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life memberships in the Provincial Association to Harvey D. Sparling in recognition of his services to the game of golf locally and provin cially.
Of interest to golfers is something Harvey D. Sparling doesn't brag about, even though he COULD! In the golfing game, he got a hole in one in Flin Flon and had the same success TWICE on the Portage course!
Mrs. Don Clark may be the girl to make female golf history in Portage Ia Prairie. In 1966 she scored a hole in one, which is something no woman has done before (or since) on the local golf course.
For some years prior to, and during, the first World War, horse racing in winter on Crescent Lake was a keen sport. When the weather was not too severe fair crowds attended. However, this sport never became popular enough to endure for many years.
From time to time ice boats used the lake for iceboating, but aside from a few locally owned ice boats this sport did not ma terialize.
Snowshoeing was widely indulged in until shortly after the first World War, and snowshoe parties were common events put on by most of the churches and other organizations, as well as by numerous individuals.
Organized sleigh rides were also very common and were thor oughly enjoyed by young people.
U ntil the 1930s Portage was one of the most enthusiastic baseball centres of Manitoba and always boasted a strong club, even. in competition with Winnipeg. Despite the keen interest in the game, the only time that Portage ever won the Senior Baseball Cham pionship of Manitoba was 1886. The engraved trophy is still in existence in this city. The battery for this team was W. H. Sparling, pitcher, and E. J. Sparling, catcher. (An interesting sidelight is that W. H. Sparling was offered $2,000.00, a large sum of money in those days, to pitch for Chicago. He turned it down for business and family reasons.)