Daily Herald Staff
The Colin Coben dynasty appears to be intact.
The steady and consistent Delisle golfer moved into position to claim his fourth straight Conexus Senior Men’s Lobstick title when he fired a two-under-par 68 on Wednesday and grab a three-shot lead heading into Thursday’s final round of the 54-hole medal-play event being held at the Waskesiu Lake Golf Course.
Coben, who entered the second day of the competition down by one shot, is now three clear of Murray Osborn as the Saskatoon golfer carded a two-over-par 72 on the second trip over the scenic layout.
Sitting all alone in third place is former Men’s Lobstick champion Kirk McGregor from Regina as his 144 total for the two rounds is four back of the front-running Coben. Doug Kozak of Regina is another two shots back of McGregor after firing a 73 on Wednesday while Doug Piper of Saskatoon (148), Tom Pinder of Calgary (149), Paul Grimes of Arcola (150) and Percy Murray of Delisle (152) round out the Championship Flight of the regular senior men’s draw.
Jim Scissons, who finished tied with Rick Hilestad as runners-up to Coben last year, is running away with the Super Senior Lobstick crown after the veteran Saskatoon shotmaker recorded a 74 on Wednesday to go with his sizzling two-under-par 68 on opening day.
Scissons’s 142 total is 13 strokes better than last year’s Super Senior champion, Art Goodwin from Saskatoon, and 16 clear of Frank Hilbert, also from Saskatoon.
The top Prince Albert golfers from either draw are Jamie Harris in the regular senior event (156 total) and Phil England in the Super Senior category (167 total).
The 227 golfers entered in the tournament have all now been put into flights for Thursday’s final round with champions in each flight to be declared by combining the scores from all three rounds.