SVDN Youth Spotlight – Bryce Hanska (2022.08.19)

Bryce Hanska is the son of Shantel Taylor (Stepfather Darnell Essie) and Doug Hanska Jr. (Stepmother Destiny Jackson). Bryce is 11 years old and is a registered member of Sioux Valley Dakota Nation. Bryce has 5 siblings, Douglas Hanska III (Yamni), Brody Hanska, Briella Hanska, Connor Hanska and stepsister Ella Mountain.

Bryce has played hockey with the Rivers Jets since he was 5 years old, at the age of 8, he played with Brandon hockey league for one season. While he played his last year of novice, Bryce had become one of the top scorers for the Brandon Canucks team. Due to COVID-19, the league playoffs were cancelled. Bryce had transitioned back to Rivers for the 2020-2021 hockey season. Again, due to Covid, the season had ended earlier than expected. For the 2021-2022 hockey season, Bryce played his last year with the U11 Rivers Jets Team Brown. The team had won the B-Side championship that season, Bryce played as a defensemen for the Rivers Jets Team Brown, had scored the last goal of the season in the B- side championship game with 36 seconds left on the clock, on an open net from the Rivers Jets zone.

In 2019 Bryce had also played baseball with the Brandon Baseball league.

Although he has explored hockey and baseball his love for the game of golf could not be replaced. Bryce started golfing with his dad (Doug Hanska Jr.) at the age of 4. He started off playing for fun on various golf courses while dad and uncles would have a competitive game amongst one another. Bryce’s favourite golf course is Oak Island and is the course that has helped develop his skills.

When Bryce turned 10 years old, he entered his first small tournament with the 2021 Westman Golf League. He played in two tournaments to have fun and to gain more experience.
Bryce’s experience with the Westman Golf League encouraged him to pursue more of a challenge. Therefore Bryce was encouraged to join the Maple Leaf’s Junior Tour.

Bryce’s first tournament he entered with the Maple Leaf’s Mini Golf Tour was at the St. Boniface Golf Club in Winnipeg MB, the second tournament was at the Selkirk Gold & Country Club in Selkirk MB, and the final tournament was held at the Carmen Golf Club. Within those 3 tournaments Bryce had ranked 3rd in Manitoba and had then qualified for an invite to the MJT Mini Tour National Championship at Tsawwassen Springs BC. On August 24 & 25, 2022. During this tournament Bryce has a chance to qualify for the 2023 FCG Callaway World Championship in Palm Springs California (July). 

For more information on the Maple Leaf’s Junior Golf Tour, you can visit www.maplejt.com

Ever since Bryce has received the invite to play in the Tsawwassen nationals’ tournament, he has been practicing all day every day. If he cannot make it to the golf course, he becomes creative and creates his own greens within his back yard. Bryce plans to continue playing with the Maple Leaf’s Junior Golf Tour as he gets older in age and as his skills develop, he can be potentially scouted for school scholarships. 

Bryce is thankful for the support from his home community, Sioux Valley Dakota Nation and most importantly from his family who has supported him through his golf journey from the very start. Good luck in Tsawwassen Bryce!