18 Holes 18 Questions: Donna Manning and Deborah Delaney

GOLF NL

18 Holes! 18 QUESTIONS!

Name:  Donna Manning and Deborah Delaney

Glendenning Golf Course

Note: Donna & Debbie just recently competed at the National Golf League Championship at the Hamilton Golf & Country Club in Ontario. They were great representatives for Newfoundland & Labrador and put in a great showing. They finished with 19 points which was good enough for a tie for 5th in their division just 3 points out of the lead. This feature was put together prior to the tournament.

Bio:  Donna Manning

Before I ever held a golf club, I had a racquet in my hand. I began playing racquetball at age 15 and played for 20+ years.  I have won provincial and Atlantic titles, and participated in 12 Canadian national championships where I have won three national titles.  At one point I was ranked 8th in Canada. In 2019, I retired from my job at the QEII Library where I worked for 33 years.  Retirement has allowed me to play as much golf as possible and to travel.  I have won 2 club and 2 league championships and look forward to the many golf opportunities that lie ahead.

Bio:  Deborah Delaney

Deborah Delaney is the mother of two beautiful daughters, Rachel (28) and Megan (27) and the widow of the late Roland Delaney. After graduating from MUN she moved to Toronto and eventually returned to NL in the early 90’s.  She and her late husband established a successful family business,  Delaney’s U-Store, and raised their family in Mount Pearl where they had both grown up.  She is now retired and spends part of the year in FL.

  1. What is your full name?

Donna: Donna Catherine Manning

Deborah: Deborah Delaney

  1. Where were you born and where do you live today?

Donna: St. John’s

Deborah: Born in Bonavista and live in St. John’s

  1. What would people be surprised to learn about you?

Donna: Probably that I don’t know how to swim.  I’ve taken lessons but I guess when your 15 and fail pre-beginners, it’s a little embarrassing.  lol

Deborah: I play on several pool teams as a member of CPA in both 8 Ball and 9 Ball.  Trying hard to win a trip to Las Vegas and play in the Worlds. lol

  1. Are you a member of a golf club and what club and who do you regularly play with?

Donna: I am a member of Glendenning Golf Club and regularly play with Debbie Delaney, Michelle Maher and Lorraine Crotty.

Deborah: I am a member of Glendenning Golf and also River Strand G&CC in Bradenton Fl.  I consider Glendenning my main course and have been playing there way back to when it was named The Woods. The usual suspects are Michelle Maher, Donna Manning and Lorraine Crotty.  We’ve been playing and laughing for quite a few years now and try to get a girls golf getaway each season.  This coming season it will be in Gander as we will also see the Come From Away production.

  1. What’s your favorite course you have played and what course would you like to play anywhere in the world?

Donna: Both St. Andrews Old Course and Carnoustie are special because of their history, but also the four courses in Whistler are absolutely stunning. I’d love to play the Évian Resort Golf Course. The LPGA  play the Amundi Evian Championship there. It’s located in France between the shores of Lake Geneva and the Alps. The experience would be amazing.

Deborah: I’d have to say Kingsbarns, in Fife Scotland. Probably because I birdied the first hole lol. Actually, all the golf courses in St Andrews were fantastic, even with the wind and rain. I’m ticking Pebble Beach off my bucket list this year so I’d have to say that one!

  1. Where and when did you start golfing?

Donna: My first ever golf game was at Twin Rivers 1992. I went to visit my friends one weekend and we decided to play golf. I believe I shot 121.  It wasn’t pretty, but I was addicted.

Deborah: I started golfing in the mid 90’s, very casually with my mom. Mom took up golf in her late 40’s and was a natural straight away. She had so much patience and we made many many memories. Also, I would frequently golf as a single and have met so many wonderful people through the years.  Golf is great like that!

  1. Can you (briefly) tell us your most memorable golf and funniest golf experience.

Donna: Attending my first LPGA event last August in Vancouver.  Walking with Brooke Henderson over 18 holes was amazing.  She’s amazing.

