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Prince Albert's Cory Selander, middle, receives the Pepsi Junior Men's Lobstick championship trophy from Waskesiu Lake Golf Course assistant professional Jon Slusar, left, and head professional Tyler Baker on Friday. Selander became the third family member to win a Lobstick title when he beat Kyle Wiebe on the 17th hole.
The Selander name is getting quite a history at the Lobstick golf tournaments in Waskesiu Lake.
Cory Selander became the third family member to win a championship when he captured the Pepsi Junior Men’s Lobstick title on Friday with a 17-hole victory over Kyle Wiebe from Madison.
“I really wanted to get it done,” said the happy 16-year-old moments after the final match. “My auntie and dad both won Lobstick titles so it is special to be the third.”
Selander’s father Cliff triumphed at the 1990 Men’s Lobstick championship while his Aunt Darlene won a Junior Ladies Lobstick title in the late 1980s.
“I’ve been coming here for a couple of years and last year I lost in the final and that stung a bit,” said Selander. “I feel more comfortable with my game this year. I’ve been working hard and it’s nice to salvage the year a bit.”
Selander won the provincial junior men’s title a year ago, but lost the Junior Lobstick final to Liam Courtney from Saskatoon. This year at the provincial junior event Selander placed sixth so he wanted to change the result on his final major outing of the season and he did just that.
With a two-hole lead playing the 15th hole on Friday, Selander’s birdie putt came up just short while Wiebe sunk a lengthy birdie effort to cut the deficit in half. Then on the par-3 16th hole, Selander regained control of the match when his tee shot stopped three feet short of the hole for an easy birdie and another two-hole advantage.
On the 17th hole, Selander once again hit a perfect shot, this time from 40 yards shy of the green, and when Wiebe missed his birdie effort from about 15 feet he conceded the match and the championship to Selander.
Selander started the week on fire when he shared the low-qualifier honours with Cooke Municipal Golf Course clubmate Cory Sawchuk – both shot one-under-par 69s – and he carried that play through the week winning all four matches.
The remaining flights in the tournament also completed play on Friday and following is a list of the winners.
Championship Flight consolation – Corey Bailey defeated Ty Campbell.
First Flight – Andrew Campbell defeated Cameron Mault; consolation – Brock Ochitwa defeated Bradley Moser.
Second Flight – Marc Sweeney defeated Ryan Nieman; consolation – Kyle McLean defeated Jordan Bean.
Third Flight – Cole Hobson defeated Matt Douglas; David Sheppard defeated Nigel Lendsay.
Fourth Flight – Nikolas Person defeated Tian Rask; consolation – Steve Adrian defeated Ben Linsley.
Fifth Flight – TJ Baker defeated Jesse Iula; consolation – Jake Kowalchuk defeated Ethan Paslowski.