Daily Herald Staff
Everything went pretty much according to plan as the top qualifiers at the Conexus Ladies Lobstick golf tournament all won their opening matches on Tuesday at Waskesiu Lake.
Lori Salahub from Flin Flon, who had the best qualifying round on Monday when she carded a four-over-par 75, defeated Carol Spanks from Saskatoon, the last person to qualify for the Championship Flight, and the rest of the draw followed suit.
Lori Boyle from Moose Jaw got past Sheila Palmer from Waskesiu, Abra Thompson from Canwood bettered Kathy Ford from Saskatoon, Brooke Hobson from Prince Albert beat Deanna Klusa from North Battleford, Arlene Segin from Prince Albert won over Vera Pezer from Waskesiu, Pauline McDougall from Prince Albert won the battle of Cooke Municipal Golf Course clubmates when she defeated Andrea Ring and Kim Brown, formerly of Prince Albert but now out of Saskatoon, beat Nancy Brooks from Calgary.
If there was any hint of an upset it would have been in the final match where defending champion Kathy Ziglo from Saskatoon outslugged Dana Kidd, also from Saskatoon. Kidd had qualified with an 82 compared to Ziglo’s 83 on Monday, but the fact that Ziglo was defending her title had to eliminate any advantage the lower qualifying score had given Kidd.
Salahub, the runner-up in 2011, will now face Ziglo in quarter-final action today while Boyle meets Brown, McDougall squares off against Thompson and Hobson tangles with Segin. Hobson, the two-time defending provincial junior girl’s champion, is just 14 years old and in her first Ladies Lobstick. She also just returned from the Canada Summer Games in Quebec on Sunday and that had followed an earlier trip to Ontario for the national junior girl’s event where she missed the cut by a single stroke.
The losers of the first-round matches on Tuesday now drop to the consolation side of the Championship Flight and the quarter-final line-up on that side of the draw for today has Kidd meeting Spanks, Brooks faces Palmer, Ring goes up against Ford and Klusa takes on Pezer.
All other flights also began match play on Tuesday with finals in all flights scheduled for Friday.