I was playing in a golf tournament at Bally Haly and my friend who I was playing with at the time, landed in one of the deep bunkers on the 16th hole. The more frustrated she got trying to get out, the more I was cracking up.  I couldn’t stop laughing.  I believe she took a 15 on that hole.  However, karma got me the next day when I got in a different bunker and took 11 on the hole.

Deborah: The girls golf trip to St. Andrews in 2018.  Great golf, great food and the best company!

Golfing with my mom Maxene and sister Vickie in PEI and a wasp was trying to get up Vickie’s skirt.  She was dancing on the tee box and yelling for us to kill it with the golf club, saying “I don’t care if you hit me, just kill it! Kill it!” 

  1. What is your greatest golf accomplishment?

Donna: Last year Golf Canada created a nation wide golf league which Glendenning participated in.   Debbie and I won the right to play in the regionals at Twin Rivers last September, where we managed to beat all other teams for the one spot available.   Now, we get to represent Newfoundland and Labrador at the National championship to be held at the Hamilton Golf and Country Club on May 25th.    I’m so excited. It’s going to be Amazing.

Deborah: I’ve won the Glendenning Club Championship 3 times and the League Championship 4 times.  However, winning the inaugural NGL regional to represent NL in Hamilton is at the very top!

  1. How do you like to relax?

Donna: Listening to music, or hanging out with friends

Deborah: I like to spend time with my daughters, play pool, and golf.

  1. What is your most treasured golf possession?

Donna: I have a picture of me standing on the Swilken Bridge in St Andrew’s.

Deborah: My late moms Eagle head cover for driver.

  1. What is your best/worst quality on the golf course?

Donna:   

Best quality – I can drive the ball well and I’m a good putter

 Worst quality –   I have no patience for slow play (sorry)

Deborah: 

Best quality is my positivity.  I try not to be hard on myself and quickly let go of the bad shots.

Worst quality is frustration with really slow pace.  That’s were my positivity helps! lol

  1. What 3 professional golfers would you like to join you at a dream dinner party?

Donna: Brooke Henderson, Ariya Jutanugarn and Annika Sorenstem

Deborah: Definitely Tiger, then Jason Day and Adam Hadwin because he seems to have a great sense of humor.

  1. What 3 people(golfers) would you like to join you at a dream dinner?

Donna: My partner Ed Myler, and any two people that wanted to join us

Deborah: Easy.  My late Husband Roland, my late mom Maxene and my sister Vickie.  Keeping it all in the family.  Many, many laughs on the golf course with these people.

  1. Have you ever had a hole-in-one? When and where?

Donna: No, but I’ve come close on a number of occasions

Deborah: Yes, i’ve been lucky enough to have 2!  The first was on # 15 at Glendenning in 2016 and the second was #7 Sanctuary course in River Strand G&CC in 2018

  1. What is your best score ever? When and what course?

Donna: I’ve shot 78 a few times at Glendenning

Deborah: My best score was a 74 at Glendenning in the summer of 2022.

  1. What is your favorite/least favorite golfing hole on a Newfoundland & Labrador golf course?

Donna:         

My least favorite is #5 at Twin Rivers. 

 My favorite is #18 at Twin Rivers

Deborah: I absolutely love the par 3’s at Terra Nova Twin Rivers that span the river, #’s 8, 12 and 18.  My least favorite has to be #’s 4 and 5 at Terra Nova.

  1. What do you think is the worst rule in golf and how would you change it?

Donna: Worst rule in my opinion is having to hit out of a divot.  Solution : Lift and replace ball behind the divot

Deborah: The worst rule is having to play out of a divot. I think golfers should be allowed to do a roll over.

  1. What advice would you give to a young golfer starting to play golf today?

Donna: Learn the rules or at least the basics. And don’t get discouraged. Golf is a game of patience. The more you play, the better you will get.

Deborah: I’d tell them not to focus on the score but take from the golf day the good shots and leave the rest on the course.  Eventually there will be more good shots than bad and it will reflect in the score. Also, learn to laugh at yourself because your friends certainly will! lol