The Portage Golf Club is up and running in Portage la Prairie.

The course officially opened for the season last Saturday, April 15, and golfers turned out test their early spring swings.

PGC pro Brad Young says the course is in great shape to start the season -- after lots of work by the course's greenskeepers.

"(They) started pumping (water) a couple of Wednesdays ago, and they pumped for basically a week straight day and night. The lakes became little ponds and are now basically nothing ... The (greenskeepers) are very happy with the way it's wintered, but we'll see once the grass starts growing."brad young apr182017Young stopped by to chat at the Golden West Studio in Portage. (Photo by Rae Hathaway)

Last year was the first year the Portage Golf Club offered a payment plan for membership. Ten people took advantage of the program and Young's hopeful they'll have even more this season.

"I realize it's not easy to make a payment like that all at one time. I look at things like car insurance and house insurance, and the way I do it is monthly like that too. It's something we started last year and had some members take part in it, and we're very happy to have it back again this year and going forward for many years to make it a little bit more affordable."

Men's and Ladies League registration is open until May 2. Young says the early response has been strong.

"I encourage anyone looking to play in the leagues to come down and sign up. It's a great way to meet people and do business. You play with a different group every week. A lot of people stay for a meal and a drink after and it's a real great way to meet new people."

Young says since PGC paid off its new maintenance shed and purchased necessary new equipment, the focus can shift to new features for the course.

"I don't know if something will happen right away but we're always looking at a few new ideas going forward," explains Young. "...Maybe change some tee placement on the course, as one thing I've always wanted to see is maybe a driving range, but it's hard because we're short on land."

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SCOREBOARD

Wednesday, April 26th

NHL Playoffs
Western Conference
Semi-finals
Nashville 4 St. Louis 3
Edmonton 5 Anaheim 3
(1st games in best of 7 series)

Esso Cup @ Morden
Preliminary Round
Triolet 1 Pembina Valley 0
St. Albert 4 Prince Albert 0
Durham West 8 Mid-Isle 1

Zone 4 High School Fastpitch
WC Miller 23 MCI 2
Morden vs GVC @ Winkler (ppd)
Portage Collegiate at Carman (ppd)

Major League Baseball
Interleague
Toronto at St. Louis (ppd)
American League
Chicago 5 Kansas City 2
Cleveland 7 Houston 6
Baltimore 5 Tampa Bay 4 (11 innings)
Seattle 8 Detroit 0
New York 3 Boston 1
Texas 14 Minnesota 3
Los Angeles 8 Oakland 5
National League
Milwaukee 9 Cincinnati 4.
Pittsburgh 6 Chicago 5
Philadelphia 7 Miami 4
Atlanta 8 New York 2
Washington 11 Colorado 4
San Diego 8 Arizona 5
San Francisco 4 L.A. 3 (10 innings)

NBA Playoffs
Eastern Conference
Quarter-finals
Washington 103 Atlanta 99
(Wizards lead best of 7 series 3-2)
Boston 108 Chicago 97
(Celtics lead series 3-2)

Thursday, April 27th

NHL Playoffs
Eastern Conference
Semi-finals
N.Y. Rangers at Ottawa, 6 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Washington, 6:30 p.m.
(1st games in best of 7 series)

Esso Cup @ Morden
Preliminary Round
St. Albert vs Durham West, 12 p.m.
Triolet vs Prince Albert, 3:30 p.m.
Pembina Valley vs Mid-Isle, 7 p.m.

Zone 4 High School Baseball
Carman at PCI ppd (confirmed)
MCI vs Garden Valley @ Winkler
d/h 4:15 p.m. & 6 p.m.

Major League Baseball
Interleague
Toronto at St. Louis, d/h 12:45 p.m. & 6:15 p.m.
American League
Seattle at Detroit, 12:10 p.m.
Houston at Cleveland, 5:10 p.m.
New York at Boston, 6:10 p.m.
Oakland at Los Angeles, 9:07 p.m.
National League
Miami at Philadelphia, 12:05 p.m.
Atlanta at New York, 12:10 p.m.
Washington at Colorado, 2:10 p.m.
Los Angeles at San Francisco, 2:45 p.m.
San Diego at Arizona, 8:40 p.m.

NBA Playoffs
Eastern Conference
Quarter-finals
Toronto at Milwaukee, 6 p.m.
(Raptors lead best of 7 series 3-2)
Western Conference
Quarter-finals
San Antonio at Memphis, 8:30 p.m.
(Spurs lead series 3-2)

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