Now Ron Stewart can say he has won everything – almost!
The veteran shot maker and one of Prince Albert’s most successful golfers came from two strokes behind to win his first Senior Men’s Northern golf championship by three shots on Thursday at Cooke Municipal Golf Course.
“Today I was so focused hitting tee shots and keeping it in the fairways,” said Stewart moments after carding an even-par 71. “I never wanted to be under pressure and scrambling for pars. I was happy with how I struck the ball.”
Stewart finished with a 145 total in the two-day, medal-play tournament to distance himself from the pack in the Championship Flight. Three-time winner Jim Scissons from Saskatoon also fired a 71 on Thursday, but his 77 in the opening round left him a lot of ground to cover over the final 18 holes and he came up just three shots shy.
Lionel Fauchoux had 77s on both days to claim a share of third place with a 154 total while first-round leader Glen Pryor struggled with an 82 on Thursday to also record a 154 finishing total.
Stewart, a two-time Saskatchewan Amateur champion, has won numerous May Day Masters, Men’s Northern Amateurs and City Open titles to go with junior crowns he captured when he was younger. About the only thing he hasn’t won in the area is a Lobstick title at Waskesiu Lake, but being a former teacher prevented him from competing in the mid-June tournament.
With that impressive resume, Stewart said on Thursday that the senior title was special for one very important reason.
“It’s been a while since I had that feeling of winning,” said Stewart, who last claimed an individual title four years ago. “You start to second guess if you can do it.”
“Believe me it is all about the short game and I have spent so much time working on that this year,” added Stewart.
The tournament attracted 161 golfers from all over the province, but on Thursday most, if not all, were thinking about Bill Cameron from Duck Lake. The defending champion, and a winner of the tournament four times since 2004, complained of stomach pains while firing a 78 in Wednesday’s opening round and later that evening he was rushed to the hospital for an emergency appendectomy. The early word is that the surgery was a success and that Cameron will make a complete recovery, but the golfers were certainly concerned for their mate.
Following is a list of the remaining flight winners from the Senior Men’s Northern tournament.
First Flight – Dwight Desormeau; Second Flight – Herb Pinder Jr.; Third Flight – Terry Hurlbert; Fourth Flight – Rus Duncombe; Fifth Flight – Chuck Leachman; Sixth Flight – Mark Mrazek; Seventh Flight – Larry Karakochuk; Eighth Flight – Blayne Nelson; Ninth Flight – Clarence Usselman; Tenth Flight – Gary Morrison; Eleventh Flight – Les Tallon; Twelfth Flight – Walter Bayne.