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Conexus Ladies Lobstick champion Brooke Hobson gets a hug from her father Gord following the championship match on Friday at the Waskesiu Lake Golf Club. Hobson, who is just 14 years old, became the youngest winner ever of the tournament and her father was with her every step of the way as he caddied for her during the impressive run.
Brooke Hobson admits she’s tired, but after winning the Conexus Ladies Lobstick on Friday at Waskesiu Lake it must be a happy tired.
The 14-year-old Hobson became the youngest winner ever of the tournament when she defeated Abra Thompson of Canwood on the 16th hole and when the match was over she said it was a very satisfying moment.
“It was a last-minute decision coming to the tournament,” said Hobson, who has been back and forth across the country twice since the beginning of August in addition to attending a major hockey camp in between the globetrotting. “Champ Flight was my goal and winning it makes it even better.”
“I like playing against the ladies,” added Hobson. “It was a good experience; all the ladies were very nice.”
Hobson began the final match in explosive style winning the first three holes, but Thompson, who had breezed through her previous three matches this week to get to the final, rebounded by winning the sixth and seven holes to cut the deficit to one.
The match remained that way until the 14th hole when Hobson brushed in a tricky four-foot putt for par and then on the 15th hole she gained complete control of the match when Thompson pushed her drive deep into the woods and had difficulty getting back onto the fairway.
Both players were short of the green on the par-3 16th hole, but when Thompson failed to make her par putt to win the hole outright the pair shook hands as Hobson could not be caught being three holes up with two to play.
“I hit my irons really well and being able to hit straight with my driver and three-wood off the tee helped,” said Hobson, who got a congratulatory hug from her father Gord when the match was over as the senior Hobson was a caddy, coach and chauffeur this week.
“He keeps me calm,” noted Hobson of having her father with her. “He makes sure I don’t do anything stupid.”
The win capped an unbelievable season for Hobson as she successfully defended her provincial junior title in July and then narrowly missed the cut by one shot at the national junior championship in Pickering, Ont., in early August. Last week she represented Saskatchewan at the Canada Summer Games in Sherbrooke, Que., and sandwiched in between all the golf, Hobson managed to get named to the Top 25 list for female hockey players in the province as she moves that much closer to securing a spot on the provincial team for the national under-18 hockey championships to be held in Calgary in November.
So, what does she do now? Simple, she dumps her golf clubs off at home and collects her hockey gear for the A&W Bears fall training camp which gets under way today at the Art Hauser Centre.
The Championship Flight wasn’t the only title decided on Friday as all of the other events also had champions declared with the consolation side of the Championship Flight being the most intense.
In that match Lobstick veteran Vera Pezer from Waskesiu Lake battled back from a two-hole deficit with four holes to play and then beat Prince Albert’s Andrea Ring on the second playoff hole to win in dramatic fashion.
Other results were as follows:
First Flight – Beth Davis from Saskatoon over Sandra MacDonald from Prince Albert; consolation – Donna Gottselig from Kelowna over Diane Bethune from Saskatoon.
Second Flight –Dianna Sutton from Shell Lake over Carol Tanner from Saskatoon; consolation – Glenda Winkler from Saskatoon over Delphine Soulier from Candle Lake.
Third Flight – Emily Matheson from Saskatoon over Leigh Ann Nelson from Elk Ridge; consolation – Deb Thierman from Prince Albert over Tracy Blair from Saskatoon.
Fourth Flight – Shannon Starecki from Saskatoon over Mary Page from Saskatoon; consolation – Debbie Krawchuk from Saskatoon over Colleen Davidson from Saskatoon.
Fifth Flight – Lyndsay Feist from Sherwood Park over Nikki McGregor from Regina; consolation – Jean Tait from Shellbrook over Elaine Donovel from Saskatoon.