For the second straight year Flin Flon’s Lori Salahub is the low qualifier at the Conexus Ladies Lobstick golf tournament at Waskesiu Lake.
Salahub, the runner-up at the 2011 tournament, fired a four-over-par 75 on Monday to grab the No. 1 seed in the Championship Flight when the match-play portion of the tournament gets under way today.
If not for a treacherous second and third holes, Prince Albert’s Brooke Hobson could quite easily have grabbed that top spot as she finished with a 78. The 14-year-old Hobson, who just returned home from the Canada Summer Games in Quebec at 10 p.m. on Sunday night and then was in one of the first groups off the tee on Monday, triple-bogeyed the second hole and then doubled the third before settling down to go two-over-par for the rest of the round.
Hobson’s result is fourth best after qualifying, however, as Lori Boyle from Moose Jaw and Abra Thompson from Canwood both carded 77s. Another pair of Prince Albert golfers are right behind Hobson as the Ladies Northern champion, Pauline McDougall, and Arlene Segin each shot a79.
Kim Brown, formerly of Prince Albert and now out of Saskatoon, was alone with an 80 and Dana Kidd, also from Saskatoon, recorded an 82. Grouped at 83 were defending Ladies Lobstick champion Kathy Ziglo of Saskatoon, Nancy Brooks from Calgary and Andrea Ring from Prince Albert.
Vera Pezer, a multiple Lobstick champion from Waskesiu Lake, and Deanna Klusa from North Battleford each shot an 84 and rounding out the Championship Flight were Kathy Ford of Saskatoon, Sheila Palmer from Waskesiu Lake and Carol Spanks from Saskatoon. Ford and Palmer came in with 86s while Spanks had an 87.
The remaining 80-plus golfers in the tournament also qualified on Monday and were put into flights according to their final scores.
Match-play in all flights begins today with the Championship Flight pairings looking like this: Salahab vs. Spanks, Boyle vs. Palmer, Thompson vs. Ford, Hobson vs. Klusa, Segin vs. Pezer, McDougall vs. Ring, Brown vs. Brooks and Ziglo vs. Kidd.
Action continues throughout the week with finals in all flights scheduled for Friday.