Daily Herald Staff
Brian Dueck must have had visions of last year running through his mind as the Estevan club professional narrowly avoided another playoff in the Conexus Men’s Lobstick Open that concluded on Tuesday at the Waskesiu Lake Golf Course.
Dueck lost last-year’s Open championship on a fifth playoff hole and despite being the only player to shoot two rounds under-par at this year’s event his margin of victory was a slim one stroke as Mike Herperger from Humboldt carded a brilliant four-under-par 66 in the final round of the 36-hole medal-play tournament to apply some heat.
Dueck, who opened with a 69 on Monday, had a 68 in the second round for a three-under-par total, but Herperger followed his 72 on opening day with the best score of the tournament on Tuesday.
Taylor Afseth from Saskatoon, who was third after a one-over-par 71 on opening day, finished in third place four shots back of Dueck while Colin Coben from Delisle, the low qualifier for the match-play portion of the tournament which begins today, was another shot back. Coben, who won his fourth straight Senior Men’s Lobstick title last week, had a 72 on Tuesday to slip from second after the opening round to solo fourth for the championship.
Kevin Dietz, another professional entered in the event, grabbed fifth place on his own as the Regina golfer posted an even-par 70 on Tuesday for a 144 total. Prince Albert’s Danny Klughart, the defending Men’s Lobstick champion, improved his score by nine shots from opening day when he shot a blistering two-under-par 68 on Tuesday to finish tied for sixth with Leighton Bearchell from Elk Ridge.
The final qualifiers for the tournament also hit the course on Tuesday and after all the scores have been tabulated the field has been set with 32 golfers making the Championship Flight.
First-round matches will tee-off this afternoon with Coben meeting Prince Albert’s Jeff McKeand, a long-time participant in the tournament, but a first-time qualifier for the tournament championship.
Other Championship Flight matches today are as follows: Doug Braaten of Prince Albert vs. Kirk McGregor from Regina; Shaun Dunphy from Saskatoon vs. Lindsay Klassen from Maidstone; Cy Goudall from Shellbrook vs. Dave Bach from Prince Albert; Justin Blackwell from Saskatoon vs. Mark Robinson from Prince Albert; Kelly Robson from Saskatoon vs. Landon Klassen from Saskatoon; Teal Grenier from Domremy vs. Martin Ring from Prince Albert; Brad Phelps from Saskatoon vs. Danny Klughart from Prince Albert; Taylor Afseth from Saskatoon vs. Allen Swenson from Prince Albert; John Cook from Saskatoon vs. Shawn Streleau from Martensville; Warren Gnam from Medicine Hat vs. Chase Porter from Saskatoon; Liam Courtney from Waskesiu vs. Keenan Streleau from Martensville; Mike Herperger from Humboldt vs. Barney Shynkaruk from Regina; Tyler Zaba from Regina vs. Greg Swenson from Prince Albert; Aaron Mitchell from Saskatoon vs. Darcy Rask from Shellbrook; Doug Kozak from Regina vs. Dan Morin from Regina.
Winners of today’s matches will remain on the championship side of the draw while the losers will fall to the consolation event. All other flights will also begin match play today with finals in all flights scheduled for Saturday morning.