Zary: Golfers as soon as once more flocking to Lobstick tournaments

“I’m hoping this can be a development that’s going to maintain going ahead.”

The Lobstick event collection — a summer time custom spanning greater than 80 years on the Waskesiu Golf Course — is now formally underway for 2021.

The Fountain Tire Senior Males’s Lobstick wrapped up Thursday evening after Mom Nature halted a three-way playoff to determine the 2021 champion. As an alternative, Roger Gilhespy (79-67-73), Martin Ring (71-76-72) and Cliff Selander (73-73-73) had been all declared winners after ending the three-round medal-play event tied with a 219 three-day rating.

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After a number of reshuffling and delayed begin final yr, the tournaments — though at all times standard — are seeing a resurgence in numbers and a ready listing that hasn’t been seen in years.

Golfers are displaying up in droves.

Properly, socially-distanced droves.

“The numbers we’re displaying this yr, and the quantity that’s on our wait listing, we haven’t seen these numbers for years,” stated Tyler Baker, normal supervisor on the Waskesiu Golf Course. “I got here again in 2010 and we haven’t had this many gamers within the Males’s Lobstick, and never ready lists like it’s. I’m hoping this can be a development that’s going to maintain going ahead.”

Baker is inspired by the promising begin of the 2021 season.

“It does really feel actually good — it’s nice to see,” Baker admitted. “Numbers had dwindled up to now however, now, it virtually looks like all people’s again into the golf scene. Our major factor is, yeah, we’ve got 240 gamers however our major focus remains to be preserving individuals secure till Saskatchewan will get sufficient vaccinations to get into Part 3 and get all the things (restrictions) lifted. We’re specializing in preserving all people secure and following the rules to a T.

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“The gamers got here again and so they’re smiles from ear to ear, mainly. They get to see outdated buddies they haven’t see for some time and I’ve to present the gamers a number of credit score as a result of they’re watching themselves and staying secure. They’re not making an attempt to collect anyplace or something like that. They’re all being very secure as nicely.

“All people’s exited and so they’re again. It’s wonderful how many individuals are taken with taking part in once more this yr.”

Gary Tuffs captured the tremendous senior occasion Thursday with a three-day rating of 226 (74-78-74), profitable in a playoff over Doug Anderson, who additionally got here in at 226 (78-75-73). Ray Subject was subsequent at 229 (79-73-77), adopted by Jim Scissons (75-81-74—230) and Doug Piper (78-79-74—231).

Final yr, the Lobstick occasions had been delayed and eventually allowed to start in August with the juniors and women Lobsticks operating at common scheduled instances. The senior Lobstick and males’s Lobstick had been squeezed into September.

“Clearly, we weren’t allowed to do the banquets or something like that, so the social side wasn’t the identical as years previous,” acknowledged Baker.

“Going into this yr, after we knew we may run occasions and we may run them safely, it was wonderful how many individuals registered. The senior Lobstick, we had 234 golfers plus one other 35 on the ready listing that didn’t get in … With the boys’s Lobstick, subsequent week, we’ve got 240 golfers for the match play and an additional 29 for the Open solely and, once more, a giant ready listing — it’s unreal.”

SCOTIA WEALTH NORTHEAST OPEN

Former PGA and Europe Senior Tour participant Philip Jonas captured the 2021 Scotia Wealth Northeast Open this previous weekend on the Evergreen Golf Course in Nipawin.

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Jonas gained with a two-day rating of 139 with rounds of 68 and 71.

Kade Johnson was the runner-up, one shot again at 140 (68-72). Jerry Christiansen (70-73—143), Ty Campbell (70-73—143) and Alex Swinnerton (71-72—243) completed tied for third.

Greg Swenson (71-73—144), Ryan McNall (72-72—144) and Kevin Dietz (76-68—144) had been subsequent, tied for sixth.

Rounding out the highest 15 had been Paton Ochitwa (71-74—145), David Stewart (76-69—145), Drew Kocur (71-75 —146), Roman Timmerman (72-74—146), Clint Schiller (73-73–146), Tyler Zaba (73-73—146) and Cory Sawchuk (74-72—146).

SASKATOON CITY AMATEUR COMING UP

The upcoming 2021 Scotia Wealth Administration Saskatoon Males’s Novice might be performed June 26-27 at Dakota Dunes Golf Hyperlinks and The Legends Golf Membership

“We’ve got a tremendous subject taking part in this yr,” stated Scott Allan, one of many organizers of the occasion.

The 2021 occasion, Allan added, “might be our largest, greatest subject ever” with quite a few current provincial champions within the combine.

The sector had initially been capped at 50 gamers however “as a result of overwhelming demand,” famous Allan, “we elevated the sector measurement to 60 gamers.”

Ty Campbell, Kade Johnson, Roman Timmerman, Josh Nagy, Justin Wooden, Marc Sweeney, Colin Coben, Brad Phelps, Jehremy Ryde, and Tyler Wright are among the many prime contenders.

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