Ashley Ziegeman and Brooke Hobson took on all challengers, including fierce winds, but in the end both recorded wire-to-wire victories in the year’s final major tournament at Cooke Municipal Golf Course on the Labour Day long weekend.
Ziegeman successfully defended his men’s championship in the 54-hole, medal-play event after recording a three-over-par 74 on Monday. Ziegeman, a finalist at the Men’s Northern Amateur in August, had a 216 total over the three rounds to beat Ron Stewart by two strokes.
“It was pretty hard out there the last couple of days,” admitted Ziegeman, who opened the tournament with a sizzling four-under-par 67 during much milder conditions. “The City Open is always a good tournament to end the year because around here we have such a long winter.”
“I didn’t putt real, real great today, but I made some crucial putts when I needed them,” added Ziegeman.
Despite losing to Colin Coben from Delisle in the final at the Amateur, the win on Monday capped a successful year for Ziegeman. Last month in Saskatoon, Ziegeman and his good friend Greg Swenson captured the provincial team championship and at the Conexus Men’s Lobstick in Waskesiu in June, he lost to Swenson in the Championship Flight quarter-finals.
“Me and Greg are such good buddies, I always want it to be him or me to have a chance to win,” said Ziegeman. “I’m just glad it was me that came out on top.”
Finishing in third place in the men’s division was Cooke assistant professional Ryan Wells at 220 and coming in fourth was last year’s runner-up Cam Bergen at 223.
For Hobson, the result in the women’s division was a formality after the 13-year-old held a five-shot lead heading into Monday’s final round.
Although defending champion Pauline McDougall closed the margin to three strokes with her round of 83 on Monday, Hobson put the finishing touches on a brilliant season with the victory.
“It was a good way to end the year,” said Hobson, the 2012 provincial junior girls champion and the winner of the provincial junior girl’s order of merit. “Actually, my goal coming into the weekend was to win the City Open, but I didn’t know what to expect from the ladies.”
“The wind was bad and I put a few in the bush, but I found them,” added Hobson. “I probably should have played safer.”
Hobson carded an 85 on Monday to finish the three rounds with a 243 total with McDougall coming in at 246 and Karly Wormworth finishing third at 255.
Hobson will now trade her clubs in for her hockey equipment as she begins her rookie season with the Saskatchewan Female Midget AAA Hockey League’s Prince Albert A&W Bears.
Approximately 80 golfers entered the City Open with all golfers playing two days of qualifying before being placed into flights. Following is a complete list of all flight winners.
Men’s Division – First Flight – Brett Henry; Second Flight - Gary Reilly (playoff over Clay Mullis); Third Flight – Greg Swenson; Fourth Flight – Jaret Nelson; Fifth Flight – Bill Cannon; Sixth Flight – Al Swenson; Seventh Flight – Jeff Scarrow; Eighth Flight – Darcy McPhail.
Ladies Division - First Flight – Pattie Krafchuk; Second Flight – Margo Maruschak; Third Flight – Donna Dyck.