also now be six races instead of the normal seven.

Betting, it's a big thing when it comes to horse racing and although you can't do that live in person at the track, you can still get in on the action. All you have to do is create an account here and you can watch all the races live and bet on them as well.

So at the end of the day, there will be no fans in the stands and there will be one less race. However, live sports are officially back and Assiniboia Downs has you covered all summer long. 

Today is a good day for Parkland golfers that were hoping to get in some competitive golf action in just a couple of weeks’ time.

Golf Manitoba has announced that they've opened registration for the amateur match play championship qualifier which is set for June 6-7 at the Winkler Centennial Golf Course.

Brandon's Austin Dobrescu won the title last season. 

The top 32 men at the qualifier will advance to the matches which will take place at St. Charles Country Club in Winnipeg from June 12-21. St. Charles is known as one of the most prestigious courses in the province. 

There is also a women's and senior men's qualifier which will take place on the same days. If either field has fewer than 16 players, the bracket will include eight. This will only be the case in the women's and senior men's as the men's will have more than 60 golfers as per usual.

To register, head to Manitoba match play qualifier.

Premier Brian Pallister shared some information last last week that is quite promising to baseball players, parents, and coaches in the Parkland and the province.

The government is examining additional steps to re-open the economy and that begins with Phase Two. That stage would include the resumption of sports activities for children and adults which in turn could see the Dauphin Minor Baseball Association begin their season. 

If baseball does get underway, it would be a late start so Dauphin Minor is currently seeing what coaches would be available for a season that would run well into the summer.

They will then move forward to make teams and then they'll play the waiting game, something they have been playing for quite some time now.

"It was very, very nice to hear that it's a possibility that the season can get going," said Jodie Romanow, President. "We've been sitting here for more than a month thinking this season won't happen at all."

Of course, the health and safety of every single person involved in a baseball game or practice is the most important thing right now. Jodie assures that Dauphin Minor will have their own precautions and they will also follow the precautions put in place by Baseball Manitoba. 

In the meantime until we get more information, it would be a good idea for the kids to get outside to stretch and throw some balls around so they're prepared for if the season can begin. 

Baseball Manitoba has still postponed all registration until further notice.