© Herald Photo by Dave Leaderhouse
Kathy Ziglo, right, receives the 2012 Conexus Ladies Lobstick trophy from one of the organizers, Marg Ravis, while Waskesiu Lake Golf Course professional Tyler Baker looks on.
Kathy Ziglo has won a lot of golf tournaments in her day, but none were as sentimental as her victory at the Conexus Ladies Lobstick on Friday at Waskesiu Lake.
“I played here with my grandma when I was younger; this one means a lot to me,” said a very emotional Ziglo moments after edging Dana Kidd from Saskatoon on the 18th hole in the match-play final.
Ziglo, who is also from Saskatoon, has had a banner season winning the Ladies Northern at Cooke Municipal Golf Course in Prince Albert and ladies invitational in North Battleford, was the runner-up at a tournament in Regina and placed fourth at the provincial ladies championship and was to represent Saskatchewan at nationals as a result of that finish, but opted to use her holidays for her annual trip to Waskesiu Lake instead.
The vacation planning worked as Ziglo played solid all week to win her first Lobstick title at the Waskesiu Lake Golf Course, but it wasn’t easy.
Ziglo and Kidd exchanged leads throughout the Championship Flight final with the turning point coming when Kidd three-putted both the 14th and 16th holes to relinquish a one-hole advantage and turn the tide in Ziglo’s favor.
“Making putts helps,” said Kidd simply when analyzing the loss. “Kathy is a real strong player and you have to make those putts.”
“But, to make it to the 18th hole on the final round it is a pretty good thing,” added Kidd.
“She had struggled with her putting today so that (missed putts) definitely opened the door for me,” commented Ziglo.
With Ziglo winning the 16th hole as a result of Kidd’s misfortunes with the short stick, the pair headed to the 17th tee box all square in the match. Ziglo, who is known for her lengthy blasts off the tee, launched a 270-yard bomb down the middle of the fairway that ended up in the long grass behind the green. Ziglo then chipped her approach to within four feet and sunk the birdie putt to grab a one-hole advantage with one hole to play.
Kidd didn’t go down without a fight, however, as she was long off the tee on the 18th hole and her approach to the green stopped about 12 feet from the pin. Ziglo was also on the green in regulation, but her putt was outside of 20 feet and knowing all she had to do to win her first Lobstick was gain a split on the hole, she cozied her first attempt to within a foot and then waited for Kidd’s birdie attempt. Kidd’s weight was perfect, but the ball just rolled over the left edge of the cup leaving nothing but conceding victory and congratulating her opponent.
On the consolation side of the Championship Flight, Beth Davis of Saskatoon defeated five-time provincial senior champion Lori Boyle from Moose Jaw. That match, too, was a see-saw affair until Davis pulled away by winning the 14th and 16th holes and put Boyle down three holes with two to play.
More than 100 golfers began the week in the annual tournament and on Friday finals were also played in the all of the other flights. Following is a list of the results from those other matches.
First Flight – Diane Bethune from Saskatoon over Laura Davy from Toronto, Ont.
First Flight Consolation – Dawn MacAuley from Prince Albert over Nancy Brooks from Calgary.
Second Flight – Debbie Davidson from Warman over Barb Gregor from Saskatoon.
Second Flight Consolation – Claire Banting from Prince Albert over Carole Rucks from Prince Albert.
Third Flight – Megan McKenzie from Medicine Hat, Alta., over Mary Page from Saskatoon.
Third Flight Consolation – Margo Maruschak from Prince Albert over Terry Otterson from Shellbrook.
Fourth Flight – Judy Reynolds from St. Albert, Alta., over Lynn Braaten from Prince Albert.
Fourth Flight Consolation – Alanna Babka from Ballinafad over Cindy Mitchell from London, Ont.
Fifth Flight – Debbie Krawchuk from Saskatoon over Donna Dyck from Prince Albert.
Fifth Flight Consolation – Eileen McGill from Osler over Karen Cottrell from Prince Albert.
Sixth Flight – Ruth Edwards from Nokomis over Candace Thomson from North Battleford.
Sixth Flight Consolation – Heather Mumm from Shellbrook over Doreen Rouse from Waskesiu Lake.